Lifelong Learning

Check back later this summer for our fall  2019 Lifelong Learning lineup. We have some great new programs and classes planned – and are continuing our recurring favorites, such as Rabbi Adam’s Bible class and Ellen Lewis’ Prayerbook Hebrew. 

Lifelong Learning Program for Spring 2019

Pirkei Avot- The Wisdom of the Sages with Rabbi Carl Astor

Other than the Bible itself, Pirkei Avot is probably the most widely studied and oft-quoted book in Jewish literature.  It is essentially a collection of sayings from the most important rabbinic leaders and scholars from the third century BCE to the third century CE.

Many of the sayings are familiar such as Hillel’s “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?”  Or Shimon the Righteous: “The world rests on three pillars: The Torah, worship, and good deeds.” And “It is not your duty to complete the task, but neither are you free to desist from it.” In our four sessions, we will look at a sampling of sayings and try to determine why they were chosen, for whom, and what they have to say to us.

The class will use the Rabbinical Assembly’s recently published edition called Pirkei Avot, Lev Shalem: The Wisdom of our Sages, with commentaries from local Rabbi Gordon Tucker and Rabbi Tamar Elad-Applebaum from Jerusalem.  Order a copy from the office for a discounted price, or bring any copy of Pirkei Avot that you have.  It can be found in many prayer books, including our own here at the synagogue.

Thursday evenings, May 2, 9, 16 and 23 from 7:30 to 9 p.m.

 Tikkun Leil Shavuot- Think of it as Shaarei Tikvah’s answer to TED Talks.  Welcome the holiday of Shavuot, as we enjoy presentations by fellow congregants on a wide range of Jewish-related  topics.  Always a fun, enlightening evening – with cheesecake of course. Saturday, June 8,  8:00 p.m.


It’s not too late to join these ongoing classes:

Lessons from the Book of Samuel – Learn with Rabbi Adam as we continue to explore more of the Book of Samuel, newcomers welcome!  9:30-10:30 AM, Wednesdays. Check calendar for updates.

Prayerbook Hebrew – Learn basic Hebrew with emphasis on the meaning of prayers. Led by Ellen Lewis, 10:45 AM – noon. Wednesdays. See calendar for updates.


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

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