Adult Learning Opportunities, April, 2018

Expand Your Horizons – Learn Something New

By Deborah Pollack, Vice President of Adult Learning and Programs

I’m still looking for a few good teachers and I know that you’re out there. Here at Temple Beth Torah we enjoy sharing our interests, skills, and knowledge with others. If you’re wondering whether you have enough information to teach a class, let me assure you that nothing helps expand your own intellectual horizons more than teaching. I thought I knew something about literature until I started teaching it—that’s when I really began to learn. So if you or someone you know is itching to teach us something new, even something new about something we think we already know about, send an email to me at, To learn is to grow—let’s do it together!

Upcoming education opportunities for April and May:

Illuminating Passover with Pam Small

12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Library, April 7,

You may have heard of the magnificent Sarajevo Haggadah, but did you know that there are other Jewish illuminated manuscripts? This class, led by our TBT president, will offer a visual exploration of the beauty and symbolism of medieval Jewish illuminations.

Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas:  A Brief Guide for Seekers (flyer) 

Sundays, April 22, April 29, May 6, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m. 

Led by Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller. Based on this very short, very rich book by Rabbi Arthur Green, explore with Rabbi Lisa how ten cornerstone ideas of Jewish wisdom can shape your spiritual identity and help you affirm universal truths.  Rabbi Green is a mystic, Hasidic thinker who has been teaching philosophy at the Rabbinical School of the Hebrew College in Boston for decades.  Come for an engaging class that will be equal parts Jewish learning and Jewish sharing.

Shabbat Book Discussion and Potluck Lunch led by Karen Kinrose
A Trumpet in the Wadi: A Novel by Sami Michael

12:30-2:00 p.m. in the Library, April 21 

Come join us for a lively book discussion; there is no cost and all are welcome. Please read the book in advance and bring a non-meat lunch item to share.

Israeli novelist Sami Michael shares his gift for navigating the cultural conflicts in modern Israel through this novel. Set in the Arab quarter of Haifa, the book focuses on the tensions between Arabs and Jews in the months leading up to the war in Lebanon in 1982. The story is told with a small cast of characters: an Arab Christian family, a Russian Jew who lives in their apartment building, and a nosy downstairs neighbor. This is a tale that transcends its Middle Eastern setting with an honest and heartbreaking story of impossible love and the strength of family.

Short Story Discussions led by Deborah Pollack

2:00-3:00 p.m. in the Library, April 24

Join us as we engage in close reading and discussion of superb short stories by writers from diverse backgrounds. Contact Deborah (see my email address above) for for a link to the latest story.

Exploring Evil led by Fern Perusse-Filzen

7:00-9:00 p.m. in the Library, May 1, 8, and 15,

Want to learn more about The Dark Side? Join Fern to explore The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis along with Jewish writings to compare and contrast philosophy and perspectives on the role of evil in Judaism and Christianity. The book is available in multiple formats and you are advised to read it before the class. Excerpts for discussion will be provided for each session.  Suggested donation to TBT of $10 for all three sessions to help cover the cost of materials.


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