2906 Loma Linda Drive, Bakersfield, CA 93305  |  Phone: (661) 322-7607

Judaism is never just “pediatric” at Temple Beth El; adults have numerous learning opportunities:

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Seeking Everyday Holiness: A Community Mussar Program 
The World of Mussar is opening before you, and you are invited to enter. 

Our community will soon be embarking on a program of study and practice in the way of the Jewish spiritual tradition of Mussar, and everyone is invited to join. 

Mussar might best be described as “Jewish spiritual ethics,” and has been practiced for centuries by people who sought to cultivate and strengthen the qualities of the inner “mensch.” 

Mussar has been undergoing a revival in the Jewish world, and we are fortunate to be able to offer this curriculum created by The Mussar Institute, the leaders in the field. This program is suitable for all, regardless of level of Jewish knowledge. There are no pre-requisites nor is Hebrew required 

Come join in small group study, facilitated by Rabbi Cheryl Rosenstein, as we explore together, in a safe and caring environment, what the Jewish tradition has to teach us about the traits of humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order, and honor, among others, and discover how you can improve these qualities in your own life. 

An introduction and registration session will be held Sunday, December 11th at 2:00 PM at Temple Beth El, 2906 Loma Linda Drive. The 20 week course will begin on Sunday, January 22, and then meet every other week through the beginning of April. As Pesach (and the Yiddish Open, and the Jewish Food Festival!) will interrupt us, we will start the second half of our course in May. 

When you have registered, you will receive a copy of the course textbook. "Everyday Holiness" by Alan Morinis, and in group meetings and personal study and practice, we will explore these soul traits together. 

Mussar offers a Jewish pathway and a set of teachings that will help you find your way toward becoming your best self, and our community to reach its higher potential. Take advantage of this unique opportunity by registering today! Contact Rabbi Rosenstein at rabbir@bak.rr.com, or leave a message at (661) 331-4631. 

 

ADULT B'NAI MITZVAH CLASS

For those of you who made it past the age of 13 without marking this milestone, TBE will be offering an adult B'nai Mitzvah program. For more information on this upcoming program, email Rabbi Rosenstein (rabbir@me.com).

 

INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM

Temple Beth El is pleased to offer an "Introduction to Judaism" course, October through March. The series will run for 17 weeks and will be taught by Rabbi Rosenstein. Classes will meet in the Klakoff Library at Temple Beth El. Included in the lectures and discussion will be the basic elements of Judaism, with emphasis on the Jewish holidays, the synagogue service and the practical aspects of observing Judaism. Each week, the first half-hour will be devoted to the basics of Hebrew reading.

All are welcome to attend. It does not matter whether you wish a refresher in Judaism, are a candidate for conversion or marriage, or are just curious. Members and non-members alike are invited. During the course of the semester, a Sabbath dinner will be held at 6:00PM. Students will be required to attend four Shabbat evening services. Those evenings are the individual's choice.

For more information on upcoming classes, please call (661) 322-7607.


OTHER ADULT LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES


Our “Torah Talk” class meets at 10:00 AM on the third Saturday morning of each month.  No fees and no prerequisites – just edifying and enlightening discussion as we learn about the past, explore Torah’s connection to our present, and discover the eternal truths that make it always relevant.

College Commons is an exciting, live-streamed, interactive learning session from the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, featuring leading scholars from our Reform movement.  Topics range from our connection to Israel to new readings of ancient texts, to issues of interfaith dialogue and understanding – and more!  Offered bi-monthly, Sunday afternoons and Tuesday evenings.  Click for detailed information about each lecture.

For parents and grandparents, our Torah Learning Center offers occasional “Family Education Days,” often centered on holiday celebrations.  These days are wonderful opportunities to learn alongside your child, enabling you to reinforce their Jewish learning at home.

Is there a play, film, or museum exhibit with Jewish content or themes – even, perhaps, in Los Angeles - that you would be interested in seeing with your Jewish friends?  Odds are, we want to see it, too!  Contact our office or our Adult Education chairperson, and we will work with you to make it happen.