At CBS we seek to enrich Jewish life through adult education. We aim to provide learning opportunities of Jewish interest to all adult members of CBS.  Check out the CBS calendar and CBS Facebook group page for upcoming events.

Courses from Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

We are pleased to be offering 2 courses first semester of 2023 through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. Utilizing curricula developed by the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, the Melton program is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world.

OMG! Can You Believe?

In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll dive into the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. We’ll examine the many different understandings of God, free will, and mitzvot expressed by Jewish philosophers, rabbis, leaders past and present – and you. We’ll explore the divine, the prophetic, and even the supernatural, as we amplify and dissect your deepest God-questions. Just do not expect to leave with any final answers.

Faculty: Rabbi Marc Rudolph Where: Online

When: Wednesdays: January 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 Time: 7:30 pm to 8:45 pm 

Cost: $179 for the course. Bring a friend and receive a $50 discount EACH! ($129/pp). Use coupon code on the checkout page : OMG50 Register for these courses at  http://www.meltonschool.org/naperville

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict (Part 1) 

In this 10 session course we will study the roots of the conflict between Jews and Arabs over the modern State of Israel. Analyzing newspaper articles, speeches, poems, photographs, and maps, we will re-trace history on a path from 1948-today, examining each war and attempt at peace. 

Faculty: Marc Stopeck  Where: Online

When: 10 Wednesdays March 1 – May 10 (no session April 5)  Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Cost: $295 Register for these courses at  http://www.meltonschool.org/naperville

Scholarships are available. Contact Rabbi Rudolph 

Adult Hebrew Language Program

We have online Hebrew classes at multiple levels and instructors able to teach from beginner to advanced.  You can learn to read, write, speak, and understand Hebrew. Email hebrewcourses@napershalom.org with questions. Click here for a registration form.

Saturday Morning Torah Study, Saturdays at 9am

Rabbi Rudolph will lead Torah study class on Shabbat morning at 9 am in person and online in the synagogue library prior to Saturday morning shabbat worship. https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87837323890 

Rabbi’s Study Group – Thursdays at 11:30 AM

Study with Rabbi Marc Rudolph. Whether you can come regularly or only drop-in occasionally, join us for the energizing discussions and the joy of learning.

Judaism Has the Answers 

This class is on Thursdays from 7:30pm – 8:30pm. This will be a bi-weekly study group led by Yonah Klem focusing on Torah commentary which will help each of us better understand how the Torah can inform our lives today. Yonah has been teaching topics on Jewish spirituality and Jewish meditation at CBS for over 20 years. For questions and answers about the grou and meeting location, please contact Yonah at yonahklem@gmail.com

Reflections on Jewish Themes

Please join us weekly for “Reflections on Jewish Themes,” moderated by Yonah Klem, from 4-5 pm on Tuesday afternoons. Email Yonah Klem for more information. 

Guest Speaker Program

The Adult Education Committee’s exciting guest speaker program continues. Expect to hear from more community leaders and academic scholars.  Check out the CBS calendar and CBS Facebook group page for upcoming events.

Other Events

We’d love to hear your ideas of an adult education class you would like to see or an activity you’d like to lead.  We welcome educational and experiential ideas for enhancing Jewish life.  Please contact Irwin Gaines, Adult Education Chair, with your ideas.