Adult Education

TES Adult Education Programs
Fall-Winter 2016

Exploring Judaism

Introduction to Judaism class.   September 6-December 6, 2016, Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30PM – facilitated by Rabbis Joshua and Vanessa Boettiger, Jackie Brodsky, and Ken Ehrlich

In this 12 week series, a diverse introduction to Judaism will be provided for: Jews who seek a deeper connection with Judaism, non-Jews who wish to understand Judaism more deeply, and those who are studying for conversion to Judaism. Through Jewish texts, class lectures, and discussions, we will study Jewish history, ethics, holidays, life cycles, Bible, Israel, anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and more.

Shabbat Observance – Led by Rabbi Vanessa Graywer Boettiger

Are you someone who has wanted to have a consistent Shabbat practice, but just didn’t know how to go about it? Or do you have a practice, but want to deepen it, or make it more meaningful? Are you in an interfaith relationship and wanting to explore Shabbat practices that make sense for both of you? Or are you simply curious about what it would be like to have full permission to simply rest for one entire day each week?

In this class, we will look at the origin of Shabbat in Jewish text and tradition and how that can impact and inform (or not) our lives today. We will explore the meaning of work, rest, and play and the idea of a rhythm in each week. Please bring your thoughts, questions, and ideas–there will be plenty of time for discussion.  Sunday, September 11 and 18 at 4:00 PM

Beginning/Intermediate Hebrew – led by Sasha Borenstein

Come learn to read Biblical Hebrew so you can participate in the many wonderful prayers of our tradition.  Monday 6 – 8 PM starting November 7, 2016

Kabbalat Shabbat Prayer Mini-Study

Led by Rabbi Joshua immediately prior to three Shabbat Shirah services starting in May, this offers a half hour mini study of various Kabbalat Shabbat prayers.
November, December Shabbat Shirah.  6:30 – 7:00 PM in the Library

The Baffled King Composing Hallelujah: A Three-Session Class on the Life of King David with Rabbi Boettiger

Join us for an exploration of the enigmatic, devotional, joyous and tragic life of Israel’s greatest king. Robert Pinsky wrote, “The great thing about David is that I don’t know of another life that has been lived or imagined that has so many different kinds of reality in it. He’s an artist, a leader, a killer, even though he is both horrible and beautiful he is so in a way that reminds you of human beings.” Participants in the class are urged to buy a copy of Robert Alter’s The David Story.  December 4, 11, 18, 2016, Sundays at 4:00 PM

Highlights of Upcoming 2017 Adult Education Programs

Generation War –A German mini-series, watched by over seven million Germans, follows the lives of five young adults from the start of WW II through the war’s end, as it considers the implication of a generation that never spoke of what they experienced or did during Hitler’s reign.  To be shown in two parts with introduction and discussion.

Israeli Innovations – presentation and discussion by Emanuel Ben-David on Israeli inventions that have significantly impacted our world.

A Borrowed Identity – The provocative Israeli film about a Palestinian boy and an Israeli girl, with discussion to follow – led by Emanuel Ben-David

End of Life Issues from a Jewish Perspective with Adie Goldberg

American Jewish Literature Series– Short Stories and Humor from our newly re-configured library with Rabbi Ken Ehrlich

Judaism and Technology – A Shabbat Weekend with Rabbi Jeffrey Schein

Preparing for Pesach – cooking class with Sherry Friedman

A Shabbat Weekend with Rabbi Yael Levy



Special Events