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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.

Introduction to Judaism

Taught by Rabbi Jacob Herber
Sundays, beginning October 3 ● 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM ● via Zoom

This course is open to all, and is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful chance to reconnect with their Judaism as an adult. This class will be held online using Zoom to meet and learn together. Those who register will be sent login information prior to the first class on October 3. Please be sure to purchase the books listed on the registration page prior to the first class.

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Herber

Every other Wednesday, beginning October 13 ● 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM ● via Zoom

Join Rabbi Herber for the series, “The Walking With,” created by the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies in partnership with the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, the Rabbinical Assembly, the Women’s League for Conservative Judaism, and the Federation of Jewish Men’s Clubs. Topics will include: Walking With Life, Walking With the Jewish Calendar, Walking With Mitzvot, Walking With History. Participants should read “Lifecycle, Covenant Cycle in preparation for the first session.

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism

Taught by Rabbi Jacob Herber
Every other Wednesday, beginning October 20 ● 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM ● via Zoom

Join Rabbi Herber for Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism, The Shalom Hartman Institute’s latest curricular project, which offers a sophisticated yet accessible introduction to philosophical ideas in Jewish peoplehood, practice, faith, and ethics. Within these four rubrics we will explore the following questions:

Explores questions related to the collective experience of Jewish life: What does it mean to be part of the Jewish community? To what extent can communities hold diverse and shared values at the same time? What does Jewish Peoplehood mean today, when the centers of Jewish life, North America and Israel, are so different and independent from one another?

Explores questions related to what a relationship in God and a life of faith entails: Where does faith come from? What are the models in Jewish tradition for a complex relationship with God which includes reverence and joy, but also anger and argument? Where does doubt fit into a life of faith? Where do Jews who do not believe fit in?

Explores questions that are fundamental to Jewish practice: What is the system of mitzvot trying to accomplish? Why the need for ritual action beyond belief? How have Jewish thinkers conceived of the meaning of mitzvot in an age of radical human autonomy?

Explores questions related to ethical obligation and decision-making: How has Jewish tradition conceived of what we owe other people? How might we approach ethical dilemmas which test our loyalties to values and to people?

Christians & Jews In Conversation

In response to the growth of antisemitism sentiment in the Puget Sound community and nationally in America, we are offering a series of classes and interactive experiences which address the historic Christian-Jewish relationship in all of its complexity. This is a continuation and deepening of the work we began together in January, 2021. Two Paths to One God is a pre-requisite course for new classes with Rabbi Jay and Rev. Elizabeth coming in 2022.

Coming in September:

Two Paths to One God: Jews and Christians Exploring  Holy Difference
Thursdays, September 30, October 7, 14, 21, & 28 ● 7:00 PM – 8:45 PM via Zoom ● Taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum and Rev. Elizabeth Riley
Open to anyone who was not part of our First Cohort to take this course in January 2021, $50 per person

Fifty years ago, the Christian world revolutionized its relationship with the Jewish people by rejecting the teaching of contempt, the belief that Jews were to be blamed for the death of Jesus. This led to a dramatic decrease in Christian antisemitism. But, in recent decades, antisemitism has once again been on the rise both in our local community, and globally. In our age of polarization, the profound transformation of Jewish-Christian relations can serve as a model for all of us.

  • What led to the teaching of contempt in the first place?
  • What has harm has come from anti-Semitism? How is it reemerging?
  • What is the work we still have to do to create a more compassionate relationship?
  • How is it possible for Jews and Christians to feel passionately about our own religion without denigrating each other’s traditions? Can there be more than one truth about God?
  • How can a deepening understanding between Jews and Christians create opportunities for us to work together to build a better world?

Coming in February:

Making Spirit Matter: The Relationship between Body and Soul in Judaism and Christianity
Taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum and Rev. Elizabeth Riley

Coming in the Spring:

Israel Matters: How Christians and Jews May Think Similarly and Differently About the People and the Land
Taught by Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum and Rev. Elizabeth Riley

Virtual Adult Hebrew Classes

Take your Hebrew acquisition to the next level during this difficult pandemic. We are open to accepting new students. Now is the time to learn Hebrew! Classes begin in October, taught by Janine Rosenbaum virtually over Zoom. Classes include Modern Hebrew, Beginning Hebrew, Prayerbook Hebrew, and Biblical Hebrew. We have the right class for you. If you do not see a class that meets your scheduling needs, please email or call 206-963-4933.

Contact: Dr. Eliyahu Krigel, Director of Education