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

Weekly Torah study

Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 am, in person and on 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, 7-8 pm, in person (Begins Winter 2024)

Intermediate Hebrew, Sundays, 11 am beginning October 2023 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

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. Information: Julie Lekach House

2023-24 Selections

Sept. 18: The Parisian by Isabella Hammad
Oct. 23: Lost & Found by Kathryn Schulz
Nov. 27: Hope: A Tragedy by Shalom Auslander 
Dec. 18: Exit Wounds by Rutu Modan
Jan. 22: Tomorrow and Tomorrow and Tomorrow by Gabrielle Zevin
Feb. 26: Kaaterskill Falls by Allegra Goodman - Doug Weil
March 25: One Bay One Book TBD - Cathy Taylor
April 15: The Lemon Tree: An Arab, A Jew, and the Heart of the Middle East by Sandy Tolan
May 20: House on Endless Waters by Emuna Elon - Judie Wexler

Wed, October 4 2023 19 Tishrei 5784