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

Spring Adult Education Classes

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Ethical Leadership According to Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav

with Rabbi Shoshanah Conover

SUNDAYS | MAR. 24, 31, APR. 7 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM
How do we cultivate leadership in ourselves and others? What do we expect of our leaders? Does it matter what they do in private as long as they are effective in public? One of the 18th Century’s great Hassidic rebbes, Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav provides incredible insights that will bring dynamism into conversations about contemporary leadership inside and out of the classroom.

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

with Cantor Emerita Aviva Katzman

SUNDAYS | MAR. 24, 31, APR. 7, 28, MAY 5, 12 | 10:45 – 11:45 AM
Medical research has confirmed the physical benefits of meditation. In Jewish Meditation, Aryeh Kaplan describes meditation as “thinking in a controlled manner. It is deciding exactly how one wishes to direct the mind for a period of time, and then doing it.” Mindfulness is a practice that helps us to look beyond our particular lives to see the reality of all life – and respond more fully to it. We will explore differing modes of meditation including concentration on the breath, on a blessing, focusing on a Hebrew word or letter, and walking meditation, all framed within the context of Jewish ritual, practice and texts.

God & The Holocaust

with Rabbi Michael Zedek

SUNDAY | APR. 28 | 10:45 – 11:45 AM
The Holocaust challenges all traditional responses about belief in God and any confidence in humanity. People of goodwill wrestle with a host of queries, including “Where was God during the Holocaust?”. In commemoration of Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) observed May 2, join a conversation on a topic that people continue to explore and, no doubt, will do so for generations to come.

Turning Points in Jewish History

with Rabbi Edwin Goldberg

SUNDAYS | APR. 28, MAY 5, 12 | 9:30 – 10:30 AM
Many moments in history have defined us as Jews and human beings. Maybe we are at such a moment now. Come learn from our past and try to understand our present, while considering our future!

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.

Hebrew Prayer and Text Reading

with Mitchell Brown

SUNDAYS | 10:45 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.

Short Stories: More 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 spring 2019 class!

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

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