Adult Education

Adult Education at Temple Sholom

Our congregation values Torah and comprehensive Jewish learning. The Adult Education program allows members, whether a young adult, young couple, parent, mature adult or senior, to learn something new.

Discover the joy and excitement of Jewish study by enrolling in Adult Education classes. Topics covered include: Basic Judaism, Hebrew, Philosophy, Jewish responses to contemporary challenges, the Bible and other texts and Jewish and Israeli history. Classes are regularly held on Sunday mornings and throughout the week during the Fall-Spring (September – May) seasons. Our Saturday morning study minyan, as well as our Wednesday Study Group, invites anyone to participate in their weekly discussions running all year. We encourage you to check our community calendar to stay up-to-date on special speaking engagements throughout the year.

2018 – 2019 Guest Scholar Series

Winter Adult Education Classes

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Judaism, #metoo, and the Ethical Imperative

with Rabbi Shoshanah Conover

SUNDAYS | DEC. 2 – 16 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM
As we struggle with the issues of power, oppression and safety in our day, we sometimes find incredible wisdom in the most unlikely places. Join us for an exploration of an ancient midrash whose relevance on women’s issues makes it seem as though it was written yesterday. All are welcome—no experience in Hebrew text study required.

Miracles of the Ordinary

with Rabbi Michael Zedek

SUNDAYS | DEC. 2 & 9 | 10:45 – 11:45 AM
You may have noticed a rather peculiar phenomenon in the Hebrew Bible; namely every time a so-called miracle occurs, none of the characters seem to draw the “correct” lesson – which must be the lesson. We will take a look at what that circumstance suggests for biblical times and, even more importantly, for our own moment.

Hebrew Prayer and Text Reading

with Mitchell Brown

SUNDAYS | DEC. – MAY | 10:45 – 11:45 AM
This class is intended for those who can read and have some basic understanding of Hebrew grammar. We will build on this knowledge by reading and translating prayers and sections of Torah. In previous years we have studied the prayers of Friday night service as well as various sections of the Torah, including the Ten Commandments. In depth knowledge is not required, as we will use the texts to become more familiar with Biblical and Prayer Book Hebrew.

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew

with Mitchell Brown

Learn to read Hebrew and the basics of the Hebrew language. The class will focus on the rudiments of grammar, supplementing our studies with texts from Torah and the Siddur. The class is recommended for the absolute beginner as well as those who have some knowledge of Hebrew grammar.

CLASS TEXTBOOK: The First Hebrew Primer (Simon, Resnikoff and Motzkin, eds.). We also suggested getting the accompanying answer book. Please try to familiarize yourself with the Alef-Bet (pages 3 – 12) before the first class.

Short Stories: Wandering Stars

with Cliff Scott-Rudnick

SUNDAYS | 10:45 AM
We will sample short stories from Wandering Stars, An Anthology of Jewish Fantasy & Science Fiction, 1974, Edited By Jack Dunn.

Wednesday Morning Study Group

2018-19 Topics

Rabbi Goldberg
Bible Meets the New York Times

Rabbi Conover
Israel in the Headlines

Rabbi Gellman
Origins of Reform Judaism

Cantor Ben-David
Prayer & Worship 101

Jay Rapoport
Eilu v’eilu… (This and That…)

  • SEPT. 5 & 12
    Building open

    SEPT. 19

    SEPT. 26
    Building open

    OCT. 3
    Rabbi Goldberg

  • OCT. 10, 17, 24, 31
    Rabbi Gellman

    NOV. 7, 14, 21, 28
    Cantor Ben-David

    DEC. 5, 12, 19, 26
    Rabbi Conover

    JAN. 2, 9, 16, 23
    Rabbi Goldberg

  • JAN. 30; FEB. 6, 13, 20, 27
    Rabbi Gellman

    MAR. 6, 13, 20, 27
    Cantor Ben-David

    APR. 3, 10, 17, 24
    Jay Rapoport

    MAY 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
    Rabbi Conover

Curious About Judaism?

Intro to Judaism

Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Conover, Rabbi Gellman, Rabbi Reni Dickman, Cantor Ben-David & Jay Rapoport, RJE

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Join us for the Union for Reform Judaism's free A Taste of Judaism fall 2018 class!

Rabbi Goldberg, Rabbi Conover, Rabbi Gellman, Cantor Ben-David & Jay Rapoport, RJE

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