CLASSES FOR ADULTS
- Jewish History
- Beginning Hebrew
- Biblical Hebrew
- Conversational Hebrew
- Prayers and Ceremonies
- Jewish Text
- Jewish Mysticism
- Jewish Folklore
- Torah Canitllation
- Adult B’nei Mitzvah
(Registration available here or the Temple office)
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.
Please call the Temple Once if you are interested.
Dates: To be determined based on registration
Teacher: Rabbi Edward Schecter
"Turing Points in Jewish History"by Marc Rosenstein
A study of the text and an opportunity to reintroduce ourselves to each other, talk and pursue our new text.
September 5, 26,
October 10, 24
November 7, 28
Teacher: Rabbi Seltzer
Overall description: “Judaism through (Some of) its Great Books”:
Historically Judaism is a religion of mitzvot (commandments, ceremonies, good deeds) and an intense sense of peoplehood (the community, the synagogues, centers of learning). It is also a bookish religion. The Jewish term for Judaism is Torah, instruction. Judaism is a bookish religion. Jewish learning usually involves the study of written texts. Over the course of more than 3000 years and encounter with diverse civilizations Jews have written a vast library of books: commentaries, theological and mystical treatises, critical analyses, poetry, memoirs, fiction….
The overall theme of our Wednesday evening discussion series is the history of Judaism seen through a selection of books from the Bible to the twentieth-century, each of which expresses in a different way the “Jewishness” of their authors. Our textbook will be The People and the Books: 18 Classics of Jewish Literature (W. W. Norton, 2016) by the noted literary critic and columnist Adam Kirsch, each chapter of which will be a take-off for the always stimulating, individualistic, and creative opinions of our participants.
Teacher: Rabbi Ben Newman
Neo-Hasidism in Theory and Practice
Neo-Hasidism is a name given to contemporary Jewish trends of a significant fusing or revival of interest in the teachings of Kabbalah and Hasidism by members of other existing Jewish movements. Among non-Orthodox Jews, this trend stems from the writings of non-Orthodox teachers of Hasidic Judaism like Martin Buber, Hilel Tzeitlin, Abraham Joshua Heschel, Lawrence Kushner, Zalman Schachter-Shalomi and Arthur Green. It is usually associated with the members of the Jewish Renewal movement. Join Rabbi Ben as he takes us on a journey through the history, philosophy and contemporary practices of Neo-Hasidism. In addition to providing a grounding in history and theory, this class will give participants practical tools for deep self transformation in order to live happier and more productive lives. This class will be for seven sessions in the fall.
Coordinators: Rabbi Schecter and Cantor Jospeh
Time: Saturday mornings, 9:00-10:00 am, beginning September 9
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
This class will study the weekly Torah portion and commentaries with shared responsibility for leading discussions.