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 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


TANAKH STUDY

WEDNESDAYS, 10:00am-11:00am

No Tanakh study in February EXCEPT February 4. There will be class on Feburary 4.

Class will resume on March 4.

Tanakh 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.


MAH JONGG

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MONDAYS, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham

Mah Jongg will not meet on Monday, February 20 due to the President’s Day holiday.

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.


WOMEN’S CIRCLE

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

Next Session: FRIDAY, JANUARY 20 at 5:00pm on Zoom
Karen Filler

A Brief History of Jewish Summer Camps and How Camp Changed My Life with Karen Filler

Jewish Summer Camps plan in important role in American culture. Karen Filler will discuss how Jewish summer camps evolved in the United States, how camp impacted her and her family’s life, and she will lead a discussion on how it has impacted others. Get ready for Reveille!

From the age of four months, Karen Filler grew up spending her summers at a Jewish sleepaway camp in South Windham Connecticut. Her parents woned and ran the camp. Attending the summer camp was one of the most formative experiences of her life.

Please RSVP: bit.ly/TBAWomenJan20

Members and Guests are welcome. There is no charge for this program.


MOVIE MAVENS

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

Next screening: SATURDAY, JANUARY 21 at 7:00pm

click HERE to view trailer

The Garden of the Finzi-Continis

In Mussolini’s Italy, in the late 1930’s, the Finzi-Contini are one of the leading wealthy families who are Jewish. Their adult children gather friends for tennis and parties at their lovely grounds, with the rest of the world at bay, while politics close in.

Documento Film, 1971, 94 Min., Rated R

Click HERE for the flyer with all movie listings.

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


WOMEN’S CIRCLE

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

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10 at 5:00pm on Zoom

This month: “Looking at Bible Stories through an Evolving Feminist Lens” with Doris Unger

We grew up with Bible stories which helped shape our Jewish perspective on the world.  Our view of these stories changes as we grow older and develop new lenses.   Join us for a discussion about interpreting Bible stories through early and newer Feminist perspectives.  

Doris Unger always enjoyed looking into the deeper meaning of Bible stories. Prayer and religious services did not resonate with her because she felt her voice as a  women, girl, person, was not heard or acknowledged.  Writing her own short Bible Stories helped her express some of her feelings, which she would like to share with  Women’s Circle. 

Please register at bit.ly/TBAWomenFeb10

Members and Guests are welcome. There is no charge for this program.


JEWISH ROMANCE WITH AUTHOR STACEY AGDERN

WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 15 at 7:30pm on Zoom

Join award-winning former bookseller and current author, Stacey Agdern, as she talks about the pioneering Jewish romance authors who infuse Yiddishkeit into “romancelandia” and explains why it’s important to maintain and expand a Jewish presence in this popular genre.

Agdern incorporates her romance novels with Jewish characters and traditions with a side of music, hockey, politics and food.

Click HERE to register for the presentation


MOVIE MAVENS

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

Next screening: SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 18 at 7:00pm

click HERE to view trailer

Sabena Hijacking: My Version

From the writer of “Fauda” comes this intense docu-drama based on the events of May 8, 1972, when four hijackers from the Palestinian organization “Black September” took control of a Sabena airliner en route from Brussels to Tel Aviv. 

This program may contain strong language and/or violence. Viewer discretion is advised. 
SUBTITLED 
DNA Productions, 2015, 104 min., Not Rated


TBA BOOKS@NIGHT: THE EVENING BOOK CLUB

Next meeting: WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22 at 7:00pm

THE CITY BEAUTIFUL BY ADEN POLYDOROS

Winner of the 2022 Sydney Taylor Book Award for Young Adult

2021 National Jewish Book Award finalist

“Chicago, 1893. For Alter Rosen, this is the land of opportunity, and he dreams of the day he’ll have enough money to bring his mother and sisters to America, freeing them from the oppression they face in his native Romania.

“But when Alter’s best friend, Yakov, becomes the latest victim in a long line of murdered Jewish boys, his dream begins to slip away. While the rest of the city is busy celebrating the World’s Fair, Alter is now living a nightmare: possessed by Yakov’s dybbuk, he is plunged into a world of corruption and deceit and thrown back into the arms of a dangerous boy from his past.  A boy who means more to Alter than anyone knows.

“Now, with only days to spare until the dybbuk takes over Alter’s body completely, the two boys must race to track down the killer—before the killer claims them next.” – from the Publisher.

Moderated by congregant, Kimberly Marcus.


BOOKS AND MORE: The Daytime Book Club

Next meeting: FRIDAY, MARCH 10 at 10:00am in person

CITY OF A THOUSAND GATES BY REBECCA SACKS

In this debut, the lives of Jewish settlers, Palestinian university students and others converge on the West Bank.  As our reviewer, Ayelet Tsabari, put it, “The novel digs into the enduring wound of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and offers an unflinching, unforgiving look into the harsh realities of the occupation.

-The N. Y. Times Book Review, Paperback Row, January 28, 2022

$5.00 suggested donation for guests.


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