Adult Learning

Adult Education at Congregation Rodeph Sholom

Welcome to our Adult Education program for 5774!

The Adult Education Committee wishes you and your family a joyous and peaceful 5774, filled with opportunities to share good times with family, friends and fellow congregants.  We extend a warm invitation to actively engage in Jewish learning and look forward to having you join us in one or more of our many activities at the synagogue in the coming year.

This year’s programming provides a multitude of exciting opportunities to engage and participate in synagogue life.  Whatever your stage of life and whatever your schedule, adult education has something to offer you! Come to one class or come to
many—you will make new friends and enjoy good conversation.  There is a diverse choice of subjects once again, ranging from existential discussions on the meaning and purpose of our lives to classes on Talmud, the Hebrew language, and modern Jewish history—do you know about the Jewish gangsters of the 19th and 20th century?

It is our great pleasure to have Rabbi Levine once again lead a study series.  His course last year was a resounding success, and he returns this fall to lead discussions on the meaning and purpose of our lives, a topic posed by Viktor Frankl in 1946 in his book Man’s Search for Meaning.   This profound book examines how we respond to the events in our lives and this series promises to provide meaningful discussions and dialogue.  Our Fall Shabbaton—commemorating the 75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht—will inspire with the musical legacy of German Jewry, and a chance to learn with Dr. Yehuda Kurtzer, President of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

We are thrilled to have Dr. Judith Plaskow join us this winter to discuss Jewish feminism.  Dr. Plaskow is professor emerita of religious studies at Manhattan College and a leading Jewish feminist, theologian, teacher, and author.  Other events during the year include a course on Radicals, Rebels, and Gangsters in modern Jewish History with our own congregant and historian, Ira Cohen and an intense six week course on Tractate Megillah of the Talmud with Rabbi Laufer.

Our congregation on the Upper West Side is not the only one, and this year we actively seek to know our neighbors better. In preparation for Passover, join us in different locations—with different rabbis—as we discuss questions of faith, identity and Jewish peoplehood with the Jewish Center and other local synagogues.

For those who seek quiet reflective moments, Rabbi Jacqueline Ellenson continues her outstanding sessions on seeking spiritual pathways through the Psalms. Our Saturday morning Torah study group continues each week and welcomes new members.  Shabbat brings the chance to participate in healing services, mindfulness sessions, and study with chapel service regulars and our extraordinarily talented clergy. There was a wonderful response to the Festival Megillot sessions following Shabbat services last year, and we are delighted to invite back our congregant study leaders.

There are activities with Brotherhood and Sisterhood, classes on How to Raise a Mentsch, study for therapists and many other opportunities to actively participate in synagogue life. Each week there is Shabbat, a time to come together as one community. Join us.

Don’t hesitate to inquire further if something interests you and please reach out and let us know if there are special topics you would like to learn about. We are always open to new ideas and suggestions, and we invite you to join our Adult Education Committee. May 5774 be a year of health, happiness, and meaning as we learn together.

Beverly Katz and Helen Towers, Adult Education Committee Co-Chairs

Highlights for this year include:

Give us 10 friends

Give us 10 friends, and we’ll give you Torah- or theology, history, poetry, and more- taught by one of our rabbis or cantors. We’ll work with you to decide on a topic, time, and location. Look for more information coming in the mail, but in the meantime—if you are interested in hosting or being a part of a small study group, please contact Rabbi Laufer’s study at gro.cynsrcnull@rehgallage or (646) 454-3029.

Continue your spiritual and intellectual growth • Strengthen your connection to your community

Join us in Jewish learning

נשאלה שאילה זו בפניהם: תלמוד גדול או מעשה גדול? נענה רבי טרפון ואמר: מעשה גדול, נענה ר”ע ואמר: תלמוד גדול, נענו כולם ואמרו: תלמוד גדול, שהתלמוד מביא לידי מעשה.

“Is study greater or practice?”  Rabbi Tarfon said, “Practice is greater.”  Rabbi Akiva said, “Study is greater.”  Then they all answered and said, “Study is greater for it leads to deeds.”

Please see the Adult Education brochure for full listings. To register or for more information, contact gro.cynsrcnull@detluda or call (646) 454-3029.