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 BIG Questions: A Guided Exploration

Mondays at 7:30pm

Program begins May 4 and runs for eight (8) consecutive weeks.

Join Rabbi Holtz for a weekly conversation on some of the big questions facing us today, based on the award-winning program, “Ask Big Questions.”  

If you did not receive the Zoom link via email, please email to register.

Jewish and Christian Interpretations of the Messiah

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Michael Malina

Jews have been waiting for the arrival of the Messiah for thousands of years. Christians proclaim that he arrived two thousand years ago, died, and will return, so they are waiting as well.  But there are substantial differences in how the two monotheistic traditions understand precisely who the Messiah is (or will be), and his mission. We shall discuss the Biblical origin of the concept in both religious traditions and attempt to understand the differences between them.

Michael’s Reflections of an Honest Skeptic: An Unorthodox Approach to Genesis is available from Amazon (Make your purchase through Amazon Smile and choose Hebrew Congregation of North Tarrytown & Tarrytown, Temple Beth Abraham as your  favorite charity, and TBA will receive a donation at no extra cost to you!)

If you wish to watch the discussion that was held on May 31, please email for the link and password.

TANAKH STUDY with Rabbi David Holtz

Wednesdays, 10:00am-11:00am
Tanakh Study will take place via Zoom Calls 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.


Mah Jongg will not meet until Governor Cuomo rescinds the “PAUSE” executive order.

A friendly, non-competitive (no betting) Mah Jongg game for members and guests.

When there is a holiday or conflict on a Monday, that week’s game will move to Thursday, if possible.

$2.00/session for guests; free for TBA members


TBA has TWO Reading Groups.  Each group will meet every other month. The book groups will meet via Zoom until Governor Cuomo rescinds the “PAUSE” executive order.

TBABooks@Night: The Evening Book Club
Next meeting: Friday, June 23 at 7:30pm. Email if you did not receive the Zoom Meeting information.

jewsandwords by Amos Oz and Fania Oz-Salzberger

Why are words so important to so many Jews? Novelist Amos Oz and historian Fania Oz-Salzberger roam the gamut of Jewish history to explain the integral relationship of Jews and words. Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, compose the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation. Framing the discussion within such topics as continuity, women, timelessness, and individualism, Oz and Oz-Salzberger deftly engage Jewish personalities across the ages, from the unnamed, possibly female author of the Song of Songs through obscure Talmudists to contemporary writers. They suggest that Jewish continuity, even Jewish uniqueness, depends not on central places, monuments, heroic personalities, or rituals but rather on written words and an ongoing debate between the generations. Full of learning, lyricism, and humor, Jews and Words offers an extraordinary tour of the words at the heart of Jewish culture and extends a hand to the reader, any reader, to join the conversation.

Moderated by Kimberly Marcus

TBA Book Club: The Daytime Book Club
Next meeting: Friday, July 10 at 10:00am. Location t/b/d.

My Mother’s Son by David Hirshberg

“The story  is told by a radio raconteur revisiting his past in post-WWII Boston….  From the opening line of the book, ‘When you’re a kid, they don’t always tell you the truth.’, the stage is set for this riveting coming-of-age story that plays out against a backdrop of the Korean War, the aftermath of the Holocaust, the polio epidemic, the relocation of a baseball team, and the shenanigans of politicians and businessmen.  Hirshberg deftly weaves together events, characters, and clues and creates a rich tapestry of betrayal, persecution, death, loyalty, and unconditional love that resonates with today’s America.” –From the inside flap of the book cover.

Moderated by Linda Gerstman

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


Celebrate, study and explore Jewish Women’s issues and history. Life experience is the only tool you’ll need.

Women’s Circle will not meet until Governor Cuomo rescinds the “PAUSE” executive order.

Those who wish to eat something before services, should feel free to bring something for themselves. Please be aware of Temple Beth Abraham’s kashrut (kosher) policy.  Since we do not allow both meat and dairy at the same event, we ask that you bring only DAIRY (contains milk) or PAREVE (neither dairy nor meat, e.g., vegetarian) items.

For those who want or want to provide a snack to share, that is welcome, but it should be pareve.


Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm
Movie Mavens will not meet until Governor Cuomo rescinds the “PAUSE” executive order

A moderated discussion follows the film with coffee and dessert.

Free for members, $5 for guests to offset the cost of refreshments.

Click here for the full list and descriptions of upcoming Movie Mavens selections

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