Adult Education

Learning with others in community allows us to live our Jewish value of Talmud Torah. Whether you can pop in for one class or make it for an entire series, we invite you to stimulate your lifelong love for Judaism and learning by participating in any/all of the following opportunities.


Prayer Book Hebrew
with Cantor Shula Kalir Merton
Weekly on Tuesdays: January 2020-April 2021
January 14, 28; February 11, 25 at 5:30pm & February 4, 18 at 7pm
An introduction to Hebrew for beginners with special focus on reading and understanding our prayer book. This class is for anyone that would
like to engage more fully with our tradition through the Hebrew language.

What Makes Judaism Unique: Ethical and Ritual Paths to Holiness
Tuesday, January 14 at 7pm
Join Rabbi K’vod, Cantor Young, and Cantor Shula for a roundtable discussion that explores the features of Jewish tradition that
distinguish it from other religious traditions.

Jewishness in the Jewish State
with Professor Paul Liptz, Community Scholar Program
One-Month Scholar
Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm
Since Israel’s establishment, the complex nature of Judaism is a central component of life. The interaction of politics, power and theology, as well as the central role of the Chief Rabbinate, results in an ongoing battle in
the Knesset and the Supreme Court which deal with issues complicated both by centuries of living in the Diaspora, and also the intensity of being in the Holy Land.

Paul Liptz, a social historian, was on the Tel Aviv University faculty for 40
years, teaching graduate and undergraduate students in the Department of Middle East and African History and the International School, where he dealt with a wide range of topics. He taught graduate students at the Hebrew Union College in Jerusalem as well as at the Conservative movement seminary for 25 years, dealing with modern Jewish history, Israeli society and the contemporary Middle East. In the Israeli army reserves, he lectured officers and non-commissioned officers on nonmilitary realms.  Paul was born in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and came as a volunteer to Israel one day before the Six Day War on June 4, 1967. He decided to stay in Israel, married Brenda and they have 4 children and 10 grandchildren.

Jewish Visions of God: Exploring Varied Theologies Including the
God I Don’t Believe In
with Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Tuesday, January 28 at 7pm
Participation in Jewish community involves interfacing with ideas about who or what God is through scripture and liturgy. Jewish
thought offers multiple models and perspectives on this greatest mystery. Our class will not only be a survey of various theologies
within Jewish tradition, but also an exploration of finding a model that meets our individual experiences.

Cousins at the Table: Building Relationships through Comparative Discussions of Judaism and Islam
with Rabbi K’vod Wieder and Sheikh Tarik Ata at Orange County Islamic Foundation, Mission Viejo
Tuesday, February 11 at 7pm
This opening session will explore Jewish and Islamic perspectives on how we understand God in the 21st century. Besides hearing from
our spiritual leaders, this session will be an opportunity for Jews and Muslims to discuss and learn more about each other’s traditions in
small groups.

Jewish History 101
with Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Tuesday, February 25 at 7pm
This session gives a broad overview of key historical moments in Jewish history that have been instrumental in shaping Jewish tradition
from Mount Sinai to the 21st century.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Weekly on Tuesday evenings, January 2020–April 2021
This 16-month learning program includes opportunities to build community with other dedicated learners through a curriculum rich
in introducing the vast array of Jewish history, ritual, tradition, and prayer. Making the commitment to this course of study includes
participating weekly in both the Prayer book Hebrew and World of Judaism classes on Tuesday nights. The program culminates with the graduating class leading a Shabbat morning service for the community on April 10, 2021: leading prayers, reading Torah, and sharingthoughts and interpretations of the weekly portion.

Sample Schedule
January 14, 28; February 11, 25
5:30pm Prayer book Hebrew
6:30pm Refuat Hanefesh Healing Service
February 4, 18
6:30pm Refuat Hanefesh
Healing Service
7pm Prayer book Hebrew

World of Judaism Course Topics include:
● What Makes Judaism Unique:Ethical and Ritual Paths to Holiness
● Jewishness in the Jewish State
● Jewish Visions of God: Exploring Varied Theologies Including the God I Don’t Believe In
● Cousins at the Table: Building Relationships through Comparative Discussions of Judaism and Islam –How Do We Understand God in the
21st Century (at Orange County Islamic Foundation)
● Jewish History 101
● Mystical Dimensions of Judaism through the Holiday of Purim
● Elijah the Prophet: The Man Who Never Died
● Raising the Sparks: Finding God in the Material World
● The Mystical Meaning of Torah
● God and the Big Bang: Discovering Harmony between Science and Spirituality
● The Zohar: Masterpiece of Kabbalah
● Passover: Teachings and Practices of the Festival ofFreedom
● Shabbat: Traditional and Creative Observance
● Cousins at the Table: How Judaism and Islam Challenge Secular Definitions of Freedom and Happiness
● Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices
● Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days: Rosh Hashanah
● Spiritual Preparation for the High Holy Days: Yom Kippur
● Sukkot and Simchat Torah: Accessing Wellsprings of Joy
● Lifecycles: Birth and B’nai Mitzvah
● Lifecycles: Marriage and Death
● The Dominations: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist
● The World of Jewish Sacred Text: An Exploration of How Scripture Creates Tradition
● Two Faces of Chanukah: JewishIdentity and Spirituality