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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.  

November 2022

Weekly adult education classes will begin on Tuesday, November 1st at 6:30pm.  Classes will meet in person at Congregation Shalom.

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, November 1st and will be held from 6:30-7:45 P.M. 

To register for this class, 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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Fri, March 24 2023 2 Nisan 5783