Lifelong Learning at TBS

At Temple Beth Shalom we acknowledge that Jewish learning doesn’t end after Confirmation in High School! We aspire to be a congregation of lifelong learners, engaging in and grappling with everything from ancient texts to Jewish ethics, to the Jewish values behind parenting and much more. There’s something for everyone at TBS!

Sunday Mornings

On Sunday mornings we offer a number of classes for interested adults. Rabbi Leigh Ann Kopans teaches a class called “Sunday School for Adults.”  This hour-long class is discussion based, and asks students, “How do we live our lives through a Jewish lens?”  The class studies classical Jewish ethics as well as modern Jewish thinkers.  They do it in the most fun way possible!  Guaranteed to make you smile! Join them for some coffee, bagels, and discussion. 

Rabbi Howard Apothaker teaches a number of text-based classes on Sunday mornings throughout the program year. All of his classes are taught using English texts in order to be as accessible as possible – no prerequisites required! Join Rabbi A and a number of congregants as they study Biblical texts and Rabbinic texts, from Pirke Avot (the Ethics of our Parents) to the Book of Samuel, there’s always an interesting discussion around the corner! 

Introduction to Hebrew Reading is available for adults throughout the year. Contact Rabbi Herzog or Rabbi Bar-Lev for more details.

The three Reform Temples in Columbus sponsor an Introduction to Judaism course that begins anew every September.  Locations alternate among the three buildings.  



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 Rabbi Bar-Lev and Rabbi Herzog teach a number of classes throughout the week.  Rabbi Bar-Lev teaches a monthly Lunch and Learn program sponsored by the Women of Beth Shalom, where the group learns about some topic relating to Jewish spirituality, ethics, or current events. Check the
Temple calendar for the next events!

The Women of Beth Shalom hold a self-led Torah study once a month on Thursdays in the Temple library. Join them for an exciting discussion! An Evening Torah Study for women, as well as the WBS Lunch-n-Learn with the Rabbi, also meet monthly. For dates, times, and locations, contact the TBS office.

There are a number of book discussion groups that meet formally and informally throughout the program year at Temple and in other locations. If you’re interested in joining one, contact Steve Seeskin and he will be happy to make the connection. 

Our rabbis offer evening courses in short 4-6 week blocks in the Fall and in the Spring. Past courses offered have been about Jewish responses to modern issues, Jewish Medical Ethics, learning about the Erev Shabbat (Friday night) service, and more.  Check the Temple calendar for the next events!