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.

Contact Shaina Farwell at 773-205-9982 x 208 or gro.l1542209886e-hte1542209886belpm1542209886et@ll1542209886ewraf1542209886s1542209886 to learn more or register for a class.

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Adult Opportunities for 2017 – 18

Click Here for the 2017-18 Adult Opportunities Brochure

Spiritual Connections

  • Casual Morning Minyan and Torah Study – Saturdays 9:30 am
  • Festival Services and Lite Lunch for Passover
    • Passover Festival Service – Saturday, Mar. 30, 2018 9:30 am
    • Passover Festival Service and Yizkor – Friday, Apr. 6, 2018 11:15 am
  • Grief Support – 7-8 pm, Last Wed of month (10/25, 11/15, 12/13, 1/31, 2/21, 3/21, 4/25, 5/30, 6/27) – Open to All

Soul Food for Jewish Living

  • Welcome Table – Nov 19, Dec 10,Feb 18, Mar 18, Apr 29
  • Learn the Alef-Bet – Fridays 10:45 -11:45 am – Contact Mandy Herlich if interested

Community Corner

  • Chicago Festival of Israeli Cinema – Oct 29 at 6:30 pm
  • Annual Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Celebration – Nov 22 at 7:00 pm, Village Presbyterian Church (1300 Shermer Rd. in Northbrook)
  • JNF Brunch – Feb. 4, 2018 at 9:30 am – Alon Ben Gurion, Guest Speaker
  • JUF Brunch – Mar. 18, 2018 at 9:30 am – Gil Tamary, Guest Speaker
  • The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Ongoing Opportunities


The Jewish High Life                                   Tuesdays                                   9:30 am – 11:00 am

Join this group as they have thought-provoking discussions based on the Book of Jewish Values by Joseph Telushkin.
Facilitator:  Rabbi Victor Weissberg and Seymour Schiff.

Please contact Shaina Farwell if you are planning on attending this course. $125 for TBE members, $150 for nonmembers.

Morning Torah Class                            Friday (beginning Oct. 6)                                  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.

Led by: Rabbi Helbraun

What Comes Next                            Tuesday (beginning Oct. 10)                                  7:30 to 9:00 pm

We all know that the Torah ends with the death of Moses, while the Israelites remain on the wrong side of the Jordan river.  What comes next?  The Jewish bible contains the answer.  Following the same format as the Torah Study class, we will read and learn together, beginning with the book of Joshua.  Try it once and you’ll be hooked.

Led by: Rabbi Helbraun


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