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Congregation Beth Shalom of the Blue Hills

Serving the Jewish Community of: Milton, Quincy, Boston, Hyde Park, Dorchester, Roslindale, Braintree & Surrounding Areas

Adult Education/Lifelong Learning

Our community hosts an invigorating series of education and enrichment programming for adults. With input from temple members, our committee puts together an annual calendar of events to which everyone is invited.

The following activities are led by Rabbi Benjamin:

  • Lunch & Learn – Twice a month, on either a Wednesday or Thursday at 12:15 the Rabbi leads an open discussion based on Jewish texts and issues of the day. All texts are read in English translation. Members bring their own lunch (Dairy or Parve) and enjoy “food for their head and heart” as they sample a smorgasbord of Jewish wisdom. Coffee and tea are served along with a tasty dessert treat. Check the calendar for dates and topics.
  • Learning Service, Torah Study w/ Breakfast – One Shabbat morning a month Rabbi Benjamin leads an education oriented Shabbat service. At this service the entire congregation uses the Eit Ratzon prayer book that has full transliteration along with English translation, the Hebrew text and commentary.  There are three stages to this service and people are welcome to attend any or all parts:
    • Part 1: 9:30 – 10:15 – Shabbat Morning Service where the focus is on explanation and participation. Q&A encouraged.
    • Part 2: 10:20 – 11:15 – Breakfast followed by in depth study of the Torah portion.
    • Part 3: 11:20 – 12:30 – Torah Service followed by an abbreviated Musaf (concluding service).
  • Parent Education Sessions – In preparation for the High Holidays and Pesach, RabbiB meets with parents of our Religious School students to discuss and present practical ways to make celebrating the holidays more relevant and child friendly. Check the calendar.

In addition to the events conducted by the Rabbi, our adult education program also includes a number of other activities.

  • Sunday Brunch & Speaker Series – Enjoyable and informative speakers make thought-provoking presentations throughout the year. Talks are provided once a month on Sundays after a delicious brunch. Our Sunday Brunch Speaker Series pairs a tasty bagel nosh with thought-provoking topics and discussion. Speakers in the past have shared their expertise on Jewish genealogy, genetics, nutrition and aging, jury selection practices, experience as a Jewish veteran of World War II, and more. This Speaker Series is proud to have hosted a number of Wexner Fellows, Israeli leaders who are learning and sharing during their fellowship year at Harvard. Brunches are held at the Temple building from 10:00 – 11:45. A $5.00 donation is requested to offset the cost of the breakfast.
  • Friday Evening Speakers after Shabbat Services – 6:30PM when dinner is served. 7:45 when the speaker follows services.
  • Parenting Through a Jewish Lens (PTJL) – 6 Sundays mornings, 10:15 – 11:45. In partnership with Hebrew College and CJP, we are excited to offer this class for parents who have a child/ren under 10 who want to learn how the wisdom of our tradition can inform their approach to parenting. Jewish and non-Jewish partners are welcome.  For more information and to register (there is a nominal fee) go to https://secure.hebrewcollege.edu/form/registration-parenting  FREE babysitting available.  First class is on Oct. 22nd

Tentative upcoming events for 2017-2018 are listed below.

  • Book Club – The “People of the Book” are alive and well at our congregation! The Book Club has been demonstrating our commitment to reading “Jewishly” for several years.Our book choices have ranged from biography to spy thrillers, from stories set everywhere from Tel Aviv to Teheran, from historical novels to personal memoirs. What these books have in common is that they have something within them that we have identified as Jewish using the definition that we designed at the beginning of our adventure. We invite all to join our group. We read one book each month, and meet monthly. Differing views on the subject and a variety of backgrounds of the participants results in lively discussions. We learn from each other and from the books we read.The book choices are made by the members so you will have input into what you will be reading. For any other information please call Francine Weistrop at 617-910-9492.
  • Miscellaneous Educational Opportunities – Our congregation offers a variety of additional educational events and opportunities, including movies, Sisterhood Events, community programs and an annual community Holocaust program. For details check our monthly calendar or our weekly “This Week” email.

Questions, Ideas, Suggestions? Contact Jack Levy, Adult Ed Chair, or Rabbi Benjamin at office@BethShalomBlueHills.org.

2017 – 2018 / 5778 Adult Education Events & Programs
Speakers and Dates (All dates and speakers tentative)

Sat Sept 16, 8:00PM     Selichot Services followed by Program TBD

Fri Oct 27, 7:45PM     Shabbat Services followed by Wexner Fellow  Alit Wiel-Shafran
speaking on the environment.

Fri Nov 10, 6:30PM     Shabbat Services & Dinner followed by Speaker James Acton – “How Should America and Israel Respond to Iran’s Drive for Nuclear Weapons?” RSVP for dinner.

Fri Dec 8, 7:45PM     Shabbat Services followed by Sophie Hearne – “Engaging Millennials  About Israel”

Sun Jan 21, 10:00     Brunch followed by Shinsinim – Young Israeli Ambassadors (https://www.cjp.org/our-work/israel-overseas/overseas-programs-partnerships/shinshinim-young-ambassadors-program)

Sun Feb 11, 10:00     Brunch followed by Religious School Sponsored Educational Program

Sun Mar 18, 10:00     Brunch followed by Lesley Acton – “Ethical Issues Behind the scenes at Museums” (possibly conduct at a museum)

Fri Apr 27, 6:30     Shabbat Services, Dinner followed by Wexner Fellow Nir Yannay –  “Long-Term Strategic Planning In the Israeli Defense Forces.” (Commemoration of Israel’s 70th Anniversary)  RSVP for dinner.


  1. Film commemorating Israel’s 70th Anniversary
  2. “Labyrinth of Lies” film in commemoration of Yom HaShoah

Questions? Contact Jack Levy, Adult Ed Chair, or Rabbi Benjamin at office@BethShalomBlueHills.org.

**updated June 2017**


Additional Resources for Adult Education:

JTS Torah Online

Free Online Jewish Enrichment Videos from The Jewish Theological Seminary