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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.

Classes about literature, spirituality, justice and the Bible are among the adult learning offerings in 2017-18. Registration is open.

Adult Kallah 2018
January 19-21 at the Wylie Conference Center, Beverly.

Study, pray, eat and make new friends at this meaningful, fun weekend retreat with the theme "All of Us Together, Standing at Sinai." The weekend will focus on the Jewish value of inclusion. Rabbi Becky Silverstein, who is an inclusion expert, will be our guest Rabbi-in-residence, the first time we are having a visiting scholar. The deadline to register is Dec. 18.

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.

Fall 2017 classes

The offerings this fall 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.

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Dates are subject to change. Additional courses will be offered in 2018.


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
Fri, December 15 2017 27 Kislev 5778