Jewish Adult Education
Deepen Your Relationship with Judaism, Our Rabbis, and Sinai's Members
To learn more about our Adult Education Programs, check our 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 third 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.
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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
On Wednesday at 11 a.m. our study group will do a deep dive into the words and works of our Prophetic Tradition. We will start with the Book of Amos, the earliest of our written Prophets, and, through the course of chapters and months, make our way through major figures such as Hosea, Isaiah, Micah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel. Please join us any Wednesday or every Wednesday to encounter the words and worlds of our Prophets.
Thursday Adult Education: Q&A: Ancient Responses to Modern Questions
On Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning in August 2019 join Rabbi Zinn for the study of Responsa. Responsa is the Jewish tradition of asking challenging questions and finding answers. We use biblical and rabbinic texts to answer difficult modern, person, legal, moral, and ethical questions. Over the course of the year we will look at a variety of contemporary questions, about observance, ritual, medical ethics, and personal responsibility. Together we will study ancient text and learn how they apply to our modern lives.
Introduction to Judaism
Want to get back to the basics of Jewish life and values? This could be the class for you. Join Rabbi Greene and Rabbi Zinn to explore the Jewish Life Cycle, the meaning of our Holy Days, what we might mean when we say the word “God”, and how we can be religious people in the modern world.