This is a biweekly series focused on intellectual stimulation and cultural programming. Programs will include book talks, workshops, lectures, watch parties and more Thursday nights on Zoom from November to May. Some programs will have a cost to help cover licensing expenses or honorariums: $18-36 for members and $36-56 for nonmembers.

JewCurious with Bethany Slater

Class meets Wednesday nights from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm, Nov. 4 through April 28

Join us for our Judaism 101! Class lasts for 20 weeks and is open to anyone who is curious. We’ll explore the major narratives, history, practices, theology and values of Judaism. You can expect that the learning will happen with curiosity and open-mindedness and respect for one another’s boundaries and beliefs. Register for the class here.


The New Jewish Canon: A Discussion with Rebbitzen Bethany

Noon-1 pm, Tuesdays (class began Nov. 3)

The late twentieth and early 21st Centuries have been a period of mass production and proliferation of Jewish ideas and have witnessed major changes in Jewish life and stimulated major debates.

Join this class to talk about the book, The New Jewish Canon, which came out in July. Click here to register. It is also recommended that you purchase the book.




House of Learning Watch Party—Empathy or Complicity

Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights

7-8 pm, Dec. 3

Join Beth El in a discussion of the Institute of Southern Jewish Life’s feature “Empathy or Complicity: Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights.” Historian Josh Parshall presents on this fascinating subject, which was featured on the ISJL page in September as part of the ISJL’s “Virtual Vacation” series. Participants are asked to view the video ahead of time, and then we will come together to discuss and reflect on the history of Southern Jews and Black Civil Rights. This is part of our Tirdof series, as well as House of Learning and we invite you to join at no charge. Zoom information available upon registration, which can be found on the Beth El calendar.


Women’s Work: A Conversation about Gender Equity in the Workplace

7 pm , Jan. 7

Whitney Wright is the co-founder of the Athena Collective, an Alabama-based nonprofit dedicated to gender equity, and the founder of Elia Fulmen, a company that uses empowerment research to enact empowerment theories through jewelry. She also does strategic communications consulting providing unique cross-discipline and cross-platform perspectives to executive teams, foundations, and start-ups. Come hear stories about her diverse experiences working in the finance, media, publishing, hospitality, and energy industries, and learn more about current issues related to women in the workforce.




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