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Adult Education—Ongoing Monthly Classes

Adult Beginner Hebrew with Elaine Bachrach

Mondays for 11 weeks

Zoom | Course Completed  | Fall

Students learn the alphabet and vowels, blending, and introductory vocabulary and features of the Hebrew language. A great deal of class time is spent practicing, decoding, and developing confidence with word attack skills. No matter your age or aptitude, you too can learn Hebrew and increase your engagement in Jewish worship and tradition.

Registration is closed for this class.


Adult Beginner Modern Hebrew with Elaine Bachrach

Tuesdays for 11 weeks

Zoom | In progress, registration remains open | Fall

Shalom, shalom! Do you want to converse a bit in Hebrew? This 11-week class will assume only that you can decode Hebrew printing (not script/cursive). After a quick reading review of the letters and vowels, we will use dialogs, short vignettes, Q&A, and simple exercises to learn everyday vocabulary and introductory conversation. You will have the opportunity to learn cursive (but are not required to use it). This introductory class will meet weekly on Zoom on Tuesdays from 5:00 to 6:15pm beginning November 29.

Register here.


Mussar At Midlife with Rabbi Mates-Muchin

Tuesdays beginning January 8

In-person | Targeted group: Middle aged adults | Spring

Mussar, the Jewish spiritual practice that aids us in leading meaningful and ethical lives, can be incredibly helpful in navigating the unique pressures and complexities of midlife. We will come together for learning, discussion, and reflection as we explore this aspect of Jewish tradition with the intention of enhancing our everyday experience of life. The cohort will meet Tuesdays from 6:30 to 8:00pm beginning January 8.

Registration to come in December, 2022.


Poems on Paintings: A Workshop Using One Art to Explore Another
with Stewart Florsheim

In-person or Zoom

Have you ever walked through a museum, stopped at a painting, and wondered what was going on in the artist’s mind? If so, you might be inspired to write ekphrastic poetry, which is poetry based on a work of art. In this workshop, we’ll focus on creating poetry based on paintings by Jewish artists, including Chagall, Modigliani, Pissarro, and others. Course will meet Tuesdays from 6:30-8 beginning February 28.

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Connecting To Our Roots: Earth-Based Judaism with Rabbi Daniel Freedman

In-person AND Zoom (4 in-person, 4 on Zoom)  | Targeted group: 22–39-year-old adults | Spring

Before we were a People of the Book, we were a people of the land. Join this special cohort of young adults as we explore and experience the way Judaism celebrates humanity’s connection to the earth. With our integral connection, we will examine the ways Judaism implores us to care for the earth. The first session will be February 2 on Zoom.

Registration to come in early January, 2023.


Jewish Genealogy: Tracing Our Family Connections
with Michael Morgenstern

Zoom | Spring

Are you interested in discovering your family story? This three-session workshop will teach you the basics of Jewish genealogy and family history research. The first session will be an introductory lesson with an emphasis on where to begin and how to build a family tree. Next, there will be a session dedicated to the history of Jewish immigration and how to document your family’s arrival to the United States. To conclude, the third session will discuss tracing ancestry back to the “Old Country” and what you can find in various foreign archives. The first session will be March 12 from 4:00 – 5:00pm.

Registration to come in March, 2023.


Wise Aging

Hybrid | Members only, must apply | $100
Targeted group: 65+ adults | All year

Are you interested in exploring your experiences, challenges, and opportunities as an older adult through a Jewish lens? If so, a Wise Aging group can help build insight, resilience, and camaraderie. The Wise Aging program was developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality in New York and is based on the book, Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience, & Spirit, by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. Topics include: cultivating nourishing relationships, living with loss, forgiveness, accepting our aging bodies, legacy and stewardship, and more. At each session, participants have opportunities for personal sharing, basic mindfulness practice, and text study. A new group will be forming at the beginning of 2023.

Registration to come.


Adult Choir with Cantor Keys and George Anton Emblom

Hybrid | All Year

The Adult Choir is made up of 25-35 people who love Jewish music and love to sing and schmooze. Everyone is welcome. Joining the choir is a great way to get involved in Temple life and meet new people. You do not need to be a “professional singer” to join and there are no auditions. However, you do have to love to sing and learn new music. Although the ability to read music is helpful, it is not required.

Mon, December 5 2022 11 Kislev 5783