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 With our Clergy via Zoom

Saturdays 9:00 a.m. Worship

Followed by Torah Study

Wednesday Nights with Rabbi Yaron

The ten most disturbing Jewish texts I encountered in my rabbinate…… Join Rabbi Yaron as he shares with you ten different teachings and texts that have shaped his rabbinate. Some of these texts are inspiring, some are disturbing, some are enlightening and some confusing, some are in English others in Hebrew (translations will be provided) - but what they all have in common is that they have the potential to stick with you, challenge you and even change how you think.

Wednesdays by Zoom at 7:00 p.m. September 14, October 19, November 16, December 7, January 18, February 8, March 1, April 26, May 24

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Feivel

The innovators…get to know the Jewish American innovators in music, art, science, and culture. We will learn what it takes to think big, take risks, and shape the world around us. Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk, George Gershwin, Louis Brandeis, Woody Allen, Henrietta Szold, Emma Lazarus, Saul Lansky, Alan Ginsburg, Joe Shuster, Neil Simon, Isaac Basheva Singer, Sholom Asch, Isaac Asimov….

Lunch is $20. Reservations required.

September 7 October 12 November 9 December 14 January 11 February 15 March 8 April 19 May 17

MUSIC SHARING with Cantor Abbie

Cantor Abbie invites you to join her as she creates a “Music Sharing” community dedicated to bringing joyous Judaism alive through music! This community is designed for members who love to a play an instrument and/or sing. Together you will play and create music. While all levels of experience are welcome – this group will not be lesson based so some level of mastery is needed. Looking forward to making music with you!

Thursdays at 5:00 p.m. November 10, January 12, March 9 & May 11

Please contact Cantor Abbie at abbie@gotj.org for more information.

MODERN MUSSAR - How to be Happier, Kinder & More Content... No Kidding!

Mussar is the ancient Jewish practice of refining one’s middot, or character traits, with origins going back to ancient texts. For many years, studying character traits and good behaviors were often ignored in the traditional yeshivas in favor of Talmud/law study. The Modern Mussar movement was founded in Europe in response to a perception that Jews had become too focused on rote mitzvah observance at the expense of deliberate ethical behaviors. This is a two-part class. While many sources will be used and referenced, the class is asked to buy “Everyday Holiness“ by Alan Morinis, which will be our primary text.

Part Two - Thursdays at 10:45 a.m. Each week we will engage with a different Middah/trait as outlined in “Everyday Holiness”. We will discover that while we all share common traits, we all have them in different measures. This will lead each participant to their own path towards spiritual and personal refinement, and we’ll begin that journey together.

Registration is REQUIRED and CLASS SIZE IS LIMITED.  Call Randi at 624-4633 or email randi@gotj.org

Schlepping Through Life Without a Road Map with Rabbi Bruce Warshal

Can we find a God who/what we can believe in (not an easy task); why we go to shul on Friday night, when there are such good things on television; everyone has an opinion on what’s ethical, and how can we find the right answer; Ok, evil exists, and what can we do about it; what holds our Jewish community together (we’re not quite all together, but we are hanging on)? Searching for beliefs. I don’t like the fancy word “theology.” But that’s what we will be doing.

Tuesday mornings at 10:30 a.m.  February 7, 14, 21, 28 - Four lectures with Q & A Time

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

Call the office to register!