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Adult Education

Learning with others in community allows us to live our Jewish value of Talmud Torah. Whether you can pop in for one class or make it for an entire series, we invite you to stimulate your lifelong love for Judaism and learning by participating in any/all of the following opportunities.

Prayerbook Hebrew With Cantor Shula Kalir Merton

Weekly class between January 2023 – April 2024

An introduction to Hebrew for beginners with the focus on reading and understanding our prayerbook. This class of for anyone that would like to engage more fully with our tradition through the Hebrew language.

Meets Tuesdays at 5:30 pm beginning January 7th

Registration will open soon.

World of Judaism

Registration will open soon.

What Makes Judaism Unique - Ethical and Ritual Paths to Holiness
January 10, 2023 – 7:00 pm

Join Rabbi K’vod and  Cantor Shula for a roundtable discussion that explores the features of Judaism tradition that distinguish it from other religious traditions.

Jewish Visions of God - Exploring Varied Theologies Including the God I Don’t Believe In
with Rabbi K’vod Wieder

January 17 – 7:00 pm

Participation in Jewish community involves interfacing with ideas about who or what God is through scripture and liturgy. Jewish thought offers multiple models and perspectives on this greatest mystery. Our class will not only be a survey of various theologies within Jewish tradition, but an exploration of finding a model that meets our individual experience.

Why Israel?: It’s Importance to the Jewish People and the World With Rabbi Daniel Levine
January 24 - 7:00 pm (Online)

Jewish History 101 With Rabbi K’vod Wieder
February 7 – 7:00 pm

This session gives a broad overview of key historical moments in Jewish history that have been instrumental in shaping Jewish tradition from Mount Sinai to our 21st Century.

Why Israel?: A Vital Presence in the Middle East with Professor Alon Burnstein
February 21 - 7:00 pm (Online)

Why is Israel now able to reach out to other Middle East counties? What does this mean for the future? What are the Abraham Accord and why are they important?

Purim: Not Just For Children With Rabbi K’vod Wieder
February 28 – 7 :00 pm

In this session, we will explore some of the deeper meanings of the Purim story from rabbinic and mystical perspectives. How does the Purim story wrestle with some of the deeper concepts of good, evil, destiny and free-will?  

Passover - Teachings and Practices of the Festival of Freedom With Rabbi K’vod Wieder
March 28 – 7 :00 pm

Passover commemorates the story of the Israelites journey from slavery to freedom through the Exodus story. This session will examine some of the core insights of the holiday about freedom and the ritual practices that are associated with the holy day. .In addition to intellectual understandings, we will introduce some practical ideas to make our seders more meaningful.

Passover - Creating an Inspiring Family Seder With Johannah Sohn
April 4  – 7 :00 pm

When do we eat?? In this session we will discuss creative and interactive ways to bring your family seder to life.

Shabbat – Traditional and Creative Observance With Rabbi K’vod Wieder and Johannah Sohn
April 18, 25 – 7 :00 pm

Shabbat is more than a day of rest – it is day of increased awareness, renewal, and fulfillment. Our tradition has deep insights into how to make Shabbat a regular source of strength and connection in our lives. In these two sessions, we will learn traditional Shabbat practices and how they help us engage deeper with ourselves and with each other. We will also explore how creative Shabbat observance embodies the spirit of our tradition as it meets us in the 21st century.

Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices With Rabbi K’vod Wieder,  Rabbi Joe Mendelsohn, Cantor Shula Kalir Merton
May 9, 16, 23, 30  – 7 :00 pm

Our prayer liturgy and synagogue practices have the opportunity to be meaningful technologies of the spirit. And for many of us we struggle with the language of the prayer, even in English, to express our deepest truths and yearnings. These three sessions will introduce us to the deep logic of our prayer services, and how they can support us in living our own personal and spiritual journeys more fully.

Tikkun Olam With Johannah Sohn
June 6, 13  – 7 :00 pm

Beyond giving tzedakah (donations of money), what does it mean to repair the world? How do we as the Jewish People understand Tikkun Olam and what can we do practically to make a difference?

Spiritual Preparation for the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur With Cantor Shula Kalir Merton
August 29, September 5  – 7 :00 pm

Many of us come to synagogue with much expectation for the High Holy Days and are not sure what is expected of us spiritually. What is the inner reflection we are asked to engage in? How does the High Holy day liturgy help us connect deeper with our truths and aspirations? This session will be an exploration of the major spiritual concepts of the High Holy days and an understanding of the prayers so that our experience in synagogue has the potential to be transformational.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

January 2023 – April 2024 

Please note that you MUST BE A MEMBER to register for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program. Once you have become a member, the option to register for the program will be made available to you in the register button. Click Here to become a member.

Take the opportunity to build community with other dedicated learners by engaging in a 16 month learning program that offers thorough introduction to Jewish tradition. Make the commitment to all of the offered classes including Prayerbook Hebrew and the program culminates with the class leading a Shabbat morning service for the community including leading prayers, reading Torah, and sharing thoughts and interpretations of the weekly portion.

5:30 pm - Prayerbook Hebrew
7:00 pm - World of Judaism course (every other week)

Registration will open soon.




January 10

What Makes Judaism Unique 

Rabbi K’vod

January 17

Jewish Visions of God

Rabbi K’vod

January 24

Why Israel?: It’s Importance to the Jewish People and the World

Rabbi Daniel Levine

February 7

Jewish History 101 

Rabbi K’vod

February 21

Why Israel?: A Vital Presence in the Middle East

Professon Alon Burnstein

February 28

Purim: Not Just For Children

Rabbi K’vod

March 14

Israel 101

Rabbi Daniel Levine

March 21

Israel Matters Program  


March 28

Passover: Teachings and Practices of the Festival of Freedom  

Rabbi K’vod

April 4

Passover: Creating an Inspiring Family Seder

Johannah Sohn 

April 18

Shabbat: Traditional and Creative Observance 

Rabbi K’vod

April 25

Shabbat: Traditional and Creative Observance 


May 9

Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices

Rabbi K’vod

May 16

Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices

Rabbi Joe Mendelsohn

May 23

Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices 

Rabbi K’vod

May 30

Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices 

Cantor Shula Kalir Merton

June 6

Tikkun Olam

Johannah Sohn  

June 13

Tikkun Olam

Johannah Sohn 

August 29

Spiritual Preparation for the HH: Rosh Hashanah 

Cantor Shula

September 12

Spiritual Preparation for the HH: Yom Kippur 

Cantor Shula

September 26

Sukkot and Simchat Torah: Accessing Wellsprings of Joy 

Rabbi K’vod

October 10

Lifecycles: Birth and B’nai Mitzvah

Rabbi K’vod

October 24

Lifecycles: Marriage and Death 

Cantor Shula

November 7

The Denominations: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist  

Rabbi K’vod

November 28

The World of Jewish Sacred Text: An Exploration of How Scripture Creates Tradition 

Rabbi K’vod

December 12

Two Faces of Chanukah: Jewish Identity and Spirituality  

Rabbi K’vod

Jan-Mar 2023 - Weekly Tuesday classes to prepare for leadership of Shabbat Service 




Adult Education

Previous Sessions Available to View On YouTube




The Ravine:  A Family, A Photograph, A Holocaust Massacre Revealed

A Lecture with Professor Wendy Lower in honor of Yom HaShoah

In 2009, Wendy Lower was shown a photograph just brought to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum. The documentation of the Holocaust is vast, but there are few known images of a Jewish family at the actual moment of murder, in this case by German officials and Ukrainian collaborators. A Ukrainian shooter’s rifle is inches from a woman’s head, obscured in a cloud of smoke. The woman is bending forward, holding the hand of a barefoot boy. Wendy Lower’s detective work—in Ukraine, Germany, Slovakia, Israel, and the United States—recovers layers of detail concerning the open-air massacres in Ukraine. Her search for the identities of the victims, of the killers—and, remarkably, of the photographer who openly took the picture, as a secret act of resistance—are dramatically uncovered. Finally, in the hands of this scholar, a single image unlocks a new understanding of the place of the family unit in the history and aftermath of Nazi genocide.

Wendy Lower, Ph.D. is the John K. Roth Professor of History and George R. Roberts Fellow at Claremont McKenna College where she also directs the Mgrublian Center for Human Rights.  Lower chairs the Academic Committee of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum and served as Acting Director of the Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel Center for Advanced Holocaust Studies of the USHMM (2016-2018).

Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)

TBESOC prides itself on bringing quality content and educational programming to its community. Throughout the years we have enjoyed spiritual nourishment, educational enlightenment and magical moments that we have shared together as a community. Recently, TBESOC has created a phenomenal opportunity and partnership with the Community Scholar Program. The Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (“CSP”) is a community-wide endeavor committed to adult Jewish education and family Jewish celebrations. These programs bring exciting new content and intellectual stimulation through travel, art, history and culture. We couldn’t imagine a better educational tool at our fingertips and in the comfort of our own homes to take us on a journey to places and spaces we couldn’t previously go to before! We encourage you to join and embrace the power of what CSP has to offer each of us individually and as a community.  

Thu, December 8 2022 14 Kislev 5783