Judaism University

Judaism University is for adult learning. 

Torah Study

Weekly on Shabbat Afternoon from 1:30 to 3:00 PM at B’nai Emunah. Led by Rabbi Pam. Each week, we study something from the Torah with a focus on what is in the written Torah as well as midrash (commentary) and ideas relating to Torah, including our own ideas and innovations. Knowledge of Hebrew or previous study of Torah are not required.

Adult Hebrew Class

Select Tuesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:00 pm. Taught by Sharon Bleviss. For beginners and those who have already begun studying Hebrew. Learn to read and write and some practical Hebrew words. Cost: $36 for six weeks.

Lunch n’ Learn

Third Thursday of each month from 12:00 to 1:30 pm. Enjoy lunch and socializing followed by in-depth study with one of the Rabbis of the Southside Jewish Collaborative. Check the calendar or the BE Mail for location and details.

Meal in a Bag – Tikkun Olam for the Most Needy. 

3rd Thursday of each month at 1:30 PM immediately following Lunch n’ Learn. Join us as we make sandwiches and pack them and other ingredients into bags for a homeless outreach program.

Zwerin – Alexander Annual Retreat at the Ralston White Retreat Center in Mill Valley

2019 – May 24-26 with Daniel Matt, one of the foremost authorities on Jewish mysticism and the Zohar and primary translator of The Zohar Pritzker Edition. Click here to learn about studying on line with Dr. Daniel Matt. 

2020 – June 26-28 with Robert Alter, Biblical scholar and author of The Hebrew Bible: A Translation with Commentary, a three volume set. Check back for details after the High Holy Days


Torah Gems and Scholarly Views

Chayei Sarah and The Value of Kindness by Mira Sinick, November 23, 2019

Holy Jewish Texts and Teachings About Peace by Rabbi Pam Frydman. PLEASE NOTE that this is a copyrighted chapter for an anthology in publication. If you wish to reprint anything from the chapter, please submit your request to rabbipam.be@gmail.com.

God Dwells in All of Us Yom Kippur 5780 – 2019 by Rabbi Pam Frydman

Everyone is Welcome Here Rosh Hashanah 5780 – 2019 by Rabbi Pam Frydman

Ki Teitzei – an Honest Weight and an Honest Measure by Frank Kurtz, September 14, 2019

Shoftim – Justice Justice Shall You Pursue by Bonnie Lindauer, September 7, 2019

Ten Commandments – Comparing the version in Exodus given at Sinai and in Deuteronomy recited by Moses on the eastern side of the Jordan. by Rabbi Pam Frydman

Eikev: Moses and the Mandel Brot Story by Isadore and Maddy Rosenthal, August 24, 2019

Parshot Matot and Maasei by Rabbi Pam Frydman, August 4, 2019

A Friday evening talk on Parshat Pinchas by Rabbi Pam Frydman, July 26, 2019

Understanding Holiness by Rabbi Pam Frydman July 6, 2019

Creating Community by Andrew Nusbaum, June 21, 2019

Giving credit where credit is due by Andrew Nusbaum, March 9, 2019

The Other Scroll of Esther, a Drash by Adrienne Kristine, March 2, 2019

Ki Tissa – The Golden Calf and Second Set of Tables, a Drash by Isadore Rosenthal, February 23, 2019

Make Me a Sanctuary and I will Dwell in Them, a Torah teaching by Rabbi Batshir Torchio, February 9, 2019.

We will do and we will listen, by Rabbi Pam Frydman, February 2, 2019.

Parshat Bo, a Karaite Perspective, by Mira Sinick, Sisterhood Shabbat, January 12, 2019.

Moses Had Common Sense, a Torah teaching by Rabbi Pam, December 29, 2018

Thanksgiving Through a Jewish Lens,a Torah teachingby Rabbi Pam, November 24, 2018

Chayei Sarah, a Torah teaching by Frank Kurtz, November 3, 2018.

The Role of Culture in Human Development by Leon Cooper, October 24, 2018.

A Blessing for Our Leaders, a Torah teaching by by Rabbi Pam, October 20, 2018

Noah the Righteous, Noah the Ordinary, a Torah teaching by Rabbi Pam, October 13, 2018

Shoftim and the Role of Prophecy,a Torah teaching by Frank Kurtz, August 17-18, 2018.

Re’eh: Once You See, You Must Acta Torah teaching by Andrew Nusbaum, August 10-11, 2018.

Eikev: A Stiff Necked People, outline prepared by Ralph Sinick, August 3-4, 2018.

Parshat Va’Etchannan, a Torah teaching by Bonnie Lindauer, July 28, 2018.

Vegetarianism: Judaism and Vegetarianism, an outline by Bonnie Lindauer, March 23, 2018.

B’nai Emunah Booklets 

Holocaust Remembrance Booklet August 2019

Omer Counting Handout– Spring 2019

Shofar Sounds and Blessings – May 2019

Shofar sounds and blessings for kids – May 2019

BE Chanukah Candle Blessings and Songbook – December 2018

NEW BE Chanukah Blessings and Songbook 2019 • 5780

Tu BShevat Haggadah January 2019

B’nai Emunah Interfaith Memorial Standing With Pittsburg December 2018

B’nai Emunah Prayers and Blessing

Holy Jewish Texts and Teachings About Peace

Text for the Blessings before and after the Torah reading 

Prayer for Our Country from the High Holy Machzor

Recordings of Torah and Haftarah blessings and prayers from our worship

B’nai Emunah Holocaust Memorabilia

Recollections of Guenter Gruschka for his talk on Sept 8 2019


These resources were prepared by Bonnie Lindauer, Isadore Rosenthal, Frank Kurtz and Rabbi Pam Frydman. If you wish to reach Bonnie, Isadore, Frank or Rabbi Pam regarding these materials and related information about how to prepared your own drash, please contact Bonnie at bonnie (at) bnaiemunahsf.org.

Preparing a Drash Guidelines and Resources in PDF, prepared by Bonnie Lindauer

Preparing a Drash Guidelines and Resources in WORD, prepared by Bonnie Lindauer

Food and Memory by Frank Kurtz

Feb class handout prepared by Frank Kurtz

Chapters 18 and 19 from Parshat Vayera on Divine Visitors in WORD, prepared by Isadore Rosenthal

Chapters 18 and 19 from Parshat Vayera on Divine Visitors in PDF, prepared by Isadore Rosenthal