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2016 – 2017 Adult Education Series with Rabbi Aaron Schonbrun


Creating Mindful and Meaningful High Holidays ~ It’s that time of year again! A time for reflection, renewal, and redirection as we are blessed with the gift of a New Year. But taking advantage of this opportunity each year is usually easier said than done.  Do you find it difficult to gain any meaning from the High Holiday service experience? Do you find it challenging to make the most out of this fresh start each year? Do you want to figure out how to make your Jewish New Years resolutions actually stick? Then come and join us for this two part series designed to get us in the proper frame of mind for these upcoming Yamim   Noraim, Days of Awe. ~ Wednesdays, September 14, 21 – 7:30pm

 Lunch ’n Learn – Journey Through The Torah ~ We read the Torah in synagogue every week, often choosing a verse or a narrative to study on Shabbat morning. But how many of you have read through the Torah carefully from cover to cover, studying each verse and each chapter of the world’s longest “best seller?” Just what exactly is contained in these Five Books of Moses, and how can our most sacred text address some of the most pressing issues of our lives and of our world? To find out answers to these questions and more- come and join us once a week for a journey through the Torah. Bring your friends, your questions, and an openness to letting the words of Torah touch your heart and soul. No previous Bible study necessary. We look forward to seeing you! ~ Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm – beginning October 26

 L’dor va-dor: Sharing Our Values From Generation to Generation ~ L’dor va-dor-for thousands of years our people have passed on our heritage and the communal story of our people “from generation to generation.” Although the spoken word plays a large role in Judaism, it is the written word, the stories that are written down, and retold, that have ultimately ensured our survival. This course will encourage us to answer the question found at the center of the national hit Broadway show Hamilton, which asks the audience to consider: “Who lives, who dies, who tells your story? ~ Wednesdays, November 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14 7:30pm

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict- Cost? ~ Through video lectures, text study, and lively group discussion, we are pleased to bring the world-renowned  faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into the Torat El community this fall. Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, we will explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape our own political understandings of the situation. Though our political opinions and suggestions concerning how to handle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict may not always be in agreement, this course strives to achieve a shared  respect for our differences. Each session includes text study and discussion led by  Rabbi Schonbrun a video lecture by Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and a video dialogue between Rabbi Hartman and other top scholars and experts. Join us for this wonderful opportunity to learn from great scholars, from our own Rabbi Schonbrun, and from one another as we engage in thinking about the Jewish values that underlie one of the most politically sensitive and difficult issues facing the Jewish people and the international community. $20 per person/couple for study guide. In order for us to have enough study guides, please register with the office for this class by January 4th. ~ Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15 – 7:30-9:15pm

 You’re Jewish?!?  Taking a 21st Century Look at Jews and Jewish Identities ~ What does it mean to be a Jew in the twenty-first century? What characteristics define Judaism  today? Are we a culture, ethnicity, nation, nationality, or religion? Come and join us as we explore a new book written by Dr. Aaron Hahn Tapper of the University of San Francisco entitled: “Judaisms: A Twenty-First Century Introduction to Jews and Jewish Identity. Using a variety of themes  related to Jewish identity, we will explore a diversity of voices in the Jewish community from the biblical period through today to see how our customs, practices, and beliefs impact the way in which we understand our identity as Jews today. Wednesdays, April 26, May 3, 10, 17 – 7:30pm

If you are interested in attending any of our Adult Ed classes please click on the title of the course you’re interested in and sign up online or contact the temple office at 732-531-4410 to register. Our Adult Ed classes are open to everyone, temple members and members of the community. We’d love to see you!!