Lifelong Learning

Take a look at our 2014-15 Program Book for a Complete Schedule of Classes and Learning Opportunities for Adults, Families and Children.

Or visit our calendar to find out what's coming up soon.

The themes of diversity and equity will weave throughout our programming with particular attention to storytelling and diversity in the Shabbat dinners and the book group. We hope to create opportunities for connection at every meeting and event and we welcome you to bring your ideas as well—this is all of our work.

In addition, 5775 in the Jewish calendar is a shmita, or sabbatical year. Every seven years, in their wisdom, our ancestors set aside debts and let their fields lie fallow, as a form of release. Chapter 25 of the Book of Leviticus promises bountiful harvests to those who observe the shmita, and describes its observance as a test of religious faith. This year our congregation has found several creative forms of expression for this mitzvah. Look for special shmita programming, including Mussar classes with Rabbi Penzner, and special workshops on Deep Wisdom for Healing the Earth and Ourselves, with Rabbi Natan Margalit. Our Human Rights Shabbat program will also include a focus on Clean Air, Water and a Sustainable Planet.

Upcoming and Recurring Events

  • Torah Study biweekly, from October to May, with the rabbi and co-led by members, Saturday mornings 8:45 - 9:45, with coffee and pastries

  • Allen J. Worters Memorial Lecture: Keren McGinity, author of Still Jewish: A History of Women and Intermarriage in America to speak about her new book Marrying Out: Jewish Men, Intermarriage and Fatherhood.   Sunday, November 9   4 to 6 p.m.

  • Parenting Through Our Differences, a monthly Sunday morning discussion group for parents

  • Shabbat Book Club, discussing various fiction and non-fiction offerings on Shabbat afternoons.

  • Family Education Opportunities for Parents and Children, including a field trip to Mayyim Hayyim mikveh, making Shema pillowcases, and Leaving the Garden: b'nai mi mitzvah group with our Rabbi

  • Human Rights Shabbat: featuring a speaker on a current issue, and including an interactive reading of the Declaration of Human Rights: Saturday, December 13 

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Shabbat featuring a speaker on issues of race in America: Saturday, January 17

  • Matza baking and other ways to prepare for the Seder: Sunday morning, March 29

  • And more.  Check the calendar or join our mailing list!

Share your Expertise

Our Temple Hillel B’nai Torah community is blessed with a wealth of contacts and expertise among our own temple members. If you have an idea for a program, are interested in making a presentation or bringing in a guest speaker to present on a topic of interest to our community, please contact Benita at