Jewish Adult Education

Deepen Your Relationship with Judaism, Our Rabbis, and Sinai's Members

Our adult study programs provide yet another reason to say, I belong at Sinai.

Consult the calendar for meeting times, or call the temple for information.

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Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

Never celebrated becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a 13 year-old?

Always wanted to do so?

Here's your opportunity! This fall marks the beginning of a two-year group of adult learners who want to set themselves, as a class, on a path towards becoming b'nai mitzvah in spring 2017, with these activities:

  • Group study together in October.
  • Then students will take the courses that interest them, from learning to read Hebrew, to Torah Study, and more.
  • All members will meet again a few times in the spring to share the process of the first year together.

It will be a wonderful experience to share, culminating in the group leading a service and reading Torah at a 2017 service.

Scholar-In-Residence

This year we are fortunate in welcoming many guests to Chicago Sinai Congregation; three in particular will be with us for an extended period of learning and growth.

  • We welcome back Rabbi Howard A. Berman for our Emeritus-in-Residence weekend on December 2.
  • In the winter we will have the opportunity to learn from our own Dr. Kenneth Seeskin, Klutznik Professor of Jewish Civilization at Northwestern University. We will study the themes and thoughts of his upcoming publication, Thinking about the Torah.

Learning in the Loop

Work downtown?

Have some free time during lunch?

Join our Rabbis for a special monthly session at a downtown office. On the first Tuesday of the month, we will meet at noon and finish by one, so all can get back to their day. Over our shared lunches throughout the year, we will examine how our Jewish tradition responds to different challenges in differing times by exploring the Responsa literature generated through the centuries, discussing issues as varied as environmentalism and elective surgery.

Shabbat Morning Prayer and Torah Study

Rain or shine—holiday, Holy Day, or weekly Shabbat—members gather in the library to learn the many lessons of the weekly Torah portion. From one fall to the next, we make our way, portion by portion, from Genesis through Deuteronomy. Over the year, not only will we understand the many nuances of our Torah saga, but we will also connect more deeply with the forms of communal study through which Jews have always explored the many meanings of Torah.

Prayer Book Hebrew Class

This fall we are offering a ten-week prayer book Hebrew class for beginner, meeting in the second-floor library from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays beginning October 10. The spring ten-week advanced Hebrew class begins February 20.

Wednesday Adult Education

The Trajectory of Talmud: Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., Rabbi Limmer helps us plumb the depths of different sections of our majestic literary heritage, the Babylonian Talmud. The Talmud amasses different legends, lore and legal discourse into a larger narrative of religious significance. As a guide: The new Noe Edition of the Talmud, complete with modern translation, incisive commentary, and even illustrative pictures. Topics to be explored: the limits of human power, the boundaries of the Rabbinic community, and much more.

Thursday Adult Education

The Five Megillot: Familiar with the Megillah read on Purim – the story of Esther. There are actually five megillot, five scrolls recorded in the Hebrew Bible? Together with Rabbi Greene, every Thursday at 11 a.m., we’ll study each scroll: Ecclesiastes, Esther, Song of Songs, Ruth, and Lamentations.

Judaism in Interfaith Homes

Sinai's programs for interfaith couples are testimony to the power of compassion, caring and open minds. We invite and encourage interfaith couples to attend our monthly Sunday series “Judaism in Interfaith Homes." This experience is not about proselytizing or conversion; instead, it focuses on how we meet fundamental spiritual needs. The program allows couples to discuss important topics in a safe, nurturing and respectful environment. All conversations are incorporated in a communal meal, community service, and shared experience, so that the open doors to our Congregation might be experienced holistically: through learning, deeds of justice and the contemplation of meditation and worship.

Sinai's programs for interfaith couples are testimony to the power of compassion, caring, and open minds.

Taste of Judaism

This October, Chicago Sinai Congregation will host a special series open to all in Chicago who are curious to come and learn about the wonder and power of our Jewish tradition. Sinai’s Taste features three consecutive classes on modern Jewish spirituality, values, and community. Sessions are dynamic and interactive; our Rabbis will provide an accessible and engaging program to answer any and all questions.

Introduction to Judaism

Getting back to the basics of Jewish life and values: In 12 weeks with our Rabbis, explore the Jewish life cycle, the meaning of our Holy Days and of “God,” and how to be religious people in the modern world. "Intro to Judaism" isn’t just for neophytes, but is also a great way to examine, as adults, many topics last studied in childhood.

Sinai Book Club

Join fellow congregants for an exploration of both fiction and non-fiction books of Jewish interest on the second Tuesday of each month at 2:00 pm in the Sinai Library.

Sinai in Focus: Film Festivals

Our successful "Dinner & a Film" program has been transformed this year into two film festivals that focus our attention on important issues of our day. Over a series of Wednesday evenings in the late fall, we will watch and then discuss with our Rabbis three important movies that address the important issue of racism: Fruitvale Express, Do the Right Thing, and American History X. In the spring, we will mount another festival that focuses Chicago Sinai Congregation, through the marvelous media of film, on a different salient issue of our time.

Film Review Series

Once a month on Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Zbigniew Banas will lead a discussion of a current film. Participants view the movie in the theatre and meet to discuss the film at Sinai. The cost of S15 per person includes coffee and dessert.

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