"Get yourself a teacher, find someone to study with, and judge everyone favorably." Pirke Avot 1:6
Congregation Shalom is dedicated to building a “congregation of learners.” Adult education is an essential part of our education program. We strive to make the study of Jewish texts, beliefs and practices accessible to all our members. Committed to the principles of Reform Judaism, we offer opportunities to explore our traditional texts and customs through our modern day perspectives. Fostering Jewish identity, Jewish knowledge, and spiritual growth, along with the opportunity to socialize with other members of the congregation, is at the forefront of our efforts.
Each year we offer weekly classes, semester courses, and individual programs and speakers. The majority of our courses are taught by the clergy of Congregation Shalom. Other classes and programs may be taught by knowledgeable and skilled lay leaders and Jewish professionals from our own congregation or from the greater Jewish community.
View the online Adult Education Offerings 5777 pamphlet here.
Daytime Learning Opportunities
Lunch and Learns
Approximately every other month, a learning session is held during the lunch hour. Participants bring their lunch and engage in discussions concerning a wide variety of topics.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study is held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Rabbi Noah Chertkoff, Rabbi Rachel Marks, Rabbi Marcey Rosenbaum, Cantor Karen Berman and Rabbi Ronald Shapiro generally alternate in leading discussion of the weekly parasha. No prior knowledge is needed to attend this stimulating study of text.
Evening Learning Opportunities
There are many opportunities for adult learning in the evening throughout the week. Topics cover a wide range of subjects and include basic as well as advanced material. Classes are typically taught by Congregation Shalom's clergy.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Have you always wanted to celebrate becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Are you are an adult learner who did not have the opportunity at age 13. The only prerequisite is the desire to celebrate this special life cycle moment. Feel free to contact any clergy to get started!
Thanks to the generosity of donors, Congregation Shalom is able to offer special lectures each year. These include the Ethel and Norman (z”l) Gill Education Lecture, the Sanford J. Ettinger Memorial Lecture, and the Melvin B. Gilbert Memorial Lecture.