Adult & Lifelong Learning


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Reading The Whole Bible Project
This year, we are challenging ourselves as a congregation to read the entire Tanach (Jewish Bible), one chapter a day, beginning with Genesis, chapter one, all the way through Chronicles and circling back to read the Five Books of Moses last (since that’s the part most people know the best). At that rate, we will complete the Bible in a mere two and a half years! To learn more visit Rabbi Rosenbaum’s Blog. Click here to sign up! For the reading calendar, click here.

Adult Education Classes

The Bible’s Big Ideas, taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Sundays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM.

This class is open to everyone in the congregation, whether or not you are participating in the Reading the Whole Bible project.

The Bible is the basis of everything Jewish. There is so much in it: melodramatic stories that would make the writers of Game of Thrones blush, law, poetry, parables, prayers. How do we make sense of it all?  Join us as we study the Bible at a level of depth and intensity that will enlighten and enchant you. Among the many questions we will consider:

  • Who wrote the Bible? What did our ancestors think? Why do modern scholars differ?
  • How do Jews study the Bible? What are the kinds of questions Jews ask when we study the Bible? How can an in depth study of the Bible give us an understanding of the evolution of Jewish thought and belief over 3000 years?
  • How do Christians and Muslims understand the Bible differently than we do?
  • What does the Bible have to say to us? What does the Bible have to teach us about God, human psychology and the meaning of it all?

This class is recommended for conversion students. Click for registration and details.

Judaism 101, the “Lab”: The How To’s of Jewish Practice, taught by Rabbi Bob Maslan, Sundays, 11:30 AM – 12:15 PM
This class will focus on the mechanics of how to do Jewish spiritual practices. Among the subjects we will cover:

  • How to say the blessings and prayers of a traditional Friday night meal
  • How to chant the key prayers of Shabbat services
  • How to put on tallit and tefillin
  • How to conduct a Passover Seder
  • When to bend, bow, stand and sit in a prayer service

Click for registration and details.

Ivrit for Everyone

The number of class times we will end up offering will depend on the number of signups. Please consider your top three regular class days/times before you sign up. If none of these class times work, please email

Prayerbook Hebrew, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Secretly feel that you are the only one who doesn’t always know what is going on during the service? This class will prepare you for full participation in Shabbat morning services. You will acquire synagogue and Hebrew-reading skills and gain confidence in your knowledge of the service. Very basic knowledge of Hebrew required. Click for registration and details.

Beginning Hebrew, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Wednesdays, 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM, Thursdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Did you always want to learn to read and write Hebrew? This is your chance to study in a safe, warm and friendly atmosphere. Click for registration and details.

Modern Hebrew I, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Sundays, 9:30 AM – 11:00 AM, Tuesdays, 12:15 PM – 1:45 PM, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
Think you know all there is to know about Modern Hebrew? Join this class to deepen your knowledge of Hebrew reading, writing, speaking, basic grammar & literature. Click for registration and details.

Modern Hebrew II, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Sundays, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM
A continuation of Modern Hebrew I. Join this continuing class to deepen your knowledge of this dynamic language. Click for registration and details.

Complimentary Adult Education Opportunities

Cantor’s Nosh & Sing, Monthly Tuesdays, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Join us for a spirited and fun musical experience learning and singing popular Israeli, Ladino and Yiddish songs. Snacks provided by HNT, though participants may choose to bring a vegetarian sack lunch. Click for registration and details.

Meditation on Shabbat Morning, led by Moreh Eliyahu Krigel, Saturdays before Shabbat morning services, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Jewish contemplative practices bring us closer to the experience of what’s really happening in the present moment. From Reb Nachmah of Bratzlav’s version of meditation known as Hitbodedut (self-seclusion) to Rabbi Abraham Abulafia’s breathing techniques both aimed at quieting the mind and stilling the heart, each session will have both a theory and practice component.Questions? No registration necessary, just show up!

Weekly Parasha Study, taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Saturdays when there is no Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Jewish Meditation, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM
Want to learn about the Torah portion of the week? Ever wonder about a portion’s meaning? Learn new insights, deeper meaning, and various interpretations of the week’s Torah portion during this engaging and interactive learning session with our Rabbis.
Content Questions? Email No registration necessary, just show up!

Adult Education Special Events

Torahthon: An evening of thought-provoking courses taught by an esteemed faculty of clergy, professors and experts with topics focusing on Jewish living today. Co-sponsored by organizations spanning the spectrum of Jewish life. In addition to intriguing courses, the evening includes: Dinner catered by On Safari Foods, Community Shuk with Judaica, books, jewelry, crafts and sweets for sale, Havdalah, and a Keynote Speaker. Visit our Torahthon page for more information.

Tikkun Leil Shavuot, taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Tuesday, May 30
Have you been to one of our fun and engaging Shavuot dinners and sessions? We strive to provide interesting, engaging, and provocative themes for our Shavuot study/dinner evenings. Past topics have included Game of Thrones: Biblical and Talmudic Tales of Sexual Intimacy, Tension, and Confusion; Text, Thugs, and Rock and Roll; and, House of Cards: Jewish Approaches to Ethical Government. Come be a part of this year’s program! Registration will be available near Shavuot at If you registered for more than one semester-long class, your dinner is complimentary!