ADULT EDUCATION

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

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HEBREW CLASSES

Teacher: Rachel Gordon Bernstein

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

Prayers & Ceremonies For those comfortable with reading 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.

Intermediate Biblical Hebrew We focus on Biblical Hebrew but also include Hebrew poetry of other eras as well as songs.

Please call the Temple Once if you are interested.
Dates: To be determined based on registration


HISTORY CLASS

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. 

Time: 9:30 - 11:00 am 

September 5, 26, 

October 10, 24

November 7, 28

December 12


Teacher: Rabbi Seltzer

“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.  

Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm

September 26

October 10, 24

November 7

December 5, 19

January 9, 23

February 6, 20

March 6, 20

April 3, 24


Teacher: Rabbi Ben Newman

Jewish Spiritual Practice

Jewish spiritual practice can help reduce stress, improve our relationships, and live more meaningful lives. In this seven session class we will be introducing students to some of these powerful Jewish prayers and practices through chant, deep text study, and lively discussion. Sessions will include:

  • Meditation, Tefillah (prayer), mindfulness, and embodied practices.

  • Esoteric interpretations of life cycle and year cycle rituals.

  • Mystical Torah study: We will learn a wide range of texts and stories, with a particular emphasis on Hasidic and other mystically-oriented texts and stories.

  • Middot: Character development exercises.

Time: Mondays at 7:30 pm.

October 15, 29

November 12, 26

December 3, 17

January 7


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.

Saturday mornings, beginning September 9

Time: 9:00-10:00 am