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. 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.


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

TBA Book Club: The Daytime Book Club
Next meeting: Friday, November 13 at 10:00am via Zoom. Email if you did not receive the Zoom Meeting information

American Ghost:A Family’s Extraordinary History on the Desert Frontier by Hannah Nordhaus

“La Posada-‘place of rest’-was once a grand Santa Fe mansion. It belonged to Abraham and Julius Staab, who emigrated from Germany in the mid-19th century. After they died, the house became a hotel. And in the 1970’s, the hotel acquired a resident ghost-a sad, dark-eyed woman in a long gown. Strange things began to happen….Julia Staab died in 1896–but her ghost, they say, lives on.”
Hannah Nordhaus, great-great-granddaughter of Julia, “traces her ancestor’s transfiguration from 19th century Jewish bride to modern phantom. Family diaries, photographs, and newspaper clippings take her on a riveting journey through 300 years of German history and the American immigrant experience.” “…she weaves a masterful, movingstory of fin-de-siecle Europe and pioneer life, villains and visionaries, medicine and spiritualism, imagination and truth, exploring how lives become legends, and what those legends tell us about who we are.”
~2019-2020 Annual Jewish Book Club Reading Guide

Moderated by Linda Gerstman

TBABooks@Night: The Evening Book Club

Next meeting: Wednesday, December 16, 2020 at 7:30pm via Zoom. Email if you did not receive the Zoom Meeting information

The Seventh Heaven by Ilan Stavans

Internationally renowned essayist and cultural commentator Ilan Stavans spent five years traveling from across a dozen countries in Latin America, in search of what defines the Jewish communities in the region, whose roots date back to Christopher Columbus’s arrival. In the tradition of V.S. Naipaul’s explorations of India, the Caribbean, and the Arab World, he came back with an extraordinarily vivid travelogue. Stavans talks to families of the desaparecidos in Buenos Aires, to “Indian Jews,” and to people affiliated with neo-Nazi groups in Patagonia. He also visits Spain to understand the long-term effects of the Inquisition, the American Southwest habitat of “secret Jews,” and Israel, where immigrants from Latin America have reshaped the Jewish state. Along the way, he looks for the proverbial “seventh heaven,” which, according to the Talmud, out of proximity with the divine, the meaning of life in general, and Jewish life in particular, becomes clearer. The Seventh Heaven is a masterful work in Stavans’s ongoing quest to find a convergence between the personal and the historical. Publisher’s summary

Jewish Book Council Natan Notable Book 2020

Moderated by Kimberly Marcus



Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm

Movie Mavens has moved to the Zoom online platform until further notice

The next Movie Mavens will take place October 24

movie poster for "Who Will Write Our History"
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Who Will Write Our History?

The story of Emanuel Ringelblum and the Oyneg Shabes Archive, the secret archive he created and led in the Warsaw Ghetto. With 30,000 pages of writing, photographs, posters, and more, the Archive is the most important cache of eyewitness accounts from the Holocaust. It documents not only how the Jews of the ghetto died, but how they lived. Based on historian Samuel Kassow’s book of the same name.
Kathdin Productions, 2018, 95 min., not rated

Guest Moderator: Jamie Wilson, Chief Communications Officer at Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference)

A moderated discussion follows the film.



November 20 at 5:00pm online (via Zoom)


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Join us for a discussion on Gratitude: Silver Linings in a Pandemic, led by congregant Sharon DeLevie.

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

The next Women’s Circle meetings will take place on December 18 with The Living Museum: Grown-Ups edition.



November 16, at 7:30pm
Temple Beth Abraham is reading “The Color of Love: A Story of a Mixed Race Jewish Girl” by Marra B. Gad.  

Marra B. Gad explores the idea of yerusha, which means “inheritance” in Yiddish.  At turns heart-wrenching and heartwarming, this is a story about what you inherit from your family–identity, disease, melanin, hate, and most powerful of all, love.  With honesty, insight and warmth, Marra B. Gad has written an inspirational, moving chronicle proving that when all else is stripped away, love is where we return, and love is our greatest inheritance.” – Publisher’s summary


Please email Adult Ed to RSVP and for the Zoom link



Mah Jongg has been suspended until further notice.

2021 Cards are available for ordering.  Order through TBA to benefit Hadassah.  Orders must be placed by December 16 and cards will be delivered in March/April 2021.  Contact Melissa Baer for details (

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


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