Our Adult Education
Har Sinai believes the opportunity for learning never ends. As a result of this belief, our Temple offers robust Adult Education programming, which encompasses everything from weekly hour long “Lunch and Learn”, to Rabbi’s “Extreme Torah Studies”, to our dynamic “Home Study” series. These programs have been a central fixture of our congregation’s adult education programming for close to half a century. We endeavor to challenge, confront and teach the basic rubrics of Judaism in all of our educational opportunities.
Our community is a learning institution at its heart, but because so many of our members enjoy being together, the line between social and educational does not exist. We seamlessly blend both with a sense of dignity, aplomb and our own unique brand of fun.
Our Adult Education Programs:
Shabbat Services at Greenwood House
Every Other Friday Morning at 10:30 am
Join Rabbi Pollack every other Friday at Greenwood House for a Shabbat Service with the residents. The brief service is meaningful to the residents, many of whom are still members of our Congregation. They enjoy visiting with their fellow Har Sinai members.
Lunch and Learn
Tuesdays at 12 noon
Lunch and Learn explores the richness and wisdom of rabbinic literature with classic texts ranging from the Talmud to Modern Midrash. The mind of the rabbis is complex beyond fathoming — incisive, rich, moving swiftly over a vast variety of human concerns —from Law to homily, from principle to practice, from the heights of technical discussion to the immediacies of social life. We discover those passages in the Talmudic and Midrashic literature which bear on the nature of God, the Law, virtue, prayer, faith, sin, charity, the Messiah, and the Last Judgment . Rabbi Pollack discusses the hand out material each week as the class reads and delves into the most sensitive and important issues of rabbinic lore. You won’t want to miss this class!
Home Study Group
2nd Wednesday of Every Month
The Home Study Group, which meets in either Congregants’ homes OR at the Temple on the 2nd Wednesday of each month, has been a staple of Har Sinai for over fifty years and has proven to be one of the most enduring adult education experiences in Temple life. Please join us for fascinating discussions on current events with a Jewish twist. The topics range from politics to legal decisions to popular culture that affect our daily lives. There is rarely a dull moment when we discuss everything from privacy issues to the separation of Church and State. We often review the latest news stories as we try to give many contemporary issues perspective and meaning. The discussions are free and open to all opinions.
Extreme Torah Study
Saturdays from 9:15 to 10:15 am
There is no Torah Study group of this kind anywhere. We delve into Torah learning branching off in directions unforeseen at the outset of the class. We cover issues from the present political situation to pop culture to discussions on Israel. We see how these topics relate to basic precepts found in the Torah. It is a “no holds barred” anything goes very adult learning session.
Kabbalah and Musar Home Study
No other adult education series mixes these two towering facets of Jewish culture and civilization. Musar literature is defined as a didactic Jewish ethical literature which describes virtues and vices and the path towards perfection. Kabbalah literally means “receiving/tradition. It is an esoteric method, discipline, and school of thought that teaches the primordial blueprint for Creation’s philosophies, religions, sciences, arts, and political systems. Each month a different topic is approached to find its origins and interpretations in both Kabbalah and Musar. Topics such as… Humility, Patience, Gratitude are explored in both disciples with an eye towards practical applications. Lively discussions ensue with a struggle to find meaning in everyday activities using Kabbalah and Musar as a starting point.
From learning Hebrew to reading from the Torah to leading a worship service. A fun class for those who always wanted to become B’nei-Mitzvah but never had the opportunity to do so.
Significant Jewish Books
Day After Night: A Novel by Anita Diamant
In her best-selling novel, The Red Tent, Anita Diamant reimagined the lives of women in biblical times, the community of support between them, and their unmarked footsteps in history. Her new novel, Day After Night, seeks out a woman’s narrative in a real event that took place in Israel three years prior to statehood.
Bruce Feiler opens up the Exodus story in a new way by viewing it through a different lens–the history of the United States of America. “For four hundred years, one figure stands out as the surprising symbol of America,” Feiler writes. “His name is Moses.”