Lifelong Learning

Rabbi Kaufman’s Adult Education Schedule Spring 2018

All Classes Begin at 7 pm in the Loeb Room and are open to the public.
Those interested in Conversion to Judaism should plan to attend these classes.

Jan 3 The Plague to the Baal Shem Tov
Jan 10 Origins of Reform Judaism
Jan 24 Evolution of the Concept of God
Jan 31 Evolution of the Concept of Salvation
Feb 7 Angels in the Jewish Tradition
Feb 21 The Afterlife
Feb 28 Origins of Antisemitism
Mar 2 Rabbi’s Tish 10:00 a.m. – Justice, Righteousness, and Kindness
Mar 7 Modern Antisemitism and Philosemitism
Mar 14 Introduction to Purim
Mar 21 NO CLASS – Shushan Purim
Mar 28 Zionism and the Founding of Israel
Apr 4 Israel’s Wars
Apr 11 Introduction to Passover
May 2 Lessons of the Shoah
May 9 NO CLASS- Yom Haatzmaut
May 16 Israel and the Pursuit of Peace

Rabbi’s Symposium (Discussions of Current Events)

All Start at 5 pm

January 13 – Granite City Brewery
February 10 – BeerStyles
March 10 – Granite City Brewery
April 14 – BeerStyles

Torah Study

We offer two options for Torah study each Saturday morning.

9:00 a.m. Weekly Text Study (led by congregants)

9:00 a.m. Traditional Torah Study (led by Rabbi Kaufman)

Chai Mitzvah

Our tradition tells us that an integrated Jewish life involves head, heart and hand… study, spirituality and social action.  Explore all of these on your terms, with your personal interests through a new adult education initiative called Chai Mitzvah.  This is a collaborative program presented by Tifereth Israel Synagogue and Temple B’nai Jeshurun.  Beginning in October, every 4th Tuesday, you will participate in a monthly learning group with a specially designed curriculum that focuses on real life, relevant issues.  You will also choose an individual study topic that is personally interesting to you, adopt a new ritual or deepen an existing practice, and engage in a social action activity in your community.  Then, at the end of the 12 month program, you can celebrate your journey!
Please visit the website for more information: 
Christine Dietz,
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