Adult Education



Adult Education is an important and valued opportunity for our members and the community. Our Hebrew and Torah classes help adults advance their skills. Our Summer and Winter Nights on Park Heights provide a fun gathering for discussing current events. Brotherhood and Sisterhood learning and lectures bring friends together. We aim to share dynamic and meaningful moments in education. Below, the majority of our offerings are listed, though many adult education pieces are added during the year.

Adult Hebrew & Torah Trope

Can’t read Hebrew? Cantor Sacks will teach BHC congregants an Adult Beginner Hebrew class on Sunday mornings, 9:15-10:05 AM, beginning in the fall. This class is for adults with very little or no Hebrew reading ability. The class will fulfill the beginner Hebrew requirements for the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah program.

Chant like a pro with BHC’s cadre of Torah chanters by learning to recognize the trope symbols and their melodies. Classes will begin in October, meeting weekly on Sunday mornings at 11:15 AM.  

INFO: Marci Messick, or 410-764-1587, ext. 250. 

Adult B'nai Mitzvah

BHC offers a course for those who never had the opportunity to celebrate becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13. Our two year program, culminating in being called to Torah, utilizes all of the adult learning options at the temple and around the community. Membership at BHC is required. INFO: INFO: Marci Messick, or 410-764-1587, ext. 250.  

Brotherhood Breakfasts

What Do Smart People Do On Sunday Mornings? We treat ourselves to a delicious breakfast of scrambled eggs, bagels, lox, cream cheese, orange juice, danish and coffee! Not to be missed is the lively question and answer period following the speaker presentation. Spouses, friends, and other guests are welcome. Free to BHC Brotherhood members and children under 18 and only $5 for guests and non-members (payable at the door). INFO: Sid Bravmann, or 410-952-6352. To register for May's Brotherhood breakfast, click here

Community Scholar-In-Residence

The four Reform Jewish congregations in Baltimore join together to sponsor a weekend Scholar-in-Residence, generously supported by the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study. Every other year, a different world-class scholar and exciting theme are chosen. It is a wonderful opportunity to learn and make new friends in our broader community. The spring 2018 speaker will be announced soon.

Interfaith Institute

The Interfaith Institute is a long-standing annual tradition hosted at BHC, sponsored by Sisterhood. Members of various faiths gather to explore a compelling topic of mutual interest, hear the views of dynamic guest speakers and panelists, and engage in dialogue. Invite a friend and come for the day-long program that will provide much food for thought. INFO: Carol Caplan, or 410-764-1587, ext. 270.

Israel Education

BHC offers occasional discussions, presentations, and lectures regarding Israel's current situation, history, and culture.  These presentations are provided through hosting other organizations and by our own rabbis and members.  In addition to encouraging our high school and college students to participate in trips to Israel, we also organize congregational trips to Israel.  BHC was active in organizing participation in the 2015 North American Elections for the World Zionist Congress and is part of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.

PEP (Pursuing Educational Possibilities)

PEP is a group of friendly adults who study together at BHC on select Sunday mornings in a casual and relaxed setting. We have four different classes, two each semester. Every PEP class begins with a bagel and sweets breakfast at 9 AM. Each PEP member is responsible for helping to provide one breakfast during the course of the year. PEP concludes at 11:45 AM. INFO: Ruth Spivak, Click here to download the 2019-20 flyer with class details.

Summer and Winter Nights on Park Heights

Meet us in BHC’s lovely outdoor courtyard in the summer or in a warm lodge-style room in the winter for these fun evenings of current event discussions. Led by BHC’s clergy and educator, these chats have a Jewish perspective and encourage group participation. They are free and open to the community. We serve snacks and cocktails.  INFO: Jillian Manko, Director of Engagement, or 410-764-1587, ext. 246.

Triple Treat

Study, eat and schmooze at this offering from Sisterhood on select Thursdays, 10:30 AM-NOON, beginning in October. Clergy, educators and community members teach different courses each year. Open to all—men and women! INFO: Pam Mandell, Interim Director of Education,, 410-764-1587, ext. 249

Torah Talk

Led by our rabbis and at times by lay leaders, this interactive discussion group examines weekly Torah portions and selected books of the Prophets and Writings, the second and third sections of the Tanakh (Hebrew Scriptures). Join us each Shabbat morning from 9-10 AM for lively conversation and stay for the service afterward! No background required—just a willingness to learn and share ideas. Your ideas are always welcome. INFO: Rabbi Busch,

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