Adult Education

What I like about being Jewish – I appreciate the openness of Judaism – the idea that it’s ok, even preferable, to question God. I also like the importance of Tikkun Olam – that it we are tasked with repairing the world.

— Neil Z

Study (Torah) is one of the three pillars on which Jewish life stands, along with worship (Avodah) and acts of loving kindness (Gemilut Hasadim).

A Kollel is an institute for advanced adult Jewish studies. The word comes from the Hebrew word “klal” and means a gathering of scholars.

At Temple Beth Hillel, we call our Sunday Morning adult education program, taught by our rabbi, Dean Kertesz, a Kollel because it explores Jewish topics of interest to adults at a level that participants will find both intellectually and spiritually challenging. No prior knowledge is required, only curiosity and the desire to learn.

We invite all invite all congregants to join us, and encourage religious school parents to stay with us after Tefillah to enrich their lives with Jewish study. We also welcome non-congregants to join us for an exciting year of study.

Adult Ed 2018/2019 — History of Zionism and the Arab/Israeli Conflict

Our topic will be the history of Zionism and the Arab/Israeli conflict, which we will explore by reading and discussing Yossi Klein Halevi’s new book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor. His book attempts to explain the Jewish narrative to the Palestinian Arab community. I found the book to be interesting, provocative, and I hope that it will provide a jumping off point to discuss the Jewish experience in the 20th Century; the birth of Zionism and the establishment of the State of Israel; and the ongoing conflict between Jews and Palestinian Arabs in Israel/Palestine, including the claims of both sides.

Books will available for $18. Contact Rabbi Dean if you would like to participate.
Adult ed generally meets on the first and third Sundays of each month from 10:30 AM to 12:30 PM.

Please check the calendar for our next classes.

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