Jewish Adult Education

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To learn more about our Adult Education Programs, consult the calendar for meeting times, or call the temple for information.

Winter 2019 Family Trip to Israel with Rabbi Greene

Did you ever want to explore the Old City of Jerusalem, visit the wonderfully creative Israel Museum or float in the Dead Sea?

Join Rabbi Greene as Chicago Sinai Congregation visits, explores, discovers and studies in Israel from December 21 to 31, 2019. Read more about the trip here.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Program

Never celebrated becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah as a 13 year-old?  Always wanted to do so?

Call the temple for more information at 312 867-7000. 

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.  

Read about Learning in the Loop Turns Three: Three means prophesy...and prophets.

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: Mussar

On Thursdays at 11 a.m. beginning September 27 join Rabbi Zinn for a study of Mussar, a Jewish spiritual and ethical practice that offers insight and guidance for living by directing us to pay attention to the impact that our inner traits have on our lives. Together we will study a variety of Mussar texts, reflect on their insights and work to bring them into our daily lives.

Interfaith Conversations

Are you an interfaith couple, married, dating, with kids and without? Join us Wednesdays at 6:00pm to learn more about Judaism, its teachings and practices, and how to bring these into your relationship. 

October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 9, May 8

Introduction to Judaism

Want to get back to the basics of Jewish life and values? This could be the class for you. Join Rabbi Limmer 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. Join us on Thursdays at 6:00pm

Fall Session
November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6, 13, 20, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, February 14, 21, 28
Spring Session
March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, June 6, 13, 20, 27

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