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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.

Healing the Black-Jewish Relationship

Blacks and Jews have a long history together in America. We share a Biblical narrative of transforming a painful past into a redemptive future. We have supported each other in cause of liberation from the Civil Rights Movement to Israel to Soviet Jewry. And, we have influenced each other culturally in music and in theater.

Yet, there have also been moments of tension in recent decades. Often the tensions have revolved around the very issues that unite us, our respective histories of shared suffering. But, we believe that what we share is much stronger than what separates us. And, it is our hope that through open and honest conversation, we can create a new kind of connection between our communities.

Working together with local community institutions, including SJCC, Temple De Hirsch Sinai, FAME Church, the Langston Hughes Center, and the Northwest African American Museum, Rabbi Rosenbaum and Dr. Mark Jones have created a cohort of 12 people, with equal representation from both communities, who will be engaged in an intensive exploration of the Black-Jewish relationship in November – December 2018. Among the hoped for results:

  • A significant number of Blacks and Jews walk away with a deeper understanding of what makes each other afraid, what angers us, what frustrates us, what inspires us, and what gives us hope.
  • New friendships develop. We feel closer to each other, one on one, and as a community.
  • We will develop new ideas to expand & deepen the relationship between the Black & Jewish communities.
  • We will work together more, with greater passion and with greater enthusiasm, on issues of common moral concern.

Israel Civil Discourse: A monthly discussion

Monthly Tuesdays, beginning October 23, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM
Co-sponsored by Congregation Beth Shalom
Space is limited, first come first served

Following up on last year’s Israel Civil Discourse series, we aim to take a deeper dive into specific Israel-related issues from a broad spectrum of political views. Our belief is that the diversity of understanding will lead us to a more nuanced view of very complex moral issues. Rabbi Rosenbaum is working with Rabbi Jill Borodin of Congregation Beth Shalom, Wendy Rosen, Area Director of AIPAC, and Carol Stockton, Chair of J Street Seattle, to come up with a list of topics, speakers and reading material. Potential topics could include: Israel’s new nation-state law; what do to about Gaza; a strategy for the West Bank. No doubt, there will be no shortage of hot topics to explore, we hope, in an atmosphere that combines passion, mutual respect, and intellectual clarity.

Reading The Whole Bible Project

This year, we are continuing the challenge to 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 or check the Bible Calendar to see where we’re at. Click here to sign up! 

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.

By the end of this third year of our class, we will finish the entire Bible. All are welcome to join or drop in as we explore the books of Bible that are least known, but offer great insights into living like Hosea, Psalms, Job, Proverbs, Daniel, Jonah and more. Come learn about the core ideas that shaped and continue to impact world civilization.

Traditionally Radical Talmud: Becoming Righteous Changemakers, taught by Rabbi Miriam Green, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
For generations, Talmud was a collection of Jewish text that was closed to all but the most knowledgeable insiders. Yet this view strays far from the Talmud’s original roots. The rabbis of the Talmud strove to navigate their shattered world following the destruction of the Holy Temple in Jerusalem, when things had changed so drastically that a traditional approach no longer worked. They needed to re-imagine and re-invent Jewish tradition within their new reality. Learning Talmud can help us capture this radically innovative spirit and inspire us to work to repair our own world. Following the teachings of Rabbi Benay Lappe, this class will equip its learners with svara (moral intuition) and gemara (learning) and prepare us to be changemakers for good in the Jewish community and in the world at large. This course is part of a congregational initiative to make Talmud, a fascinating and challenging Jewish text, accessible to all. Our year-long study will culminate with a siyyum (traditional celebration) before Passover.

Miller Introduction to Judaism Program, taught by Rabbi Miriam Green, Sundays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM

Looking to explore Jewish culture, history, and wisdom in a setting where questions are more important than answers?  This course is for you.  We will follow the curriculum of the Miller Program from American Jewish University, a program designed for all who want to learn more about Judaism: born Jews, people seeking to convert to Judaism, and people in interfaith relationships.  We welcome all who want to find a home in the Jewish community.  Wherever you come from and wherever you are going, your Jewish journey begins here!

Ivrit (Hebrew) for Everyone

The number of class time offered each year depends 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 Janine Rosenbaum.

Prayerbook Hebrew/Reading Fluency, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Wednesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM
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.

Beginning Hebrew, taught by Janine Rosenbaum, Tuesdays, 10:00 AM – 11:30 AM 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, Tuesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM or 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, Wednesdays, 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM
A continuation of Modern Hebrew I. Join this continuing class to deepen your knowledge of this dynamic language.

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. No registration necessary, just show up!

Contact: Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum