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Adult Education

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

Torah study

Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 am

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. Enjoy bagels and lox, coffee and tea.

Tuesday Evening Torah Study

2nd and 4th Tuesdays, 6:30 pm

6:30–7 pm: Schmoozing & light noshes
7–8 pm: Study 

Evening classes

Tuesdays as scheduled, 7-8:30 pm

Our clergy present several special evening courses per year on a variety of subjects. On occasion guest teachers and congregants are invited to lead classes on topics of special interest.

Spring class is Midrash, Movies and Meaning wtih Rabbi Martin Weiner.  Tuesdays, March 7, 14 and 28, 7–8:30 p.m. Click here to learn more and to register.


Sunday morning classes, various times

Join us and discover that you can read Hebrew. Become more comfortable with the prayerbook or satisfy your desire to achieve a new skill. No previous Hebrew literacy is required. You’ll learn at a relaxed pace in a pressure-free environment.

Exploring Jewish Beliefs and Practices: Intro to Judiasm

Saturdays, Feb. 4–May 20, 2017

9:15-10:15: Attend Chevrah Torah
10:30-noon: Experience Shabbat morning worship
12:15-1:30: Lunch and Learn

Jews looking for adult-level basics, interfaith couples, individuals considering conversion, seekers and all lifelong learners engage in study, discussion and hands-on experiences. Rabbi Jessica Graf, Rabbi Julie Saxe-Taller and Cantor David Frommer teach this annual course, which includes a Passover workshop and two Shabbat sessions.

Register for this class HERE.

Jewish Book Club,

4th Monday of the month, 7 pm

Enjoy stimulating discussions on themes of Jewish issues and history based on outstanding novels and nonfiction books by Jewish authors.  A congregant leads each session. Books for the year are chosen in May or June.  

Annual Rabbi Martin S. Weiner Lecture

When Rabbi Martin Weiner (our rabbi emeritus) retired, a fund was established in his honor to host an annual lecture series featuring prominent—and entertaining—scholars. Guests have included Rabbi Tamara Cohn Eskenazi, Rabbi Reuven Firestone, Rabbi Judith Abrams, Rabbi Michael Cook and Amy Kronish.

Mon, June 26 2017 2 Tammuz 5777