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.

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Meditation and Spiritual Practice
With Rabbi K’vod Wieder
Tuesdays at 9 am (beginning March 31st)

This 45 minute to an hour session will be an opportunity to meditate together with gentle guidance and explore different dimensions of meditative practice.

Kvod Wieder is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

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Navigating Jewish Prayer: A Guide to Liturgy and Synagogue Practices
with Rabbi K’vod, Cantor Natalie Young and Cantor Sue Deutsch
June 9, 23
Our prayer liturgy and synagogue practices have the opportunity to be meaningful technologies of the spirit. And for many of us we struggle with the language of the prayers—even in English—to express our deepest truths and yearnings. These three sessions will introduce us to the deep logic of our prayer services, and how they can support us in living our own personal and spiritual journeys more fully.

Spiritual Preparation for the High Holidays: Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur
with Cantor Emerita and Interim Clergy Shula Kalir-Merton
August 4, 18
Many of us come to synagogue with much expectation for the High Holy Days and are not sure what is expected of us spiritually. What is the inner reflection we are asked to engage in? How does the High Holy Day liturgy help us connect deeper with our truths and aspirations? This session will be an exploration of the major spiritual concepts of the High Holy Days and an understanding of the prayers so that our experience in synagogue has the potential to be transformational.

Future Topics Include:
September 22, 29 Sukkot and Simchat Torah: Accessing Wellsprings of Joy
October 13 Lifecycles: Birth and B’nai Mitzvah
October 27 Lifecycles: Marriage and Death
November 10 The Denominations: Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, and Reconstructionist
November 24 The World of Jewish Sacred Text: An Exploration of How Scripture Creates Tradition
December 8 Two Faces of Chanukah: Jewish Identity and Spirituality

Shabbat Morning Torah Study Group
Saturdays at 9am
Explore the weekly portion in a warm and welcoming atmosphere where each participant has the opportunity to learn, listen and share. The Torah Study Group provides its members and guests an opportunity to deepen their understanding of Torah in a safe and welcoming community which values respect for different perspectives and civility toward all. We value diverse opinions on the parashah being studied, including those not emanating from Judaism. Please join us in study any Saturday morning; a brief lay-led service follows the study. Contact Luke Wood at for more information.

SAVE THE DATE: Torah Study in the Sukkah
Saturday, October 3 from 9am–12pm
We will have a pot luck dairy brunch following this study session.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz: Scholar-in-Residence
Friday, August 28
5:30pm Appetizer oneg
6pm Kabbalat Shabbat Service
7:15pm Dinner and speaker
Re-Imagining the American Synagogue
Rabbi Sid’s book, Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews can Transform the American Synagogue, helped to shape the synagogue transformation efforts of the past two decades. In this presentation Rabbi Sid will share insights about how to re-think the paradigm of the American synagogue in a way that might help congregations do a better job of engaging the next generation of American Jews.

Saturday, August 29
9:15am Abridged Shabbat Morning Service
10:30am Out of the Box Shabbat Service Experience
You should attend this prayer experience if: a) you are often bored at services; b) you have no idea why anyone would willingly attend a worship service: c) you are a deeply spiritual person but services don’t always work for you; d) you want to go where prayerful Jews have never gone before. Through discussions, song, movement and sharing, participants—from young to old—will walk away with a new appreciation for the Shabbat liturgy and the transformative power of prayer. This experience will not include a Torah service. Important note: If you want to participate in this experience, you must be in your seat by 10:30am (start time). While people may leave whenever they choose, it will be impossible to appreciate or understand the experience if you are not there at the beginning.
12pm Lunch

What is Prayer? Talk Back and Text Study
This will be a chance to reflect on the morning’s prayer experience with Rabbi Sid through the prism of classical rabbinic texts on
prayer. It will challenge your assumptions about what forms of worship are closer to the intentions of the rabbinic tradition.

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He is currently a Senior Fellow at Hazon: The Jewish Lab for Sustainability, a national organization based in New York.

Rabbi Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years; its work centered on integrating Jewish learning, Jewish values and social responsibility. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where he continues to teach and lead services. Dr. Schwarz holds a PhD in Jewish history and is the author of two groundbreaking books: Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Jewish Lights, 2000) and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006).

Rabbi Sid directs The Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He also created and directs the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network which is identifying, convening and building the capacity of emerging new models of Jewish identity and community across the country.

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 sharing thoughts and interpretations of the weekly portion.

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 of Freedom
● 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: Jewish Identity and Spirituality