Adult Education

“Education is what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in school.”  -Albert Einstein

As a testament to our belief that learning is a lifelong process, Adult Learning and Continuing Education opportunities abound at SHJC. Among the many programs we offer are:

  • Adult Bat Mitzvah Class – Rabbi Jacknis instituted this very special course of study a few years ago, and more than eighteen women and one man underwent the thrilling journey. Most couldn’t even read Hebrew when the classes began, but by their completion, each proudly ascended the SHJC bimah to lead the Shabbat morning service and add her unique voice to our collective heritage. An emotional high point was reached as everyone read either a Torah or Haftarah portion. The next class of future adult B’nai Mitzvah is in the planning stages. Contact Rabbi Jacknis for additional information.
  • Rabbi’s Tuesday Morning class – Every year, Rabbi Jacknis picks a new text to read and learn from. The class is led by the Rabbi, but there is much give and take, as everyone benefits from the group dynamic. You can join the 10:30 AM class at any time.
  • Torah Study with Dr. Jason Hammer on Wednesday evening at 8:00 pm–Dr. Hammer brings the text alive through classic commentators and some select modern commentators.  Using the Midrash and the Talmud, they often study parallel narratives from Torah and the Books of Neviim to compare and contrast key features.   The class often is involved in a lively discussion of Halacha, Hashkafa and mussar.  All are welcomed to attend.
  • Read Hebrew America – Based on the successful format developed by the National Jewish Outreach Program, we hold this annual “crash course” in reading Hebrew. There are levels for complete beginners and for intermediate Hebrew readers.
  • Sisterhood Book Club – Part educational, part social, the Sisterhood Book Club is open to anyone. Several times a year, the group decides on works of popular fiction to discuss (usually, although some non-fiction selections have been chosen), and meets in an atmosphere of friendship and discovery. Jewish values and themes are popular topics for conversation.