Adult Education

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

Due to COVID-19 issues, we will be determining when, if and how the Introduction to Judaism class will return.  If you are interested in attending once we schedule, please contact Rabbi Klein at  He will let you know when and how classes will resume.


Temple Beth El is pleased to offer an “Introduction to Judaism” course, beginning on Wednesday, October 10, 2018 at 7:00 PM. The series will run for 18 weeks, and will be taught by Rabbi Klein. Classes will meet in the Klakoff Library at Temple Beth El for 90 minutes.

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 or you are a candidate for conversion or marriage. Members and non-members alike are invited.

During the course of the semester, a Sabbath dinner will be held at 6:00 PM. Students will be re-quired to attend four Shabbat evening services. Those evenings are the individual’s choice.

Tuition is free for members of Temple Beth El; $35 for non-members. There will be a charge of $160.00 for books.

To Register, please call (661) 331-4631. Payment of fees and book purchases will be handled at your first lesson.

 Intro to Judaism
  Welcome to Class/The Jewish Sanctuary  12/12 Birth and Education 
  The High Holy Days  12/19 Becoming a Jew
Finding God  Conversion
Sukkot, Simhat Torah  Marriage
Torah Death & Dying
Judaism & Christianity  Purim
Thanksgiving Break (no class)  Pesach
Shabbat  Shavuot
Hanukkah  Israel
Who is a Jew? Jewish Life and Family 


Introduction to Judaism Book List 5779/2018-19

The titles below are available on order online or at your local bookshop. Prices below are quoted on paperbacks from Amazon Prime; used copies may be available from other vendors at lower prices. Cloud/Kindle versions may also be available.

Anita Diamant, Living A Jewish Life, Updated & Revised Edition. Harper Collins, $14.29

Arthur Green, Judaism’s Ten Best Ideas. Jewish Lights, $11.59

Stephen Wylen, Settings of Silver. Paulist Press, $28.56

Oxford University Press, The Jewish Study Bible, 2nd Edition. $27.18.


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 (


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.