Adult Learning Opportunities From the Comfy Chair of Deborah Pollack, Vice President of Adult Learning and Programs While we still have a few upcoming educational programs, it’s time to start planning our classes for the years of 2017-2018, otherwise known as 5778. Included in your Shofar this month and last is a list of possibilities. Please look it over carefully and check off areas you’d be interested in learning about or in teaching to your fellow congregants. On May 21 beginning at 1 p.m. we’ll gather to discuss what we want to learn in the coming year. This will be your opportunity to share your ideas and expertise with your TBT mishpacha, your temple family. Refreshments will be served, so bring an open mind and ideas to our gathering. Exploring Yiddish Poetry with Judy Gottlieb Yiddish poetry, like folksongs, represents the voice of the Jewish people through the interplay between cultural factors and ideology. This two part class will explore the poetry of the Haskalah (Enlightenment) and how it changed over time through the Holocaust and Soviet Russia. Together we will read in Yiddish and English translation the poetry of Mikhl Gordn, Y.L. Peretz, Avram Reisen, and Itzik Fefer, to name a few. These poets depict the lives and the struggles of their times. So come and hear some mame loshn and the strong words of these poets.Saturdays after services from 12:30 - 2:00 p.m., April 1 Aggadah: Turning Over Talmud Tales with Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller Explore some provocative talmudic texts that reveal much about men, women, sex, love, marriage, and relationships. In a book of creative midrash, talmudic scholar Ruth Calderon reimagines some provocative stories for us to wrestle with today. Come prepared for creative and evocative discussion! You can download her book or find it at JPS, the Jewish Publication Society, A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales.Rabbi Lisa will lead the first of 5 discussions on "Aggadah: Turning Over Talmud Tales." The content of the Talmud is often described as falling into two categories—the halakha (laws) and the aggadah (stories). And what stories they are! For a modern day reader, the creativity, political, social, familial, and spiritual issues that might be wrapped up in a story give insight into both Jewish life 1500 years ago and our own lives today. Sundays, 9:30 - 11:00 a.m., April 30, May 7, May 21 Lights in the Forest with Fern Perusse-Filzen Fern will be guiding us through the book Lights in the Forest, a compilation of personal responses by rabbis to questions about God, humanity, and the Jewish people. Judaism’s intellectual and spiritual tools will be presented as a means to leading a life of purpose and commitment. Study guide. Lights in the Forest from CCAR. Do NOT order "The Light in the Forest" by Richter. For more info click on the links above. Tuesdays, 7:00 - 9:00 p.m., April 25, May 2, May 9 For more information about adult learning contact Deborah Pollack or call Temple at 805-647-4181.