The mission of the Life Long Jewish Learning Program at Bet David is to passionately and actively facilitate all aspects of Jewish learning for the Bet David community and to help Bet David remain a local and national leader in Progressive Jewish education, in concert with the goals of the Progressive movement, through rabbinic led, lay led, and outside guest-led lectures and programs. We are here to promote Jewish Living through Jewish Learning.
Weekly Torah Study before the Shabbat morning service
On the request of many members, we have started gatherings for breakfast on Saturdays at 08.45, followed by in-depth debate about the weekly Torah portion. The breakfast Shiurim (study sessions) take place weekly, led by Rabbi Schell. The shiurim are open for all, no background knowledge is required.
*** Update ***We have started a new cycle in our Shabbat breakfast study, focusing this year on the prophets. If you want to learn more about Isiaha, Jeremiah, Amos and co, please join us for this new journey.
“Introduction to Judaism” class
Every Thursday, Rabbi Schell is teaching an Introduction to Judaism class that is open for all Bet David members and those who are part of our conversion program. If you are not a member of Bet David , or not in the conversion program, but you’d like to attend the classes, please contact the office for further details.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Our members come from a diversity of backgrounds, each with a different level of formal Jewish education. Some have never had the chance to become a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. This is particularly true for women and those who converted to Judaism. Bet David offers these members the chance to celebrate Jewish learning in form of an Adult B‘nai Mitzvah .
Guided by Rabbi Schell, our adult B’nai Mitzvah class meets together in a small group from February to June 2019. Learning to read from the Torah and studying and discussing Jewish laws and customs in the context of the Reform Movement, the group moves toward its B’nai Mitzvah celebration and graduation on Shavuoth (9 June 2019).
Unlike our traditional Bar and Bat Mitzvah program through the Cheder, the B’nai Mitzvah class is geared toward adult learners. The class forms a cohesive support group, and provides a warm space in which to explore one’s Judaism.
The class will take place bi-weekly on a Tuesday evening (18h00 to 19h30). Fee: R2500,- for the course.
Please contact Rabbi Schell for more information: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday Talk and Tea
We have started a monthly Sunday Talk and Tea. Once a month we offer a talk by a person of interest followed by tea and chats