Adult Education Programs

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


TANAKH STUDY with Rabbi David Holtz

Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:00am
Tanakh Study will take place via Zoom until further notice. For Zoom links, please email

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. Please refer to the calendar for times.


April 16 at 5:00pm online (via Zoom)


Rescheduled from March. Passover is the holiday of freedom. Most of us are not in actual slavery, but there are elements of ourselves from which we wish to be free. We’ll talk about our own definitions of freedom and maybe share what we personally want to be free from.

Moderated by Sharon DeLevie

Email for Zoom link.


The next Movie Mavens will take place April 24 at 7:00pm

Mr. Kaplan

Jacob Kaplan lives an ordinary life in Uruguay. Like many of his other Jewish friends, Jacob fled Europe for South America because of World War II. But now, turning 76, he’s become rather grumpy, fed up with his community and his family’s lack of interest in its own heritage. One beach bar may, however, provide him with an unexpected opportunity to achieve greatness and recover his family’s respect in the community: its owner, a quiet, elderly German, raises Mr. Kaplan’s suspicion that he is a Nazi. Ignoring his family’s concerns about his health, Jacob secretly recruits Contreras, a more-loyal-than-honest former police officer, to help him investigate. Together, they will try to repeat the historic capture of Adolf Eichmann by unmasking and kidnapping the German and secretly taking him to Israel.

Films, 2014, 98 min., Not Rated

A moderated discussion follows the film.

Email for the link.


TBA has TWO Reading Groups.  Each group will meet every other month. The book groups will meet via Zoom until further notice

TBA Books@Night: The Evening Book Club
Next meeting: Tuesday, April 13 at 7:30 via Zoom. Email for Zoom Meeting information

Brooklyn, 1947. The war veterans have come home. Jackie Robinson is about to become a Dodger. And in one close-knit working-class neighborhood, an eleven-year-old Irish Catholic boy named Michael Devlin has just made friends with a lonely rabbi from Prague.

Snow in August is the story of that unlikely friendship — and of how the neighborhood reacts to it. For Michael, the rabbi opens a window to ancient learning and lore that rival anything in Captain Marvel. For the rabbi, Michael illuminates the everyday mysteries of America, including the strange language of baseball. But like their hero Jackie Robinson, neither can entirely escape from the swirling prejudices of the time. Terrorized by a local gang of anti-Semitic Irish toughs, Michael and the rabbi are caught in an escalating spiral of hate for which there’s only one way out — a miracle

Moderated by Kimberly Marcus and Sharon DeLevie

TBA Book Club: The Daytime Book Club
Next meeting: Friday, May 14, 2021 at 10:00am via Zoom. Email for Zoom Meeting information

Yevgeny Gelman, grandfather of Slava Gelman, “didn’t suffer in the exact way” he needs to have suffered to qualify for the restitution the German government has been paying out to Holocaust survivors. But suffer he has—as a Jew in the war; as a second-class citizen in the USSR; as an immigrant to America. So? Isn’t his grandson a “writer”?

High-minded Slava wants to put all this immigrant scraping behind him. Only the American Dream is not panning out for him—Century, the legendary magazine where he works as a researcher, wants nothing greater from him. Slava wants to be a correct, blameless American—but he wants to be a lionized writer even more.

Slava’s turn as the Forger of South Brooklyn teaches him that not every fact is the truth, and not every lie a falsehood. It takes more than law-abiding to become an American; it takes the same self-reinvention in which his people excel. Intoxicated and unmoored by his inventions, Slava risks exposure. Cornered, he commits an irrevocable act that finally grants him a sense of home in America, but not before collecting a price from his family.

Moderated by Linda Gerstman


Wednesday, April 21 at 7:30pm on Zoom

Bernie Tolpin, TBA congregant and lifelong student of Yiddish language, culture, and history will present a program surveying the odyssey of Yiddish over the past 1200 years, from its origins in the Rhineland in the 10th century to the rekindling of interest in the language and music in recent times.

Click HERE to register

FIESTAREMOS! A Celebration of the Music of the Sephardim with Nell Snaidas

Wednesday, May 19 at 7:30pm on Zoom

Our zoom-fest will celebrate the Songs of the Sephardim, preserved for more than 500 years by oral tradition. Sung in Ladino, an ancient Castilian language – peppered with Hebrew and other languages of the diaspora, these songs are filled with tales of exile and courtship, family life, weddings and pranks, infectious rhythm and haunting melodies.
This beautiful, poetic Ladino repertoire includes Romances (ballads of love, loss and adventure), Endechas (laments), Piyyutim (lyrical embellishments of prayers) and Koplas (strophic festival songs), some of which even feature recipes in their texts. Let’s feast on this glorious music together.

Click HERE to register


Mah Jongg has been suspended until further notice.

When we can resume meeting in person, meetings will take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham on Mondays (unless there is a holiday, and then the meeting will be moved to Thursday that week)

This is a friendly, non-competitive (no betting) gathering.

Email or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

Free for Temple members; $2.00/session for guests.

Art and Architecture Israeli Jazz Project (click on picture to see full photo) Audience enjoying Israeli Jazz Project Adult B'nei Mitzvah Hidden Lives of Crypto Jews Mysteries of the Jewish Calendar Jewish Music through the Ages with Cantor Margot Jewish Papercutting with Cantor Mandi Adult Hebrew Class Seeing Israel Through a New Lens Slide

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