Community Learning @ The Well

Jewish and Israel Studies

The rabbis teach that the Torah has seventy faces. It is no wonder, then, why Torah is studied in community. For, sitting face to face b’chevruta- with a study partner who pushes us to probe deeply, think critically and listen carefully- we glimpse the face God among the many faces of Torah

For many, Israel is a tremendous source of pride. It is a place where they feel most connected. Studying Israel’s history and significance only strengthens that tie. On the other hand, increasingly, a younger generation is reexamining its relationship with the State. Developing a mature, honest, love of the Jewish homeland starts with learning.


 Antisemitism and Jews in the Modern Era
8 week course | Sundays, beginning September 30 | 10:00 am |$125 program fee applies
Facilitated by Dr. Arie Zmora

This class will trace the origins of the new malaise of racial antisemitism in 19th century Europe. Focus on the battle between forces of moderation, tolerance, and openness in West European societies as they confronted the forces of xenophobia, bigotry and racism within their midst.

 Dr. Arie Zmora is returning by popular demand to teach this course after teaching last year on the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict through Literature and Modern Jewish History.


Rabbinic Drinking: Learning Themes in Rabbinic Literature Through the Drinking Glass
Thursday, October 4 | 7:30 pm | Beth El Synagogue 

With Jordan D. Rosenblum; Belzer Professor of Classical Judaism at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. More information HERE


The Star and the Crescent: The Long Relationship of Judaism and Islam
10 Session Course | Tuesdays, beginning October 9 | 7:00 pm | $295 program fee applies
Facilitated by Meryll Page

This Melton course will examine the longstanding relationship between Judaism and Islam, between Jews and Muslims, broadening our understanding and challenging our assumptions. 

Co-Sponsored by Hineni



Introduction and Conversion to Judaism
Tuesday Evenings, weekly September – May
With Rabbi Davis

Introduces participants to central Jewish Beliefs, practices and texts as well as to the history of the Jewish people in an engaging, accessible environment.  This class is taught in cooperation with Adath Jeshurun Congregation and Sharei Chesed Congregation. More information HERE

Considering Conversion?
Personal study opportunities available with Rabbi Alexander Davis


Introduction to Hebrew
Tuesday evenings, October – March
with Rachel Levitt

Master the basics of Hebrew reading.

Intermediate Hebrew
Winter 2019

    Watch more information on a Level II Hebrew course coming soon!


Learn to Chant Torah
Beginning January 2019

Learn the basics (or brush up on forgotten skills) of chanting Torah.

With Cantor Art Shragg


 The World to Come – Who Gets to Go?
Beginning October 7, meets weekly on Sunday afternoon at 5:45 pm

Talmud study with Sherwood Malamud.  For more information, contact Sherwood.




The Secret of Hebrew Letters
Thursdays, November 8, 15 and 29 | 10:00 am | Scones and Study

Discover how words light the night as we learn gematria and prepare for Chanukah

With Rabbi Alexander Davis


Letters to my Palestinian Neighbors
January 5 & 12, 2019 | Following Shabbat Lunch

Read Yossi Klein Halevi’s new book. Then gather as a community to unpack and discuss.

With Sally Abrams



The Book Smugglers: Partisans, Poets and the Race to Save Jewish Treasures from the Nazis
Thursday, March 28, 2019 | 7:00 pm

With Author Dr. David Fishman
Co-Sponsored by JCRC


Torah Study

Nosh & Drash: Study the weekly parasha (Torah reading) over lunch at Beth El with Rabbi Avi Olitzky. Alternating Mondays.

Study Groups: Monthly  Study groups with Rabbis Davis and Olitzky are a way to set aside time to learn amidst the company of friends.

Torah on Tap: A gathering of Young Adults for learning and socializing with Rabbi Olitzky.



For more information on any of these programs, please contact Liz Rappaport at or 952.873.7314.