Adult Learning

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Machaneh Musar, 2019-2020
All sessions are on Sundays

Five New Ethical Wisdom Camps:
Rabbi Mark Levine, Director of Congregational Learning, has once again arranged an exciting line-up for the Religious School.  Each exploration of key Jewish values will feature an Adult Education componant.  Parents are welcome to join their kids for the opening presentation of each Ethical Wisdom Camp before moving to the Adult Education session.Adult Education topics that accompany our Religious School Ethical Wisdom Camp, are open to all adult members of the community. You do not need to have kids in the Religious School to attend.
  • October 27th – Shlom Bayit (Family Harmony)
         Ethical Wisdom Camp: Theatre Dybbuk, Improv with Aaron Henne
         Adult Education: How Much Screen Time is Good for Kids?
  • December 15th – Tikvah (Hope)
         Ethical Wisdom Camp: Magicians Without Borders, with Alex Posner
         Adult Education: TBA
  • February 9th – Anavah (Humility)
         Ethical Wisdom Camp: Musician Eliana Light
         Adult Education: TBA
  • March 22nd – Reut (Friendship)
         Ethical Wisdom Camp: Tkiyah Communal Singing, with Carla Friend
         Adult Education: Jewish Customs of Mourning, with Dianne Neiman
  • April 26th – Yofi (Discovering Beauty)
         Ethical Wisdom Camp: The Jewish Lens, with photographer Zion Ozeri
         Adult Education: Book Discussion with Rachel Jablon

Upcoming Adult Education

On-Going Adult Education Programs

Torah Study:
Beginner Torah Study
Monday Evenings from 7:00-8:30pm
All are welcome to join our discussions of the weekly Torah portion and the other books comprising the Hebrew Bible. This is a drop-in class; all are encouraged to participate regardless of levels of expertise. Attend class at any time – everyone’s point of view is welcome. The group is informal and led by group members.  Each class begins with a summary of the Torah portion of the week, followed by a discussion of various interpretations and insights from Reform and other commentators.  Discussion includes the other books of the Hebrew Bible.  Emphasis is on what our holy texts meant when they were written and what they mean in today’s society.
Minyan and Torah Study
Saturday Mornings at 9:00am
The Torah Study group reads and discusses the weekly Torah portion using a variety of texts to help understand the meaning and implications of the text.  The group is lay-led and all are welcome.

Shabbat University:
Join Rabbi Stone in an exploration of Faith
Come together with other members of the Temple Emanuel Community at Friday night services as we continue our Shabbat University program. This year, Rabbi Stone will share reflections on the theme of Justice and Resistance in Judaism and in Jewish culture.

6:30 pm Shabbat services are preceded by a wine and cheese oneg at 6:00 pm
2017-2018 Schedule

  • December 22 at 6:30pm – Terezin: Arts and Resistance During the Holocaust
  • February 16 at 7:30pm – The Hollywood 10: Courage in the Face of the House Un-American Activities Committee
  • May 11 at 6:30pm – Nelson Mandela: From Prison to Presidency, Overcoming Apartheid
  • June 8 at 7:30pm – Bob Dylan and Allen Ginsburg: Vietnam and Poetry of Resistance

A Sample of Past Adult Education Programs

Is There a War Against Religious Pluralism in Israel?
Western WallPrime Minister Netanyahu’s suspension of the Kotel Agreement, which would have created an egalitarian prayer plaza at the Wester

n Wall, and his Cabinet’s vote to grant a monopoly on conversions to the ultra-Orthodox, have rocked Israel/Diaspora relations. What should progressive Jews do?

Edit Reizes and Larry Wolff from The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism will bring their firsthand experience and unique perspectives to this discussion on religious pluralism in Israel and the controversy over egalitarian prayer at the Western Wall.


Government BranchesResponsibility and Ethics in Washington:
Questions We Need to Ask!

Guest Speaker: Noah Bookbinder, Executive Director of CREW (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington)

Noah Bookbinder, a past board member of Temple Emanuel became CREW’s (Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington) Executive Director in March 2015. From 2013 to 2015 Noah as Director of the Office of Legislative and Public Affairs at the United States Sentencing Commission, where he helped guide the Commission on important policy decisions including its historic 2014 action to reduce sentences for most federal drug offenders.
Before that, Bookbinder served as Chief Counsel for Criminal Justice for the United States Senate Judiciary Committee, where he worked from 2005 to 2013. In that position, he advised Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-VT) on a wide variety of criminal justice issues, ranging from corruption and fraud to sentencing, corrections, and forensic science reform.


Scientific and Faith Perspectives on Climate Change
Before the FloodFree Screening of “Before The Flood” and Panel Discussion

From Academy Award winning filmmaker Fisher Stevens and Academy Award winning actor, environmental activist, and U.N. Messenger of Peace Leonardo DiCaprio: Watch the National Geographic documentary “Before the Flood” followed by a panel discussion featuring Rabbi Warren Stone and Dr. Robert H. Rich, Ph.D., CAE.  There is no cost for this program. Members and Non-members Welcome!   This program is supported by Interfaith Power and Light.


Magnificent Movie MusicMagnificent Movie Music:
Jewish Composers and the Golden Age of Film
With Dr. Rachel Franklin
3-Session Series

Film music can inspire and romance us; our pulse can race, we get goose bumps, our stomachs churn, our tear ducts fill up. Experiencing a great film score can have a life-long impact.

It is impossible to imagine many of our most historic movies without the great Jewish film composers of the 20th century. During our course we’ll trace the immigration patterns of Jewish musicians from Europe and Russia to Hollywood, investigating how so many Jewish composers became such an integral part of cinematic history.

Join Dr. Rachel Franklin, pianist extraordinaire, who will provide live music as she guides us through a wealth of film scores from early “talkies” to Westerns, Noir, Sci-fi and beyond.