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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].

Fall Course Registration is Open Now! 

ALL CLASSES ARE FREE FOR MEMBERS. $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].

“Tell Me A Story: Why Our Ancient Tales Still Matter Today”

With Rabbis Yanoff and Rosen

Four Tuesday sessions: October 24, November 7, November 14, & November 21, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

The Talmud is packed with stories, most of which are meant to teach moral lessons, illustrate positions in halacha (Jewish law), or describe a traditional practice. But did you know that these stories can also teach us a great deal about those who lived them? Together with Rabbis Yanoff and Rosen, we will explore the methodology of our 2018 scholar-in-residence, Dr. Ruth Calderon, who is known for her work in making the stories of our ancient texts come alive. Each week we will study a talmudic story, and in doing so, recreate a world that continues to enrich our lives today.

The Book of Kohelet: Internal Deliberations of a Seeker of Wisdom and Truth

Presenter: Emilie S. Passow, PhD

Four sessions: October 19, October 26, November 2, and November 9, 2017 from 7:30 to 9:00 PM.

Perhaps the two best-known passages from Kohelet (Ecclesiastes), which we read on Sukkot, are “All is vanity/foolishness” and “There is nothing new under the sun.” But these phrases punctuate a series of outlooks on what might give life meaning. The structure of the book becomes an internal conversation that lends these phrases more ambiguity than is at first apparent. Join us for an exploration of King Solomon’s existential/spiritual journey and why this is a particularly apt text to read on Sukkot.

This four-part course with Prof. Passow is jointly sponsored by Adath Israel and Temple Beth Hillel Beth-El and will be held at Beth Hillel Beth-El.

A second co-sponsored course, on The Book of Jonah and also taught by Prof. Passow, will be held at Adath Israel in the spring.