Adult Education Classes

Limmud Classes for September 2016

Fall is the time to go back to school, and the Adult Learning Program (Limmud) has several exciting classes and events this month.

Ongoing Classes

Chug Ivrit: Hebrew Conversation Group

Second and fourth Wednesdays of each month at 7:30 p.m. starting September 7. The Chug is a continuing conversational Hebrew group guided by Aya Schlair, a native Israeli and an experienced and patient teacher. Join us as we meet twice a month to gain confidence and skill in hearing and speaking Hebrew by sharing in conversations about recent experiences - family events, work, travels, movies, books, or other topics of interest. Contact David Stollar ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) for more information.

Biblical Hebrew

Second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m., starting September 12. Study Biblical Hebrew grammar and texts with Bruce Rosen, former Biblical Hebrew Instructor at Brandeis University. The main goal of the class is to help improve our understanding of the plain meaning of the Biblical text, its vocabulary and grammar, using study guides. Participants need to be able to read Hebrew; prior knowledge of modern Hebrew is helpful, but not required. New students are welcome!

Torah Study With Rabbi Berman

Meets first and third Thursdays of each month at 12:30 p.m., starting September 15 (note new date). Study Torah with Rabbi Berman and a congenial group of congregants. We do a close reading of the text in English. Occasionally we delve into the Hebrew to examine the meaning of a word. Commentaries, including Rashi, may be considered. Discussion is encouraged. All are welcome! Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or to sign up.

New Class: Reading Isaiah Together

Meets most Tuesdays at 7 p.m. (usually in the library). Isaiah is the greatest of the Hebrew Prophets and the Book of Isaiah is among the most poetic literature of the Bible. Join us as a group of congregants carefully reads through the Book of Isaiah in English, each week reading 3 or 4 chapters. We give attention to the original Hebrew for key passages, and also read selected commentaries. Please contact Vitaly Zakuta for more information: 617.272.6187, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . New members welcome!

Special Events

Selichot: Movie, Discussion and Services

Saturday, September 24 at 8:30 p.m.

Join the congregation for a viewing of the award-winning Israeli film Gett: The Trial of Viviane Amsalem, followed by a discussion led by Rabbi Berman, and Selichot services beginning at about 11 p.m.

Called “hypnotic” and “gripping” by the New York Times, Gett focuses on Vivian’s determined efforts to divorce her husband, Elisha, a pious man with whom she has had several children and an apparently unhappy life. The movie takes place almost entirely inside a rabbinic court—a trial narrative that unfolds as a debate about love, marriage, and human rights that turns on personal stories and philosophical asides. It is the tale of a woman who, even as she has been denied her freedom, retains a stubborn transcendent humanity.

The film, the third in a trilogy about Viviane, was written and directed by the brother and sister pair, Shlomi and Ronit Elkabetz (who also plays Viviane). It was released in 2014.

If you would like to join the Limmud committee, please contact Rick Brunell ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).

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