Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Cohort

It is never too late to own your Judaism! Join our Adult B’nai Mitzvah Cohort starting in January 2022 for a journey of Jewish self-exploration and a deeper understanding of your religion.

Did you miss your bar/bat mitzvah as a child?  Do you want to reclaim this moment for yourself as an adult?  Have you converted to Judaism and want to enhance your understanding of your new faith? Are you interested in learning the foundation of Judaism and the magical skill of chanting from the Torah?

In this year-and-a-half long course, we will explore varying topics that are the foundation of Judaism.  The course will start on January 9, 2022 with an eight-week Hebrew intensive class on Sunday mornings. In this two hour per week, 8 session course you will learn how to decode Hebrew, and will be introduced to both biblical Hebrew and modern Hebrew.  Other topics in this program include liturgy, Jewish history, Talmud, Torah and text study, life cycles, and holidays.  The program is built as a strong cohort in which you will journey through this experience with a group of your peers, guided by Rabbi Chabon. 

Each participant will be assigned a hevrutah partner to reinforce both the learning and deepconnections to our peers in this program.  The program will culminate with an Adult B’nai Mitzvah service on May 20, 2023.

A Taste of Talmud

Meets July 24 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
 
How can learning ancient Jewish texts help us create a more liberated world? In this day-long deep dive, we’ll explore the radical and queer history of the Talmud, Judaism’s foundational text, and discuss how it can help us understand and navigate moments of disruptive change in society and our own lives.
 
We’ll dive right into a text and put the theory into practice. Whether you’ve never learned Talmud before or you’re an advanced learner, SVARA-method Talmud learning is for you! All you need is the ability to decode your alef-bet (i.e. sound out your Hebrew letters), and you’ll be learning Talmud in the original Hebrew/Aramaic within your first hour.
 
Registration Information
Format: This class will be offered in person from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm on Sunday, July 24.
Registration Fee: The class fee is $120/person for members and $180/person for guests.
Interested in joining us for this class? Click here to register.
 
About Julie Batz

Julie Batz (she/her) is passionate about making Judaism’s ancient teachings accessible to all who are curious to explore them. Connecting people to the tradition that is theirs has been the through-line of her more than two decades of work as a Jewish educator, congregational leader (most recently, at Chochmat HaLev), ritual facilitator, and Talmud teacher. Julie is on the faculty of SVARA: A Radically Traditional Yeshiva where she teaches Queer Talmud for Beginner’s Mind and mentors Fellows in the teacher training Kollel. Julie lives in Berkeley with her holy beloved, Maggid Jhos Singer, and is blessed to call three amazing young adults her kids. 

Revelation in Jewish Tradition

Meets July 31, August 7, & August 14 from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
 
What could it possibly mean to encounter the Divine?? What happens? How do you seek it? What can you take away from those experiences? Jews have thought about such questions of “revelation” in radically different ways throughout the centuries. To explore some key perspectives, we’ll dive together into sources from the Tanakh and Midrash through Hasidism and feminism.
 
Registration Information
Format: This class will be offered in person on July 31, August 7, & August 14 at CBT.

Registration Fee: The class fee is $72/person for members and $100/person for guests.
Interested in joining us for this class? Click here to register.

About Sam Shonkoff

Sam Shonkoff is the Taube Family Assistant Professor of Jewish Studies at the Graduate Theological Union and a scholar of modern Jewish spirituality.

Exploring the World of Rabbinic Midrash

Meets November 3, 10, & 17 from 6:30 pm – 8:00 pm
 
Please join us for a three-part series devoted to the world of rabbinic midrash. We will explore rabbinic storytelling, interpretation and debate. We will meet iconic rabbinic figures such as Hillel and Shamai, and study a selection of texts that articulate foundational perspectives within rabbinic culture. 
 
Registration Information
Format: This class will be offered in person on November 3, 10, & 17 at CBT.
Registration Fee: The class fee is $72/person for members and $100/person for guests.
Interested in joining us for this class? Click here to register.
 
About Deena Aranoff

Deena Aranoff is Faculty Director of the Richard S. Dinner Center for Jewish studies at the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley. She teaches rabbinic literature, medieval patterns of Jewish thought, and the broader question of continuity and change in Jewish history. Her recent publications engage with the subject of childcare, maternity and the making of Jewish culture.