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Attend a class with us! Beth Israel Online has a wonderful menu of options!

Explore. Experience.

No matter where you are in your Jewish journey, you’ll be amazed at what you discover about yourself and our world. You can learn about Jewish texts, history, culture or current events.  Meditate on Mondays, or join us for a virtual exhibit. Visit this page for updates on all of our upcoming offerings. Our building may be closed, but Jewish learning continues.

Upcoming Classes

Holocaust Escape Tunnel Film Discussion 

December 20, 10:00 am
The Lithuanian city of Vilna hen the Nazis murdered about 95% of its Jewish population. Now, an international team of archaeologists is excavating the remains of its Great Synagogue and searching for a lost escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners inside a Nazi execution site. 
If you found our Kristallnacht program fascinating (The Good Nazi), you’re sure to find this film just as intriguing, as it also features Dr. Richard Freund’s team of archaeologists and geophysicists.
View the film in advance on Youtube (54 minutes).
Join the film discussion with Valerie Thaler, Synagogue Director, on December 20 at 10:00 am

For the Love of Zion: From the Torah to Today

Lunch and Learn 

First and Third Thursdays each month, Led by Rachel V. Glaser.
1st and 3rd Thursday of the month beginning October 15 at 12pm-1pm
In this course, we will look at how the Jewish people's attachment to the Land of Israel (Zionism) developed from Biblical to modern times, from a promise to a political movement.  We will use text, commentaries, historical documents and interpretations to explore how Zionism began and where it is today. 
Click here to join on Zoom.

This Moment in Time

Valerie Thaler, Synagogue Director 
2nd and 4th Thursday of the month beginning  December  10 at 12pm-1pm
Join Valerie for short, weekly informal discussion on articles of interest in the Jewish press. 
Click here to join on Zoom.


Beth Israel Congregation is co-sponsoring a series of adult learning programs offered by the Rabbinical Assembly and Ziegler. You can register and attend these for free!  Please click here to the full list of 8 classes on Tuesdays and Wednesdays in November and December.

Jewish Film Festival

Watch the movies at home and join us for a discussion!

We will email instructions on accessing the film online several days before the
date of the discussion


2018 drama set in the Nazi-occupied Vienna, Monday, Jan. 11

The Passengers

2019 documentary on the plight of Ethiopia Jewry

Special discussion with Director/Producer Ryan S. Porush, Monday, Jan. 25.

Let Yourself Go

2018 light comedy set in Rome’s Jewish community, Monday, Feb. 8.

7:30 pm on Zoom
$10 each movie
Register at
Sign up for all 3 movies on the website and use the discount code "Movies" to save $5

Click here to visit our YouTube channel to see our most recent videos.

Including: Rabbi Mia Simring, “Jacob and Our Capacity for Forgiveness,” N&N Shabbat, Nov. 21, 2020, Good Nazi Program Nov. 8, 2020, Dr. Daniel Hale, "Recognizing Depression," Shabbat Morning Nov. 14, 2020. 

For further information about Jewish Learning at Beth Israel, please contact the Beth Israel Office at 410-654-0800

A significant portion of the Beth Israel Learning program has been generously underwritten by the Sabina and Walter Dorn Education Endowment Fund.

Thu, December 3 2020 17 Kislev 5781