Adult Education

Torah Study

Torahstudylib2Tradition teaches that when people come together to study Torah, the Shechinah (God’s presence) dwells among them.  Each Shabbat morning, before the service, we come together to read through and discuss the Torah portion of the week.  This is led by either Rabbi Lader or the congregant who is leading that week’s service. Participants are encouraged to ask questions, pose possible interpretations, and bring their life experiences to the discussion in an atmosphere of active listening and cooperative dialogue.  It is a great opportunity for us all to increase our learning.


Adult Learning Program*

Our very successful Adult Learning Program* continues with two weekly options:

1 – Pathways Through Midrash with Rabbi Lader –
9:45-10:45 a.m. — Sunday mornings

Explore the multi-layered stories of Torah through the eyes of the Rabbis, poets and writers across the centuries and up to today…

2 – Hebrew for Beginners, Advanced Beginners, and Intermediate levels
Our teachers are ready to meet with you one-on-one…
We also offer a Sunday morning class at 11:00 a.m.

Please call the temple office (216-941-8882) to let us know your interest area, or contact Rabbi Lader (

*Our Adult Learning Program – sponsored by our Lifelong Learning Committee – has a number of special programs planned for the coming year, from exploring antisemitism around the world, to updates on Jewish life on the college campus and responding to the BDS movement, to discussing Jewish Parenting, to discussing Jewish books…

We’ll keep you posted… and please be in touch with us (through the temple office 216-941-8882) if you have ideas and/or suggestions.

Julian Ross and Blythe Houghton, Co-Chairs
Lifelong Learning Committee


Parent Education


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Sunday, April

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Lunch with the Rabbi

Once each month we have the opportunity to enjoy lunch and a little learning in a different Cleveland community with Rabbi Lader.  The location will be announced in the month’s BI-TWT Bulletin and is available by calling the Temple Office at 216/941-8882.

2018 Luncheon Dates:

September 25 (Tuesday)
October 17 (Wednesday)
November 15 (Thursday)
December 11 (Tuesday)

2019 Luncheon Dates:

January 21 (Monday)  Tu B’Shevat Seder and Luncheon at the temple
February 20 (Wednesday)
March 21 (Thursday)  A festive Purim celebratory meal
April 16 (Tuesday)
May 15 (Wednesday)
June 13 (Thursday)


CHAI Film Fest

Featuring Israeli and international films of Jewish content followed by discussion. Evenings will include dinner and/or dessert. Call ahead for film title and time: Beth Israel – The West Temple office 216-941-8882