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Adult Learning

There are many ways to connect with people at Temple Shalom, including through Adult Education. Be inspired by a course offered by our clergy, or other members of our community. We encourage you to try even one course this year - whether through Adult Education, the Open Your Eyes Committee, or speakers and courses offered through a variety of our organizations including the Garden Club, Sisterhood and Brotherhood. Try it! No prior knowledge is required. Learn something new, enjoy the ideas, and meet some new friends.

Temple Shalom travels
Temple Shalom has sponsored trips to Israel and Cuba over the years. A trip to Central Europe is being planned for October 2018. A family trip to Israel led by Rabbis Abrasley and Berry is scheduled for February 2019. The Central Europe trip visits Prague, Vienna and Bucharest from Oct. 13-23. The Israel trip is Feb. 14-24 with highlights including Masada and the Dead Sea, Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. More info about the Israel and Central Europe trips are on the ARZA site. The group is planning both trips.

       Spring 2018 classes

Jewish Life and Jewish Living in Central Europe: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 22 and April 5
Jewish life in Europe enjoys a rich, tragic and remarkable history. This course, led by Rabbi Allison Berry, will explore the history of Jewish communal life in Europe prior to WWII, the dramatic reality brought by the Holocaust and the current state of Jewish community in Europe today.

She Did What? The Bad (But Kinda Good) Girls of the Bible
Sundays, 12:30 to 2 p.m., April 29 and May 6
Take a walk on the wild side with the Hebrew Bible’s femme fatales. We’ll explore some of the fascinating, seemingly subversive women found in our Biblical narrative and the roles they

played in shaping the Israelite nation and religion. The sessions, taught by Rabbi Laura J. Abrasley, will use traditional and modern commentary to understand these women, their bad (but kinda good) behavior and how these ideas shape our relationship today with these fabulous Biblical characters.

To Every Trope There is a Season
Sundays, 12:30-2 p.m., March 4, 11, 18 and 25

Did you know that there are five different systems of scriptural trope or cantillation? Each is meant to enhance the experience of that particular day and reach the minds and hearts of each worshipper. Cantor Peter Halpern will examine all five systems with an eye towards how they create the mood and convey the imagery of each season in the Jewish calendar.

Fall 2017 classes

The offerings include:


Ongoing Mussar Practice
Tuesdays, 7-9 p.m., Oct. 17, 31, Nov. 14, 28, Dec. 12, Jan. 2, 16, Feb. 6, 27, March 6, 20, April 3, 24, May 8, 22
This course is designed for those who have already taken one intro Mussar course about the Jewish spiritual practice. Led by

Rabbi Carol Glass. $136.


Adult B'nai Mitzvah Course
Thursdays, 7-9:15 p.m., from mid-October thru mid-May for about 20 sessions starting Oct. 19.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah is a modern ritual for those who either did not celebrate becoming B’nai Mitzvah at age 13 or would like to explore the experience again as an adult. The 18-month group study experience will focus on Hebrew, liturgy, and Jewish knowledge, culminating with a Shabbat morning B'nai Mitzvah service, tentatively planned for January 2019, where
participants will co-lead the service, including prayers, Torah, and Haftarah readings. The cost includes a continuation of course into the fall 2018.Scholarships are available.

Everyday Holiness: The Jewish Spiritual Practice of Mussar
Tuesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 24, Nov 7, 21, Dec. 5, 19, Jan. 2, 16, 30, Feb. 13, 27
Mussar is a Jewish spiritual practice helping us be our best selves. Rabbi Abrasley leads this intro course.

Introduction to Jewish Meditation
Wednesdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8
A step-by-step intro to meditation and Jewish mindfulness meditation led by Temple member Devorah Steinberg.

 Judaism and Justice
Thursdays, 7:30-9 p.m., Oct. 26, Nov. 2, 9 and 30. The Jewish commitment to social justice is not new and goes back to Deuteronomy. Rabbi Berry explores ancient and contemporary sources about the Jewish imperative for social justice.

The Bible Doesn’t Say That: The Problem and Possibility of Biblical (Mis)translations
Thursdays, Oct. 19, Nov. 2, Dec. 14, Jan. 4, Feb. 1, March 8, April 5 and May 3 at Goulston and Storrs law office downtown; Thursdays, Oct. 26, Nov. 9, Dec. 21, Jan. 11, Feb. 8, March 15, April 12 and May 10 at the Temple
Explore famous Bible stories and challenges with Rabbis Berry and Abrasley to theology, morality and imagery that mistranslation, misconception and misunderstanding have created in this Lunch and Learn Study.

Adult Learning classes this semester cover Jewish life in Central Europe, women in the Bible and different cantillations. In the box beneath each class, put the number of people you are enrolling. Spring classes are:

Jewish Life and Jewish Living in Central Europe: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow with Rabbi Berry
Thursdays, 7:30 to 9 p.m., March 1, 8, 15, 22 and April 5

She Did What? The Bad (But Kinda Good) Girls of the Bible with Rabbi Abrasley
Sundays, 12:30 to 2 p.m., April 29 and May 6

To Every Trope There is a Season with Cantor Halpern
Sundays, 12:30-2 p.m., March 4, 11, 18 and 25

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Dates are subject to change.

Past Classes Include:

  • Downtown Study
  • Lunch and Learn
  • Scholar In Residence Havurah Learning
  • Beginning Hebrew
  • Parenting Through a Jewish Lens
  • Mussar
  • The Spirituality of Cooking and Eating
  • The Magical Niggun
  • Finding Our Roots: A Genealogy Course
  • Yoga for Health and Healing
  • Facing Cancer Together
  • Latin American Jewish Literature
  • Theatre Opportunities
  • Book Club
  • Spirituality Discussion Group
Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778