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Adult and Life Long Learning

Life long 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 life long learning.

Hazak
A vibrant Jewish community of seniors dedicated to lifelong education and enrichment.

Sayva: A New Approach to Positive Aging
Educational, recreational, community-building and wellness programming for Jewish older adults aiming to provide opportunities  to feel connected, appreciated, and useful in their community and lead more fulfilling lives in older age.

Efshar presents... The Mystical Journey: A Month of Learning
A new 4-week online programled by Cantor Phil Baron offering insights on repairing a broken world, including daily inspirations and engaging discussion break-outs.

Talking Torah with Rabbi Lebovitz
A bi-weekly Shabbat Morning Torah Study program that meets in the Schulweis Library. 

Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Feinstein
Join Rabbi Ed Feinstein online every Friday at 4:00pm.

Thinking Aloud with Rabbi Nolan Lebovitz
A video interview series featuring enlightening guests and topics.

VBS Discovery Circle
An expedition of discovery to reveal these treasures of Jewish spirit and wisdom.

Shabbat Shiur
Linger at VBS after Shabbat morning services to enjoy your Kiddush luncheon with a Shabbat lesson hosted by a visiting speaker.

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

Miller Introduction to Judaism Program presented by the American Jewish University (AJU)
An 18-week course covering the essentials of Judaism, including its holidays, rituals, ideas, and traditions.

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

Lunch and Learn
Informal learning sessions on scheduled Thursdays afternoons from noon to 1:30pm.

The Inner Life of Men
For men 50+. This group meets online weekly to guide conversations related to mens topics.

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.

OurSpaceLA
The Artistic Spectrum of Jewish Learning for Adults.

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

Access the Harold M. Schulweis Institute Archive

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