Jewish Adult Education
Deepen Your Relationship with Judaism, Our Rabbis, and Sinai's Members
To learn more about our Adult Education Programs, consult the calendar for meeting times, or call the temple for information.
Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program
Never celebrated becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a 13 year-old? Always wanted to do so?
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—we 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
In the fall we offer a ten-week prayer book Hebrew class for beginners. In the spring, we offer a ten-week advanced Hebrew class.
Wednesday Adult Education
Text and Textures: Every Wednesday at 11 a.m., Rabbi Limmer helps us explore the earliest Rabbinic commentary to the biblical book of Exodus: The Mekhilta of Rabbi Ishmael. This formative work of Midrash-the Jewish method of demanding additional meaning from Scripture--proceeds line by line through the biblical narrative and connects our core texts to religious thoughts and trends that emerged in antiquity. Through a study of the Mekhilta's many legends, lore and legal discourses into we will see how our Sages of old helped understand the Torah in their time, and provided us a road map for comprehending the unfurling evolution of biblical interpretation.
Thursday Adult Education
Every Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Come study with Rabbi Zinn as he teaches us the wisdom of Rabbi Nachman of Bratslav, one of the leading early Hasidic masters and storytellers. Rabbi Nachmann's tales are filled with deep insight, and his lessons can still be as revolutionary today as they were in the early 19th Century. Because Rabbi Zinn, during his rabbinical studies, focused in on the teachings of Rabbi Nachman, you can come on Thursdays and get to know two rabbis at once!
Open Hearts & Open Doors
Sinai's program for interfaith couples is a testimony to the power of compassion, caring and open minds. Open Hearts & Open Doors is a conversation for intermarried couples. 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. Read personal stories from couples who have attended.
Taste of Judaism
On October 19th, 26th and November 2nd. Chicago Sinai Congregation will host a three week 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 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. Please invite your friends to join us and RSVP at Taste of Judaism
Introduction to Judaism
Getting back to the basics of Jewish life and values: Beginning on November 9th for twelve weeks, explore with our Rabbis, 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.