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“In the words of Professor Louis Finkelstein, ‘When I pray I speak to God; when I study God speaks to me.’ Come join the conversation this year at TBA; come for prayer, for study and for a deeper connection with God and your Jewish life.” 
-Rabbi Adam Kligfeld

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In lieu of payment for classes with our Rabbis, we encourage you to bring a can of food to be donated to SOVA's Food Bank.

Humash with Rashi with Rabbi Adam Kligfeld
Wednesdays, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.  
Study Rashi's original Hebrew commentary on the text of the Torah. No Hebrew knowledge is required per se, but willingness to learn and grow is! No advance registration required. Drop-ins welcome! 


Mishnah Study with Rabbi Ari Lucas
Thursdays, 8:30 - 9:30 a.m.
Join Rabbi Lucas to engage the foundational text of the Talmud and Jewish law in the original Hebrew. All levels of Hebrew and background knowledge are welcome. No advance registration required.                                Drop-ins welcome!

Mini-Class on the Daily Siddur with Rabbi Avi Havivi
Tuesdays, 8:10 - 8:25 a.m.
Join Rabbi Havivi for a 15-minute discussion on topics from the daily prayer book right after morning minyan on Tuesdays in Pilch Hall.

Shabbat Morning Mishnah Study
Saturdays, 9:20 a.m. - 9:40 a.m.
Join fellow community members in a weekly reading and discussion of the Mishnah and commentary in Hebrew and English.  For 20 years, the group has studied one tractate after another, typically one mishnah per week. Learning is primarily lay led by volunteers, on a rotational basis, in the Dorff-Nelson Chapel. A great way to start your Shabbat morning at Temple Beth Am.


The Holkhei Derekh - Adult B'nei Mitzvah Journey
Tuesdays, 7:30 - 9:30 p.m. Beginning October 21, 2014 
The Adult B’nei Mitzvah program provides a great opportunity for learning, camaraderie, and spiritual growth. The program consists of 40 two-hour long sessions over 18 months.  The meetings will be taught by our rabbinical staff and culminates in your own B’nei Mitzvah at a Shabbat morning service on 12/19/15. 
Registration is now closed.

Skills training courses will be taught by the Clergy on Tuesday evenings from 7:30-8:30 pm.  Each course is $72.

Hebrew Reading
Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Oct. 21 (8 sessions) 
Improve your Hebrew reading to gain more comfort with the Hebrew liturgy of the siddur. Emphasis on fluency of reading, not comprehension. Participants should know the aleph bet and how to read Hebrew vowels (although we'll review them) The goal is to offer learners greater access to the siddur for participation in Shabbat services. Registration is now closed.

Torah and Haftarah Trope
Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. beginning Jan. 6,2015 (13 sessions) 
Learn the musical cantillation systems for the Torah and Haftarah readings. We'll identify the trope symbols, learn how to chant them, and then practice putting the music to the words of passages of Torah and Haftarah. Please check back for the registration form.

Anatomy of the Shabbat Morning Service
Tuesdays 7:30 - 8:30 p.m. beginning April 14, 2015 (10 sessions) 
When do we bow? Why do we stand? How is the service structured? When is it appropriate to talk to my neighbor? We'll go through an outline of the Shabbat morning service - focusing on themes of the liturgy as well as practical understanding of how to be an active participant in services. Please check back for the registration form.

Controversies in 21st Century Jewish Life with Rabbi Joel Rembaum
Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00 p.m. Oct. 22nd - Nov. 18th
PLEASE NOTE: An additional class has been added - Jan 14, 2015!
Join Rabbi Rembaum as we read and discuss relevant Jewish sources on issues such as homosexuality, liturgical change, economic regulation, global warming, and slave labor. Explore Conservative Jewish perspectives. Text materials will be provided. No advance registration required. Drop-ins welcome!


Advanced Hebrew
Wednesdays 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.  Oct. 22 - Jan. 28, 2015. 12 sessions total.
There will be no class on Dec. 17,  24, & 31.
In addition to using the text book Ulpan Or, Hebrew conversations are the central part of the lesson. Current events in Israel as well as Jewish social and political themes when relevant will be discussed. We will also read articles about the Jewish holidays, as well as "shmooze" in Hebrew about our daily life. Registration is now closed.

Questions? Contact the Programming Department at (310) 652-7354 x 215

Temple Beth Am 1039 S. La Cienega Blvd. Los Angeles, California  Tel: 310-652-7353 Fax: 310-652-2384  betham@tbala.org

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