Adult Education (5)

I. Ongoing Classes

Shabbat Torah Study ~ 9 a.m. every Saturday.


Talmud: Modern Ideas from an Ancient Text ~

Thursdays at  11:30 a.m. Note new day and time.


Judaism & Meditation ~

First Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m., beginning on  October 2nd.


II.  Special Events – October/November

“Reform Judaism:  Why We Do What We Do”, With Rabbbi Renni S.  Altman DD

Three Thursdays    7:30pm-9pm

MARCH 14 & 21, APRIL 11

This March marks the 200th birthday of Rabbi Isaac Meyer Wise, the founder of Reform Judaism.  Along with many other Reform congregations, we will mark this occasion through study, tracing the development of the movement known as Reform Judaism that Wise initiated in the latter part of the 19th century.   Rabbi Altman will lead this 3 part series whose primary focus will be an exploration of  the movement’s  platforms and its prayer books.  Each,  in different ways, serves as a reflection of how Reform Judaism was practiced in its time, and will provide the background to understanding how the movement got to where it is today and why we “do what we do.” All are welcome and there is no charge to attend.

III.  Mini-Courses

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   In collaboration with Temple Beth-El: Leaving Home, with Prof. Andrew Bush, Jewish Studies Program at Vassar College.

Thursday evenings, November 14, 21 & December 5 at 7:00.
The first two sessions, Nov. 14 & 21, will take place at Vassar Temple. The third session, Dec. 3, will be at Temple Beth-El at 7:30pm

Course Description:
Jews have been leaving home for promised lands since Abraham. In this brief course on American Jewish literature, we will be asking fundamental questions about such departures: If it was really home, why leave? If you inevitably bring home with you wherever you go, have you left? If you buy the promise, do you pay the price in what you nonetheless leave behind? And since we will be reading texts both American and Jewish, we will also be asking, which is the home, which is the promise? Please note that the course will be organized not as a series of lectures, but rather as a series of discussions.

Suggested Reading:
Bread Givers (1925), an early immigrant novel by Anzia Yerzierska,
Whatever is Contained Must Be Released: My Jewish Orthodox Girlhood, My life as a Feminist Artist (2012), a memoir by Helène Aylon,
Mazel (1995), a novel by Rebecca Goldstein