Adult Education

Weekly Torah Study Join us every Saturday morning at 8:00 AM for a lively discussion of the week’s Torah portion. Previous experience unnecessary; everyone is welcome.

Schachrit Davenen/Morning Service Wednesdays 7 to 7:45 AM. Led by Caroline Isaacs: “All are welcome, whether you have any knowledge or experience of the traditional style or not; it’s perfectly fine to just be there. The service itself is in Hebrew, all chanted or whispered quietly, so it is a sweet and contemplative 45 minutes. I use the Artscroll siddur (prayer book) but any complete siddur you know your way around will work (e.g. the Metsudah, Siddur Sim Shalom and others). If you don’t have one, there are a few at the Shul, or you can join us without using the structured liturgy to meditate.”

Israel Study & Discussion Group

For the past year TBE members and guests have been gathering for in-depth discussion of issues pertaining to Israel. Rabbi Naomi writes: “The group has just completed study and discussion of events and policies that shaped Jewish identity in Europe and the US since the late 1700s.  We looked at diverse approaches to Zionism – political, cultural, religious and socialist – and became acquainted with a fascinating cast of characters, the early Zionist theorists and organizers.In our summer meetings (July 27 and August 31) we’ll study how Palestinian identity was shaped by conditions in the late 19th century Ottoman Empire and the early 20th century movement for Arab nationalism.  After High Holy Days we’ll tackle the historic events that gave rise to the founding of the State of Israel.

I greatly appreciate this opportunity to have thoughtful, congenial discussions on these complex topics.  Newcomers are warmly welcome. Please join us!”

 Study materials will  include articles from the Israeli press and selections from historic documents including:  The Jewish State (1896), Sykes-Picot Agreement (1916), Balfour Declaration (1917), Covenant of the League of Nations, Article 22 (1920), British Mandate for Palestine (1922), Peel Commission Report (1937), The White Paper (1939), United Nations Partition Plan for Palestine (1947),Declaration of the Establishment of the State of Israel (1948).
On-going and drop-in participants are welcome.  There is no charge for this program; Rabbi Naomi encourages donations to the Library Fund in order to expand and update our section on Israel and the Middle East.