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Adult Education


OT offers adult programs throughout the year. There is no fee unless specified. New students are welcome to join most continuing classes at any time.

Mishnah Study with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, 9:15-10:15am, beginning October 16. Gather each Wednesday morning to discuss the first Jewish law code. Join this lively group as we consider this core text for Jewish ethics, ritual, and theology. No prior knowledge necessary, and the English translation is provided. New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Talmud Study with Rabbi Ravski, Sundays, 6:45-8:00pm beginning November 3. Navigate the Talmudic thought process in Tractate Avodah Zarah, one of the most controversial sections of the Talmud. Avodah Zara (idol worship) was seen as an active denial of God and God's power. Through the construction of laws, the text explores the limits and boundaries of relationships between Jews and the larger ancient world in which they lived. The English translation will be provided. If you would like to purchase your own volume, we will use the Koren-Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud, Tractate Avodah Zarah/Horayot (volume 32 of the whole series). New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Hebrew Reading with Karyn Selko, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm, beginning November 7. Know your Aleph-Bet but want to learn to read Shabbat prayers with more fluency? Join the Hebrew reading class, where the siddur will be our text and guide to deepen our understanding of the rules of the language and improve our reading abilities. Tuition is $120/semester. To enroll, contact Rochelle Goldberg.

Modern Conversational Hebrew with Efrat Moses, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm. New students welcome. Students in this class meet weekly to read, speak and write Modern Hebrew. The class is focused on expanding vocabulary and fluency. Tuition is $120/semester. To enroll, contact Melinda Roth.

Shabbat Dinner and Study Group Newcomers always welcome! Join us at a congregant's home each month to welcome Shabbat and enjoy a delicious potluck fish/dairy meal. Discussions include the weekly Torah portion, a book of the Tanach, holiday topics, and contemporary themes. No Hebrew knowledge or previous Torah study experience is necessary. Our dynamic multigenerational group draws singles and couples, families with kids, older members, long-time members, new members, and people with a range of knowledge levels. Contact Eric Rothberg for more information and to get on our email list.


What Dreams May Come with Rabbi Ravski, Wednesdays, November 6 & 13, 7:30pm. Dreams play central and crucial roles in the TaNaKh and throughout Jewish text. Our earliest ancestors and some of the greatest rabbinic figures were influenced by their dreams and followed them in different ways. Together we will explore the role of dreams in various Jewish texts, and how the ancient and historical roles of dreams impact our modern understanding as all of us chase dreams of our own.

Hebrew on One Foot with Karyn Selko, Sunday, December 1, 9:00am-5:00pm. Learn the Aleph-Bet or get a refresher in this all-day class. Walk in not even knowing the alphabet and walk out able to read! $36/person. To enroll, contact Rabbi Ravski.

Magic vs. Miracles with Rabbi Ravski, Wednesday, December 11, 7:30pm. What is a miracle? What is magic? And what is the difference? Why does halacha outlaw one and celebrate the other? And if magic is outlawed then why do we see it over and over again in the TaNaKh and Rabbinic literature. This class will pull back the curtain on how miracles and magic are understood in Judaism.

The Minor Prophets with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, February 19, 26, March 4, 7:30pm. The “Minor Prophets” weren’t of minor importance – it’s merely a description of the length of the books. These 12 prophets raise serious timeless questions about the world, human interactions and especially, the Jewish people’s relationship with God. What does God demand/request of us and what happens when we succeed or fail? These prophets, in books ranging from 1 to 14 short chapters, offer a remarkable diversity of opinions in a variety of Jewish societies and these profound books speak powerfully to us today.

A Brief History of the Concentration Camps with Rabbi Ravski, Wednesdays, May 6 & 13, 7:30pm. We hear the term “concentration camp” and imagine the gates of Auschwitz, but Auschwitz was the end, not the beginning of a system that took years to build, develop and refine. As we prepare to commemorate the Shoah, the Holocaust, we will learn about the history of the most horrific and efficient system ever devised for detaining, torturing and killing human beings, and how what began in the backrooms of pubs and abandoned apartments as a method of imprisonment gave rise to mass detention and the torture of millions of people.


Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman, Sunday, January 12, 6:30pm. In 1976 the tiny upstate New York town of Kaaterskill is bustling with summer residents in dark coats, fedoras and long modest dresses, disciples of Rav Elijah Kirshner. Elizabeth Shulman is a restless wife and mother of five daughters whose imagination transcends her cloistered community. Across the street Andras Melish comes to Kaaterskill for his two older sisters, but struggles to connect with his children and his beautiful, demanding wife. At the top of the hill, Rav Kirshner is nearing the end of his life. As he struggles to decide which of his sons should succeed him—the pious but stolid Isaiah or the brilliant but rebellious Jeremy—his followers wrestle with their future and their past. Available in paperback & Kindle.

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi, Sunday, May 17, 6:30pm. Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Halevi explains what motivated him to move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland and help ensure that it succeeds as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. Halevi endeavors to untangle the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. Using history and personal experience, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel. Halevi’s letters speak not only to his anonymous Palestinian neighbor but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region. Available in paperback, audio & Kindle.

Sat, October 19 2019 20 Tishrei 5780