Lifelong Learning

We are planning our Lifelong Learning program for 5779. (2018-19) Please check back later in August.

Class Schedule 5778 (Winter/Spring 2018)

  • Is it ok to tell a bride she’s beautiful even if she’s not?
  • How can Jews and Muslims establish a dialog?
  • Where did the custom of 3 matzot on the seder plate come from?
  • What evil things did the sons of Eli the Priest do?

You never know what’s going to come up at one of our Lifelong Learning classes. We’ve had a great start with more to come! Join us for:

 Brush Up on Your JudaismWhether you slept through religious school, were a star student, or never went in the first place, this class is an opportunity for those interested in re-engaging in the basics of Judaism!  We’ll discuss various topics:

  • April 12:           What are all These Holidays?
  • May 9:              The Cycle of Life and How it Moves Us All
  • June 13:           Jewish Prayer

This class is open to new and veteran members. Taught by Rabbi Adam, Alison Kellner and Sally Wittenberg.

Joyous Song Learn more tunes from the Shabbat service and to harmonize as well.  Come make beautiful Jewish music with Cantor Cohen and your fellow congregants!  No need to have a great voice. Enthusiasm counts!  Starting February 24 after Shabbat services through March.

A Short Survey of Jewish Literature – Rabbi Carl Astor returns to teach this course that begins with the literature of the Bible, comparing the stories of Joseph and Esther. The second session examines samples of Midrash: the use of the parable, troubling theology, and existential issues. The third session looks at Yiddish literature: short stories of I.L. Peretz, Reisen, Shalom Aleichem, and Lamed Shapiro. The fourth session will be Hasidic/Kabbalistic literature using R.Nachman and the Baal Shem Tov. The fifth will be Israeli literature with readings from Amos Oz and Agnon. And the class will end with American Jewish stories of Malamud and Roth. The short readings will be distributed electronically to the entire congregation. 6 Thursdays at 7:30; April 19, 26. May 3, 10, 17 and 24.

Lessons from the Book of Samuel Rabbi Adam’s Wednesday morning class is focusing on the Book of Samuel and what it says about leadership and more. Wednesdays. 11am-noon. Check weekly announcements for updates. Rabbi Adam will also teach a Lunch and Learn on April 14 after Shabbat services on the basic themes of the Book of Samuel.

 Prayer Book HebrewLearn to read from our prayer book with special focus on the meaning of prayers. Basic knowledge of Hebrew alphabet necessary. Newcomers welcome.  Led by Ellen Lewis. Wednesdays 9:30-11 am. 


For more information about classes, contact Rabbi Adam, Carol Mermey or Joel Weinberg via the office (

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