"Do not keep aloof from the community .. and do not say: "When I have leisure I shall study; for you may never have leisure." (Sayings of the Fathers, Pirke Avot 2:5)
Our Adult Education programming provides members of our community with assorted opportunities to enrich their lives through Jewish learning. Whether you're new to Judaism or Jewish concepts, or grew up surrounded by Jewish texts, there is always more to learn. Our approach to Adult Education is to meet people wherever they are and help them on the next steps in their Jewish journey.
When was the last time you asked yourself what a meaningful Jewish life would look like to you? Chai Mitzvah is a group learning journey for you to take to answer this question. Over the course of nine months, you and your learning group will meet once a month to explore different topics using a curriculum provided by Chai Mitzvah. You can then supplement your learning from the “Jewish Bucket List.” Chai Mitzvah is a way to reconnect, recharge, re-examine your Jewish life. The greater Pittsburgh Jewish community will also host scholars and speakers on select topics for further learning and engagement with other learning groups. Contact Rabbi Gorban for more information, to register yourself, or to register your own group of 8-12 people.
Fee: $36/person (register through your Member Login AND sign up for a group here: https://goo.gl/forms/bJ49HTQX7LYowIyJ2)
- Temple Sinai on Monday night from 7:00-8:30 p.m. (first meeting: September 26)
- Highland Park (first meeting: October 27)
- Fox Chapel/North Hills
- Maxon Towers
Bereisheet – “In the Beginning” (returning this fall!)
Bereisheet means “in the beginning” and this is the genesis of a new series offered by Cantor Berman for those who want to learn from the ground up. We will begin this fall with “Getting More from the Prayers and Music of the High Holidays.” For more information, contact Cantor Berman at 412-421-9715, x112.
Sundays, 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Torah Study and Parashah:
At the foundation of Jewish learning is the study of Torah. At Temple Sinai, we offer two weekly opportunities to explore the impact of the Torah on our lives. The Shabbat morning Torah Study session proceeds word by word from the first word of Genesis to the last word of Deuteronomy. The Wednesday Parashah class focuses on a segment of the weekly Torah portion (parashah).
Saturdays, 8:30 AM – 9:15 AM
Wednesdays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Are you confused by what is going on in Israel and the Middle East? Would you like a forum to learn about and discuss the critical issues of that region? The iEngage learning series from the Shalom Hartman Institute combines the best of cutting edge thinkers and opinion makers in Israel with learning from traditional texts to comprehend the values we need to consider as engaged Jews. These texts range from the Torah to Talmud to rabbinic commentaries to modern essays. Learning is done in pairs, in groups, as well as through lectures in person and on DVD.
Fee, $100 (scholarships available)
Sundays, 9:30 AM – 10:45 AM
*Register online by logging in to your Temple Sinai account.
Would you like to learn with friends over lunch? Join Rabbi Gibson for an uplifting discussion over lunch at an office downtown. Get away and enjoy yourself! Spend an hour expanding your horizons and making new friends. Locations TBA. Contact Nancy Conaway for more information.
Select Fridays, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM
Book Discussion Group
Led by Anne Faigen. Contact Anne for dates, times and reading selection.
Brotherhood Men's Discussion Group
The Men’s Discussion Group meets once a month at Panera on the Blvd. of the Allies for informal conversation about the weekly Torah portion as well as topics related to contemporary social or political concerns. Led by David Hirsch.
Third Sunday of the month from 9:15-11:00 a.m.
WoTS Rosh Chodesh Group - A Monthly Celebration of the New Moon
We meet monthly in members' homes to say blessings, study and socialize. We are currently reading short stories by Jewish women authors including Ruth Calderon, Ayelet Tsabari, Michal Lemberger and Edith Pearlman.
Adult B’nei Mitzvah:
Experience the joy and awe of leading a service, reading from the Torah scroll, and teaching Torah as a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. In July and August, students will learn to read Hebrew. From September to May, students will learn to recite the prayers in our service, explore what our prayers mean and the order of the service, and study their Torah portion in depth. Whether you were born Jewish or you chose Judaism, whether you celebrated becoming Bar/Bat Mitzvah as a child or you never had the opportunity, this course is for you! This year, the Adult B'nei Mitzvah will lead service for the congregation on Friday, June 9, 2017. Contact Rabbi Gorban for more information.
Fee: $180 (scholarships available)
Wednesdays, September – May, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM
Introduction to Judaism:
If you’ve forgotten everything you learned (or didn’t learn) in Religious School growing up and you want a solid overview, or if you’re interested in converting to Judaism, join others from around Pittsburgh in our newly updated community-wide Introduction to Judaism course. This course is taught by Reform clergy from the Greater Pittsburgh Area and covers everything from holidays to history and Jewish thought to Jewish food. Contact Rabbi Gorban for more information.