Adult Bar Mitzvah taught by Rabbi Shari Chen10:30-11:30amOct. 15, 22, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17$100If you never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, it’s not too late. Rabbi Chen will lead classes to prepare you for your spiritual event.
Sign Language taught by Sari Daybook10:30-11:30amJan. 7 – Mar. 4$40Learn beginning sign language from our expert Sari Daybook.
Astrology taught by Linda Clark10:30-11:30amOct. 15, 22, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 10 (10am-12pm), 17$40LINDA CLARK HAS BEEN STUDYING ASTROLOGY FOR 50 YEARS AND HAS SPOKEN ACROSS CHICAGO ON THE SUBJECT! THE TEXT BOOK BEING USED IS LLEWELLYN’S COMPLETE BOOK OF ASTROLOGY BY KRIS BRANDT RISKE, M.A. This will be an in-depth study of Astrology using your natal chart.   The natal chart represents the “tool kit” for life, that you were given to handle your mission on earth.  We will study the personality traits of each of the 12 signs in relation to the twelve different houses they are placed in at the time of your birth.  We will also examine the planets and how they relate to your natal chart.
Hebrew Commentaries taught by Rabbi Dr. Douglas Goldhamer12-1:30pmOct. 15, 22, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17, Jan. 7, 14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 18, 25, Mar. 4$100Rabbi Dr. Goldhamer’s class will focus on the great Hasidic master Baal Shem Tov and his grandson, Degel Machaneh Ephraim.  Reading knowledge of Hebrew required.
Painting taught by Sima Tulchinsky1:30-2:30pmOct. 15, 22, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17$40Let Sima Tulchinsky bring out the artist in you!
Drama/Theater 101 taught by Ron Raben1:30-2:30pmOct. 15, 22, Nov. 12, 19, Dec. 3, 10, 17$40Come ready to talk and participate as we take a quick journey through many aspects of theater with Ron Raben. We’ll talk and be participants as we delve into this magical and rather complex world.  How did this whole thing start?  What are the styles of theaters and stages?  What really goes into mounting a full production?  Who are the people involved?  What’s this thing called acting and some of its techniques?  And then we’ll get physical and do some improvisational work, mime, and maybe, if time permits, some scene work.
French 101 Conversation and Cooking taught by Laura and Mark Schwartz with special assistance by Rabbi Goldhamer!12-1pmFeb. 11

1 session only

$10Have fun learning basic French while preparing Fondue au Fromage and Fondue au Chocolat!
Photo Journeys taught by Allen Meyer10:30-11:30amJan. 14, 21, 28, Mar. 4 (viewing of “Ingelore”)$251. Did you know there are active Jews and Jewish Life throughout Cuba?   Join Allen Meyer as he takes you through a photo journey of his trip through Jewish Cuba.   2. Are you tired of getting snapshots, when you were really hoping to get a photograph?   Join Allen Meyer as he shares his secrets of getting an image that may last a lifetime.   3. Do you think you know Israel through your own eyes or that of your friends and family?   Join Allen Meyer as he shares his “views” of how Israel looked to him.   4. Watch with Allen Meyer the extraordinary HBO documentary “Ingelore“.This documentary has special meaning for Allen, since he met Ingelore in Florida several years before her death.  Here is the trailer, for the documentary. The film is captioned and is 40 minutes long. It became deeply personal through a series of circumstances and photos which Allen will show after the end of the presentation.

Here is the movie “plot” as originally written —
Ingelore Herz Honigstein was born in 1924 to Jewish parents in Kuppenheim Germany. She is deaf. As an expression of their embarrassment over their mute child, her parents ignore her and make no attempt at communication. She is sent to a variety of schools and tutors where she learns the most rudimentary forms of language. At the age of six she says her first word. At the age of twelve she finally constructs a complete sentence. She enters the first grade at the age of 13 and for the first time comes into contact with other deaf children. Her short lived education is interrupted by Kristalnact when she is thrown out of school and sent home.

Ingelore offers a unique perspective on the Holocaust. Through her eyes we see the shifts in her classmates and neighbors attitudes. She witnesses her father being taken and then released from Dachau
She is raped by Nazi cadets on the streets of Berlin, negotiates for her life with an unfeeling official at the US Consulate in Stuttgart and finally escapes Germany for the United States where she learns that she is now pregnant as a result of the rape.
Her amazing life shapes her into an extraordinary teacher and we learn the power of light over darkness.
Photography 101 taught by Lorry Charak and Myron Berger10:30-11:30amFeb. 4, 11, 18, 25$25Learn photography fundamentals with Lorry Charak and Myron Berger.

Do you want to take photographs that are Inspiring, Sensational, Evoke Emotion’s, Get Compliments, and could possibly be sell-able? It doesn’t matter if you have an iPhone, Android Device, Point & Shoot, or a DSLR, you can take Amazing Professional-looking pictures. Learn to see the World as your Camera does. Find out where you can upload your pictures that you already have FREE to a site that Getty Images TM picks from to sell. Myron Berger and Lorry Charak, two Professional Photographers from your Temple, will be teaching a class only at Congregation Bene Shalom. Bring your friends and family, all are invited to attend.


Please check calendar for dates, and contact our office for details on classes by calling 847.677.3330