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
5:30pm on February 25
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.

Click Here to Hear “Important Words from Cantor Shula”

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 sharing thoughts and interpretations of the weekly portion.
Click Here to Register for the Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program
Click Here to Register for the Adult Hebrew Only Class

Sample Schedule
February  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 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