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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.

Together & Apart: Understanding the Relationship Between Israeli & American Jewry, taught virtually by Rav Barry Leff & Rabbi Jay Rosenbaum, Wednesdays, April 29 – June 3, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM

This Hartman course understands the challenge to Jewish unity today as the move from being a people with no permanent home to one with two permanent homes, Israel and North America. Through video lectures, interviews, and textual sources, this curriculum examines the forces dividing Israeli and American Jewry today, including nationalism, antisemitism, and identity politics; and, it imagines new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow the story of our people for a new millennium.

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!

Contact: Rav Barry Leff