Adult Learning

“Find for yourself a teacher and acquire for yourself a friend.” (Pirke Avot, the Ethics of the Fathers)

At Congregation Shalom, we value ongoing learning for all ages. To that end, we offer a robust program of adult learning classes. We are always adding to our offerings, so check back frequently!

Our vibrant and active program of Adult Learning responds to the diverse and changing interests of our members.  One thing remains constant:  a high standard of education that translates into interesting and engaging conversation and a deep understanding of our culture and our people.

By creating multiple portals of entry to Jewish learning we have created a congregation of learners. Offerings for all ages and schedules include fun topics and text-based study, “How To” classes and other Jewish learning for Jewish living.

Upcoming Classes:

Introduction to Judaism
Wednesdays at 7 pm
12 sessions, June 12 – Sept. 4
Fee: $180 non-members, no charge for members 

This 12-week course introduces the basics of Jewish thought through the study of  holidays, theology, lifecycle events, prayer, Israel, and history. Anyone interested in exploring Jewish life, including interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and Jews looking for adult-level basics, will find it meaningful. Taught by Rabbi Lisa Goldstein, classes will include a mix of interactive study, discussion, and practical experiences. 


Beginning Hebrew Reading
Thursdays, 6-7 pm
12 sessions, Jan. 18-Apr. 4

on Zoom
Fee: No charge for Members,
$72 for Non-Members

This class will focus on Hebrew reading (decoding) and assumes no prior experience with Hebrew. You will learn the Hebrew letters and vowels, and by the end of the 12 weeks, be able to read words and simple blessings and prayers with practice. We will use the textbook, Aleph Isn’t Tough, which can be purchased from or



What Happens After I Die?
Jewish Views on the Afterlife
Wednesday, February 21 at 7:00 pm
on Zoom
Fee: No charge for Members,
$10 for Non-Members

Judaism doesn’t claim one single view of death and afterlife. Instead, Jews hold a variety of different views. In this single session, we will explore a number of these views, from traditional to kabbalistic to contemporary.

Masking and Unmasking:
An Exploration of Megillat Esther
Tuesday, March 19
7:00 – 8:30 pm on Zoom
Fee: No charge for Members,
$10 for Non-Members

We all know the basics of the Purim story – the one we hear at our Purim Shpiel. Let’s take a close look at the actual text of Megillat Esther, along with some rabbinic commentary to help us understand it better. It’s a whole lot spicier than what we hear on Purim!

Interested in learning about conversion to Judaism?  
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