CLASSES FOR ADULTS
Prayers and Ceremonies
Adult B’nei Mitzvah
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
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
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
October 10, 24
December 5, 19
January 9, 23
February 6, 20
March 6, 20
April 3, 24
Teacher: Rabbi Ben Newman
God on Trial
Arguing with God in the Jewish Tradition
“Who is like you among the dumb, Adonai? Keeping silence and being still in the face of those who aggrieve us.”-- so wrote the Medieval German Jewish poet Isaac Bar Shalom, taunting God, in an effort to shame God into action. Though this may seem shocking, Jews have been arguing with God for millennia, going all the way back to Abraham. Join Rabbi Ben as he leads us through a series of striking stories, poems, and prayers from Jewish history in which this rich tradition is documented.
Time: Mondays at 7:30 pm.
March 4, 18
April 1, 29
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