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Adult Education - Congregation Sherith Israel

Adult learning reveals new dimensions in Jewish life

Education enriches the mind and the spirit long after schooldays end. At Sherith Israel, a variety of programs and classes address the vast breadth and depth of Jewish learning—religious, historical and cultural.

For details on current adult programs, see our weekly Under the Dome email, our newsletter and Shabbat flyers. You’ll find specific dates and times in our calendar. Below are our regular recurring programs.

Weekly Torah study

Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 am ZOOM

Find a whole new way—actually many new ways—to look at the Torah and Jewish thought. No previous Torah experience is necessary, and you can drop in any time. Come just to listen or jump right in to fascinating discussions.

Hebrew Level 1 & 2

Introductory Hebrew, Wednesdays, 6:30 pm, in person (Spring, 2023 dates TBA)

Intermediate Hebrew, Sundays, 1 pm beginning October 30, 2022 on Zoom

 
Prayerbook Hebrew for the beginner and advanced beginner. We will focus on reading and deeply understanding prayers from the Siddur. This is a linguistic approach to Torah Study: what can learn from the words about the deep meaning of our prayers? Through this process, we will also learn Hebrew grammar and vocabulary that’s applicable to modern Hebrew as well.
 

Fall/Winter: Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays, 6:30–8 pm
Fall-Winter

This survey course covers a wide range of topics including an introduction to Jewish texts, history, ritual and thought. Perfect for anyone looking for adult-level basics, whether you never set foot in the Jewish classroom or just have hazy memories of Sunday school this course is designed to prepare you for other classes or independent study.

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Monthly: Jewish Book Club,

3rd Monday of the month, 4 pm

Enjoy stimulating discussions on themes of Jewish issues and history based on outstanding novels and nonfiction books by Jewish authors.  Book club members lead the discussion of each session. 

2022-23 Selections

October 24, 2022 - People Love Dead Jews by Dara Horn
November 28, 2022 - The Last Kings of Shanghai by Jonathan Kaufman
January 9, 2023 - Violins of Hope: Violins of the Holocaust - Instruments of Hope and Liberation in Mankind’s Darkest Hour by James Grymes
January 30, 2023 - The World to Come by Dara Horn
February 27, 2023 - 36 Arguments for the Existence of God: A Work of Fiction by Rebecca Goldstein
March 27, 2023 - The Netanyahus by Joshua Cohen
April 24, 2023 - [TBA - One Bay One Book] 
May 22, 2023 - Track Changes by Sayed Kashua
June 26, 2023 - Book picking session
Wed, November 30 2022 6 Kislev 5783