Life Long Learning

Lifelong Jewish learning is a core value of Valley Beth Shalom. Our Senior Rabbi Ed Feinstein recently drafted a Statement of Vision for Valley Beth Shalom, in which he stated,

“Learning has always been the strength of VBS. Our synagogue culture is deeply committed to encountering God in study, and we offer many opportunities to engage in serious learning… We gain meaning by locating our personal story in a grand narrative, a narrative of our people, our nation…” 

We welcome your engagement in our many programs supporting Lifelong Learning.  

College of Jewish Studies
Offering adults an experience of university-level learning from October to April on Wednesday evenings.

Summer Learning Series
Every summer, our Rabbis offer sessions on important themes from our tradition, in preparation for the approaching High Holidays.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Join Rabbi Ed Feinstein every week from 9:00-9:45 a.m. before morning services to probe the week’s Torah portion. When there is no Bar or Bat Mitzvah, Torah Study will be part of the congregation’s Shabbat Services.

Shabbat Parsha Discussion Group
This group meets most Saturdays following Kiddush luncheon and is led by lay leaders (unless there is a Shabbat Shiur program). 

Lunch and Learn
Informal learning sessions on scheduled Wednesday afternoons from noon to 1:30 p.m.

Hazak
This dynamic program is designed to meet the social and intellectual needs and interests of men and women age 55+.  Hazak meets twice a month from October through May and offers a choice of activities from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Follows a sophisticated adult learning curriculum, exploring Jewish thought, practice, ethics and history.

VBS Book Club
Meets Tuesday evenings, exploring books with Jewish related themes.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program
Enables adults to access the texts and prayers of our traditions, in preparation for our annual Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony.

Living a Jewish Life
At Valley Beth Shalom, we take an active role in making four pillars of Jewish living the foundation for a meaningful life. Through the four pillars: Torah (wisdom), Avodah (spirituality), Chesed (care for others), and Havurah (social encounters), our synagogue offers a wide variety of encounters with Jewish tradition.

Torah and Tequila!
These men’s only study groups are organized monthly and explore everything from the weekly Torah reading to contemporary Jewish life. A great chance to meet new friends and reconnect with others once a month

Adult Israeli Dance Classes
A unique way of encountering the history and culture of Israel, while you learn Israeli folk dances.