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Adult Learning

In Jewish tradition, learning is an essential part of being Jewish. Study for its own sake, “Torah L’shmah” is considered to be an accomplishment all its own. Study is one of the pillars upon which our world exists according to Pirke Avot (Ethics of our Fathers). “By three things the world exists: On the Torah [study], on worship and on acts of loving kindness.” (Pirke Avot 1:2). Engaging learners in creative and innovative opportunities at every stage of life is the commitment of our adult learning team. Debbie Bram, our Director of Jewish Life and Learning, in collaboration with Shaare Emeth clergy, offers our community a wide variety of learning opportunities from Torah study to Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence to Wise Aging.

Finding the Awareness of the Sacred in Our Lives

Adult Learning at Congregation Shaare Emeth 5783

In the coming year we look forward to exploring and expanding our ideas of sacred living.

Finding the Sacred Within Our Walls: Ha-Makom Shelanu

This five-part series will not only expand your own knowledge of Reform Judaism but include an understanding of the intentional thought behind the design of the Stiffman Sanctuary and Bnai El
Chapel. Included in this course will be an optional training for those that are interested in becoming guides to the many groups that visit Congregation Shaare Emeth throughout the year.

Tuesdays from 10 – 11:15 a.m.

  • 10/18: Highlights and History of Congregation Shaare Emeth with Rabbi Jeffrey Stiffman
  • 10/25: Jewish Holidays and Hebrew Language Understanding for Adults with Debbie Bram
  • 11/1: The Stiffman Sanctuary and B’nai El Chapel with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein
  • 11/8: Basic Tenets of Reform Judaism, Including God with Rabbi Rachel Bearman
  • 11/15: Putting It All Together to Become a Guide with Debbie Bram

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Finding the Sacred in Our Texts & More

Through this series, you will explore a new approach to find meaning in prayers, Psalms, and rituals to integrate this knowledge into your own life. Take one or two or all three classes in this series.

Wednesdays from 7 – 8:15 p.m.

  • 10/26: Creating New Rituals in a 21st Century World with Rabbi Rachel Bearman
  • 11/16: Awakening My Awareness of Jewish Prayer and Liturgy with Cantor Seth Warner
  • 11/30: What Do Psalms Teach Us About Living with Integrity? with Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

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The Sacred Language of our People: Hebrew for Beginners

Hebrew is the language of the Jewish people. This year-long course will teach you to read the prayers in Hebrew and understand the meaning as well. Registration cost includes the book, all supplies, and one very patient teacher!

October 30- April 30 • Sundays from 10 – 11:15 a.m.
Members $120 • Non-Members $160. Please email Debbie Bram for scholarships.

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Finding the Sacred For the Engaged & Soon-to-Be-Engaged: Beshert 101

November 5 from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. with Rabbi Bearman

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Deutsch Scholar-in-Residence: Dr. Daniel Matt

November 18-19

Join us for a weekend with Dr. Daniel Matt, a scholar of Kabbalah and the Zohar. He has been featured in Time and Newsweek, and has appeared on National Public Radio and the History Channel. He has published over a dozen books, including The Essential Kabbalah (translated into eight languages), Zohar: Annotated and Explained, and God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality (revised edition, 2016).

Dr. Matt is one of the leading teachers on different aspects of God, from teaching about the feminine aspect of God to finding God in the material world. He is also one of the leading authorities on mysticism.

This Scholar-in-Residence Program is made possible through the Fred and Elsie Deutsch Endowment Fund. The Congregation would like to thank Roberta and Jim Deutsch, Judy and Larry Deutsch and their families for their continuous generous support for the Scholar-in-Residence program.


Torah Study: Delving in to our Sacred Texts

Join the Shaare Emeth clergy for these special classes designed to broaden our approach to Torah.

Every Wednesday at 10 a.m. and Shabbat Morning at 9:30 a.m.


Special Torah Study with Rabbi Michal Ratner Ken-Tor

Saturday December 3 from 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

We are so happy to welcome back to our Congregation Rabbi Michal Ratner Ken-Tor. Rabbi Ken-Tor serves as the Rabbi of the Megiddo Regional Council and the founder of Megido Haruach, a nonprofit organization in Megiddo. Rabbi Ken-Tor is a multi-talented educator who encourages students of all ages to embrace the spirit of Judaism and turn it into a creative force in their lives.

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