Adult Education

Hebrew Through Prayer

Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and roots to translate one or two familiar prayers from our liturgy.
Prerequisite: Beginners Hebrew or equivalent (i.e. Has learned all Hebrew letters and vowels and has had practice reading.)
Cost for the series: $100 (members and non-members)
Register with Candice Nemoff ([email protected])

Witness to the Holocaust

Join us in honor of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, at Witness to Holocaust, where we will hear from Holocaust survivor, Joseph Kahn, and his amazing journey surviving several Nazi labor camps and concentration camps.

This educational event is supported by a grant from the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany.

Transitions in Jewish History with Rabbi Alan Fuchs

Exile to Babylonia and Return
The Babylonians destroyed Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem in the year 586 B.C.E. Much of Jerusalem was destroyed and a large number if its inhabitants were exiled to Babylonia. The exile and its aftermath is was one of the most important transitions in Jewish history, historically and theologically. In this session we will learn about the importance of that moment in our past.

ReadRS

All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem Deen. Discussion led by Cantor Frankel
Open to all members and prospective members, ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books over wine, cheese, and other nibbles.  Join in and help us select books of  interest you would like to read -- fiction or non-fiction, serious or humorous, controversial or not -- that not only provide "a good read" but also help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or present, in America and around the world. 

ReadRS

The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
Open to all members and prospective members, ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books over wine, cheese, and other nibbles.  Join in and help us select books of  interest you would like to read -- fiction or non-fiction, serious or humorous, controversial or not -- that not only provide "a good read" but also help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or present, in America and around the world. 

Transitions: Conversion to Judaism with Spiritual Wisdom with Catherine Fischer

Reform Jewish Conversion is a life cycle event that has the potential to change everything in a person’s life. What is the process for conversion? How does conversion transform one’s  identity as well as their relationship with family and community? What is the role of the Jewish community in supporting  people who go through conversion?  Come learn, share, and discuss.

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Here I Am by Jonathan Safran Foer, discussion led by Rabbi Bill Kuhn
Open to all members and prospective members, ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books over wine, cheese, and other nibbles.  Join in and help us select books of  interest you would like to read -- fiction or non-fiction, serious or humorous, controversial or not -- that not only provide "a good read" but also help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or  present, in America and around the world. 

The Long, Winding and Creative Road: A Jewish Values Foundation for Our Aging with Rabbi Richard Address

Rabbi Address will examine the creative aspects of aging being experienced by Baby Boomers. In addition, Rabbi Address will also place this revolution in aging within the context of sacred texts from our traditions that have guided such life passages as care-giving, end of life issues and new rituals.

Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) is a public education program that teaches the skills needed to identify, understand, and respond to signs of behavioral health challenges or crises.
The adult Mental Health First Aid course is appropriate for anyone 18 years and older who wants to learn how to help a person who may be experiencing a mental health related crisis or problem. Topics covered include anxiety, depression, psychosis, and addictions.
We will offer two 4 hour trainings. Both sessions are required for certification.

Discussion of book The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money.

How should we talk to children about money? What kind of financial knowledge do they need to help them grow up to live meaningful, responsible lives?
Mining Jewish traditions and multiple other sources, New York Times’ “Your Money” columnist and bestselling author Ron Lieber explores how children who know about money can be raised to care about value and values—to be menschy, good people in our world.

New Beginnings

Catherine Fischer will facilitate a series of discussions on matters around identity, family, and community and provide an opportunity to share the challenges and joys of how your path is shaping those issues. Our final class will be a visit to the mikveh. By participating in this group, there is no assumption that everyone will convert. Our hope is that this class will serve your needs and interests on your personal journey wherever that may take you.

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