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Register Here for “Deep Dive Into History”

This is a self-paced course. You will gain access to the first module beginning July 14 and the course will conclude August 25th. Although you’ll complete much of the work on your own time, there will also be office hours (date/time TBD) and two in-person field trip / meet-ups…as well as a special event at the end of the course. This class will give you a crash course in Birmingham’s Jewish and civil rights histories AND prepare you to be a docent or “ambassador” for the Beth El Civil Rights Experience.

You do not have to have prior knowledge of these subject areas OR feel “tech-savvy” to participate. We are here to help!

Please fill out the information below and we will contact you before July 14 with all the information you need to get started. You can reach out to us at any time with questions:

Dr. Melissa Young (Project Historian / Primary Instructor): mfarahyoung@uab.edu
Margaret Norman (Director of Programming): mnorman@templebeth-el.net

This free program is generously supported by the Stanley and Maxine Lapidus Special Projects Fund and the Spielberger/Tenenbaum Tikkun Olam Fund of the Temple Beth El Foundation.


Summer Beit Midrash (Thursdays at Noon)

Join here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82496644850  

At Passover Rabbi Norry reminded us that the Torah is not history, it is our lives. Summer 2022 will continue this discussion as each Thursday we read selected verses (in English ) from the week’s Parshah and discuss how it’s theme applies to us and our lives.  A rotating group of lay facilitators will lead the discussions. Each weekly session is independent with no need to read or prepare anything in advance.  You are welcome to participate as often as you choose, and you are encouraged to be a facilitator if you wish.

If you would like to review the selected verses in advance, email Marged Lindner at gedlin4@gmail.com to join a group list.




Are you looking to engage with the Jewish holidays in new and creative ways? Are you interested in developing a deeper understanding of the Jewish calendar? Would you like a group of people to learn, observe, and celebrate with for this coming year? Are you busy, but would still love to be in a book club?

Over the course of the year (September 2021-September 2022) this group will be reading My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin, learning about Jewish holidays and celebrating them together. This group is open to all levels of holiday knowledge and experience!

This group meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 7:00PM and is led by TBE’s own Mandy Deavers. Email Margaret Norman at mnorman@templebeth-el.net or Mandy Parente at mandyparente@gmail.com if you are interested in joining!