Adult learning at Beth Jacob begins with a commitment to lifelong Jewish learning. Our program is a rich montage of opportunities in formal and informal settings to deepen our understanding of Judaism and Jewish tradition as adults.

Formal classes include Parsha Hashavua and Talmud study. Several times a month there are guest speakers following Shabbat morning Kiddush on a variety of topics including Jewish history, philosophy, prayer and ritual.

Basic Hebrew Classes
Sunday mornings: September 30, October 7, 14, 21, 28 at 10:00 am
Lisa Hoff teaches basic Hebrew this fall. Five classes begin with Aleph-Bet and take you through the rest of the alphabet and basic concepts for reading and understanding Hebrew.
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Ongoing Classes

Monday Night Talmud with Interim Rabbi, Sami Barth
Study the words and thoughts of Rabbinic tradition as a living text in our modern world.
Check our calendar for class dates.
7:00 pm Schmooze
7:15 pm Class

Parasha HaShavua: How Does The Weekly Torah Portion Impact Life Today?
Tuesdays at noon with ,
By using traditional and modern commentaries on the weekly Torah portion, its ideas and meanings are illuminated. Join us as we walk through the Torah week by week reflecting on the enduring lessons it teaches.
Coffee, cookies and bars served.

Bracha and Bagels
Wednesdays after morning minyan, about 8 am.
A morning shiur with , and others. Our learning chug (circle) meets for half an hour over breakfast, digging into rabbinic text related to the cycle of the Jewish year.

Community Classes

Hineni*: Adult Jewish Learning and Contemplative Practices
The Hineni program believes that engaging with Jewish teachings and practices challenges the mind, inspires the imagination, and touches the soul thereby enriching individuals, communities and the world. Wherever you stand in relation to Jewish tradition, you are invited to join Hineni’s instructors as together you explore the richness of Judaism and the sacred within and around us.

Hineni offers an array of adult Jewish learning opportunities and contemplative practice experiences, many in collaboration with Twin Cities area synagogues and agencies.

Hineni* Translation: I am present, I am here, I am ready.

Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
This two-year course will challenge you to engage in Jewish learning in a serious and comprehensive way. Each lesson is designed to inspire and enlighten you irrespective of your prior experience or background. This course is ideal for those looking to deepen their understanding of the basics of Judaism and Jewish living.