Adult Education Classes
Due to health safety in regards to COVID-19, all of our education offerings are currently online. Many of our offerings will take place via Zoom, a video conferencing program. Here is a simple video describing how to join a Zoom gathering. For any questions, please contact our Community and Membership Engagement Director.
Fall classes (all online):
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Living Judaism: (with Ron DeChene and Robert Hovden) A basic introduction to Judaism, including holidays, texts, and home traditions and a Hebrew class (below). Living Judaism is our required course for conversion students.
Hebrew 1: (with Robert Hovden) This course is a first introduction to the Hebrew language that lays the foundation for future Hebrew learning by combining the skills of sight-reading with the building blocks to recognize how Hebrew works as a language and as part of our lives. Come prepared to sing, play, pray, and ask questions.
Prayerbook Hebrew: (with Sharon Greenberg) This class focuses on prayer Hebrew found in the Siddur. We will use the Siddur itself as our main textbook, building vocabulary, grammar, and understanding of structure and meaning of prayers based on learning roots.
Modern Hebrew: (with Beth Broadway) Come learn and develop beginning level conversational and reading comprehension skills along with many vocabulary words and basic grammar! Using Israeli music and children’s story books, dialogue, and acting games, our class will interactively increase our Hebrew knowledge and confidence together. Knowledge of the alef-bet in both block and script is required; some basic vocabulary is helpful.
Beginning Yiddish: (with Marianne Tatom) Kum arayn (come in) – join the Yiddish revival! Marianne Tatom (Mirl di lererke) will teach you the alef-beys and help you develop basic Yiddish conversation skills. We will use online materials from the Yiddish Book Center, historical resources, songs, and the latest hip Yiddish memes. All are welcome – no prior Yiddish knowledge necessary!
Intermediate Yiddish: (with Marianne Tatom) Lomir geyen vayter (let’s go further)! This class is a continuation of Marianne Tatom’s previous intermediate Yiddish class and will strengthen your reading and conversation skills. We will be using Sheva Zucker’s textbook and supplemental historical and online materials. Open to students from previous classes and others with some knowledge of Yiddish.
Introduction to Jewish text study and havruta (paired) learning: (with Rabbi Lauren Kurland) In the course, we will explore texts from the Bible to the midrash to the Talmud. While some guidance and context for each text will be provided, the primary goal of this class is to work with a havruta partner to better understand the meaning of each text, consider its broader themes, and find connections between the text and our own lives. All levels welcome; beginners and previous Living Judaism participants are particularly invited. All texts will be provided in English and will also be available in the original Hebrew/Aramaic.
Judaism and Black Lives Matter: (with Adam Gillman) We will be exploring traditional and contemporary texts, both Jewish and non, as well as the spirit, to prepare ourselves for engaging in the hands-on and inner work of racial justice. As our society and community awaken to the fact and ensuring that Black lives matter, we will engage in the ongoing conversation of traditional text study along with present-day sources.
Avraham Narratives: (with Rabbi Rob Toren) Join Rabbi Rob Toren for an exploration of Avraham narratives from Sefer Breishit. This series involves 6 sessions, divided into three pairs of sessions. The first of each pair is devoted to the Torah narrative and the second of each pair is for selected midrashim, mostly from Midrash Raba.