Friday, October 20, 2017

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 2016-2017 offerings include:

  • Bagels & A Bisl (little) Torah - meets weekly on Thursday mornings, with Dr. Davin Wolok
  • Cantor-Plex Film Series: Small Screen - Jewish Characters in Contemporary Television, with Cantor Michael McCloskey and Ray Feller
  • Gemilut Chasidim, Talmud Torah and Honoring Parents - with Rabbi 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: Hidur Mitzvah - Beauty and Intentionality in Synagogue Space - 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.

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 2016-2017 festival is Small Screen: Jewish Characters in Contemporary Television. Free of charge! All films will have closed captions.

November 19 - Deadwood
December 3 - Transparent
January 7 - Six Feet Under
February 4 - Episodes from Seinfeld, Wonder Years, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Brooklyn Bridge
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

TEMPLE EMETH, 194 Grove Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467
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