Adult Programming

Beit Midrash
Shabbat Afternoons, Following Kiddush Luncheon

Beginning at approximately 12:45 pm on selected Shabbat afternoons, the Habonim Beit Midrash is an opportunity to explore text and to hear from a variety of speakers about topics related to Jewish practice, Congregation Habonim, and the greater Jewish community. Sessions are led by our clergy, members of our congregation, and distinguised guest speakers.

  • April 29 - Dr. Ellie Carmody, Infectious Diseases Specialist - Tsa’arat: Differential diagnosis, historical repercussions and spiritual implications.
  • May 6 - Rebecca Neuwirth, Director of Strategic Engagement, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee - Jews of Germany and Europe. 
  • May 13 - Jonathan Chariton, former member of Israel Defense Forces - Serving in the IDF and Israel’s Rules of Engagement.
  • May 20 - Doron Kenter, Mensches and Schmendriks: Selections from the Talmud, Tractate Ta'anit.

Film series, interactive discussions and learning sessions, guest lectures, weekly Torah study: Congregation Habonim offers a variety of programs in the daytime, in the evening, and on weekends. Shabbat dinners throughout the year offer participants an opportunity to celebrate Shabbat, socialize, and engage with others.

Unless indicated otherwise, all Adult Education events take place at Congregation Habonim, are free of charge, no reservation is required, and you do not need to be a synagogue member to attend. We look forward to seeing you!

Adult Dinner with Guest Speaker, Dr. Howard Stoffer
Friday, June 9
Kabbalat Shabbat service at 6:30 pm, dinner at 7:30 pm
Sign up here.

Congregation Habonim member, Dr. Howard Stoffer, is Associate Professor at the Henry C. Lee College of Criminal Justice & Forensic Sciences. Dr. Stoffer served in the Foreign Service of the United States from 1980 to 2005, retiring as a member of the Senior Foreign Service of the Department of State.  He served for seven years as the Deputy Executive Director of the Counter-Terrorism Committee Executive Directorate of the United Nations Security Council.   His research interests focus on American national security, including nuclear arms control, U.S. policies in the Middle East, Russia, China and the Koreas as well as counter-terrorism institutions of the United Nations and other UN matters.