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Continuing Education

Beth Sholom B’nai Israel has always prided itself in offering a Continuing Education program of great depth and diversity. A wide variety of mini-courses and lecture series highlight our program each year. All individuals whether members of BSBI or not, whether Jewish or not, are welcome to participate in our courses, lectures, and programs.

2018-2019 Continuing Education Brochure and Registration Form

Shabbat Programs

Instructor: Michelle Konigsburg         

1st Saturday of the month, 10-11 am


Instructor: Cantor Bolts                     

2nd Saturday of the month, 10-11 am


                                                          Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg           

3rd Saturday of the month, 9:30-10:30 am


Instructor: Michael Chernicoff           

4th Saturday of the month, 10-11 am


Shabbat programming is Free

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Learner’s Minyan:

Learn the structure and choreography of the Saturday service in a relaxed setting. Bring your questions.                   

Shirat HaLev:

Awaken your soul with a musical contemplative interpretation of the Shabbat Morning Service.  


Meditation Service:

Prepare for prayer with chanting of prayers and mindful meditation             


Life, the Universe and Judaism:

Come learn what science has to say about our universe and life as we know it, then discuss Judaism’s views on the same subjects. Moderator


Lunch & Learn: Exploring the Many Facets of the Bible

Tuesdays Beginning Oct. 16 Noon-1:30pm

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

Starting with Genesis, a weekly chance to explore the plain and hidden lessons of the Bible.

Bring your own kosher dairy lunch

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BSBI Academy

The Ethical Life: Jewish Values In An Age Of Choice

Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

What is the relationship between ethics and religion? If people can act ethically without believing in God, do they need Judaism to live a moral life? Join our quest to lead an ethical life with an understanding that the challenges posed by contemporary realities should be informed by the richness of the Jewish tradition.

*$10 per class or $50 Hall Pass*

October 16, 2018

October 30, 2018

November 6, 2018

November 13, 2018

November 20, 2018

December 4, 2018

December 11, 2018

January 8, 2019

January 15, 2019

January 22, 2019

February 5, 2019

February 12, 2019

February 19, 2019

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Ethical Life Introduction                

The Sources of our Ethics                

Ethics of Food Production                 

Fracking & Neighborhood Relations    

Mass Incarceration and Teshuva 

Modern Day Slavery                       

Ethics of War and Torture              

Ethics at the End of Life                       

Ethics of Inclusion                            

Surrogacy & Ethics in Relationships  

The Ethics of Enhancement              

Is Lying Ever Ethical                           

Ethics In Our Lives                              


*For Lunch and Learn and BSBI Academy series: You may attend any of these sessions for $10 per class or purchase a Hall Pass to attend as many as you want. The pass is $50 per person, $75 if you sign up with a study partner. You may register in advance or just show up with your payment. One pass is good for both series.

January Mini-Series

The Bible and the Ancient World

With Dr. Deena Grant, Associate Professor of Jewish Studies at Hartford Seminary

All Lectures start at 7:30 PM

Snow Date: to be determined if necessary

January 14, 2019

January 28, 2019

February 4, 2019

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Genesis and the Ancient Creation Myths

The Biblical and Extra-Biblical Floods

What Archaeology has to teach us about Kings David and Solomon


$30 Full Series
$15 Student Full Series
$12 per lecture purchased at the door
$5 for student per lecture purchased at the door

Click here to be redirected for Online Registration

To download the registration form, Click Here

Sandals Lecture

March 5, 2019  7:30 PM

featuring Rabbi Edward Feld


The Making of a Mahzor and a Siddur

What kinds of prayer books are needed int he tewnty-first century?  Do we pray in the same way our ancestors did?  What might we expect from a new siddur?  What has made the Lev Shalem series such a success? 


Adults: $20

Youth under 18: $15

Dessert & Lecture only: $5

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Torah Study Shabbat

Spirituality and The Brain: How Judaism Can Bring Us Peace Of Mind

April 5-7, 2019

Instructor: Rabbi Mychal B. Springer

Rabbi Mychal B. Springer founded the Center for Pastoral Education at Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in 2009, establishing relationships with hospices, Jewish social service agencies, and—most recently—prisons and reentry facilities, allowing students to learn the art of pastoral care as they serve marginalized populations.


Examining the place where the sacred can touch our lives, we will explore Vulnerability as a Path to the Divine; How Prayer Can Support Wellbeing and Cultivating Resilience.

Fees: TBA

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Embracing Judaism

Instructor: Rabbi Richard Plavin and other Hartford areas Conservative rabbis

Begins October 18

Meets Thursday nights, 7:35 – 9:15 PM

At Beth El Temple in West Hartford

Whether you want to reboot your Judaism, satisfy your intellectual curiosity or consider Judaism as a new faith, you are invited to delve into the richness of the Jewish heritage.

Fee: This Program is offered in three semesters that can be taken in any order. Registration is $75 per semester. Student registering for all 18 sessions will pay $180.  Significant Others, Full time students and IBJ Alumni will receive a 50% discount.



For more information and to register, go to

There is also a connected but separate Beginners Hebrew class associated with this series beginning in December. 

For complete information on this course, contact Rabbi Plavin at 860-573-4503, or email him at 

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Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah

 If you can read Hebrew then this will open the service to you as you prepare HaftaraNever had the chance to lead a service or chant an with your class to take on the spiritual responsibilities of Judaism. Led by Cantor Bolts and Rabbi Konigsburg, we will work together to find the time and location for learning.

To register for the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, contact Rabbi Konigsburg at or Cantor Bolts at

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Fri, January 18 2019 12 Shevat 5779