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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 calendar and Shabbat flyers. Below are our regular recurring programs.

Weekly Torah study

Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 am on Zoom
In Person once a month

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.

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Podcasting the Jewish Future

First Tuesdays, 6 pm,

Gather for a monthly discussion of podcasts on Judaism in the US and beyond with Rabbi George Altshuler. In person only.  Refreshments provided. 

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Hebrew Level 1 & 2

Introductory Hebrew, Wednesdays, 7:15 pm, February 21-May 8, 2024 in person with online option

Intermediate Prayerbook Hebrew, Sundays, 11 am Fall-Winter 2024 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, beginning October, 2024

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 on Zoom

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. Information: Julie Lekach House

2023-24 Selections

Sept. 23, 2024: Israel: A Simple Guide to the Most Misunderstood Country On Earth by Noa Tishby

Oct. 28: The Wolf Hunt by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Nov. 25: Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi

Dec. 23: The Color of Water by James McBride

Jan. 27, 2025: The Heaven and Earth Grocery Store by James McBride

Feb. 24: A Palestine Affair by Jonathan Wilson

Mar. 24: One Bay One Book - TBD

Apr. 28: Signal Fire by Dani Shapiro

May 19 (3rd Monday): One Hundred Saturdays by Michael Frank

Wed, July 24 2024 18 Tammuz 5784