Our Adult Education

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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.

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!

Extreme Torah Study
Saturdays from 10:00 to 11:00 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.

Adult Bnai-Mitzvah

From learning Hebrew to reading from the Torah to leading a worship service. Please call the Temple if you are interested.

 

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.”