Adult Learning

“Say not: ‘When I have time I will study,’ because you may never have the time.” — Hillel

Shabbat Morning Torah Hevras

Torah Study with Rabbi Josh Breindel

Join our rabbi for an ongoing conversation about the intersection of ancient texts and modern life. Together, we’ll approach the weekly Torah portion through the lens of midrash (rabbinic narrative), mysticism and a dash of pop culture. After exploring a segment of the portion, we’ll unpack it with classical and modern commentaries that stimulate conversation and provides insights into our text’s enduring power and relevance. All are welcome as we enter this new year guided by ancient teachings and modern insight.

Torah Study with Cantor Zar-Kessler

Come join Torah study in the foyer with Lorel and open-hearted, listening learners. We focus on a few verses from the weekly portion, learn from traditional commentators, and mostly, learn from one another as we strive to put our hearts into Torah and the teachings of Torah into our hearts.

Hasidic Texts (lay-led)

Explore Hasidic commentaries on the weekly Torah portion, wrestling with issues as timely as they are timeless. Torah text and commentary are studied in Hebrew with English translation. Knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary to be a full participant.

Rabbinic Texts (lay-led)

Working together and dipping into the sea of Talmud and beyond.

Additional Learning Opportunities

Hasidic Tales
Thursdays at 11:00 a.m.

Find insight, uplift and a loving group of learners at the rabbi’s weekly Hasidic Tales series. Guided by Martin Buber’s Tales of the Hasidim, all are invited to engage in a close reading of these timeless stories. All that’s needed is a willing heart and open ears as we drive on our lived experience to find new richness in our spiritual heritage. Texts for our weekly study can be found here.

Talmud Study Hevra (cooperatively lay-led)

Mondays at 10:30 a.m.

Join in with our informal study of the foundational layers of Jewish practice and ethics. Together, we explore the law (halacha), stories (aggadah), personalities, politics, and the principles and process of argument and decision-making, connecting our historical background with our contemporary experiences. You don’t need to have studied any Talmud before. Nor do you need to know Hebrew or Aramaic — we work from the Steinsaltz edition, with its clear translations and detailed explanatory notes. Come swim in the sea of Talmud with us!

Jewish Book Group

With Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler and Arnie Kessler

Gather for a discussion relating to one of the titles from the Jewish Lives. For details and to RSVP, email Lorel at cantor@bethelsudbury.org.

Adult Hebrew Learning

Mondays from 7:30–8:30 p.m. through May 24
With Janet Buchwald

For those who have a firm grounding in Hebrew grammar and want to dig more deeply into text. Through Torah and prayer, we focus on the nuances of language and work to develop a rich, personal understanding.

Learning in the Library

Wednesday mornings, 11:00 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
With Cantor Zar-Kessler

Our study together combines Torah text study, roundtable discussion, one-on-one learning, meditation, and song. There are so many paths to help us explore the power of cultivating our individual and communal soul traits (middot), always growing to become more of the persons and community we can be.