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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.

*For Lunch and Learn, BSBI Academy, and Seminar 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 all three series.

*For Lunch and Learn and BSBI Academy:

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.

Lunch & Learn: Exploring the Many Facets of the Bible

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

Picking up where we left off last spring, a weekly chance to explore the plain and hidden lessons of the Bible.  Previous class not required. Beginners Welcome.

Tuesdays beginning November 5, noon-1:30 pm.

Bring your own kosher dairy lunch

*$10 per class or $50 Hall Pass*

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BSBI Academy

Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

Instructor: Rabbi Konigsburg

BSBI Academy concludes for 5780 on February 18, 2020


Conservative Judaism Today and Tomorrow

Conservative Judaism has defied definition from its very beginning. As a pluralistic movement it can mean different things for different people. Chacellor Arnold Eisen of the Jewish Theological Seminary has published a series of essays that explores essential matters of Jewish belief and practice from a Conservative perspective. Weekly classes on Tuesday evenings 7:30-8:30 pm

*$10 per class or $50 Hall Pass*

George & Lillian Sandals Memorial Dinner & Lecture


Featuring Rabbi Richard Eisenberg

Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-Based Approach

March 23, 2020

Minyan: 6:00 PM

Dinner 6:30 PM 

Dessert & Lecture 7:30 PM  

There are new and important changes in the way we see Addiction and Recovery Based on his book on how the Jewish Community can better address the problems of Addiction

"Judaism, Addiction and Recovery: A Spiritual and Faith-Based Approach describes the spiritual fog of addiction that engulfs Jewish individuals, family members and communities. The image of the fog relates to the disconnect separating us from an awareness of the challenges, risks and harsh realities posed by chemical dependence, though other types of compulsive conditions are certainly relevant.  The book proposes ways to address the social, medical and spiritual crisis of addiction, including treatment and self-help models that need not be limited to a 12 Step orientation. The author also shares practical suggestions and tips for anyone effected by the disease of addiction. Jewish texts and sources are interwoven throughout the volume as tools for developing a deeper and broader understanding of the issues at hand."

To RSVP, send THIS FORM to Sandi Phair 

no later than March 16 



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Virtual Sandals Lecture March 30, 2020

The George and Lillian Sandals Lecture was done via Zoom Meeting this year due to COVID-19.  We are happy to say that we were able to save the recording of the lecture by Rabbi Eisenberg to share with you!


Torah Study Shabbat

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

June 5-6, 2020

Instructor: Rabbi David Golinkin

Rabbi Golinkin is president and proffessor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem.

June 5, 2020:

Topic: The Kotel as a Synagogue

June 6, 2020-Shabbat AM:

Israel-A Jewish State?

June 6, 2020-Shabbat Lunch:

Pluralism and Tolerance in Jewish Tradition

June 7, 2020-Brotherhood Minyan, Meeting and Lecture:

The Future of Conservative Judaism (Everyone is welcome)

Fees: TBA, More information to come

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Embracing Judaism

Instructor: Rabbi Richard Plavin and other Hartford areas Conservative rabbis

Begins October 31, 2019

Meets Thursday nights, 7:00 – 8:45 PM

At Emanuel Synagogue 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. Students 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

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

 Never had the chance to lead a service or chant and Haftara?  If you can read Hebrew then this will open the service to you as you prepare with your class to take on the spiritual responsibilities of Judaism.  Led by Cantor Krieger 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 

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Fri, April 10 2020 16 Nisan 5780