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Adult Education provides an outlet for our members to further their personal Jewish journey. Our members are eager to enhance the many facets of their Jewish life experience. Rabbi Gartenberg has developed the following opportunities for adult study.


Note that the CBI Lay-led Torah study group meets weekly on Tuesdays, in the library, from 5:30-6:30 pm. 

CLICK HERE for the complete Abq Jewish Class Schedule – there are Jewish education classes scheduled throughout New Mexico.


Weekly Classes

WHEN: Shabbat Mornings–9-9:45am, January 4th through February 29, 2020, starting January 4, 2020. No class on 1/11.

WHERE: B’nai’s Adler Lounge.

COST: No Charge; Open to the public. Donations of $36 to the Rabbi Discretionary Fund are welcome to support the class.

Class Description

This class is for Jews wishing to increase their knowledge and connection and non-Jewish individuals who are curious about Judaism or are studying for conversion to Judaism.  Hebrew reading ability is not required.  We study the portion of the week to gain insights into the wisdom of the Torah and teachings that illuminate our lives. The method of Torah study employed by Rabbi Gartenberg gives every participant a unique commentary to share with the participants. Rabbi Gartenberg deepens the study with rabbinic and contemporary understandings. Participants debate controversies and can react honestly with the text. Regular participants will gain real skills in personal Torah study and will gain an appreciation for the rich Jewish literature of reflection on the 5 Books of Moses. Drop-ins are welcome.

Recommended Reading Stringing the Pearls : How to Read the Weekly Torah Portion

by James S. Diamond

WHEN: Weekly on Tuesday evenings, 7-8pm, from Jan 7th through Feb 25th, 7-8pm.

WHERE: B’nai Israel’s Upstairs Library 

COST: $54 for CBI members, $72 for non-members.

Class Description

This unique adult learning experience explores great Jewish texts and themes utilizing a classic model of Jewish learning: Study in Havruta. Participants in the class study Jewish texts, including from the Jewish Bible, Talmud, Midrash, and other Jewish literature with a study partner. The format of the class will be 30 minutes of text study in Havruta followed by 30 minutes of teaching and facilitated discussion led by Rabbi Gartenberg. You will come away with greater appreciation of Jewish text learning and a method of learning that is authentically Jewish and intellectually satisfying.

We encourage participants to sign up with a friend to share the experience of “Havruta”. Individuals will be paired with other individual participants.

Hebrew and Synagogue Skills

Learn with Lea Koshkin. 2nd Semester. Morning and Evening Options

Tuesdays from January 7th through February 25th, 2020

“I was born and raised in Israel and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a teacher to elementary school children. My family and I moved to Albuquerque a few months ago, and we love every minute of it. As part of my career as a nurse practitioner, I teach on a daily base health promotion and illness prevention. I love spending time with my family, doing yoga, rock climbing, and teaching Hebrew.”–Leah Koshkin

___ 10-11am Tuesday mornings, B’nai Adler Lounge or

___ 5-6pm Tuesday evenings, B’nai Adler Lounge

2nd Semester, Morning and Evening Options

Instructor, Beth Cohen, Cantor at Nahalat Shalom

Tuesdays from January 7th through February 25th, 2020

Beth Cohen is a well-known vocalist, string musician and music teacher in New Mexico. She teaches voice, guitar, piano, and violin to students of all ages. She also performs Balkan, Klezmer, Sephardic and world music. Beth holds a Bachelor of Music degree in voice performance from the University of New Mexico. Since 1995 she has been sharing her love and knowledge of Jewish prayer and world music throughout the southwest and at Congregation Nahalat Shalom as the Cantor and music director.


___ 11am-12pm Tuesday mornings, Adler Lounge or

___ 7-8pm Tuesday evenings, Adler Lounge

Registration for Beginning Hebrew or Beginning Cantillation class. CBI and Nahalat Shalom Members $54 Non-Members $72

Registration for both Hebrew and Cantillation classes. CBI and Nahalat Shalom Members $90 Non-Members $108

Training with Rabbi Gartenberg

Tuesday evenings 6-7pm from Jan 7th running weekly through the end of May. See schedule below. B’nai Israel Library

No financial charge: Participants will be asked to utilize newly acquired skills in the context of communal worship.

January 7, 14, 21, 28 Shabbat Morning Service from Shochen Ad to the Torah Service

February 4, 11, 18, 25 Kabalat Shabbat and Maariv

March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 Head Gabbai at Torah Service, Leading a Shivah Minyan,

April and May topics will be announced later.

Register directly with Rabbi Gartenberg.


  1. Ability to read Hebrew fluidly and phonetically with minimal errors.

  2. A pleasant singing voice.

  3. A laptop computer that can be brought to class to use online learning tools.

Learn with Rabbi Min Kantrowitz

Rabbi Min’s classes are offered through Nahalat Shalom and are endorsed by Rabbi Gartenberg. For information about Rabbi Min’s Hebrew classes, please contact her directly. [email protected].

Wednesdays from 7-9pm, January 15-May 13, 2020

Classes will take place at Congregation Albert3800 Louisiana Blvd NE, 87110

Class Fee: $54.00 plus books.

To register for this class, call 505-883-1818 or email [email protected]. Rabbi Gartenberg will be part of the teaching team.

The Rabbinical and Cantorial Association of Albuquerque offers a community “Introduction to Judaism” class for those who are interested in a journey toward Judaism, who are already on their Jewish Journey, or who would like to upgrade their religious school education during childhood.

Monthly Workshops

Teacher: Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

5 Friday evening Sabbath meals from January to May following the 2nd Friday night of the month Musical Kabbalat Shabbat Services

7:15-9:00 in Social Hall. Dates below.

  • January 10th
  • February 8th
  • March 13th
  • April 10th
  • May 8th

Singing around the Sabbath table is a very old and beloved Jewish custom (think of the Passover Seder). But the Sabbath singing customs have been lost among many liberal Jews. The aim of this special series is to share with participants the rich repository of Sabbath table music which can be shared with family, friends, and guests. Rabbi Dov will share the great online resources for gathering your own Jewish library. Most of all we’ll have fun singing great songs, telling stories, and mastering the rituals of the Friday evening Sabbath table such as the Kiddush and Birkat Hamazon–the grace after meals.

Cost: $100 for each participant. $150 for families of 3 or more. Non-members are welcome. Tuition covers meals and basic resources. Scholarships are available. Children are welcome. A child activity center will be provided if we have enough families.

Winter Semester, January-February 2020: