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Adult Education

It’s never too late to educate … to educate oneself in the history, traditions and values underlying the foundation of what it means to be Jewish. With this mission in mind, Adath Israel has organized a varied program of classes and workshops to give greater meaning and relevance to your Jewish heritage, its traditions and value concepts. You are encouraged to register for one or more of these classes and expand your knowledge of Jewish subjects. For more information, please contact Charles Gleich at [email protected].

All classes are free for Adath Israel members and $10/session for non-members. Donations to the Adult Education Fund are appreciated to help defray program costs. Register to attend any of these classes by calling the Adath Israel Education Office at 610-934-1920 or by emailing Barbara Sharofsky at [email protected].

Winter 2018 Classes

All classes begin at 7:30 PM.

"The Rabbi and the Ugly Man": February 20, 2018. Led by Elisha Stein, M.A., J.D.

A chance encounter along the shore of a river takes an unexpected twist and transforms the lives of the two men involved. (Talmud Bavli,Tractate Taanit 20a-b)  In this narrative, the Talmud offers us valuable perspectives on interpersonal relationships, a life of Torah, and the challenges of individual growth.

Elisha Stein is an instructor of Jewish Studies and Bible at Jack M. Barrack Hebrew Academy, where he has taught for thirteen years.  He holds an M.A. degree from Hebrew University and a J.D. degree from George Washington University. From time to time he leads the Shabbat morning Torah class at Adath Israel.

Unlocking the Gates of Prayer: February 21, 2018. Led by Rabbi Ariella Rosen.

 In this class, we will discuss the what, how, and why of tefilah (Jewish prayer). In looking at specific parts of the liturgy, we will explore how tefilah fits into the broader context of Jewish history and tradition.

The Book of Jonah, or Steps in Getting it Together and Figuring It Out: Tuesdays, March 6, 13, 20, and 27, 2018. Led by Emilie S. Passow, Ph.D.

The Book of Jonah has many elements of fairy tale – a reluctant hero, a magical whale, and a magical tree – yet we read it on mincha of Yom Kippur, the holiest, most solemn day of the Jewish calendar, because embedded in this very brief  text are some of the most important guidelines for spiritual growth, especially in our Jewish tradition:  courage, atonement, empathy, forgiveness and humility.  Join us for an exploration of how these themes emerge from such a seemingly simple story.

This four-part course with Prof. Passow is jointly sponsored by Adath Israel and Temple Beth Hillel and will be held at Adath Israel.  The course is free for members of both congregations, but advance registration is requested.

Rabbits and Lettuce: The History of the Seder in Art and Text: Wednesday, March 21, 2018. Led by Dr. Joshua Kulp.

Aside from the Bible, there might be more different editions of the Passover Haggadah than any other book in history. The Haggadah and Passover seder originated in the land of Israel after the destruction of the Second Temple, and continue to be one of the most observed Jewish rituals throughout the world. This unique visual presentation will show how the Haggadah's texts and the seder's customs developed over the centuries and how Jews shaped their traditions in reaction to the places throughout the world in which they lived. Come and learn of the Seder's fascinating history and pick up some fascinating information to share at your own seders.

Dr. Joshua Kulp is Rosh Yeshiva of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem where he has taught Talmud and halakhah for the last 22 years. He is the author of Reconstructing the Talmud (Mechon Hadar, 2014) and The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary (Schechter Press, 2008). Beginning in 2001 and continuing through 2013, Dr. Kulp authored a commentary in English on the entire Mishnah, which served as the basis for the Mishnah Yomit project. In 2013, Dr. Kulp began the Daf Shevui program, the study of one daf of Talmud per week and has so far completed a commentary on Tractates Sukkah, Megillah, Ketubot and he is half-way through Avodah Zarah.