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:


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MONDAYS, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The meeting scheduled for September 25 will move to September 28 due to the Yom Kippur holiday.

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham

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

Email or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

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


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 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.


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 or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

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


SEPTEMBER 27 at 7:30pm

Genealogy of a Murder by Lisa Belkin

Temple Beth Abrahams two book clubs: the morning book club, Books & More, and the evening book club, Books@Night, will come together to meet with author and congregant Lisa Belkin as she discusses her latest book, “Genealogy of a Murder.”

Members and prospective members are always welcome.

Please RSVP:


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SATURDAY, OCTOBER 14 at 7:00pm

This month’s selection: The Fabelmans

Loosely based on his childhood, this is Steven Spielberg’s movie about growing up in post-World War II-era Arizona. Young Sammy Fabelman aspires to become a filmmaker as he reaches adolescence, but soon discovers a shattering family secret and explores how the power of films can help him see the truth.

2023 Academy Award Nominee for: Best Director, Best Picture, Best Actress, Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, Best Original Screenplay

Universal Pictures, 2022, 151 min., Rated PG-13

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

$5.00 suggested donation per guest.


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

In person sessions are 5:45pm-7:15pm, ending in time for Reform Shabbat Services.
Zoom sessions are 5:00pm-6:15pm

Women’s Circle meets monthly from September through June.
Next Women’s Circle Meeting: OCTOBER 20 at 5:45pm

This month’s discussion: “Tradition! Tradition!” with Pearl Ann Schwartz

All of us celebrate the same holidays.  But everyone celebrates differently.

Do we have traditions or foods that are special?  Do we have cherished memories of holidays past that become part of our celebration?  If so, join our discussion and share your traditions, recipes, and memories with us.  When you do, we get to know you better and take another step forward in building our strong temple community.

Pearl Ann Schwartz has been a congregant at TBA for more than sixty years.  Pearl Ann’s family has had baby namings, a bar mitzvah, confirmation services, a wedding, and a funeral at TBA.  Pearl Ann has been a Vice President, Officer, and Trustee on TBA’s Board of Trustees and has served as a “Filler-in-Where-Needed.” 

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

To register:

There is no charge for this program.

Guests are welcome.


SUNDAY, OCTOBER 22 at 12:30pm

Join TBA’s Adult Education and Israel Committees for a discussion about peacemaking: the purview of national leaders and diplomats; and peacebuilders: ordinary citizens, who have the power to influence others to reduce the barriers of fear and resentment, and encourage dialogue and mutual understanding, in the hopes of securing lasting peace among Israelis and Palestinians.

Founding Director of the Interreligious Coordinating Council in Israel (ICCI), Ron Kronish is now an independent scholar, educator, speaker, and writer. He is the author of Profiles of People, which will be for sale at the event for $18.00 each (cash only, please).

Join us at 12:30pm for a light lunch.  Livestream and in person discussion begins at 1:00pm

Register here: 



This month’s selection: The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross

Join us for a moderated discussion about books with Jewish themes. 


A remarkable debut novel—written with the fearless imagination of Michael Chabon and the piercing humor of Gary Shteyngart—about a small Jewish village in the Polish forest that is so secluded no one knows it exists . . . until now.

What if there was a town that history missed?

$5.00 suggested donation per guest.

RSVP: (914) 631-1770

BOOKS AND MORE: The Daytime Book Club

FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 17 at 10:00am

This month’s selection: The Storyteller by Jodi Picoult

Join us for a moderated discussion about books with Jewish themes. 

Sage Singer, a baker, and 90-year-old Josef Weber, are unlikely friends. Then Josef asks her for a favor – to help him die – because he used to be a Nazi. What he doesn’t know is that Sage’s grandmother is a Holocaust survivor.

$5.00 suggested donation per guest.

RSVP: (914) 631-1770

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