Adult Education

5778 Spring Classes

The Law and Nothing But the Law - taught by Rabbi Ravski

Wednesdays, February 7, 14, 21, 7:30pm

Have you ever just wanted the ‘cliff notes’ on Jewish Practice?  The Mishnah and Talmud are important and incredible works that through lengthy, and often difficult to follow discussions, laid the foundation for the Jewish legal code.  Sometimes, however, we just want to know how to do what we are supposed to do!  In the 16th century Rabbi Joseph Karo wrote the Shulchan Aruch, a legal code that does exactly that.  Using the Shulchan Aruch we will explore the laws surrounding Purim preparation and observance as we head into the Holiday of Purim and how those laws are applicable in our own homes and lives.

The Founders of Modern Zionism - taught by Rabbi Kalender

Wednesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 7:30pm - March 21 date has been rescheduled to April 11 at 7:30pm

In the 19th century, after 1,800 years, the Jewish return to the land of Israel shifted from hopeful prayer to a tangible dynamic movement. This series will focus upon the intellectual, political and philosophical foundations of modern Zionism that continue to reverberate in our time. As we celebrate the 70th anniversary of the State of Israel, our sessions will consider the thinkers who laid the groundwork for today.

Growing  Up in the Tanakh - taught by Debra Beland-Ackerman

Thursdays, March 8 & 15, 1:00pm

Children appear throughout the Tanakh, sometimes as supporting characters and other times as the first act in a life story. There are also a number of laws that apply directly to children, both in their behavior as well as how they should be raised. We will look at how our texts deal with childhood from a number of different angles.

Yehuda Amichai - taught by Rick Black

Wednesday, April 25, May 23, 7:30pm

Recognized as one of Israel’s finest poets, Yehuda Amichai often struggles with questions of faith. According to literary critic and translator Robert Alter, Amichai is “the most widely translated Hebrew poet since King David.” Come explore Amichai’s poetry mostly in English and take a sneak-peak at the artist book, The Amichai Windows.

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.

Ongoing Programs

Mishnah Study with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, 9:15-10:15am, starting date October18. 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 used. New students welcome at any time.

Talmud Study with Rabbi Ravski, Sundays 9:45-10:45am, starting September 17. Each week we will come together in study and navigate the Talmudic thought process in the Talmud.  Studying the 3rd Chapter of Tractate Shabbat, we will explore how seemingly simple laws can ignite rabbinic discourse as the Rabbis of the Talmud try and parse the definition and meaning of various concepts related to Shabbat. Together we will join the ancient Rabbis in study, discussion, and understanding of what is and is not permissible on Shabbat.  The class will study in English, students of all levels are welcome at any point.  Please bring a copy of the Koren-Steinsaltz edith of Shabbat 1 (Volume 2 of the whole series).

Modern Conversation  Hebrew - taught by Suzy Bah.  Students in this class meet weekly to read, speak, and write Modern Hebrew using the textbook Hebrew  From Scratch (Part 1). The class is focused on expanding vocabulary an dfluency.  Tuition is $200.00 per annum per student to help cover the cost of instruction.  Questions, please 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.