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.

Below is a listing of some of our offerings, but please check out our bulletin and website current event’s page to find out what is currently being offered.

Torah Study with the Clergy
Sustenance for the mind and body are ever-present at our Shabbat morning Torah study sessions. No prior knowledge of the Torah portion or ability to read Hebrew is necessary. 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. Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m.
Shabbat mornings, 9:00 a.m., breakfast at 8:45 a.m.

Shabbat Lunch n’ Learn
Several times during the year Lunch ’n’ Learns are held to discuss a current event or relevant topic, accompanied by a light lunch.
Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.

The Jewish Book of Why
2nd Monday of every month at 10:30 a.m. 
Have you often wondered “why”?  Join us for our monthly learning sessions as we follow the Jewish Book of Why in exploring many different aspects of  Judaism and Jewish practice. Rabbi Rosenberg will be teaching the sessions. No prior knowledge is necessary to join the class.  We encourage you to purchase the book.
Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/810350464?pwd=UDhzb0pqc3d6VWFOVUY3Y1F6eWY2QT09
Join via telephone: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 810 350 464
Password: Why?

Book of Judges
Meets on 1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the month at 11:00 a.m. via 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 Study Group
Meets on 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom 
Join Rabbi Rosenberg for a women’s only study group.  New participants welcome!
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.
Resumes October 13

Talmud Study Group
Currently weekly on Wednesdays at 10:30 a.m. via Zoom
Join Rabbi Bellows each week as he explores Talmud (commentaries by ancient rabbis). Together you will learn about various rabbinic literature and explore the question of what relevance our ancient rabbinic literature holds today.
Join:
https://unitedhebrew.zoom.us/j/95822176024?pwd=dk0yR09MczR6VFRRc21qbCtrWFBnQT09
Join via telephone: +1 312 626 6799
Meeting ID: 958 2217 6024
Password: 730660

LGBTQ+ and Judaism
Meets on Thursdays at 10:00 a.m. via Zoom 
Each week, Rabbi Bellows will delve into our sacred texts to explore what Judaism has to say about issues surrounding gender and sexuality.
Register here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting.

Amateurs of the Great Assembly (AGA)
Thursdays, 11:30 a.m.  Currently meeting via Zoom
Join Cantor Eichaker for a weekly “round table” to discuss 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

 

 

Intermediate Hebrew 
Now that we can read Hebrew, what does it all mean? How do we decode the words we recite and how do we understand the language of our prayers? Join Rabbi Bellows each week as we continue to work on building upon our Hebrew skills. Currently on hiatus.

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.