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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).

Spotlight Educator Series
Chesed Shel Emet: Traditions & Rituals at the End of Life with Rabbi Efrem Reis, Hebrew Free Burial Assoc.
Thursdays, November 30, December 7, December 14 and January 4 • 7:30 pm

Death and rituals around the end of life are essential aspects of the Jewish Lifecycle, yet so many of us are unfamiliar with the customs and traditions because discussion of end of life is often considered taboo. Join Rabbi Reis as he teaches about the rituals associated with death and why caring for the deceased is called Chesed Shel Emet - the greatest form of charity.Please come with any questions you have. Zoom only:  Zoom, Meeting ID; 82247940770. Contact the synagogue office for the password.

Spotlight Educator Series
The Talmud of the Heart with Rabbi Jeremy Markiz Thursdays, January 11 – February 22
(no class January 25 due to Tu B’Shevat) • 7:30 pm

Explore the depths of our core human emotions through the lens of the Talmud in this six-week
series. Reflect on the wisdom of the tradition that shines a light on our emotional landscape.
These classes are on Zoom only.  Zoom, Meeting ID; 82247940770. Contact the synagogue office for the password.

What's NU:  Hanukkah Edition?
with Rabbi Hal Rudin-Luria
Mondays, December 4 & 11 at noon


Join our virtual class for discussion on the most relevant and timely classic and current sources and topics. Zoom, Meeting ID:  81206438286 - VIRTUAL ONLY


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:  85880852411 - 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, Chapters 18-28). 

Mishnah:  The Best Book You’ve Never Read
with Rabbi Alan Lettofsky
Wednesdays at 10:30 am 
(resuming December 6)

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

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

Sun, December 10 2023 27 Kislev 5784