Programs for Adults

Adult B’Mitzvah Class

While it may be typical to celebrate B’Mitzvah at the age of 13, choosing to partake in B’Mitzvah learning as an adult brings a deeper level of understanding and connection to the material. The Congregation Shir Libeynu Adult B’Mitzvah class will give anyone, whether you celebrated a B’Mitzvah as a child or not, the chance to delve into Jewish learning in a supportive, nurturing, nonjudgmental environment. This class is open to all adult learners, regardless of experience with Jewish text and education.

Students will have the opportunity to grapple with traditional texts and religious practices using a modern, intersectional lens. Topics will include interpretations of the Bible, Jewish prayer, theology, holidays, spirituality, and ritual, as well as diverse Jewish communities and social justice movements. Other topics will be tailored to the specific needs and interests of participants, based on feedback during the first few sessions.

A variety of guests will be invited to share their diverse knowledge and experience with the class. While this is a homework-free program, recommended reading will be provided for those who wish to explore various topics in greater depth.

At the end of the year, students will have the option of participating in a group B’Mitzvah ceremony with your classmates. The group B’Mitzvah service will be a great way to affirm or reaffirm your Jewish connection as the person you are today. If you were denied the right to celebrate your B’Mitzvah as a child, if your childhood ceremony was one that lacked meaning or personal relevance, if you came to Judaism more recently, or if you would like the chance to affirm your gender identity in a Jewish way, this will be a wonderful chance to create a ritual together that is relevant and meaningful for you now, and affirms your current identity.

If you are interested in this class, please contact Karen Charnow Lior at slboard@shirlibeynu.ca.

Learn to Read Hebrew

This class focuses on reading Hebrew—the language of the Bible and Jewish prayer. It will help you follow along more easily at Shabbat services. Absolute beginners are welcome, as well as adults who may have learned some Hebrew as children or youth. Anyone who is interested in learning the fundamentals of Hebrew is invited to participate.

By the end of this program, you will have learned the Hebrew alphabet, and basic vocabulary and grammar. Classes will be taught via Zoom by Shir Libeynu member and native Hebrew speaker Vered Philip (she/her). Vered also leads the choir at Shir Libeynu and is an accomplished musician.

If you are interested in this class, please contact Karen Charnow Lior at slboard@shirlibeynu.ca.