Adult Education Programs

Temple Beth Abraham’s Adult Education Committee creates a rich array of classes and events for adult learners. Events include an ongoing Book Club, weekly Torah study with Rabbi Holtz, and a Women’s Circle program. For more information about TBA’s Adult Education Programming or to join the Adult Education Committee, please e-mail:

The chair of the Adult Education Committee is Bernice Rogowitz.


TANAKH STUDY with Rabbi David Holtz

discussion groupWednesdays, 10:00am-11:00am

The class goes at its own pace through the Five Books of Moses (Torah), The Prophets (N’Vi’Im), and Writings (K’tuvim) (T-N-K or Tanakh) in English. You do not need to have previous knowledge of Torah, and you may join in at any point in the cycle.
There is no fee to attend.

Saturdays during Conservative Services, 9:00am


mah jongg tile pile

Mondays at 1:00pm.

A friendly, non-competitive (no betting) Mah Jongg game
Email to ensure there are enough players for a game.

$2.00/session for guests; free for TBA members



Women’s Circle is back and better than ever!

Friday, March 29 at 5:45pm

Join us for a pre-Passover program. 

Learn new stories to bring to your holiday celebration and be sure to bring your favorite Pesach recipe to share. In addition, our new leaders, Sharon Kirschner and Risa Swersey, will lead a discussion about the future of Women’s Circle and are eager to hear your thoughts and ideas.
Members and Guests are welcome to attend-there is no charge for this event and it ends in time to attend Reform Friday night services at 7:30pm.

Please call the office or email to volunteer or for more information.


Select Wednesdays throughout the year from 7:00pm-9:45pm

March 6, and 27, 2019, April 3, 17 and 24

Israeli dance is a wonderful way to experience Israeli culture, and is great exercise for your mind, body and soul. No prior experience required. Just come join us for an enjoyable evening of dance, light refreshments and fun.

Beginners 7:00-8:00pm; Open Dance and instruction 8:00-10:00pm

    • $10.00 for Temple Beth Abraham Members
    • $15.00 for visitors and guests
  • $5.00 for Junior High, High School and University Students

Leng is a vibrant and exciting teacher of Israeli dancing, who studied for 18 years with the legendary Moshe Eskayo. For more info on Leng:

RSVP Required: or call the Temple Office at 914-631-1770


Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm

Next Movie Mavens: Saturday April 13, 7:00pm

A Tale of Love and Darkness

The story of Amos Oz’s youth, set against the backdrop of the end of the British Mandate for Palestine and the early years of the State of Israel. The film details the young man’s relationship with his mother and his beginnings as a writer, while looking at what happens when the stories we tell become the stories we live. Natalie Portman directs and stars in this film (and she wrote the screenplay).

Golden Camera nominee, 2015 Cannes Film Festival
Rated PG-13 for thematic content and some disturbing violent images
Avi Chai Fund, 2015, 95 min.

A moderated discussion follows the film with coffee and dessert.
Free for members, $5 for guests to offset the cost of refreshments.

Click here to see the flyer with the schedule and synopses.

Bitcoin, Cryptocurrencies, and the Evolution of Money: A Lecture and Reception

Sunday, April 14, 12:00pm

Former IBM Researcher David Frank will take us on a journey from the earliest days of money to the current phenomenon of digital currency, Bitcoin. No technology background required. Just bring your curiosity.

  • TBA Members: free in advance ($5.00 at the door)
  • Guests: $10.00
  • Students: Free

Sign up on Eventbrite at: or call the Temple Office at (914) 631-1770


TBA has TWO Reading Groups.  Each group will meet every other month.

Evening group will meet Tuesday, April 23 at 7:00pm

Image result for last watchman of old cairoThe Last Watchman of Old Cairo by Michael David Lukas

WINNER OF THE AMERICAN LIBRARY ASSOCIATION’S SOPHIE BRODY AWARD | WINNER OF THE NATIONAL JEWISH BOOK AWARD IN FICTION | Named One of the Ten Best Books of the Year by the BBC | Longlisted for the Northern California Independent Booksellers Association Fiction Prize | A Penguin Random House International One World, One Book Selection
Joseph, a literature student at Berkeley, is the son of a Jewish mother and a Muslim father. One day, a mysterious package arrives on his doorstep, pulling him into a mesmerizing adventure to uncover the tangled history that binds the two sides of his family. For generations, the men of the al-Raqb family have served as watchmen of the storied Ibn Ezra Synagogue in Old Cairo, built at the site where the infant Moses was taken from the Nile. Joseph learns of his ancestor Ali, a Muslim orphan who nearly a thousand years earlier was entrusted as the first watchman of the synagogue and became enchanted by its legendary—perhaps magical—Ezra Scroll. The story of Joseph’s family is entwined with that of the British twin sisters Agnes and Margaret, who in 1897 depart their hallowed Cambridge halls on a mission to rescue sacred texts that have begun to disappear from the synagogue.

Moderators will alternate among Kimberly Marcus, Sharon DeLevie and Jennifer Povman.

Daytime group will meet Friday, May 10 at 10:00am

To the End of the Land by David Grossman.

Ora, a middle aged Israeli mother, is about to celebrate her son Ofra’s release from army service.  Instead he returns to the front for a major offensive.  Upset by her son’s decision, she sets out on a journey through the Galilee, avoiding all news of the fighting, in the hopes of also avoiding the dreaded knock on the door notifying her of the most horrible news imaginable- her son’s death.  If she is not at home, her son’s death cannot happen.  Ora is accompanied on her travels by Avram, her son’s biological father, who has never met Ofra, and who is the best friend of her divorced husband.  As they travel, Ora describes the realities of daily life in Israel, raising children amidst the background of continuous warfare and strife. Ora believes that Israel has no future.  “It doesn’t really have a chance, this country.  It just doesn’t.”  Will you agree with her when you finish reading this book? 

Moderated by Linda Gerstman

Both sessions: Guests: $2.00; free to TBA members