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The Schwarz-Kurz-Zeller Adult Education Institute

Helene Geiger & Arleen Barisa

Adult Education
Committee Chairs

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Learning has no age limit. Something for Everyone! Check out our weekly, monthly and special classes/programs below.

We’re starting the new year with a range of educational programs to fit your interests and schedule.  There’s something for everyone! Check out the listings below and join us!

The Adult Education Committee welcomes your feedback and help as we continue to plan our 2023-2024 season. All volunteers warmly welcomed! 

  • Is there a topic you’d like to learn about or teach?
  • Are you good with social media?
  • Do you have art, photography or writing skills?
  • Do you enjoy planning events?

Weekly Classes

Jews & Politics in Europe, the Us, and Israel


Jews & Politics in Europe, the US, and Israel
Wednesday Mornings, 10:00 – 11:00 AM
Now through April 17 (recordings available on archives and below)

Instructor:  Harriet Freidenreich

Trace the Jewish involvement in politics in teh 19th and 20th centuries.

Discuss Jews as Liberals, Socialists, Communists, Conservatives in Germany, Poland, and Russia/Soviet Union, as well as Jewish political parties, including
Orthodox, Bundist, Jewish Nationalists, General Zionist, and Labor Zionist parties in interwar Poland and elsewhere.

Click HERE for class recordings.

Jewish Political Traditions


Jewish Political Traditions
Wednesday Mornings, 10:00 – 11:30 AM
Now through December 20 (in person  & virtual Beth El)

Instructor: Rabbi Cantor

Using key historical events from Jewish history as a backdrop, we will examine some of the key political questions that Jews have struggled with over the millennia, such as: Who should rule the community – religious or secular authority? How should an individual interact with the greater society? Program includes readings and group discussion.

Click HERE for class recordings.

Monthly Classes

Book club


Beth El Book Club
Sundays, 10:30am or 7:45pm
Check calendar for dates.

Calling all readers!  Beth El’s new book club is open to all adults.  Whether it’s fiction, current events or memoirs, you’ll find something of interest to read and discuss. 

Click here for more information

Culture & Cream cheese

Culture & Cream Cheese (Formerly known as Book Nosh)
Sundays, 10:30am - 12:00noon
Check calendar for dates.

Session Leader: Alex Geiger

Join us in person to discuss all the interesting books, movies, TV shows, art exhibitions, Broadway shows, operas, and any other cultural happenings that have a Jewish theme, a Jewish author, or Jewish characters that you have run across since our last meeting.

Click here for dates.      



Jewish Lifecycle Series
Wednesday evenings, 7:00 – 8:30PM
Starting in November

Learning Leader for Series: Rabbi Cantor

Funeral and Mourning Practices
Nov. 1, 2023   7:00-8:30 PM

The Jewish Wedding
Dec. 20, 2023  7:00-8:30 PM

Jewish Child-Rearing Practices
Jan. 24, 2024   7:00-8:30 PM

Jewish Approach to End-of-Life
Feb. 28, 2024   7:00-8:30 PM

This Wednesday evening series includes
15-minute evening minyan.

Special Classes, Events & Programs 

Jewish Discussions & Watch Party on The Good Place
Discussion Leader: Rabbi Cantor

"The Good Place" is a very funny show based on serious theology. Come and laugh through each episode together, then join rabbi Cantor as we discuss the Jewish themes behind the humor. 

Click here for upcoming session topics.

Eric Fishbein

Choosing the best Medicare Plan
Eric Fishbein

Thursday, October 19

Register here. The Zoom link will be emailed to you.

Eric Fishbein is the Assistant VP of Managed Care at Virtua Health, one of New Jersey’s largest not for profithealth systems.  Eric has two decades of experience in managed care consulting and contracting, working with various insurance companies and healthcare organizations.  He holds a B.S. and M.S. in Economics from Lehigh University, a Master of Health Administration from Cornell University, and he is a Fellow of the Healthcare Financial Management Association.

Click HERE for recording.

Author Lynn Levin

Book & Author Event with Lynn Levin, author of House Parties
Sunday, October 22 from 1:00pm – 3:00pm
In person at Beth El

Join us for a discussion and book-signing with local author Lynn Levin, whose debut collection of short stories was published this spring.

Click HERE for information.


Theater Field Trip

Raisin in the Sun, Bristol Riverside Theater
February 18, 2024 – Sunday Matinee

$$, RSVP Required. More information to follow.



Did you know that recordings of many Adult Education classes and programs are available on the Congregation Beth El website? Click here to access our archives or visit the menu bar at the top of the page; click Learn or click on the Archives tab (at the end of the menu bar).

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