Adult Education Classes

Fall 2014


Torah Study: Text and Context

First and third Thursdays of each month 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, explore selected commentaries, and discuss important concepts.

Biblical Hebrew

Second and fourth Mondays of each month at 7:30 p.m.

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!

Hebrew Reading for Beginners

Wednesdays, October 22 to November 26 at 7:30 p.m.

Temple Reyim participates in Read Hebrew America/Canada, a continent-wide effort sponsored by the National Jewish Outreach Program, to teach adults how to read basic Hebrew. We offer two terms of 1.5 hour classes for six weeks each term. The fall semester is a crash course in which participants learn to read Hebrew and receive a free copy of NJOP’s Reishith Binah Hebrew primer. The spring semester goes into further depth for those who have taken the crash course, or who can recognize the Hebrew alphabet and would like to improve their Hebrew reading and comprehension skills. Taught by congregant Bobbi Fox ( This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ).


CHESED SERIES: Extending Chesed Outward – the Mitzvah of Tzedakah

Sunday, April 12 at 10 a.m.

Is there a Jewish obligation to give? What are we required to give and what are its limits? To whom do we give, and how do we know that it is the right decision? Is tzedakah a personal decision or does (or should) the community decide how and what we give? And finally, what does Jewish law and ethics teach us about fundraising (aka is Bingo halachic?)  Join Rabbi Berman for our fourth class in the chesed series.

Yom Ha Shoah: Program TBD

Thursday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.


CHESED SERIES: Living with Our Neighbors: Jewish Thought on Interfaith Relations

Sunday, May 3 at 10 a.m.

How did our ancient rabbis view other religions? How did they balance the commitment to partnership and the ethics of receiving guests into their homes with questions of boundaries and preservation of identity?  How do we?  Join Rabbi Berman for the final class in the chesed series.

Shavuot Shiur: Standing (Again) at Sinai

Sunday, May 17 at 10 a.m.

Every year at Shavuot we open our arms and our hearts to receive Torah anew. Through the poetry of S.Y. Agnon, Yehuda Amichai and others, Rabbinic Intern Elie Lehmann will lead us we wrestle once again to see ourselves standing at the foot of the mountain, finding new meaning in the core text of our tradition.

Tikun Leyl Shavuot

Saturday, May 23 • TBD

Join us for a special evening of coffee, cheese and late night learning during our Tikkun Leyl Shavuot, a Jewish mystical tradition.

The Spiritual Meaning of Mikveh

Sunday, May 31 at 10 a.m.

Join us at Mayyim Hayyim for a teaching on mikvah as a meaningful Jewish ritual for men and women.