Beit Midrash – Adult Education

Explorations Series

Join our virtual “Explorations”—zoom interactive meetings offered on a wide range of topics. Learn, ask questions, and have discussions with other Temple members. Times and topics will vary but are one time 30–45-minute programs. All sessions will take place on Zoom using this link.


Sunday, April 3, 2022 at 10:30am: ECDC Director Kate Louik will present the a discussion, focusing on the Reggio Emilia approach to early childhood education. Click here to join the discussion on Zoom (Meeting ID: 883 8189 3164, Passcode: 716830).

Monday, April 4, 2022 at 7:30pm: Mel and Claire Vatz will discuss “Viral Parodies”, sharing their experiences planning, writing, performing and “enjoying the notoriety” of several successful parodies that went viral. If you haven’t watched the parodies, check them out: Video 1 (this one went viral with over a quarter of a million views!), Video 2 , and Video 3.


Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 3:00pm: Join Ron Schneider as he gives us a peek into  the audition process for symphony orchestras, and how success is typically a result of talent, perseverance, and good luck.

Friday, March 18, 2022 at 2:00pm: Jeff and Andrea Fitting will join up to discuss “Growing Pains – our journey to building a garden of edible delights”. They will share their experience and save you some time and trouble in case you’re planning to do your own battle with suburban wildlife.

About Beit HaMidrash

Beit HaMidrash, or the Adult Education Committee, provides exciting and topical educational programs consistent with the diverse values and interests of our Temple community. We do this in a numerous fun and exciting ways, all of which strive to honor Judaism’s tradition of a lifelong love of learning and growth.

Annual events such as the South Hills Torah Weekend and The Rabbi William Sajowitz Endowment Weekend provide opportunities for our community to hear (and meet) dynamic speakers from a wide range of fields including acclaimed authors, religious and political leaders, comedians, musicians, and more.

The Adult Education committee sponsors a variety of activities throughout the year including Jewish-themed film screenings (with food!), Shabbat guest speakers, cooking classes, art exhibits, Hebrew classes, and more. This programming serves to bring our Temple community closer together as we enrich our lives in a meaningful, Jewish way.

We’re always looking for new members who are interested in joining us as we continue our journey.

Do you want to have a voice in the Adult Education programs offered at Temple? Do you want to make Adult Education at Temple more meaningful for yourself and for others? We’d love to have you!  Contact us.

Baruch ata Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam asher kidshanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu la’asok b’divreiTorah. “Praised are You, Adonai, Our God, Ruler of the Universe, who has made us holy with commandments and commanded us to engage in the study of Torah.”
La’asok b’divrei Torah – As we join together to share the joy of learning, may we grow closer to our tradition, and to each other as well.