ADULT EDUCATION

CLASSES FOR ADULTS 

  • Jewish History

  • Beginning Hebrew

  • Biblical Hebrew

  • Conversational Hebrew

  • Prayers and Ceremonies

  • Jewish Text

  • Torah Canitllation

  • Adult B’nei Mitzvah

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HISTORY CLASS

Teacher: Rabbi Edward Schecter

Texts of Jewish History
A study of the prominent texts of the Jewish Tradition (The Bible, Talmud, Codes of Jewish Law). Each text will be placed in its historical context with special emphasis on its applicability to modern Jewish life. 

Meets:
Wednesday mornings, 9:30-11:00 am, 
beginning September 11


TORAH STUDY

Coordinators: Rabbi Schecter and Cantor Jospeh

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
This class will study the weekly Torah portion and commentaries with shared responsibility for leading discussions. 

Meets: 
Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:00 am, 
beginning September 7 


HISTORY

Teacher: Rabbi Robert Seltzer

In fall 2019 we will discuss the last three chapters of Adam Kirsch’s book The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature (W.W. Norton, 2016). Followed up by presentations by our friend Professor Edward Greenstein apropos of his newly published translation of the biblical book of Job. And then we will have our first of a series of meetings on recent trends in the modernizing of Judaism. Judaism is the oldest continuous religious tradition in the history of the world (that is, it has maintained crucial features and its core “identity,”) while being recreated as several versions of a modern religion/culture/tradition. We will discuss several of these dimensions. 

Meets: 
Wednesday evenings, 7:30 - 9:00 pm, 
beginning September 11


Judaism and technology

Teacher: Rabbi Ben Newman

From iPads to YouTube, to Facebook (with all of its issues) to FaceTime, to Livestream, to Virtual Reality, to Sefaria (an online open source Jewish library), there is no doubt that modern technological achievements have transformed contemporary Jewish life. Sometimes the amount and diversity of the resources are so comprehensive that it can be overwhelming. Rabbi Ben (a self proclaimed techy himself) will be our guide through the pitfalls and benefits of this brave new world where Judaism and technology intersect. Join him for this series of interactive seminars on how to best use technology to enhance your Jewish life. 

Meets: 
Monday Nights; 7:30 - 9:00 pm, 
beginning September 23 


BEGINNING HEBREW

Teacher: Rachel Gordon Bernstein

Introduction to the Hebrew alphabet and the main prayers of the Sabbath and festival services. 

Prayers & Ceremonies 

For those comfortable with Hebrew, learn special prayers like the Kiddush, Torah blessings and Shabbat songs as well as Passover Seder basics. 

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew 

For those who can read Hebrew and would like to understand it. 

Conversational Hebrew 

For those who would like to learn to converse in Hebrew. 

Meets: 
To be determined based on registration. Please contact the Temple Office to register.