North Suburban Synagogue Beth El
Ongoing Classes

Ongoing Classes

Hebrew Language

Hebrew Literacy
Silvi Freedson
Sundays, 11:00 am–Noon, ends May 6

This Hebrew literacy class is designed for students with no prior knowledge of the language and no Hebrew reading skills. Students will learn the Hebrew alphabet and the mechanics of reading. At the end of the course students will be able to read short stories, and acquire a basic vocabulary on a range of topics. The course will focus on literacy rather than conversational Hebrew. Free babysitting available.
Trimester Fee: Winter

Intermediate Conversational Hebrew
Edith Belkind
Tuesdays, 6:15–7:30pm
Build your conversational and reading Hebrew skills.
Trimester Fee: Spring

Advanced Conversational Hebrew
Edith Belkind
Wednesdays, 6:15–7:30 pm
Strengthen and retain your Hebrew skills from Intermediate Conversational Hebrew.
Trimester Fee: Spring

Conversational Hebrew
(Sisterhood Torah Fund)
Dr. Alicia Gejman
Thursdays, 10:00–11:00 am, year-round
Designed for adults who have basic fluency in reading and writing Hebrew.

Open Conversational Hebrew
Sundays (ongoing) 10:00–11:00 am
Practice Hebrew conversation and reading informally with other participants. Free. For information, contact Judy Farby at or 847-372-1700.

Classic Jewish Text

Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues
(Sisterhood Torah Fund)
Rabbi Vernon Kurtz
Tuesdays, 10:00–11:00 am
Join a discussion of the principles of Conservative Judaism, its interpretation of Jewish law, and its response to modern issues, including ritual, ethics, sex and politics.

Parshat HaShavua through Midrash
(Sisterhood Torah Fund)
Rabbi Michael Schwab
Tuesdays, 11:00 am–Noon
Explore the depth of meaning in passages of the Torah via beautiful interpretations and engaging stories created by the rabbis, speaking to the core values of Judaism.

Talmud: Tractate Berakhot
Rabbi Vernon Kurtz
Tuesdays, 8:30–9:30 am
Study Jewish law in the original text. Discussion and commentary are in English. We are studying Berakhot Chapter 6.
Trimester Fee: Winter

Jewish Laws of Daily Living
Rabbi Michael Schwab
Wednesdays, 8:00–8:30 am
Join us for breakfast and study of the Shulhan Arukh – the basic code of Jewish law – to interpret it for our time. This is an ongoing class, but no experience is required and new members are welcome at any session. The class is offered free of charge.

Study in the Suburbs
Rabbi Vernon Kurtz
Thursdays, Noon–1:30 pm, March 22, April 26, and May 24
Board of Jewish Education of Metropolitan Chicago,
3320 Dundee Rd., Northbrook
Relying on source material from biblical and rabbinic texts, there will be discussion of the principles and interpretation of Jewish law over the centuries and how to apply these responsa to contemporary dilemmas. Fee: $12 per session to cover lunch. To register, contact Lennie Kay at 847-432-8900 x210 or

The Ethics of Jewish Living
Ali Drumm
Sundays, 9:15–10:15 am
How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, interpersonal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research?
Tuition including Sourcebook: $100 for NSSBE members, $240 for Melton Consortium members and $340 for non-Consortium members. Couples who sign up together will receive an additional $20 subsidy for the second partner’s registration. Free babysitting available. To register for this Melton class at NSS Beth El, contact Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or

Jewish Life and Culture

Mornings with Meaning
Erin Rachel Doppelt
Wednesdays, 9:15 am, March 14, 21, and 28; April 11 and 18
A quick de-stressing meditation session to increase the immune system, restore the physical body and shift into a healthier headspace. Practice light yogic movement, breath-work meditation, and mindfulness, and leave each class feeling calm, centered, restful and energized to take on the day and well informed on new age and ancient meditation practices.
Trimester fee: Spring