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Year-Round Adult Education
Herzl-Ner Tamid is committed to lifelong Jewish learning. We have many programs for adults including Jewish text study, Hebrew language classes, parent enrichment sessions, and much more.

Adult Education Classes

Essential Judaism, taught by Rav Barry Leff, Sundays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

If God is good and all powerful, how can evil exist? What do Jews think of the Messiah? How does the Jewish calendar work? Why is the siddur structured the way it is? What does Judaism have to say about abortion? End of life decisions? Business ethics? Sex? How did the rabbis respond to the destruction of the Temple? How did the state of Israel come into being? For answers to these and other questions, join Rav Barry’s Essential Judaism course. Classes are free and open to the public; there are 21 sessions and classes run through March. You don’t have to sign up for the complete course – feel free to drop in for any classes that are of interest to you (detailed syllabus can found on the Herzl-Ner Tamid website). For those interested in conversion, completing the course fulfills the study requirements.

Ivrit (Hebrew) for Everyone

The number of class time offered each year depends on the number of signups. Please consider your top regular class days/times before you sign up. If none of these class times work, please email Janine Rosenbaum.

Prayerbook Hebrew Reading Fluency, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Mondays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM OR Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Secretly feel like 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.

Beginning Hebrew, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Tuesdays, 11:00 AM – 12:30 PM OR 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.

Modern Hebrew I, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Thursdays, 9:15 AM – 10:45 AM
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 and literature.

Modern Hebrew II, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A continuation of Modern Hebrew I. Join this continuing class to deepen your knowledge of this dynamic language.

Modern Hebrew III, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A continuation of Modern Hebrew II. Join this continuing class to deepen your knowledge of this dynamic language.

Nosh, Schnapps, and Halacha, led by Rav Barry Leff, Weekly Wednesdays, 7:45 AM – 8:15 AM (following minyan)

We study halachic opinions from the Conservative Movement or Conservative rabbis. Topics include issues such as the ruling that permitted gay/lesbian clergy and ceremonies, whether it’s OK to eat dairy meals in restaurants not under rabbinical supervision, whether a convert can use a name other than “so and so son/daughter of Avraham Avinu and Sarah Imeinu,” whether a Cohen can marry a divorcee, and many more. No registration necessary, just show up!

Weekly Parasha Study, taught by Rav Barry Leff, Saturdays when there is no Bar/Bat Mitzvah or Jewish Meditation, 9:30 AM – 10:00 AM

Every Saturday morning before services (unless there is a B’nai Mitzvah), we study commentary on the weekly Torah portion. We’re using Ze’enah U-Re’enah, a very comprehensive commentary originally written in Yiddish in the 16th century. No registration necessary, just show up!

Let My People Go: African-Americans and Jews in Conversation About the Bible’s Freedom Story, led by Pastor Mike Thomas, Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Dr. Mark Jones, Wednesdays, November 13, December 4, 11, 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM at Radiant Church, Renton
African Americans and Jews share a love of the Bible and a love of freedom. The story of the Exodus of the Children of Israel from Egypt has inspired our communities through the centuries to pursue our own paths to liberation. That path is ongoing.

The journey to the Promised Land has at times taken us in different directions, unique to our experiences. Yet the African American and Jewish communities share a deep common bond. In the face of rising racism and antisemitism in America and in the world, we look to old friends for nourishment and support. Join us in a conversation about Exodus designed to expand our understanding of the human spirit, strengthen the connection between the African American and Jewish communities and lead us closer to Dr. King’s vision of beloved community.

Session One: The Nature of Slavery
Session Two: Resistance
Session Three: The Long Road to Freedom

If you’d like to participate, please contact Rabbi Rosenbaum at RabbiRosenbaum@h-nt.org.

Contact: Rav Barry Leff