Overview of Adult Education Programs
Learn about Jewish spirituality, texts, traditions, ideas and holidays. Participate in discussions about readings and ask questions. Adult education is open to everyone: interfaith couples, anyone seeking to deepen his or her Jewish path, and anyone, Jewish or not, who is curious about Jewish traditions.
Weekly Torah Study
Our weekly Torah study explores the weekly portion from the Hebrew Bible with the aid of ancient and modern commentators. There is most always a lively and interesting discussion. No prior experience is needed to join in. Coffee, bagels, and other goodies are served.
For the 2018-2019 fiscal year, Torah study takes place most Saturday mornings from 9:30-11am. Rabbi Lotker will conduct Torah Study each weekend he is in town and lay-leaders will lead the study session when Rabbi Lotker is not in town. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for details, and/or see the temple calendar or Facebook page for upcoming dates.
Adult Ed Seminars
Rabbi Lotker will be hosting an adult education seminar on Sundays at 10:30am during his monthly visits. See the temple calendar or our Facebook page for the specific dates and topics.
Recent topics included "What Really Happened in the Garden of Eden" and "The Delights of Biblical Hebrew".
Overview of Youth Education Programs
Child / youth education programs are run by Amber Ikeman and Ashley Mansfield (one of our board members).
Shalom Kids is our Hebrew school program for ages 3-13. It includes our Tots class for preschoolers (ages 3-5), and our Aleph, Bet and Gimmel classes for ages 6-13. Shalom Kids meet on Wednesdays from 4-6pm, and incorporates lessons on Judaism mixed with dancing, songs, prayers, Torah, history, crafts and cooking. The program is run by Amber Ikeman, Director of Music & Community Engagement, and Ashley Mansfield, one of our board members, along with a group of volunteers from our community. Thank you to those who are giving their time to make this a worthwhile program. For more information about these programs, please contact Amber at the temple.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah Training
The 2018-2019 b’nei mitzvah class will be meeting with Rabbi Lotker once a week during the year preceding his/her bar/bat mitzvah, in-person when he is in town and via Skype during the rest of the month. Amber Ikeman will be working with the students to help them learn to read / chant their Torah portion and the various prayers that make up the service.
B’nai mitzvah policies may be found here.
Audio recordings of the prayers that the students are asked to learn can be found here.
Beth Shalom, in coordination with the Israeli group, Soul Train, has run a one-week summer camp in Bozeman if there is sufficient interest.
Also, as part of the URJ, our students are able to attend the fabulous Camp Kalsman, located an hour north of Seattle.