Adult Education Classes

 March 2013      


Preparing for Kallah II: A Study of Radical Judaism

Sunday, March 9 at 10 a.m.

As we continue our study of Radical Judaism, we will focus on the sacred language and texts of Torah. What do we mean by "Torah?" How might we discover its hidden meanings? And how can we understand its calls for religious response? Join Rabbi Berman for the second class of an exploration of Radical Judaism.

Kallah with Rabbi Art Green

March 28-30

Professor and Rabbi Arthur Green is the Rector of the Hebrew College Rabbinical School. He is one of the preeminent scholars of Kabbalah and Hasidism, and one of the most important Jewish theologians of our day. He is both a spiritual seeker and a critical scholar. In Radical Judaism he argues that a neo-mystical perspective can help us to rethink such concepts as God, the origins and meaning of existence, human nature and revelation to construct a new Judaism for the 21st century. Join us for a series of talks throughout this special weekend by Rabbi Green sharing the core theological questions raised in the book and his personal spiritual and theological path.


Torah Study: Text and Context

Thursdays March 6th and 20th at noon

Join Rabbi Berman's bimonthly Torah study group as we continue our close reading of the Five Books of Moses. We read the text in English, exploring selected commentaries, and discussing important concepts.

Biblical Hebrew

Mondays March 10th and 24th at 7:30 p.m.

Study Biblical Hebrew grammar and texts with Bruce Rosen, former Biblical Hebrew Instructor at BrandeisUniversity. 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.

Intermediate-level Yiddish Literature Reading Group

Sundays March 2,9,16,23,30 at 10:30 a.m.

Do you love literature? Do you know some Yiddish? If you have some Yiddish reading ability, you will have the unusual opportunity to read selected works of world class authors, such as Sholem Aleykhem, I.L. Peretz, and I.B. Singer, in their original "mame-loshn." With the aid of English translations, we will explore the writings of renowned Yiddish writers, discussing the use of idiom, cultural descriptions and religious references. The reading group meets at the home of Marilyn and Jerry Silverman (one block from TempleReyim) and is led by experienced Yiddish instructor and translator, Lillian Leavitt. Cost of the class is $150. Questions about course content or your Yiddish reading ability may be directed to Lillian at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

The Mitzvot: An Exploration of What, Why and How

Tuesday March 25th at 7:30 p.m.

What is a Mitzvah? Why do we do them? What do we learn from them? How are they observed? In this 8-session course, we grapple with some of the core concepts of Judaism by exploring several of the 613 biblical commandments in depth, looking into the sources of each Mitzvah, possible reasons for them, lessons to be learned from them, and the nuts and bolts of their observance. Each class begins with a "Chavruta" session, in which class members, in pairs or small groups, will review the source texts for the class. We will then discuss the practical and philosophical aspects of each mitzvah, by tracing Biblical, Rabbinic, Medieval and modern sources and commentaries. The core text for our class will be Sefer Hachinuch, the unsurpassed medieval compilation and commentary on the biblical Mitzvot, supplemented by source materials compiled by the instructor. Taught by Gerry Frim, an accomplished lawyer and teacher. There is a small charge for the class, but basic materials will be provided. Please RSVP to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


Temple Reyim's adult education program aims to provide Jewish learning in a "user-friendly environment" through the annual Kallah and a variety of courses, lectures and holiday-based programs.

To Download the Adult Education brochure, detailing all events throughout the year, please click here: Download Brochure for 2013-2014