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 their Jewish path, and anyone, Jewish or not, who is curious about Jewish traditions.
Weekly Torah Study
All are welcome to our weekly Torah study, exploring 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.
Torah study takes place most Saturday mornings from 9:30-11am. Rabbi Kula will conduct Torah Study twice a month and lay-leaders will facilitate on other weekends. Live streaming is also available for those who would like to join remotely. Email Amber at the temple for details, and/or see the temple calendar or Facebook page for upcoming dates.
Adult Ed Seminars
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 "Mamzers and Mashiach: Illicit Sexual Encounters in the Bible and the Deep Lessons They Hold."
Overview of Youth Education Programs
Youth education programs are run by Amber Ikeman and Rabbi Kula.
Shalom Kids is our Hebrew school program for ages 3-13. It includes our Tots class for preschoolers (ages 3-5), our Bet and Gimmel classes for ages 6-11, and our B'nei Mitzvah class for ages 11-13. 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, Cantorial Soloist/Program Director, and Rabbi Kula 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 Shalom Kids, please contact Amber at the temple.
Bar / Bat Mitzvah Training
B’nei mitzvah students meet with Rabbi Kula once a week during the year preceding their Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Amber Ikeman works with the students to help them learn to read / chant their Torah portion and the various prayers of the service. We pride ourselves in working closely with each family to assure the Bar/Bat Mitzvah celebration is unique, reflecting the needs and interests of individual families. Each Bar/Bat Mitzvah receives a gift from the temple.
More B’nei Mitzvah information and guidelines 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.