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Adult Education


Adult Education Learning Opportunities

"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.  

January 2022

Join Rabbi Noah, Rabbi Poslosky and Brian Avner for one or both of our upcoming and ongoing adult education classes on Tuesday evenings.  Both classes are open to all congregants. See the class descriptions below. Both classes begin Tuesday, January 4, 2022. 

Chavruta Learning Class
There is a tradition in Judaism to study Jewish text in chavruta, or pairs.  In the Beit Midrash of old, the large house of study, pairs of students would pore over text together and help each other delve deeper and deeper into the text, and into their own understanding of themselves. 

This class will explore some of the most famous passages from the Talmud, a compendium of the Oral Torah compiled in the 6th century.  We will explore some of the more famous texts from Talmud and navigate them together. Come with a chavruta partner, or come alone and we'll find you a chavruta. No Hebrew knowledge required. This is a free course. This class begins Tuesday, January 4th and will be held from 6:15-7:15 P.M.

Intro to Judaism Class
This introductory course in basic Judaism will cover history, theology, customs, ceremonies, festivals, holidays, and beliefs.  It is an overview of Judaism and Jewish life. The class will be taught in three consecutive two-month units.  This class is free, with the only cost being for books, for non-members only, which Congregation Shalom will order for everyone enrolled. The book cost is $50.00 per person, non-members only. This class begins Tuesday, January 4th and will be held from 7:30-8:30 P.M. 

To register for one or both of these classes, please Click here.

Torah Study

Shabbat Morning Torah Study is held on Saturdays from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. Please join our clergy as they alternate in leading discussion of the weekly parasha. No prior knowledge is needed to attend this stimulating study of text. 


Contact any of our clergy to learn Hebrew. Click here to set up an appointment.

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! 

Lecture Series

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 Scholar-in-Residence Weekend, the Sanford J. Ettinger Memorial Lecture, and the Melvin B. Gilbert Memorial Lecture. 

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. 

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