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Planning for the Future:
Ken Katz
VP of Education
A task team has recently been put together to develop high level learning goals, learn best practices, and make recommendations to the Board for the long term sustainability of adult education at TBE.  Some of the questions we'll be asking include:
  • What should adult Jews know?
  • How do we become more intentional about our offerings and the relationship between the different learning opportunities?
  • What are the best models for adult education and its sustainability?  
  • How and do we incorporate both formal and informal learning options?
  • Who are our teachers
  • How do congregants want to engage with the clergy? 
  • Is there a role for lay leaders or congregant-led facilitation?
  • What should the staffing model look like?
  • How do we measure success?
To weigh in on the discussion and provide your feedback, contact Ken Katz, our VP of Education.
Book Club is Back!
TBE's Book Club offers diverse selections certain to expand your mind, stimulate your intellect, and make for fun and enjoyable discussions.  All titles are available in the Levine-Sklut Judaic Library.   Come to all or just the dates that interest you. Reservations are not necessary.  Please consider bringing a $5 donation to help cover the cost of bagels, coffee, and other snacks.

Sunday, October 30, 2016
9:00 am - 10:30 am @ TBE
A Guide for the Perplexed by Dara Horn - book details >>
Discussion facilitated by Cantor Mary Rebecca Thomas

Sunday, December 4, 2016
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm @ TBE
Miriam's Kitchen: A Memoir by Elizabeth Ehrlich - book details >>
Snacks this afternoon will include recipes from the book.
Discussion facilitated by Susan Jacobs, Director of Education

Sunday, February 12, 2017
Part of Rabbi Dusty Klass' Installation weekend
11:00 am - 12:30 pm @ TBE
Jewish Spiritual Parenting by Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Michelle November - book details >>
Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Paul Kipnes, Scholar-in-Residence

Sunday, April 2, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm @ TBE
ZEALOT:  The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth by Reza Aslan - book details >>
Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Asher Knight

Sunday, June 4, 2017
11:00 am - 12:30 pm @ TBE
Uncovered by Lea Lax -  book details >>
Discussion facilitated by Rabbi Dusty Klass

Totally Talmud
Discover one of Judaism's richest, thought-provoking, and most important texts. Using an English edition of the Talmud in a casual conversational format, we explore the wisdom of our ancient sages and discover insights that constantly change our perspective on modern living, deepen our relationship with God, and transform our way of being in the world.  

Talmud Study discussions are held over lunch and are generally facilitated by
Rabbi Dusty Klass.   Join in at any time. No reservation necessary.

Uptown Talmud
First Wednesdays
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
Amélie's French Bakery & Café 
301 S. College Street

October 5, 2016
November 2, 2016
December 7, 2016
January 4, 2017
February 1, 2017
March 1, 2017
April 5, 2017
May 3, 2017
June 7, 2017
SouthPark Talmud
Third Wednesdays
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm
6902 Phillips Pl Ct

October 19, 2016
November 16, 2016
December 21, 2016
January 18, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 15, 2017
April 19, 2017
May 17, 2017
June 21, 2017

Senior Sage is  Asking Big Questions
Registration is open for this year's class,  Asking Big Questions.

Regardless of our gender, political beliefs, or professional expertise, each of us possess unique answers to big questions based on our personal experience. Every Senior Sage session includes Jewish and secular textual learning and big questions, and is guided by Rabbi Asher Knight, in both large gathering and intimate chevruta settings. We meet 11:00 am - 12:30 pm.

Wednesday, October 26, 2016 -  The Usefulness of Disagreement

Monday, November 28, 2016 -  Living with Gratitude

Monday, January 23, 2017 -  Appreciating Experience

Monday, February 27, 2017 -  The Expansiveness and Limits of Love

Monday, March 27, 2017 -  The Comfort of Home

Monday, April 24, 2017 -  The Confines of Technology

Monday, May 22, 2017 -  Fulfillment and Satisfaction

Learn more and register by October 17, 2016 >>
Jolt of Judaism
Join us for a Shabbat nosh and discussion about contemporary Jewish life through the lens of our ancient tradition.  Join.  Eat.   Learn.   Connect.
Saturdays from 1:45 pm - 3:00 pm at the Charlotte Cafe in the Arboretum
Discussions facilitated by Rabbi Asher Knight
October 15, 2016
November 19, 2016
December 17, 2016

January 21, 2017
February 18, 2017
March 18, 2017
April 15, 2017
May 20, 2017

Shalom Park's 2nd Annual Global Day of Jewish Learning
1 World.  1 People.  1 Day.
Sunday, November 20th
8:30 am - 1:00 pm
Shalom Park

On Sunday, November 20th, Jews around the world share a day of Jewish learning, dialogue, and exploration, joining together in celebration of all that unites us.

This year's theme is  Under the Same Sky:  The Earth is Full of Your Creations.

TBE joins our Shalom Park Partners and other Jewish agencies across Charlotte in designing an experience that provides educational, cultural and tikkun olam opportunities participants of all ages.  TBE's Religious School will participate as part of their regular curriculum.  Escort service to and from childcare at the JCC (before and after Religious School) will be provided for all adults wishing to participate. Babysitting at the JCC is also available for your younger children.  Reservations are required for escort service and babysitting.

Hold the date now!  Full agenda and details coming soon!
TBE Hosts its 20th Annual Comparative Religion Series
This signature series draws hundreds of people from our interfaith community across Charlotte.  Join us this year as we explore the question:  Am I My Brother's Keeper?  Reservations are not necessary.  Come to all of the sessions or just the ones that interest you.  This series is FREE and open to the public.

Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017 - The Biblical Roots of Tikkun Olam: Rabbi Asher Knight

Tuesday, Feb. 7, 2017 - Roman Catholic and Presbyterian Perspectives: Sister Rose Marie Tresp, Sisters of Mercy, Belmont, NC; and Joe Clifford, Myers Park Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, Feb. 14 2017 - Muslim Perspective: Imam Atif Chaudhry, Islamic Society of Greater Charlotte

Tuesday, Feb. 21, 2017 - Mormon Perspective: Allen Alexander, North Carolina Charlotte Mission; Dennis Kelly

Tuesday, Feb. 28, 2017 - Hindu Perspective: Chidaabha Vyas

Thursday, Mar. 9, 2017 - Jewish Perspectives on Social and Environmental Justice; Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Union for Reform Judaism

Tuesday, Mar. 14, 2017 - snow date
Shabbat Morning Learning Opportunities
Torah Study and FIJI classes meet most every Saturday morning at 9:30 am. torah.jpg Workshop-style classes meet during Congregational Shabbat weekends.  

Check the website or your weekly Shabbat-to-Shabbat e-news brief to confirm dates for Saturday morning adult learning opportunities.
Discovered Traditions: Sacred Texts
Our Gift Shop, Discovered Traditions, has a selection of Sacred Texts from the Torah to the Mishkan T'fillah for lifelong study and learning, as well as children's books for every season and life cycle event.
Give the gift of learning today! All profits from the Discovered Traditions Gift Shop are used to support the Religious School and children of Temple Beth El.