Temple Beth-El has been an innovative and intellectual center for decades with many long standing groups, activities and classes continuing a tradition of learning and growth. 

Our adult education programs are both inspiring and uplifting. Learn more about current events, delve into Torah, enjoy our film series, join us at our Scholar-in-Residence programs, take part in our Temple Retreat, or be in touch with any of the Temple staff to learn about many more options planned for this year.  We would love to see you at our many programs!

Enhance your knowledge of the Jewish people, learn trope, find out about Kabbalah, take part in our grief support group or sign up for one of our many education opportunities.

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Adult Opportunities for 2016 -17

Spiritual Connections –  Click here for more details

  • Casual Morning Minyan and Torah Study – Saturdays 9:30 am
  • Festival Services and Lite Lunch for Passover
  • Nosh-Pray-Dine – Oct 28,2016, Jan 13, 2107, Apr 28, 2017
  • Grief Support – 7-8 pm, Last Wed of month (10/26, 11/16,12/14,1/25, 2/22, 3/22, 4/26, 5/24, 6/28)

Soul Food for Jewish Living – Click here for more details

  • Parenting Strategies from Love and Logic – Oct 30,2016 and April 30,2107
  • Mimosas and Muffins – November 6 9:30 am
  • Millenial Group – Drinks and Dinner – November 19, 2016
  • Welcome Table – Nov 20, Feb 29, Mar 19, May 21
  • Learn the Alef-Bet – Fridays, Feb 3-May 12, 2107 10:30-11:30 am
  • Adult Purim Baking Class – Sunday, February 12, 2017 9:30 am

Community Corner – Click here for more details

  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema – Nov 6 at 3:30 pm
  • Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration – Nov 23
  • Taste of Judaism – Nov 29, Dec 6, Dec 13
  • JNF Brunch
  • JUF Brunch
  • The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Ongoing Opportunities

What’s Going On?                                    Tuesdays                                   9:30 am – 11:00 am

A discussion on what’s going on in the political arena, foreign and domestic.
Facilitator:  Rabbi Victor Weissberg and Seymour Schiff

One Life, Three Perspectives              Tuesdays                                 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm

One of the most challenging stages of parenting comes when our children begin to emerge from childhood and begin to strain for independence. Life is new and untested, and they are ready to explore, to find their own way and embrace their passions. As the years pass, the young adult reaches maturity and settles down. Perhaps they find a partner, acquire a stable income, and begin to appreciate the wisdom their parents tried to teach them when they were too young and distracted to pay attention. Finally, at the end of many, many decades, as the candle of our lives begins to burn down, and death is no longer seen as a distant encounter. Like the previous stages, here too one may begin to see life through a different lens. One life…Three perspectives.

According to our sages, there was one man, King Solomon, who reflected on each of these stages of life. He recorded his adventures of young adulthood in the most erotic book of the Bible — the Song of Songs. When he arrived at the midpoint of his life he recorded his hard won knowledge in the book of Proverbs. And when he saw that his journey was coming towards its final stage, he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. Three perspectives…One life.

This year we will take a bite from each of these texts. Rabbi Helbraun invites you to join him for one, two or all three of these courses.

Ecclesiastes Tuesdays October 25 through November 22 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Proverbs Tuesdays January 10 through February 28 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Song of Songs Tuesdays April 4 through May 30 7:30 – 9:00 pm

You will need to purchase the corresponding text for each course as listed below: 

1st  course Kohelet: A Modern Commentary on Ecclesiastes
2nd course Mishlei: A Modern Commentary on Proverbs
3rd course Shir Hashirim: A Commentary on Song of Songs

Books are available for purchase online at:  Amazon, URJ Books & Music, Behrman House and alljudaica.com

Please contact Wendy Lake if you are planning on attending these courses. 

Morning Torah Class                            Friday                                   9:30 am to 10:30 pm

Did you ever want to read the Torah, but didn’t know how to get started?  Rabbi Helbraun will be our guide. We’ll begin in the book of Genesis, and slowly make our way through all Five Books of the Torah. While you’ll want to make this a regular part of your week, there’s no problem if you are only able to come occasionally, as we will only discuss what we read together each week. A big thanks to Sisterhood for sponsoring this learning opportunity that is open to all.


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