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Adult Learning

“Torah-Or”: The Torah – the Law – is illumination. Proverbs 6:23

The Torah in its broadest sense represents Jewish knowledge, which guides the thinking of clergy and others at Temple Emeth in designing adult education programming. We offer educational programs that increase knowledge and appreciation of Judaism from spiritual, historical, cultural, and linguistic vantage points. Our roster of presenters includes Temple Emeth clergy and national Jewish community leaders. Our classes, workshops, and other events are learning opportunities for our community – constructing a passionate commitment to being Jewish, and celebrating the growth of our Jewish selves.

Our Adult Learning content is diverse. Our 2015-2016 offerings include:

  • Bagels & A Bisl (little) Torah - meets weekly on Thursday mornings, with Dr. Davin Wolok
  • Cantor-Plex Film Series: Reel and Spiel - Satire and Farce in Jewish Film, with Cantor Michael McCloskey and Ray Feller
  • Contemporary Issues seen through a Jewish Lens - with Rabbi Turetz
  • God, Immortality and Redemption: Hokum or the Holy Truth? - with Dr. Davin Wolok
  • Hebrew for Adults: Basic and Advanced Classes
  • Heroes and Harvest: The Book of Ruth - with Cantor McCloskey
  • Israeli Folk Dancing: Separate Sessions for Adults, Families, and Children
  • Pa'amonim Israeli Singers: Adult Choir
  • Rosh Chodesh (new month) Women's Study Group: Hidur Mitzvah - Women and Beauty in Sacred Space
  • Sacred Circuits: The Symbols of Jewish Life Cycle - Birth and Love Rituals
  • Sisterhood Book Club - meets monthly
  • Shabbat K'ley Zemer (vessels of song): Eastern European meets Modern, a re-envisioned Musical Kabbalat Shabbat - with Cantor McCloskey and Rabbi Turetz
Temple Emeth offers several annual programs relating to issues of significance to the Jewish community.

Shivek Bible Lecture

The Shivek Bible Lecture brings a renowned intellectual to Temple Emeth for a thought-provoking lecture and discussion. Recent topics have included:

  • Is Passover Really About Freedom?
  • The State of Jewish Education in America Today
  • Love and Death – and Life: The Meaning of Leviticus and Why it is the Most Exciting Book in the Bible
  • In Our Own Voices: Stories of Jewish Women Whose Lives Spanned a Century

For more than thirty years, the Shivek Bible Lecture has been sponsored by Herbert Shivek, a past Temple president, and Louise Shivek, in memory of their parents, Jennie and Bernard Shivek and Anna and Theodore Shaps.


Since 1977 the Kallah lecture series has offered an eminent “scholar-in-residence" who delivers several talks over the course of a weekend. Topics have ranged from the analytical, “The History, Ideology, and Future of the Conservative Movement,” to the spiritual, “Kabbalah and You: The Jewish Mystical Experience,” to the practical, “A Washington Correspondent Looks at the Middle East.”

Through the generosity of the Silverstein and Gray families, the Kallah program honors the memories of Frances and Nathan Silverstein, Anita and Robert Gray, Milton Gray and Mervin Gray.

Combined Israel Education Committee

Temple Emeth is one of nine Boston area synagogues who have joined together to form the Combined Israel Education Committee. Its lecture series - held at member synagogue facilities - promotes awareness of Israel, with speakers examining issues relating to the current political, educational, and cultural landscape. Stay tuned or check website calendar for upcoming programs.

Rituals of Birth and Love
Cantor Michael leads an exploration of the topic through text, story and music.
• Sundays at 9:30 am
• November 1, 15 and 22
• A light and nutritious breakfast provided

Cantor-Plex Film Series

Join Cantor Michael and his wife, Ray Feller, for inspiring films, popcorn, candy, and camaraderie on select Saturday nights at 7:30 pm.

The theme for our 2015-2016 festival is "Reel and Spiel: Satire and Farce in Jewish Film" Free of charge! All films will have closed captions.

November 7 - To Be or Not To Be
December 5 - Dr. Strangeglove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb
January 9 - Zelig
March 5 - The Big Lebowski

Adult Learning for 5776
For more information about any adult learning program, consult the website calendar or contact the Temple office at 617-469-9400.

Through our educational
offerings we seek to provide
an experience that will enrich
not only your knowledge
but your life.

Rabbi Alan Turetz

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