Adult Education

Study has always been at the heart of Jewish life. At TJ, our mission is to create an environment that encourages every learner and to open the doors to lifelong Jewish education. It is never too early or never too late to begin the journey!

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Classes:

It’s never too late to begin. For men and women 20-120 years old who wish to be called to the Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  It is a two-year journey of study (depending on your level).  Call the temple office for more information. 

 

Torah Study via Zoom

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. 

Jewish Bad Boys with Rabbi Feivel via Zoom

Thursdays 10:45 a.m. in person

December 16 – Karl Marx

January 20 – Shabtai Tzvi

February 17 – Bar Kochba

March 24 - TBD

April 21 - TBD

May 19 - TBD

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Yaron 

Celebrating Jewish Rituals

Wednesdays at Noon 

November 15 , December 8 (via Zoom), January 12 (in person only), February 9 (in person only) & March 9 (in person only)

  1. Introduction to ritual: How do we define it and the role it plays in our lives. How are rituals created and why do some survive better than others?

  2. From conception to birth - What is the Jewish approach to the question of when life starts? Abortion? IVF treatments? Surrogate parents? Adoption? What does our tradition have to say about how many children should we have? All these and more questions about life itself.

  3. From birth to childhood and beyond - How do we feel about circumcision? And how do we welcome girls into the covenant of Abraham and Sarah? Have you ever heard of a ceremony called Upsherin? Why Girls at 12 and boys at 13 - who’s idea was it anyways? And the role confirmation plays in our tradition.

  4. Jewish adulthood – Let us have a better understanding of the Jewish marriage rituals as well as issues of divorce. What does Jewish ritual have to offer us as we grow older - from affixing a mezuzah to door of our first home to celebrating an 80th birthday.

  5. Beyond life - there is such beauty and wisdom in Jewish ritual concerning death and mourning, rituals that will push us to confront the question of what happens to us after we die.

  6. Creating new rituals - we will examine together some of the more exciting innovations in the world of Jewish ritual and join our minds together as we try to develop our own new Jewish rituals.

Hebrew Language Class with Rabbi Feivel 

Mondays at 2:00 p.m. - BEGINNERS - Learn the aleph/bet

Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. - INTERMEDIATE - Know the aleph/bet & can decode

Judaism 2.0 with Rabbi Yaron via Zoom

One-hour classes / 4 topics / Do them all or just pick one!

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. via Zoom

  1. God - in these 4 sessions we will explore different philosophies of Jewish thinkers about who/what is God - From Buber’s “I and Thou” to Humanistic Judaism, from Maimonides 13 principles of belief to Mordechai Kaplan’s ideas that gave birth to Reconstructionist Judaism. (10/6; 10/20; 11/3; 11/17)

  2. History: In these 4 Sessions we will follow the 4 great revolutions of Jewish traditions and come to understand the continuous changing nature of Judaism. We will explore the period of 1st and 2nd temple, the period following the destruction of the Temple and the rise of Rabbinic Judaism and the writing of Talmud and conclude with the rise of kabbalistic and progressive Judaism in the 18-21st century. (1/5; 1/19; 2/2; 2/16)

  3. The Jewish Bookshelf: In these 3 sessions we will open and better understand some of the more known and less known treasures that can be found in a classic Jewish library- from understanding how the Tanach (bible came to be) to who were the people that wrote the books of the prophets. We will try to understand the writings of Maimonides and the epic works of A.J. Heschel as well as acquaint ourselves with modern Israeli poets and authors. (3/2; 3/23; 4/6)

  4. Sacred celebrations: These 3 sessions are dedicated to a deeper understanding of the most well-known Jewish holidays - we will try to understand the historic context of each holiday, the rational for the traditions and laws as well as follow the evolution of our holidays, Shabbat, High Holy Days, Passover and all the rest! (4/27; 5/11; 5/25)

 

SELF, SOUL AND TEXT with Cantor Abbie via Zoom

A four-part series focusing on exploring Judaism through three lenses: Self, Soul and Text.  These three are pillars on which our to our Jewish identity stands. Each is valuable in our search for God, holiness, and spirituality. This class  is a journey to uncover new perspectives of our Jewish practice - culminating the year with a new-found relationship with our self, soul, and Jewish texts.  Through prayer, music and collaborative study, we will find renewed meaning and connection to joyous Judaism that inspires action! 

Thursdays at 4:00 p.m. - August 26, October 28, January 27 & March 31

Class 1- Self

Digging deep into the relationship between our values and our Jewish practices. Do our values influence our Jewish practice or does our Judaism influence our values? Through text, prayer, and music we will explore how Judaism can help us nurture ourselves.

Class 2- Soul

The soul is something that we speak about a lot in Judaism.  How does our personal relationship with God and our understanding of our Jewish identity shape and nurture the soul?  Through text study, music, and discussion we will try to answer these eternal questions.

Class 3- Text

How do we make texts our own? How do we assign them personal meaning?  In this class we will open up the ideas of texts as doorways into our self and soul.  How can texts help us navigate our Jewish lives and make every-day practices holy?  

Class 4- Self, Soul and Text and Me

We will combine all that we have learned into this final class.  Through our overlap of study on these three pillars of our Jewish life, we will culminate our journey by leaving renewed, inspired with renewed faith.

Introduction to Judaism

BEGINNING JANUARY 2022 & Culminating Hanukkah 2022

Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Yaron and Rabbi Feivel

For people who are considering becoming a Jew by choice, or for people who were born Jewish but had no formal Jewish Education

Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. 1/12; 1/26; 2/9; 2/23; 3/9; 3/30; 4/13; 5/4; 5/18

Register with the office at 561-624-4633