Adult Education

TES Adult Education Programs
Fall-Winter 2017

The Book of Job: Then and Now

4-Session class on Sundays at 4:00pm, beginning October 8
Temple Emek Shalom Library
Rabbis Ken Ehrlich and Joshua Boettiger
The Book of Job is one of the most well-known books in our Hebrew Bible, and has profoundly influenced contemporary literature.  Yet it is also raises difficult and sometimes painful questions for us:  Why does a good person have to suffer?  What, if any, is the reward for suffering? What does suffering teach us about God and about ourselves?  Our course will seek to answer these and other questions that arise from our reading of the Book of Job.

Sunday, October 8 – The Book of Job and its place in the Hebrew Bible
Sunday, October 15 – Job in the Jewish Tradition
Sunday, October 22 – Job and the film A Serious Man
Sunday, November 5 – Job and the play JB

Making Hanukkah Relevant

Sunday December 10, 10:00am-12 noon
Temple Emek Shalom Library
Rabbi Julie Benioff

Hanukkah is about “ hope…acting to light up new pathways… …(and to) strike new sparks.” (Rabbi Arthur Waskow)

Please join us for a conversation about the history, metaphors, and rituals of Hanukkah. We will explore how to make the holiday even more relevant and engaging in our times with the holiday’s powerful imagery that touches on the themes of inner radiance, perseverance, and overcoming. We will discuss how to find connection, meaning, and joy in the holiday for all family types (those with children and not), how to engage the holiday as a time to celebrate with our partners, nurturing these loving relationships, or to cultivate a more personal spiritual reflective practice.
Please RSVP to

Guest Rabbi Weekends – For details, see October TES newsletter

Rabbi Ira Stone
November 10-12
Mussar & Kabbalah: A Shabbaton

Rabbi Maurice Harris
November 17-19
People-Centered Judaism: How a Reconstructionist Approach Helps Jewish Communities Strengthen and Shine

To register, email or call 541-488-2909

Ongoing Programs

Jewish Meditation –Two weekly sessions, Wednesdays at 8 AM at TES and Fridays at 3:00 PM at Rose Yoga, led by Rabbi Boettiger. Participants focus on bringing a Jewish sensibility to their meditative practice.

Torah Study – Member-led Torah Study – Tuesdays at 6:00 PM and Saturday morning at 9 AM when there is a service.

Rabbi’s Tisch – Conducted at the conclusion of Shabbat and led by Rabbi Joshua, includes discussions of various topics with singing, stories and/or study of texts, and concludes with a Havdalah service.

Musar Study – A weekly class led by Rabbi Boettiger offers students practice methods and study topics to facilitate ways of perceiving and behaving, as suggested by Musar practice. A second group and a third group are meeting weekly.

If you’re interested in participating in the Adult Education Committee or would like to suggest topics for future programs, please contact Marty Towbin  at 530-938-4069 or other committee members.


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