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.

Summer Study sessions: July 18 and 25, August 15, 22, and 29.

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.
The September 24 and October 1 meetings will occur on an alternate weekday, due to holidays.

$2.00/session for guests; free for TBA members


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

Evening group will meet Tuesday, September 25 at 7:00pm

Image result for nine folds make a paper swanNine Folds Make a Paper Swan by Ruth Gilligan
“Gilligan makes a stellar U.S. debut with this wistful and lyrical multigenerational tale linking the struggles of two immigrant Jewish families in Dublin with an Irish Catholic woman’s complicated relationship with her Jewish lover. The book is narrated by the three central characters: Ruth, who emigrates with her family from Lithuania in 1901 and winds up in Cork; Shem, struck mute after discovering his adored mother’s shocking secret, and then institutionalized in 1958; and Aisling, a journalist expat in London in 2011 who must decide whether to convert to Judaism to marry boyfriend Noah. These characters long for acceptance and freedom within the rigid strictures of culture and religion. Gilligan weaves a mesmerizing blend of plot and character while exploring themes of assimilation and displacement, suggesting what binds us all is storytelling.”-Publishers Weekly

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


Daytime group will meet Friday, November 16 at 10:00am

Count to A Thousand by Caroline Goldberg Igra.  Ms. Igra will be at this meeting when we discuss her book!
This is the story of an American woman who decides to move to Israel with her children and make a permanent home there. Easier said than done! How does one make a new place one’s home while still remembering life back in America? Reconstruct the life that was or build an entirely new one? Accept the changes one must make in a new country with a different culture or retreat from one’s original decision? These are the questions that haunt Victoria, but ones with which she must come to terms. The induction of her elder son into the IDF and unforeseen events force Victoria to face some answers. The author herself was born in America but has lived most of her adult life in Israel. Her insights into life as an expat most certainly play into this novel.

Moderator: Linda Gerstman

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



Women’s Circle is not meeting over the summer, but if you are interested in helping to organize the 2018-2019 calendar, please let us know!

Next Women’s Circle: Friday, September 28, 5:45pm (ending in time for the 7:30pm Shabbat Service)

Celebrate, study and explore subjects of interest to today’s Jewish Women.   You do not have to read or prepare anything in advance. Life experience is the only tool you’ll need.  Members and Guests welcome.

There is no charge to attend. We welcome donations for a light snack (Oneg) after the gathering and before the 7:30pm Reform Kabbalat Shabbat service when we meet on Friday.

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


Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm

Next Movie Mavens: Saturday October 6, 7:00pm

click picture to see the movie trailer


Steve and Chuma, the only survivors of a bomb attack in a restaurant in Jerusalem, are a duo of rough and tough thugs who collect protection money for Jerusalem-based crime organization. They decide to change their ways by fulfilling peoples’ prayers. But, in keeping with their delinquent ways, the prayers have been stolen from the Holy City’s Wailing Wall. While carrying out their dubious plans, they find themselves dealing with their own secrets and wishes in this hilarious, politically incorrect caper comedy. Winner, 2018 Best of Fest, Palm Springs International Film Festival

Rated TV-MA for thematic content involving violence and brutality and strong language


Firma Films, 2017, 100 min., Rated TV-MA

Every month, Temple Beth Abraham presents movies with Jewish themes or content. A moderated discussion immediately follows 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.