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Adult Learning

Adult Education classes are an important way that we encourage lifelong learning and personal growth at Temple Sinai.  Rabbi Jay TelRav, Cantor Micah Morgovsky and other qualified professionals conduct a wide variety of programs, workshops and seminars, including an adult B'nai Mitzvah class and Confirmation class. 
 

Weekly Torah Study


Friday -  Lunch ‘n Learn with others who are carefully reading the entire Jewish Bible together.  This group is geared for beginners, and led by our professional staff; all are welcome, no experience (nor Torah knowledge) required.  Drop in on Fridays at noon.

Saturday - Rabbi Eugene B. Borowitz Memorial Bible Study – weekly Shabbat morning study with others who value the art of Jewish engagement through study and discussion.  Ancient values become modern as we navigate the complexities and learn about ourselves along the way. All are welcome, no experience (nor Torah knowledge) required.

Click here to view Torah Study sessions on the calendar
 

Introduction to Judaism
 

This is a great opportunity for adults to experience a rapid survey of Jewish material.  It is appropriate for those considering conversion to Judaism, those married to Jews, Jews from birth who feel they need a refresher on the basics and non-Jews from the community who just want to know more about us.  This class will be taught during the 5780 (2019-2020) program year by Cantor Micah and you can reach out to her, directly, for more information.


Adult B’nei Mitzvah

 

There are many reasons a person may not have celebrated becoming a bar or bat mitzvah when they were 13 years old.  They might not have been Jewish at that point, they may have been raised in a community where girls were not encouraged to study Torah and lead services or they might just not have been enrolled in the process.  Whatever the explanation, there are a lot of adults who never had the chance to fulfill this step on the traditional Jewish journey.  Every couple of years, Temple Sinai finds that it has enough adults to form a class like this.  Typically, the group studies for a year with Rabbi TelRav, Cantor Morgovsky and a Hebrew teacher.  The curriculum includes basic Jewish knowledge, a spiritual exploration of Jewish maturity, basic Hebrew and preparation for leading a service as a class.  This has been a deeply meaningful experience for those who were ready to invest themselves and, if you are interested in joining the next cohort of Adult B'nei Mitzvah at Temple Sinai (anticipated Fall, 2020), please contact the main office to let us know.

 
Mussar - A Jewishly-informed contemporary approach to character refinement using ancient texts


An ongoing experience for adults interested in working towards acting in accordance with their best self.  Created by the rabbinic leaders of the late 18th century, Mussar is a program designed to lead participants through a careful examination (leading to modification) of our middot - our character traits.  For more detail or to read about the origins of  mussar, follow this link to The Mussar Institute.  To learn more about the Mussar group at Temple Sinai, reach out to  Rabbi TelRav.



ZenTangle® – a meditative art form


Zentangle is an easy-to-learn, meditative art form. It is a relaxing and fun way to create structured patterns out of which emerge beautiful images like the one to the right. A regular Zentangle practice increases focus and creativity and provides artistic satisfaction, along with an increased sense of personal well-being. Join Cantor Micah Morgovsky in an exploration of this beautiful, artistic, mindfulness practice. Zentangle can be enjoyed by everyone, regardless of skill, experience, or artistic training. These classes are suitable for beginners and experienced "tanglers" alike – we’ll continue to incorporate Zentangle basics while exploring new Zentangle patterns and techniques. 

Sat, December 7 2019 9 Kislev 5780