Beth El Congregation

Judaism Rooted in the Desert

1118 W Glendale Ave, Phoenix AZ 85021
Phone: (602) 944-3359 | Email:


Education at Beth El

Jewish Education for all ages

Beth El is committed to Jewish Education, and we offer a wide variety of programs to serve all age groups and abilities.

Our Early Childhood Center Preschool offers childcare and age appropriate learning for infants through Pre-K students. Our teachers strive to make every day a learning experience for our students. Throughout the year we teach age appropriate information on the following subjects: prayer and Jewish holidays, Hebrew, Spanish, Science, Math, Reading, and Cooking. To learn our more about our preschool, click here.

Our Talmud Torah Hebrew School offers children in Pre-K through high school the opportunity to learn Hebrew, study Jewish subjects, and socialize with other Jewish youth in addition to b’nai mitzvah preparation with our cantor. We also offer youth groups that have weekly and monthly events depending on age grouping. To learn more about our Talmud Torah Hebrew School, please click here.

Adults education is also very important to us here at Beth El. We offer different types of classes (religious, social, cultural) and clubs (book, movie, Mah Jongg) throughout the year. You are welcome and encouraged to bring your friends and family to our programming. If you have any requests or ideas for classes or programs you would like to see at Beth El, please contact Alicia Moskowitz. Please see below for our latest offerings.

Adult Education 2016 – 2017 / 5776 – 5777


Classes and Learning

midrashMidrash Study: Jewish Lore

Study Jewish Lore though a selection of Rabbi Lavinsky’s favorite Midrashic texts. Learn what the rabbis’ interpretations and commentaries have to say about the Torah and other writings in our tradition as well as how these lessons apply to our lives today.

Teacher:  Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky

Meets:  Sundays at 9:15am

Dates:  10/30, 11/6, 11/13, 11/20, 12/4, and 12/11

Cost:  Free

Talmud Study: Jewish Law

Study Jewish law through a selection of Rabbi Lavinsky’s favorite Talmudic texts. Learn the details of our Jewish legal system by studying the Oral Law and how we interpret these laws today.

Teacher:  Rabbi Arthur Lavinsky

Meets:  Sundays at 9:15am

Dates:  1/22, 1/29, 2/12, 2/19, 2/26, and 3/5

Cost:  Free

llLunch and Learn

Come and enjoy delicious food & lively discussions at our Lunch and Learn program. During these monthly sessions we will explore the text of Pirkei Avot (“the wisdom of the fathers”) with Wendy Rozov. Join other adult learners as we delve into one of Judaism’s most quoted books. Who were these Rabbis and why are their words so meaningful to us today?

Teacher: Wendy Rozov

Meets: Thursdays at 11:30am

Dates: 8/25, 9/22, 10/20, 11/17, 1/26, 2/23, 3/23, 4/27, and 5/18

Cost: $5 per meeting (includes lunch)

Clubs and Activities

aaccArt Addicts Craft Club

Craft and DIY (do it yourself) with us. Upcoming projects include string art, personalized coffee mugs, mosaic decorations, jewelry making, and more.

Meets: Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Dates: 9/28, 10/26, 12/14, 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, and 5/24

Cost: Varies for each project

book-clubBook Club

Bring your friends for a monthly discussion on Jewish books led by Ileen Bruns. We read fiction and non-fiction books on a variety of topics. Pizza and wine are served at each meeting.

Meets: Wednesdays at 6:30pm

Dates: 9/14, 10/26, 11/30, 1/25, 2/22, 3/22, and 4/26

Cost: Free (pizza and wine – $5)

mahj-tilesMahj Meetup

Join us for friendly competition and fun at our Mahj Meetup. All skill levels are welcome. Joan Sitver and her Mahj Experts are on hand to guide the beginners. Bring your 2016 Mah Jongg League Card and a set if you have one.

Meets: 1st and 3rd Wednesdays (all year), 1:00pm – 3:30pm

Cost: Free (donation towards collective snacks is optional)

popcornMovie Matinee Club

Movie buffs are invited to join our Movie Matinee Club. Current releases chosen by the group will be shown. Snacks will be available.

Meets: Wednesdays at 1:00pm

Dates: 9/14, 11/9, 1/11, 2/8, 3/8, 4/26, and 5/10

Cost: Free