Adult Education Programs

Temple Beth Abraham’s Adult Education Committee creates a rich array of classes and events for adult learners. Events include two ongoing Book Clubs, weekly Mah Jongg and Canasta games, Torah study with Rabbi Holtz, and a Women’s Circle program.
The chair of our Adult Ed committee is Claire Zucker.
For more information about TBA’s Adult Education Programming or to join the Adult Education Committee, please e-mail: adulted@tba-ny.org


Scholar in Residence with Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Friday-Sunday, March 15-17

The Intersection of Science and Religion with Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

The Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is designed to bring an outstanding contemporary Jewish thinker to our community in a way that will allow us not only to hear an inspiring speaker, but to also interact, to question, and to learn about Judaism in ways that will enrich us all.

Friday, March 15:  Has Science Replaced God?

For centuries, religion provided answers for our ancestors to all of life’s questions. But as modern Jews, we usually look to science to tell us where we came from, who we are, or even how we should act. So how should we look at, think about, and talk about the relationship between science and religion in today’s world?
7:30pm During Kabbalat Shabbat service (welcoming the Sabbath)  – Sanctuary
Oneg following services – Social Hall
(free to attend; Oneg sponsorships available)

Saturday, March 16:  The Cosmos and the Covenant: Just How Special Are We?

As we discover more exoplanets, and learn just how expansive our universe is, how do we situate ourselves in the cosmos? Are we insignificant, or are we special?
12:00pm Luncheon – Social Hall
Lecture following luncheon with opportunity for dialogue with Rabbi Mitelman
($10-member; $12 -visitor $18-member weekend $22-visitor weekend)

Sunday, March 17:  Intelligence, Consciousness or a Soul?  Some Jewish Views on AI (Artificial Intelligence)

How do we define “intelligence” and how do we define “artificial?” Does AI have consciousness? A soul? And while traditional Jewish texts wouldn’t know about ChatGPT, what analogies can we draw from Biblical, Rabbinic and later Jewish texts?
12:30pm Brunch – Social Hall
Lecture following luncheon with opportunity for dialogue with Rabbi Mitelman
($10-member; $12 -visitor $18-member weekend $22-visitor weekend)

Click HERE to register or to sponsor the Oneg


MOVIE MAVENS

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Please join Movie Mavens to watch a movie with Jewish themes. At the conclusion of the film, we will have a moderated discussion.

Saturday, March 9, 7:00pm
This month’s movie: The Jewish Cardinal

The amazing true story of Jean-marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to France, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II, and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him friends and enemies from both groups. When Carmelite nuns start building a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced at last to choose his side.

SUBTITLED
Film Movement, 2013, 100 mins., Not Rated

$5.00 per person suggested donation for guests.  No charge for members.


BOOKS AND MORE: The Daytime Book Club

Friday, March 15, 10:00am

The Genius of Israel: The Surprising Resilience of a Divided Nation In a Turbulent World by Dan Senor and Saul Singer

“…while [the authors’] timing couldn’t be worse, the volume does offer important insights into a nation that has punched far above its weight even as it now grapples with existential crises both external and internal.  If Israelis recover from the brutal Hamas attack of Oct. 7 and re-establish national equilibrium, what’s written in this book will help reveal how they did it.” – Ethan Bronner, NY Times Book Review  11/12/2023

Moderated by a congregant.

$3.00 suggested donation per guest.


WOMEN’S CIRCLE

Women’s circle meets monthly from September through June.

Next Women’s Circle Meeting: March 22, 5:45pm

A monthly congregant-led discussion on topics of interest to Jewish Women and those who identify as Jewish Women.

This month: Allison Gilbert: The Remarkable Life of American Writer Elsie Robinson

Elsie Robinson (1883-1956) was a single mother who came from nothing and became the highest-paid woman columnist in the Hearst media empire, known for her syndicated column, “Listen, World.”  Allison will offer a visual presentation of Robinson’s remarkable life, how she discovered Robinson’s trailblazing story, and how she wrote this “important contribution to women’s history” (Wall Street Journal).  Come ready to share your writerly questions!

TBA member, Allison Gilbert, is an Emmy award-winning journalist and author of numerous books. She writes regularly for the New York Times and other publications.

Learn more about Allison and her work at allisongilbert.com.

Please register to attend at https://bit.ly/TBA-WC-03-22-2024

Bring a bag supper to enjoy after Women’s Circle and before Shabbat Services.

There is no charge for this program.

Guests are welcome.


The Temple Beth Abraham’s Adult Education Committee Presents:

THE EVENING BOOK CLUB

Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland

In April 1944, Rudolf Vrba became the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz. He did it to reveal the truth of the death camp to the world—and to warn the last Jews of Europe what fate awaited them at the end of the railway line.

Moderated by a congregant

$3.00 suggested donation per guest.

RSVP: (914) 631-1770 adulted@tba-ny.org


Jewish Jazz Musicians with Marshall Zucker

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30pm on Zoom

There have been a number of great Jewish Jazz musicians who played a leadership role in American Jazz. This program will focus on those musicians.

Marshall Zucker is a retired Principal and Teacher from the Elmont School District. He is currently a Hebrew School Educator on Long Island. He plays the vibraphone and has performed with bands in his younger days. Now Marshall enjoys performing for his little granddaughter, Maddyn. Marshall has a wealth of information on the subject of Jazz that he would like to share with us.

Click HERE to register


MAH JONGG

mah jongg tiles and card

MONDAYS, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The game on Monday, February 19 will move to February 22

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham

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

Email adulted@tba-ny.org or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

Free for Temple members; $3.00/session for guests.

NOW ALSO ON WEDNESDAYS!, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham beginning February 21

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

Email adulted@tba-ny.org or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

Free for Temple members; $5.00/session for guests.


TORAH STUDY

WEDNESDAYS, 10:00am-11:00am

Torah Study takes place in person in the Michael Karnes Conference Center at Temple Beth Abraham and on Zoom.
For Zoom links, please email info@tba-ny.org by the Tuesday prior at noon.
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 (In person and on Zoom)

Every week, we discuss the Parsha (Torah portion) that we read at services.


CANASTA

WEDNESDAYS, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Learn how to play the game!

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham

Initially this is an instructional class to learn to play the game. Those who need a refresher are also welcome to join us. In the future, we will organize weekly games for those who know how to play.

Email adulted@tba-ny.org or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.


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