Lifelong Learning with Rabbi Franken

Do not say, “When I have leisure, I will study.”  Perhaps you never will have that leisure.

Hillel, Mishnah Avot 2:

Taking Hold of Torah                                                                                                          Join us on a journey like you’ve never experienced before. Through  close reading and a robust discussion format, you will come away stimulated, inspired and yearning for more. Bagels and coffee are provided. Sessions take place most Saturday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:45 a.m. Please check the calendar for upcoming sessions.

Contemporary Jewish Responsa

Have you ever wondered if a gentile may wear a tallit, if an illegal immigrant may be converted to Judaism, if cremation is permitted, or if a sex offender is permitted to join a synagogue? Join us as we explore fascinating and real-world questions such as these. We promise you will not be bored! Sessions take place on the following Sunday mornings in 2015-16 from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Before attending, please confirm by viewing the calendar.

 February 7 – Taking a Torah Scroll to a Private Bar Mitzvah Ceremony

February 21 – Circumcision of an Eight-Year-Old Convert

March 6 – IVF and Childbearing

March 20- Divorce of an Incapacitated Spouse

April 3 – Commitment Ceremonies for Straight Couples

April 17 – A Sex Offender in the Synagogue

Introduction to Judaism, sponsored by the Baltimore Board of Rabbis (registration required)
Taught by a distinguished faculty of Baltimore-area rabbis, including our own Rabbi Franken. Offered every Thursday from 7:30 to 9 p.m. All sessions (unless otherwise noted) will be held at BSS. More information and registration here

Interested in exploring some other topic in Judaism?  Email Rabbi Franken


The Bolton Street Library provides access for congregation members to general Judaica and reference works as well as an overview of Jewish literature, philosophy, and history. The Library, dedicated in 2009 to the late Roger Dalsheimer, serves as a lending library for members of the congregation, with accessibility in the near future to the Library’s computerized library collection of over 2,000 books through the Library’s resource computer and the internet.