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BJC Learning Institute

Many of our classes remain virtual only, but we offer several hybrid (virtual and in-person) options.  Each class below will indicate virtual or hybrid.

These classes are brought to you through the generosity of the Fersky Fund for Adult Learning, Rabbi Michael and Sheila Hecht Limmud Fund and Nelson Pole & Betsy Greene.

All classes require a password.  Please contact the synagogue office to acquire them (216.831.6555).

Neshama Body & Soul with Rabbi Jaymee Alpert
Sunday, June 2 at 10:30 am at BJC


Neshama Body and Soul is a workout-worship experience that combines Jewish prayer with body-weight strength-training and mobility exercises in an effort to help participants connect the physical with the spiritual. We will participate in a NBS session. Afterwards, we will hear how Rabbi Jaymee developed this innovative program, achieving a fusion of spirituality and exercise. Healthy snacks and smoothies will be provided.. Please bring a mat or a towel and some water, wear sneakers and workout clothes.
Registration is encouraged. This class is hybrid and in person attendance is encouraged. Zoom, Meeting ID: 871 4923 7051, contact the synagogue office for the password.

Spotlight Educator Series
The Power of Nature in our Tradition
with Cantor Aaron Shifman
Thursdays, May 23, 30 & June 6 at 7:30 pm

Wind, Water, Fire, Earth, Moon, Sun & Stars - though thousands of years have passed, we inhabit the exact same world as our ancestors. Delve into the ways our environment is showcased in the Torah and our sacred texts. Hybrid - in person attendance is encouraged. 
Zoom, Meeting ID; 82247940770. Contact the synagogue office for the password.

Staying Fit with Linda
Mondays at 11:00 am 

Join certified Silver Sneakers instructor Linda Schoenberg for her 60-minute total body work out for seniors. Please have a sturdy chair, light weights and a squishy ball handy. Sponsored by Na'amat USA. Zoom, Meeting ID:  89133175062 - VIRTUAL ONLY 



Torah Study with Susan Wyner
Tuesdays at 10:30 am

Join in for a close reading of the Bible as we make our way through our most central text. 
Zoom, Meeting ID: 88663421663. (Materials for class:  Samuel 1, Chapter 29 - Samuel 2, Chapter 7). 

Mishnah:  The Best Book You’ve Never Read
with Rabbi Alan Lettofsky
Wednesdays at 10:30 am
(no class June 5 & 12)

A small group of rabbis, over the course of a couple hundred years, laid out entire systems of holiday observance, civil and criminal law and taxation, among many others.  It is the core of what we think of as Jewish tradition today.  Zoom, Meeting ID: 87108945546 - VIRTUAL ONLY

Midrash: Stories to Live By with Rabbi Joshua Jacobs
Thursdays at noon
(no class June 13)

Midrash is a form of rabbinic commentary that comes in two forms, halakhah (law) and aggadah (narrative). Both, in their own way, offer guidance as to how to live a meaningful Jewish life. In these sessions, we will explore aggadah - the rabbinic tales that have impacted me on a soul level. My hope is that through our learning and discussions together, we will discover stories to live by - stories that stir the soul, inspire growth, and help us find ourselves in our ancient texts. This is a hybrid class and participants are encouraged to come in person. Lunch will be provided; voluntary donations welcome to cover costs. Zoom, Meeting ID: 87277103560.
Source Sheet: Midrash Stories to Live By Compilation

Torah Cafe
Saturdays at 9:00 - 10:00 am 

Gain fresh insights into the Torah, and study with great teachers! 
Zoom, Meeting ID: 83603008490 - HYBRID

Wed, May 29 2024 21 Iyyar 5784