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Adult Education

The Adult Education Committee plans programs for temple members to explore a 
lifelong pursuit of Jewish community, learning and spiritual growth. 

The Committee’s Vision Statement: We envision Adult Education that:better acquaints learners with Reform Judaism; encourages adult Jewish growth; enables learners to articulate Jewish beliefs, practices and history; models energetic lifelong learning for all ages; builds more knowledgeable “pray-ers.”

           Adult Hebrew            Classes begin November 3

Beginning Hebrew 1:30 pm (textbook: Aleph Isn’t Tough by Linda Motzkin)
Hebrew II 3:00 pm (textbook: Aleph Isn’t Enough by Linda Motzkin)

Increase your ability to participate in services and broaden your understanding of our liturgy by studying Hebrew with Zemer Sweenie on Sunday afternoons from November through May. Beginning Hebrew students will work from the textbook Aleph Isn’t Tough, and Continuing students will use Aleph Isn’t Enough, both by Linda Motzkin and both available in limited quantities at the Temple gift shop, or online at

Please contact Zemer at the Temple 405/848-0965, or with questions.

Class fee is $36.00 for non-members. No charge for members. Textbooks are available for purchase in the Sisterhood Gift Shop. Full class schedule will be distributed on the first day of classes.   

Please register  HERE for either Adult Hebrew Class


 Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?

Sundays, January 5, 12, 19, 3:00-5:00 pm in the Temple B’nai Israel Chapel

A Taste of Judaism covers three fundamental ideas of Jewish life: spirituality, ethics, and community. In Jewish terms these sessions are about God, Torah, and the Jewish people. At the conclusion of the three Taste of Judaism classes we will begin a six-week "Basic Judaism" course for those who would like to engage in deeper learning. For those interested in conversion to Judaism, A Taste of Judaism is the first step towards joining the Basic Judaism class. Rabbi Harris teaches A Taste of Judaism. No charge for Temple members; $18 for non-members. All materials are provided.

Please register HERE for 
A Taste of Judaism

Basic Judaism at Temple B’nai Israel

Sundays, January 26-March 1, 3:00-5:00 pm in the Temple B’nai Israel Chapel

This six-week course introduces basic concepts of living a Jewish life. Rabbi Harris shares the teaching of Basic Judaism with knowledgeable members of Temple B’nai Israel. No charge for Temple members; $36 for non-members. Suggested books will be recommended for students to obtain before the course begins. All are welcome; students interested in conversion will work with the Rabbi to create a more in-depth plan of reading, observance, and writing that will extend beyond this course.

Please register HERE for Basic Judaism

Jan 26 begins with some basics: Prayer, Shabbat, Jewish calendar (including the High Holy Days) - what beliefs and personal ethics are represented by each of these aspects of Jewish life?

Feb 2 focuses on Sukkot, Shemini Atzeret/Simchat Torah, Passover, Shavuot, Hanukkah, Purim - what are they, and what beliefs and personal ethics are represented by each of these holidays in Jewish life?

Feb 9 focuses on Tu B'shevat, Tisha B'Av, Yom HaShoah, Yom HaZikaron, Yom HaAtamaut, Minor Fasts - what are they, and what beliefs and personal ethics are represented by each of these Jewish observances?

Feb 16 focuses on the Jewish lifecycle observances surrounding Birth, B'nai Mitzvah, Confirmation, Marriage, Divorce, and Death.

Feb 23 gives an overview of major moments in Jewish history.

March 1 closes our series with the topic "Being Jewish in America," including personal observance, community, kashrut, mezuzot, pop culture, ethics, and the branches of Judaism.

Tue, March 31 2020 6 Nisan 5780