United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

Adult Education

At United Hebrew Congregation, we believe that learning should be a process in which we engage throughout our lives. Although, in some cases, the text and history do not change from what we may have learned as a child, but we have changed. So whether we had an all-encompassing Jewish education growing up or if we are new to learning, adult education can be a place for you to find enrichment, understanding, and inspiration.

Our clergy, teachers, and special guests offer a variety of opportunities for learning. These sessions are offered in a variety of formats so that you, as a learner, may find the ones that best fit your interest and schedule.

Our adult education are multi-access which includes virtual and in-person.

Ongoing Offerings

Shabbat Morning Torah Study with UH Clergy
Saturday mornings 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Each week we will explore the portion for that Shabbat and discover intricacies of the text, discuss lessons for our lives today, and wrestle with questions.
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/456135243
Join via telephone: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 456 135 243

Mussar Class with Rabbi Rosenberg
2nd and 4th Saturdays 12:30 p.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Mussar is a 1,000-year-old tradition that draws on Jewish values and wisdom to guide individuals towards developing character traits that enhance spiritual growth and personal well-being.
Register here.

What’s a Mitzvah? with Rabbi Rosenberg
1st and 3rd Monday 10:30 a.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Begins November 2, 2021
What’s a Mitzvah?
The rabbis of the Talmud tell us that there are 613 mitzvot in the Torah. What are they? What do they mean? Can we do all of them? You’ll find your answers in this course, as we explore Sefer Hachinuch, a book written in 13th century Spain, to serve as a guide to understanding mitzvot. Each one of the 613 is explained – the how to’s, the why, and who is obligated to observe/follow each mitzvah. We will utilize the text found online at https://www.sefaria.org/Sefer_HaChinukh.
Register

Book of Judges with Rabbi Bellows
1st and 3rd Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Join Rabbi Bellows in reading through and discussing the entire Book of Judges. Meet the characters that could just as easily be found in a Marvel Comic Book. Participants must register to attend.
Register here.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation e-mail containing information about joining the meeting.

Women’s Bible Study Group with Rabbi Rosenberg
2nd and 4th Tuesdays 10:30 a.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Rabbi Rosenberg leads a women-only study group. New participants welcome!
Register here.

Talmud Class with Rabbi Bellows
Wednesdays 10:30 a.m.
Together with Rabbi Bellows, you will explore Talmud (commentaries by ancient rabbis), learn about various rabbinic literature and explore the question of what relevance our ancient rabbinic literature holds today. Contact Esther Olson to register.

Amateurs of the Great Assembly with Cantor Eichaker
Thursdays 11:30 a.m.—1:00 p.m. in the Millstone Library and on Zoom
Cantor Eichaker’s weekly “round table” discusses topics of Jewish content and thought.
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/889563550?pwd=VTU0b3pVTE1JdjB0ZVlPNjc3T05sUT09
Join via telephone: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 889 563 550
Password: UHAGA

Adult Intermediate Hebrew with Rabbi Bellows
Thursdays 1:30 p.m.
Contact Esther Olson to for additional information.

LGBTQ+ and Judaism with Rabbi Bellows
1st and 3rd Thursdays 10:00 a.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Rabbi Bellows will delve into our sacred texts to explore what Judaism has to say about issues surrounding gender and sexuality.
Register

Angels and Demons with Rabbi Bellows
2nd and 4th Thursdays 10:00 a.m. in the Spielberg Chapel and on Zoom
Rabbi Bellows will delve into our sacred texts to explore what Judaism has to say about issues surrounding gender and sexuality.
Register here.

Additional Offerings

Scholars-in-Residence
Once or twice a year, United Hebrew Congregation is fortunate to be able to invite a scholar to join our congregation for a Shabbat of learning. These typically consist of a Friday evening sermon or teaching, leading of Torah Study on Saturday morning, and a Saturday afternoon Lunch ‘n’ Learn session.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program
United Hebrew members who have not yet gone through the ritual ceremony of becoming bar/bar mitzvah are eligible to prepare to celebrate with ceremony.  If you were not given the opportunity as a child, have converted to Judaism, or now feel compelled, this is a wonderful time to complete the mitzvah.  (Adults who have already celebrated a bar/bat mitzvah experience in their youth, but wish to be called to Torah as a bar/bat mitzvah again should contact Esther Olson in the clergy office to arrange a conversation with the clergy.)

Interested candidates will be asked to prepare with a course of study including attending classes, creating and delivering a d’var Torah (Torah speech), studying a topic of interest, and other learning.   Candidates will also be asked to meet with clergy to determine the best method for Hebrew study and a fulfilling path for completing a program of community/congregational service.  At the completion of this process, one can mark the occasion with a ceremony during Shabbat morning services, Rosh Chodesh services, or a Monday or Thursday morning service (traditionally days for Torah readings).

This is an exciting and meaningful process for all involved.  We hope that if you are interested, you will arrange to meet with one of the clergy (please contact Esther in the clergy office to schedule a meeting).  More detailed information is available in the clergy office.  We look forward to working with you.

Special Interest Classes
Our clergy offer, at various times throughout the year, classes on a variety of topics. These may range from the study of Spinoza to Jewish Traditions in Death and Mourning.