At United Hebrew Congregation, we believe that learning should be a process in which we engage throughout our lives. Although, in some cases, the text and history do not change from what we may have learned as a child, but we have changed. So whether we had an all-encompassing Jewish education growing up or if we are new to learning, adult education can be a place for you to find enrichment, understanding, and inspiration.
Our clergy, teachers, and special guests offer a variety of opportunities for learning. These sessions are offered in a variety of formats so that you, as a learner, may find the ones that best fit your interest and schedule.
Below is a listing of some of our offerings, but please check out our bulletin and website current event’s page to find out what is currently being offered.
Torah Study with the Clergy
Sustenance for the mind and body are ever-present at our Shabbat morning Torah study sessions. No prior knowledge of the Torah portion or ability to read Hebrew is necessary. Each week we will explore the portion for that Shabbat and discover intricacies of the text, discuss lessons for our lives today, and wrestle with questions. Breakfast is served at 8:45 a.m.
Shabbat mornings, 9:00 a.m., breakfast at 8:45 a.m.
Intermediate Hebrew with Rabbi Shapiro
Thursdays (in Room 18) 1:30 – 2:30 p.m.
Now that we can read Hebrew, what does it all mean? How do we decode the words we recite and how do we understand the language of our prayers? Join us each week as we continue to work on building upon our Hebrew skills.
Shabbat Lunch n’ Learn
Several times during the year Lunch ’n’ Learns are held to discuss a current event or relevant topic, accompanied by a light lunch.
Saturdays at 12:30 p.m.
Amateurs of the Great Assembly (AGA)
Discuss topics of Jewish content and thought at this dynamic round table led by Cantor Ron Eichaker. Thursdays, 11:30 a.m. in the Millstone Library
Holiday cooking classes offered throughout the year including matzah and hamantaschen baking.
Once or twice a year, United Hebrew Congregation is fortunate to be able to invite a scholar to join our congregation for a Shabbat of learning. These typically consist of a Friday evening sermon or teaching, leading of Torah Study on Saturday morning, and a Saturday afternoon Lunch ‘n’ Learn session.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Program
United Hebrew members who have not yet gone through the ritual ceremony of becoming bar/bar mitzvah are eligible to prepare to celebrate with ceremony. If you were not given the opportunity as a child, have converted to Judaism, or now feel compelled, this is a wonderful time to complete the mitzvah. (Adults who have already celebrated a bar/bat mitzvah experience in their youth, but wish to be called to Torah as a bar/bat mitzvah again should contact Esther Olson in the clergy office to arrange a conversation with the clergy.)
Interested candidates will be asked to prepare with a course of study including attending classes, creating and delivering a d’var Torah (Torah speech), studying a topic of interest, and other learning. Candidates will also be asked to meet with clergy to determine the best method for Hebrew study and a fulfilling path for completing a program of community/congregational service. At the completion of this process, one can mark the occasion with a ceremony during Shabbat morning services, Rosh Chodesh services, or a Monday or Thursday morning service (traditionally days for Torah readings).
This is an exciting and meaningful process for all involved. We hope that if you are interested, you will arrange to meet with one of the clergy (please contact Esther in the clergy office to schedule a meeting). More detailed information is available in the clergy office. We look forward to working with you.
Special Interest Classes
Our clergy offer, at various times throughout the year, classes on a variety of topics. These may range from the study of Spinoza to Jewish Traditions in Death and Mourning.