We at Temple Beth AM are proud of our continuing adult Jewish learning opportunities.  We believe in Jewish adults becoming lifelong learners. Our Adult Education program provides opportunities to give our hearts to learning. Our adult learning program helps us in our collective and individual search for understanding and wisdom. Each year we  continue to offer a diverse learning program of interest to all.


Several fascinating events and courses are being offered and prepared for 2017-2018

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NEW Course:  Great Jewish Books

This course will meet on four Wednesday evenings, 7:15-9:00 P.M., on Oct. 25, Nov. 1, Nov. 15, and Dec. 6, 2017.  It will use the book, THE PEOPLE AND THE BOOKS, by Adam Kirsch (W. W. Norton & Co., 2016). Each student must get the book and bring it to class.  Each session will deal with a different chapter concerning a great book of Jewish history: Josephus’s THE JEWISH WAR, the early rabbis’ PIRKEI AVOT, Yehuda Halevi’s KUZARI, and Maimonides’s THE GUIDE OF THE PERPLEXED.  (Note: Rabbi Splansky is planning to use this book again in the course offering in the fall of 2018 for later great Jewish books.)  Whether or not you are versed in Jewish history or philosophy, this is the course for you as an introduction to major Jewish ideas.

  • The book, The People and the Book, can be found at Barnes and Noble, or at a discount, both new or used at Amazon.com
  • The Course fee is: $36
  • Reservations are required. Please call the office to reserve a seat for this course

                                Taught by our own, Rabbi Emeritus Donald M. Splansky

 Rabbi's Coffees

A monthly opportunity to join Rabbi Sharon Sobel in Discussion

Join Rabbi Sobel each month in an informal setting in the Temple Library to discuss a current topic of interest to you. 

No course fee and no reservations required.  Just drop in on time, for any session.

The Rabbi’s Coffees will be offered on the following dates:

October 18, November 15, December 20, January 17, February 14, March 21, April 11, and May 16.

All discussions are from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Feel free to bring a bag lunch!


Rabbi Emeritus Donald M. Splansky will lead an afternoon Study Session on Yom Kippur.  Please seen High Holiday Mailing for more information.


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The Yiddish Book Center Field Trip

The Lifelong Learning Program of Temple Beth Am is planning a trip to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst, MA on Sunday, October 8th

How many of you remember Yiddish being spoken in your grandparents’ home or your own? Here’s a chance to learn more about Yiddish, at the Book Center set on a lovely apple orchard in buildings designed as a shtetl, in beautiful Amherst, Massachusetts.

There will be a 90-minute guided tour of the Center’s exhibits where we can learn about Yiddish literature and language and experience the world of rural Jews from 1912 through 1914.  According to Sarah Bleichfield, the Program Manager, we will see both permanent and changing exhibits.  We will explore a Yiddish print shop, watch classic Yiddish film clips and listen to vintage radio.  We will see what life was like in the American Jewish home. 

Please join us on this special field trip that will interest many in our community. 

We plan on visiting Atkins Farm nearby the Book Center for lunch and shopping.

Carpools will be formed in the TBA parking lot.  In order to plan this special event, we need to know in advance who is coming and who is going to drive.  

Please R.S.V.P by sending an email to either:

Cynthia Roll at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Barbara Sands at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by October Sunday, October 1st


We will leave the Temple at 10 am, arrive at the Atkins Farm at 11:30 am, and proceed to the Book Center by 1 pm. for the tour. We plan on returning to TBA late in the afternoon.  Suggested donations for admission is $6 for seniors, $8 for adults

Yiddish Book Center Website   413-256 4900           Set GPS as Hampshire College Amherst, MA


We are working on additional interesting opportunities to for you to learn and enjoy. Some of the suggested trips we are looking at are to the Yiddish Book Center in Amherst and Mayyim Hayyim in Newton.  We are open to new ideas and would love to hear from you. Better yet, join our Lifelong Learning committee and be a part of this fun planning venture!

Please contact Co-Chairwomen:  Barbara Sands      This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.      or Cynthia Roll     This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.