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
There will be no study on December 27 (Winter Break)

Saturdays during Conservative Services, 9:00am

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.


mah jongg tile pile

Mondays at 1:00pm.
A friendly, non-competitive Mah Jongg game
Email to ensure there are enough players for a game.

$2.00/session for guests; free for TBA members



Watercolor painting, Drawing, Paper Cutting, etc.
December 6, 4:00-6:00pm

Are you interested in watercolor painting, paper cutting, drawing, beading, or needle arts? Why not join Art Club? Whether you’re a seasoned artist or haven’t done an art project since elementary school, you are welcome! Just bring your supplies, enjoy a little snack, and find a spot at the table. This is a very friendly, low-key group. And, if you’re interested in watercolor, Laurie Forman will provide guidance on technique.

No admission charge.  Just drop in.  To register, send an email to Laurie Forman at, or call the office.


December 6, 7:00pm-10:00pm
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 for Temple Beth Abraham Members
  • $15 for visitors and guests
  • $5 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:

Israeli Dance Hanukkah celebration
December 20, 7:00pm-10:00pm
Refreshments! Israeli Dance Instruction!
$10 for Temple Beth Abraham Members
$15 for visitors and guests
Free for Junior High, High School and University students and children (when accompanied by a paying adult)
Instruction is included, led by Leng Tan, a patient and talented instructor, who trained with the legendary Moshe Eskayo. Whether you’re a beginner or have been dancing for years, join in the fun! Israeli dancing is a great way to merge culture and exercise, in a friendly supportive environment.

RSVP Required: TBA-Hanukkah



December 8, 5:45pm

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.

This month: Congregant and Religious School instructor Cantor Mandi has recently completed a two year course of study offered by HUC-JIR. The Bekhol Levavkha (With All Your Heart) Training Program for Spiritual Directors led to her certification as a Spiritual Director. She wanted to explore and deepen her relationship with God. In the process she learned how to accompany other souls on their spiritual journey.  She will share insights about this journey with the Women’s Circle on Friday December 8 at 5:45 p.m.

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 RSVP.


Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm

Next Movie Mavens: Saturday December 16, 7:00pm

Monsieur Ibrahim

In a very poor neighborhood in Paris, Monsieur Ibrahim is an old, Muslim, Turkish owner of a small market. He befriends a Jewish teenager, Moises, nicknamed Momo, who lives with his father in a small apartment across the street. Nominated for 2004 Best Foreign Language Film, Golden Globes, USA


ARP Sélection, 2003, 95 min., Rated R.

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.


Now TBA has TWO Reading Groups!

Each group will meet every other month on alternate months.

Daytime group will meet Friday, January 19 at 10:00am
Waking Lions by Ayelet Gundar-Goshen

Neurosurgeon Eitan Green has the perfect life–married to a beautiful police officer and father of two young boys. Then, speeding along a deserted moonlit road after an exhausting hospital shift, he hits someone. Seeing that the man, an African migrant, is beyond help, he flees the scene.
When the victim’s widow knocks at Eitan’s door the next day, holding his wallet and divulging that she knows what happened, Eitan discovers that her price for silence is not money. It is something else entirely, something that will shatter Eitan’s safe existence and take him into a world of secrets and lies he could never have anticipated.

Moderator: Linda Gerstman


Evening group will meet Tuesday, February 13 at 7:00pm

Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story by Matti Friedman

It was just one small hilltop in a small, unnamed war in the late 1990s, but it would send out ripples that are still felt worldwide today. The hill, in Lebanon, was called the Pumpkin; flowers was the military code word for “casualties.” Award-winning writer Matti Friedman re-creates the harrowing experience of a band of young Israeli soldiers charged with holding this remote outpost, a task that would change them forever, wound the country in ways large and small, and foreshadow the unwinnable conflicts the United States would soon confront in Afghanistan, Iraq, and elsewhere.

Pumpkinflowers is a reckoning by one of those young soldiers now grown into a remarkable writer. Part memoir, part reportage, part history, Friedman’s powerful narrative captures the birth of today’s chaotic Middle East and the rise of a twenty-first-century type of war in which there is never a clear victor and media images can be as important as the battle itself.
Moderators will alternate among Kimberly Marcus, Sharon DeLevie and Jennifer Povman.

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

Coming soon:

Four Lectures on Israeli Artists by Bruce Levy
Tuesdays, January 9, 16, 23, and 30, 1:00 – 3:00pm 
Art Club: January 3
Women’s Circle: January 13