Progressive Kehillah

Progressive Kehillah (PK) at Beth Meyer is a community within the larger Beth Meyer congregation that provides a space for those concerned with progressive political, social, and moral issues and their expression within the BMS community. This group was formed by members of Beth Meyer who are committed to infusing our Jewish life with the prophetic call for a world of social justice, human rights and dignity, compassion and non-violence. The intention is to offer opportunities for serious reflection and dialogue on issues that confront us as a community and a nation, as these speak to issues of critical social, moral and political significance. We recognize and honor the diversity of perspectives and ideas that constitute the Beth Meyer congregation. In that spirit we hope to encourage conversations that are reflective of a civil, respectful and caring community. We welcome the participation of all Beth Meyer members at our events.

Svi Shapiro, one of the founders of PK, recently spoke at Beth Meyer Shabbat services. For a copy of his d'var Torah, click here. To contact PK, email

The Ethical Life - Jewish Values In An Age of Choice
A Course in Jewish Ethics From JTS

Join us to explore Jewish ethical teaching and their implications for our contemporary social, political, and moral lives. Using curricular materials developed by th Jewish Theological Seminary, participants will have readings and videos for study at home. We will then come together to share our thoughts, ideas and understanding, with conversation lead by a discussion leader.

Fall Sessions:

  • Oct 24: The Centrality of Ethics to Jewish Life; led by Rabbi Eric Solomon
  • Oct 31: The Source of Jewish Ethics; led by Josh Orol
  • Nov 7: The Ethical Dimensions of Food Production; led by Anya and Arthur Gordon

Winter/Spring Sessions:  (discussion leaders TBA)

  • Feb 20: Jewish Ethical Teaching as it Applies to Issues of Mass Incarceration
  • Feb 27: Torture and Just War
  • Mar 6: Modern-Day Slavery

To register: You can register and pay on-line here, or contact the school office. ( 919-848-8111)

Wednesday evenings, 7:30PM-9:00PM
3 fall sessions, 3 spring sessions

Cost: $50 for all 6 sessions; $30 for each group of 3 sessions
(non-BMS members: $60 all 6 sessions, $35 for each group of 3 sessions)