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Class Offerings and Descriptions

Class Offerings and Descriptions

In an effort to prevent the spread of the Corona Virus, North Suburban Synagogue Beth El has closed its building and schools. All on-site programs, classes, and services are cancelled until further notice. The following classes will take place via online learning. Contact Ali Drumm, Director of Informal Education for more information. Contact Marcie Eskin for Zoom links and phone numbers.


RSVP to Marcie Eskin for any or all of our High Holiday Boot camp offerings in order to receive the Zoom links.

Online Book Launch with Professor Roberta Rosenthal Kwall
Tuesday, August 25 – 8:00 pm
Join author and congregant Bobbi Kwall for the online launch of her latest book, Remix Judaism: Preserving Tradition in a Diverse World.


Field Family Lecture featuring Rabbi Burton L. Visotzky
Monday, August 31 – 8:00 pm

Rabbi Visotzky serves as Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at The Jewish Theological Seminar. Join us for his presentation on Isaac Unbound: Judaism, Christianity, and Islam Read the Offering of Abraham’s Beloved Son.


Talmud: Tractate Berakhot with Rabbi Michael Schwab
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:00 am via Zoom (dates forthcoming)
Rabbi Schwab takes students on a journey through the Jewish oral tradition, its rich history, structure and famous personalities.

E-Tone: News and Ideas from Israel with Silvi Freedson
Tuesdays, June 16, 23, and 30, July 7, 14, 21, and 28, and August 4, 11, and 18 (10 sessions), 6:00–7:30 pm via Zoom
Improve your Hebrew this summer using Ulpan Or’s online Hebrew newspaper. E-Tone is an innovative, interactive news digest with articles, virtual trips in Jerusalem neighborhoods, poetry and much more. Every session will begin with free conversation in Hebrew. Summer Fee: $90, $60 for Beth El members. Register by contacting Marcie Eskin.

Sicha Ivrit: Advanced Conversational Hebrew with Silvi Freedson
Thursdays, June 18 and 25, July 2, 9, 16, and 23, August 6, 13, 20, and 27 (10 sessions), 6:00–7:30 pm

Join this Advanced level course to study Israeli literature and culture in Hebrew! New students are always welcome. Summer Fee: $90, $60 for Beth El members. Register by contacting Marcie Eskin.

Free. Register by contacting Marcie Eskin.


When are these classes?! You choose! Get a minimum of 5 fellow students together and pick the time and place. The teachers will travel or you can meet in the synagogue. This can be your personal havurah or book club or just a group of friends who want to get together and learn! Trimester Fee

Short Stories from The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction
Rachel Kamin
Rachel will help to explore a selection of short stories by a fresh crop of Jewish writers who are sharing about the Jewish experience in America.

An “Unorthodox” Class
Rachel Kamin
Each session we’ll listen to segments of Tablet Magazine’s podcast Unorthodox, the world’s leading Jewish podcast. We’ll discuss the news of the Jews and learn more about the interesting guests, books, films, and projects featured on each episode. Fermenting food at Copenhagen’s Michelin-starred restaurant Noma, Jews in prison, etrog farmers in California, the best and worst apologies for Yom Kippur, a Franciscan nun’s first Shabbat dinner, ancient Israeli wine, and more have all been covered on this smart, fresh, fun take on Jewish news and culture. Join us to listen and learn!

Girls in Trouble
Ali Drumm
“Girls in Trouble” is a series exploring women in the Bible through ancient texts, Rabbinic interpretations, visual art, and original songs. New, just-released sessions include Hannah, Sarah, Vashti, the Sotah, and the Daughters of Tzelofchad.

Tough Questions Jews Ask
Rabbi Alex Freedman
Have you ever asked or wondered the following: Why does G-d let awful things happen? Why does Judaism have so many rules? Are the Bible stories true? What happens after we die? This class will explore one big topic after another. We will share our own experiences along with reading texts from the Torah and Rabbinic Literature. Participants are encouraged to ask their toughest questions – and share their experiences and honest opinions – with the rabbi and each other.

Contact Marcie Eskin to begin to set up your On Demand learning sessions.