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 February 21

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.
February 7, 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.


Wednesdays, February 7, 21 and March 7, 21 and 28

Beginners 7:00-8:00pm
Open Dance and instruction 8:00-9:30 pm

  • $10 for Temple Beth Abraham members
  • $15 for visitors and guests
  • $5 for Junior High, High School and University Students

Israeli folk dancing is a wonderful way to experience Israeli culture, and is great exercise for your mind, body and soul. No prior experience required. Come join us for an enjoyable evening of dance, free refreshments and fun!

Please register on Eventbrite


Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm

Next Movie Mavens: Saturday February 17, 7:00pm

Clicking on the picture will bring you to the Movie Trailer

Septembers of Shiraz

In the aftermath of the Iranian revolution, rare-gem dealer Isaac Amin is arrested, wrongly accused of being a spy. Terrified by his disappearance, his family must reconcile a new world of cruelty and chaos with the collapse of everything they have known. As Isaac navigates the terrors of prison, and his wife feverishly searches for him, his children struggle with the realization that their family may soon be forced to embark on a journey of incalculable danger. Based on the novel by Dalia Sofer (who wrote the screenplay). Starring Salma Hayek and Adrien Brody.
Eclectic Pictures, 2015, 110 min., Rated PG-13

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.

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.

Daytime group will meet Friday, March 16 at 10:00am
Carry Me by Peter Behrens
During Billy Lange’s childhood on the Isle of Wight, he is entranced by Karin, the wild and elusive daughter of a German-Jewish baron who employs Billy’s parents. Years later, after the upheavals of World War I, the two children are reunited on the baron’s Frankfurt estate. Billy and Karin first bond over the popular Wild West stories of Karl May, and later over their passion for jazz and Berlin nightclubs. But they also come to share a fantasy of escape from the 1930s Germany that is rapidly darkening around them—escape to the high plains of Texas and New Mexico they’d read about as children. Against the backdrop of Hitler’s rise to power, their friendship deepens into a love affair with extraordinarily high stakes. Brilliantly conceived and elegantly written, Peter Behrens’s Carry Me is both an epic love story and a lucid meditation on Europe’s violent twentieth century.

Moderator: Linda Gerstman

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



February 23, 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.

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.