Thursday, July 02, 2020

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 2019-2020 offerings include:

  • Roots: Torah in Our Generation and in the Next - meets weekly on Thursday mornings, with Dr. Davin Wolok and Cantor Michael McCloskey
  • Cantor-Plex Film Series: Creation on Film, with Cantor Michael McCloskey and Dr. Ray Feller
  • Jewish Symbols: Their Meaning in 2019, with Rabbi Alan Turetz
  • Gimme That Ole Time Religion - with Dr. Davin Wolok
  • Hebrew for Adults: Basic and Advanced Classes
  • How 'bout Knitting group - meets monthly
  • Israeli Folk Dancing: Separate Sessions for Adults, Families, and Children
  • Miracles, Mavens and Medicine: Biblical and Rabbinic Perspectives on Health Care and Treatment - with Cantor McCloskey
  • Pa'amonim Israeli Singers: Adult Choir
  • Post-Kiddush Torah Study - with Dr. Davin Wolok
  • Rosh Chodesh (new month) Women's Study Group: Lessons from 20th Century Jewish Women Novelists - meets monthly
  • Sacred Circles: Symbolism of the Jewish Life Cycle - Rituals of Love, Courtship and Companionship - with Cantor McCloskey
  • 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.

Adult Learning for 5780

See details for 2019-2020 adult education programs in our Enrichment Programs booklet. 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

Cantor-Plex Film Series
Join Cantor Michael and his wife, Ray Feller, for their 10th year of inspiring films, popcorn, candy, libations and camaraderie on select Saturday nights at 7:00 pm.

The theme for our 2019-2020 film series is Mikol Am V'lashon (among every people and language). Free of charge! All films will have closed captions.

November 9 - The Last Suit
December 7 - Footnote
February 8 - The Garden of the Finzi-Continis
March 14 - Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer
Sh'ma: From the Original Text to the Age of "the text"
Cantor Michael will explore the 3 paragraphs of the Sh'ma through the lenses of their original context and modern perspectives.
• Sundays at 9:15 am
• December 8 and 15
• Light breakfast will be provided
TEMPLE EMETH, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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