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B'nai Amoona Lehrhaus Adult Education Institute

Learning is a lifelong pursuit.  The B'nai Amoona team strives to provide multiple avenues to the joy of learning Judaism at every level.  Whether you are new to Judaism or deeply involved in text study, we have regular classes and unique opportunities available.

Adult Education classes are generously sponsored by the Diane & Paul Gallant Adult Education Fund and the Stanley & Rochelle Ferdman Innovative Adult Education Fund. Todah Rabbah!

To discuss other payments options please contact Andy Schwebel, our Executive Director, at 314-576-9990 x106.



Torah for Today -  10:15 am
Our Rabbis lead discussion on the weekly Torah reading of our most sacred and ancient text. We seek to apply the relevant lessons of Torah to our lives today.

Torah at Twilight - Time changes monthly based on sunset
Shabbat afternoon study, between Minchah and Ma’ariv. Time changes monthly.
Please check our calendar for times.


A Thinking Person's Judaism -  10:15 am;  Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
This weekly text study and interactive discussion focuses on timely, contemporary issues facing Jews and Judaism in the Post-Modern Era. Click here to register.

Introduction to Judaism2:00 - 3:30 pm; Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
This interactive course explores Jewish history, practice, texts, and culture. It is designed for anyone who seeks to live a richer Jewish life, including those contemplating conversion to Judaism.
Click here to register.
This class is complimentary. This class is taught in partnership with the Louis & Judith Miller Introduction to Judaism Program at American Jewish University.


Kaiut Yoga ** NEW**   ​​​​​​​9:15 - 10:15 am 
Class will be taught by Lori Zucker, certified KYM 200​​​​​​​. Kaiut Yoga supports biomechanical health working from the joints through simple poses utilized with optimal benefit for your unique body. Increase freedom of movement, improve circulation, harmonize the physical structure and calm the mind.

All adult ages and abilities are welcome. Whether you are completely new to yoga or have been practicing for years, this style of yoga will meet you on the mat.
Click here to register for the complimentary trial class on February 12.
Click here to register for the 5 week session beginning February 19.

Cost is $72 (+eventbrite fee)​​​​​​​ RSVP's are made through Eventbrite

Comparative Religions: An Exploration of Faiths - 10:00-11:30 am; 
Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose; Join us as we explore, in conversation and discussion, different faiths, beliefs and traditions. We will invite guest teachers, speakers, spiritual leaders and special guests to join us.
Click here to register. $50 for the year

People of the Book: Your Own Personal Story - 11:30-12:30 pm
Facilitated by Tanya Spivey
 "Why were human beings created?" "Because God loves stories." We always say the Jewish people are “people of the book”. Each of us has our own book we are writing each day.  This class will allow you to become comfortable with technology and to write and create your own family story book.

The class will culminate with each person having created their own printed book using words, pictures, music, and maybe even a family recipe or two. Perfect for those who are wanting to learn a bit more what the computer can do for you!
Create a book for your family to keep, or give as a gift. No experience necessary! Begins January 22 Click here to register.
$72 for the Spring Semester


Yiddish Class: A Class for Beginners and All Who Enjoy a Bissel of Yiddish!
10:00-11:00 am; Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose,
Students will learn basic Yiddish vocabulary words for basic conversation.
Click here to register. $18 for the year

Getting to know Guy!  Lunch and Learn!
Thursday January 23
Thursday February 13

Guy Nachum is our incredible Shinshin this year!  The Shinshin program is a wonderful program in cooperation and support of the Jewish Federation that brings Israeli young adults to spend a gap year in the United States prior to their time in the Israeli Army. Since he came to us in August Guy has shared his knowledge, his love of Israel, and his ruach with the children and youth of B’nai Amoona.  It is now time to share Guy with the Adults of BA.  Come spend some time with Guy and learn his story and enjoy the Israel that Guy brings to us!

Click here to register. Please feel free to bring a dairy lunch and we will provide drinks and desserts!

Midtown Midrash - Enterprise Bank & Trust Building, 150 N. Meramec Avenue in Clayton, 5th floor;  12:00 - 1:30 pm; Facilitated by Rabbi Neal Rose
This class, located in Clayton, with snacks readily available, focuses on revitalizing our personal prayer life through exploration of our liturgy. The class is located on the fifth floor of the Enterprise Bank & Trust building at 150 N. Meramec Ave - feel free to use the parking garage beneath the building to park.
Click here to register.



Crash Course in Aleph Bet 10:00 - 11:30 am; Facilitated by Chani Pinsberg
Get a “crash course” in Hebrew with Chani Pinsberg in this class sponsored by NJOP. Class begins January 12 and will follow the MKLC calendar.
Click here to register. This class is complimentary.

Hebrew Reading From the Beginning - 1:00 - 2:00 pm; Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick; A beginners reading course introducing Hebrew letters, vowels, and reading. In each class, participants will learn new syllables and new words. By the end of the course students will have acquired a vocabulary of 150 words and will be able to read Hebrew. This spring semester will begin January 5.
Click here to register.
$36 for the Spring semester


Ulpan Ivrit - Advanced Modern Hebrew - 2:00 - 3:30 pm
Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick  
Students deepen their Hebrew language skills through reading and discussing articles on a variety of topics, and by listening to, reading and discussing news from Israel. Begins February 3.  Click here to register.
$72 for the Spring Semester

Ulpan Ivrit - Beginning Modern Hebrew - 5:00 - 6:30 pm
Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick  
A language program that teaches grammar, reading comprehension and conversation skills at the beginning level. This class welcomes anyone, with little or no Hebrew background. Begins February 3. Click here to register. 
$72 for the Spring Semester

Ulpan Ivrit - Intermediate Modern Hebrew - 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick  
Participants improve their reading comprehension and conversational skills in modern Hebrew through articles and dialogues in a variety of everyday life topics, and through further study of grammar. Begins February 3. Click here to register.
$72 for the Spring Semester


Advanced Hebrew Reading - 6:45 - 7:45 pm
Facilitated by Chani Pinsberg
Advanced Reading in the Liturgy with comprehension of key root letters and repeating words. Begins January 7. Click here to register.
$72 for the Spring Semester


Hebrew Reading for Tefillot and Blessings - 6:45 - 8:15 pm
Enhance your Jewish living! Join this class to explore the meaning of prayers and blessings - in the Synagogue and at home - and learn to recite and read them with fluency, understanding, confidence, and joy. Curriculum follows the Jewish calendar and includes learning of prayers and blessings for Shabbat, holidays, and every day. Facilitated by Ophira Nitzan Melnick  
Begins February 5. Click here to register.  
$72 for the Spring Semester

Special Class

The Voices of Israel

Monday February 24th at 7:00 pm
Thursday March 26th at 7:00 pm
Wednesday April 22nd at 7:00 pm

Israel Engagement is more than just supporting Israel. It is experiencing your own Israel.  It is learning from your time in Israel. It is being in the army.  It is raising Children in Israel.  It is both embracing Israel, while struggling with your relationships with the land. Israel is more than just a place; it is the people there, the people who have chosen to love from afar, and those who seek to make Aliyah one day.  These are the Voices of Israel.

Join us at B’nai Amoona as we explore the many voices of Israel.  Each session will bring new voices to share their own Israel Story with us. Click here to register.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah 

Becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at the age of 13 is a special and transformative experience. Some of us never had the opportunity. Some of us want to relearn and experience again what we forgot.  Still others want to be a positive Jewish role model for their children and grand-children. B'nai Amoona offers the opportunity to participate and celebrate the experience of becoming a Bar or Bat Mitzvah at any age.

We will work together to develop the skills of Hebrew Reading, Haftarah and Torah cantillation, in-depth study of the Torah, and other avenues of learning that are geared for the needs of an adult.

Please contact Rabbi Carnie Rose to explore your Jewish journey as an Adult Bar or Bat Mtizvah.

* Lehrhaus means House of Learning. Originally, it was the name of a Jewish studies school founded by Franz Rosenzweig in Germany in 1920. It sparked a Jewish intellectual revival, attracting intellectuals such as Martin Buber, S.Y. Agnon, A.J. Heschel, Gershom Scholem, and Erich Fromm.

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