Adult Education

Meet Rabbi Michael Ross

Rabbi Michael Ross, Director of Lifelong Learning
Rabbi Michael Ross

Rabbi Michael Ross is a Reconstructionist rabbi and the Director of Lifelong Learning at Beth David Synagogue, Greensboro, NC, where he teaches children, teens and adults.

He has developed a Shabbat-centered focus for Beth David’s religious school, called “Shabbat Club.” He is working with Rabbi Andy Koren to rebuild the Jewish Community High School this year in Greensboro.

Rabbi Michael is a Jewish meditation instructor who has developed a number of meditation groups. He directed a private learning center “Hayom,” dedicated to “present-tense Judaism” for 5 years. He also directed synagogue schools in Newark, DE, Allentown PA, and Malvern, PA. He is a member of the founding cohort of “Rabbis Without Borders” and is a member of the Jewish Educators Assembly.

Rabbi Michael taught Gratz College courses to high school students and middle school students in both “Jewish Bible Studies,” and “Jewish Education” and “Rabbinic Texts” for seven years in the Gratz’ JCHS program. He is a published curriculum writer and works as an experienced editor to rabbis fine-tuning their sermons and blog entries. He co-edited the recent children’s prayer-book, “Kol HaNo’ar: The Voice of Children.”

He is married to Rabbi Rachel Brown. Together Rachel and Michael are busy celebrating family life with their first child, Gabriel.

Adult Education at Beth David Synagogue in Greensboro, NC

Rabbi Ross develops classes and workshops focused on the spiritual paths that lead us to deep wisdom and understanding of our Jewish texts and traditions.

Each of these classes or gatherings are for both new students coming to explore Jewish texts practices for the first time, as well as advanced students. No Hebrew fluency is needed. All Hebrew texts will be translated.

These courses and gatherings are for Beth David Members as well as unaffiliated folks who are exploring their spiritual and educational development.

Beth David Synagogue welcomes your feedback.


New & Ongoing Gatherings, Classes for Adults at Beth David Synagogue

Adult Hebrew Classes
We offer a 5-week Adult payerbook/Siddur Hebrew class taught by Lee Bretan. Class will meet weekly. Cost is $36.00/members and $54.00/non-members. If you are interested in this class, please contact Rabbi Michael Ross for details and to sign up.

Judaism 101 Classes
We just completed a 10 week complimentary class to the Hebrew language classes on the basics of Jewish living. We will examine Jewish history, holidays, and texts. This class will be taught like a college survey class. Jews and non-Jews are welcome to join! Stay tuned for a second session in the fall of 2017.

Jewish Meditation Circle
Ongoing Jewish Meditation Circle gathers Thursdays at 7:00 pm for both beginning meditation students and advanced meditation students. The group uses a synthesis of mindfulness practices and Hasidic spiritual practices. Newcomers are always welcome.

Read the Bible, the Whole Bible! With Rabbi Havivi
On the third Wednesday of every month at 10:30 am, we continue with our reading of the entire Tanakh in English. The class is open to all: Jews, Muslims, and Christians, young and old. We read individually at home and come to discuss once a month. Recommended text: New Jewish Publication Society Translation Tanakh, or the Jewish Study Bible (edited by Berlin and Brettler, published by Oxford University Press).

Global Day of Jewish Learning
Each year Beth David hosts this annual day of Jewish learning on a Sunday in November. We will have sessions for adults, teens, and children. We have amazing educators for the morning’s activities. All are welcome!

Lecture Series from JTS and 92Y
Beth David has always believed in bringing lectures from outside the Triad to our congregation. Thanks to major IT upgrades, we will be able to live stream evening lectures from both the Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) and the 92nd Street Y. As always, topics will vary from Torah Study to current events and entertainment. Last year the 92Y brought us Anthony Bourdain, Joel Grey and Harold Kushner to name a few. We also learned about the Syrian Refugee crisis and other current events from JTS, most recently a lecture from JTS’s Chancellor Eisen on Jews and Assimilation. This year we can look forward to many new and innovative programs to watch live! Watch your bulletins and weekly emails for upcoming programs and dates. Additionally, both and will give you access to view past lectures and podcasts at your convenience.