The mission of the Beit HaMidrash, or Adult Education Team, is to provide high quality, relevant and timely educational programs consistent with our values and the diverse needs of our congregational families.
The team has the goal of bringing thought-provoking programs to Temple members that will engage them in many areas of Jewish lifelong learning. Our two major weekend events are the Rabbi William Sajowitz Endowment Fund Weekend and Torah Weekend.
Several new programs were started by the committee this year, including Caffeinated Torah, a discussion of the weekly Torah portion at the Giant Eagle Market District in Bethel Park. We also participated in the Global Day of Jewish Learning; plans are in the works for this year’s event, which will discuss “Heroes, Villains, Saints and Fools From the Torah,” and will be coordinated with the South Hills Jewish Initiative.
A recent initiative is the “Thou Art” art gallery hanging in the hallway leading to the library. The gallery features artwork from our Temple members and will rotate occasionally throughout the year.
The Foreign Food and Film Festival and Lunch and Learn series were popular this year. Other educational activities included Jewish Newsmakers, downtown luncheons led by Rabbi Mahler, Jewish Cooking for Families, and Hebrew classes.
We hope to increase congregational engagement by building on past successes and by offering new and innovative educational programming. We’ll be looking at processes to gather input from the congregation to realize this goal. We’re committed to making Adult Education a meaningful experience for all Temple members.