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Adult Education

Stay tuned for 2021-22 Adult Education plans!

The 2020-21 year features a wide range of classes designed to deepen congregants' knowledge of Judaism and/or Jewish culture, provide opportunities to make and enhance connections with one another, and have fun. 

Please also check the Calendar for additional programs and activities of interest to adults!

Registration: For activities requiring RSVP and/or payment, please contact the office.  Non-members are welcome. 

Books: Most books for CBE adult classes can be purchased from Amazon. CBE receives a small advertising fee if you use the links on the CBE Amazon Page to make your purchase.

People of the Book Read the Book – The Writing
Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith

In Ecclesiastes we read that there is nothing new under the sun. As we enter the 2020 election cycle, join Rabbi Mina for a close reading of the books of Samuel and Kings to learn just how true this is. Beginning on October 14, we will join together each Wednesday to continue our close reading of the text in order to gain insight into Jewish history, human nature, the challenges of leadership, and the origin of politics as we know it. 

Free online class during shutdown; no registration required. No previous participation required.

Beyond Dispute – Debates That Have Shaped and Still Shape Jewish Life – Part 2
Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith

Debates—philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural—are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change based on context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? Is Jewish tradition intrinsically patriarchal and ableist? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion?

Each session includes a short video lecture featuring a Jewish Theological Seminary faculty member, text study, and guided group discussion. We will explore how these debates have been manifested over the course of Jewish history, and discuss their continued resonance today.

Free online class during shutdown; no registration required. No previous participation required.

Pirkei Avot Shabbat Study Session
Taught by Rabbi Michelle “Mina” Goldsmith

Pirkei Avot, also known as Ethics of the Fathers, is the only the only tractate from the Mishnah that does not contain commentary in the Gemara as part of the Talmud. Rather, this five-chapter book stands on its own as one of the greatest collections of rabbinic teachings on ethics, spirituality, morality, Jewish history, and Torah study. Utilizing Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem, which contains commentaries from Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Appelbaum, two leaders of the Conservative/Masorti movement, we engage in lively analysis and discussion of these ancient yet eternally relevant teachings.

No fee, no RSVP required. No charge, no registration required. Come when you can!

Introduction to Judaism: Personalized Studies
On hold during building shutdown; contact for more info

Judaism is the dynamic and inspirational religion of the Jewish people, going back over 3,500 years. In this introductory course, those who are seeking to enhance their Jewish knowledge of Judaism and Jewish practices can learn about the wisdom and beauty of this wonderful tradition and oldest of the monotheistic faiths.

Through an intensive study of the holidays and life cycle including readings from the Hebrew Bible, rabbinic literature, the prayer book, and philosophy texts, students will enhance their understanding of Jewish history, culture, and tradition.


Fee: $54 Members, $108 Non-members (for the series including all materials and books); please contact Rabbi Mina for more information and to register.

Chug Ivri: Hebrew Conversation

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  • 2nd & 4th Tuesday, 8:00 PM
  • Intermediate conversation level and above
  • If interested, contact

A very informal, friendly group of mostly Beth Emeth members who meet for friendly conversation, usually in homes twice a month, but currently "meeting" on Zoom every week. While members come and go, the group has been in existence for over 20 years. During this time of meeting remotely is a great chance to check us out! 

Better Balance and Mobility
(On hiatus during during shutdown)

CBE is again partnering with Sequoia Health & Fitness, Inc. to help members improve balance and reduce the number of falls and related injuries. Being able to balance without the fear of falling keeps you mobile and independent allowing you to travel, play with the grandkids, shop and live your life to the fullest. 

This program uses physical therapy based exercises to strengthen  key muscles and improve balance. Our classes are appropriate for all ages and abilities. Comfy clothing and a good pair of non-slip shoes are all that is needed. Canes, walkers and wheelchairs welcome. Classes meet at CBE Wednesdays from 12:30-1:30 PM and Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 PM. 

Cost and schedule vary; for more information or to sign up please call the CBE office at 703-860-4515 ext 101.

Beth Emeth Adult Classes on Request

These classes are scheduled after a minimum number of people have expressed interest:

  • Learn to be a bimah gabbai
  • Mashgiach class - get certified to supervise (or cook alone) in our kosher kitchens (on hiatus during shutdown)
  • Become a certified hagbah (Torah lifter)
  • Learn to lead part of the service
  • Consider taking part in the next Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

Let us know you’re interested! Email

Registration for Adult Education Classes

Please contact the office via email with any questions and to register.

Sun, November 28 2021 24 Kislev 5782