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

An Evening with Dr. Gail Albert, psychologist and author of Mending the Heart, Tending the Soul: Directions to the Garden Within.
Thursday evening, Oct. 10 at 7:30.


The Holocaust in Literature, with Dr. Joshua Kotzin, Director of Jewish Studies at Marist College, in conjunction with the Poughkeepsie Library’s Big Read of Cynthia Ozick’s The Shawl.
Wednesday evening, Oct. 23 at 7:00.


The Mystery and Majesty of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Since their discovery a half-century ago, the Dead Sea Scrolls have captured the popular imagination, and created more controversy and intrigue, than any other ancient find. Written in Jerusalem’s waning days of glory and reflecting the mindset into which Jesus was born, the scrolls are our oldest witness to monotheistic religion. Come hear the fascinating story of how the scrolls were discovered and learn what they really say.

Tuesday evening, Nov. 12 at 7:00.
Light refreshments will be served.
If you’d like to attend, please “JOIN” the event on Facebook or call the Vassar Temple office at (845)454-2570.


DR. JOEL M. HOFFMAN holds a Ph.D. in linguistics and for ten years served on the faculty of the School of Education at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He consults to Hebrew Schools across the Americas and in Europe, and in 2008 he chaired the Conference on Alternatives in Jewish Education, the largest gathering of Jewish educators in the world. He currently directs the education program at Vassar Temple, which attracts Jews from throughout Dutchess County.


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