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

Tanakh Study will take place via Zoom until further notice. 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 has RETURNED!

Meetings will take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham on Mondays

(unless there is a holiday, and then the meeting will be moved to Thursday that week.)

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.

Participants can pre-order Rabbi Symon’s book at a 20% discount.
Go to propheticvoices.ccarpress.org and use the promo code VOICES20 at checkout through November 9, 2022.
Purchase of the book is not necessary to attend the author talk.


HENRY SAPOZNIK – JEWS AND JAZZ

WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2022 at 7:30PM on Zoom
picture of Henry Sapoznik
Henry Sapoznik
Chasidic American Jazz Band
Joseph Cherniavsky and his Chasidic-American Jazz Band

The Adult Education Committees of Temple Beth Abraham and Woodlands Community Temple Present:
Jews and Jazz with Henry Sapoznik

When we think of “Jews and Jazz,” we think of American icons like Benny Goodman and Artie Shaw, but what about an earlier generation of European-born Jewish musicians who, upon arriving in America, were obliged to learn two new languages: English and Jazz?

Henry Sapoznick examines through klezmer recordings how that first generation took to Jazz as both a social and musical gateway to speed up their acculturation in transition from old world to new.

Henry Sapoznik is an award-winning producer, musicologist, performer, and writer in the fields of traditional and popular Yiddish and American music and culture. He is a five-time Grammy nominated producer, having reissued over 30 anthologies of Yiddish, jaxx, old time music, ragtime, blues, swing, klezmer and cantorial 78s and cylinders.

Click HERE to register for the presentation


WOMEN’S CIRCLE

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

FRIDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2022 at 5:45PM in person
Sharon DeLevie

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

Jewish Names with Sharon DeLevie

“Every name is real. That’s the nature of names.” ― Jerry Spinelli, Stargirl
Come talk about names—your name, Jewish names, the origin of names—at the December 16 Women’s Circle Shabbat. Sharon DeLevie will lead us in a discussion where we will hear about the provenance of common Jewish names and share our own histories of our names. Come tell us who you were named after, where your last name came from, what your name means to you. Sharon is a 20-year member of TBA, the previous leader of Women’s Circle Shabbat, co-leader of TBA Books@Night, and co-leader of the Racial Justice Learning Group, as well as owner of DeLevie Group Research, a 30-year-old qualitative market research company. She loves talking to people about their lives and what interests them.

To register for the program, click HERE.

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, DECEMBER 17 at 7:00PM in person

Sublet

click HERE to view trailer

A New York Times travel writer comes to Tel Aviv after suffering a tragedy. The energy of the city and his relationship with a younger man brings him back to life.

United Kings Films, 2020, 89 Min., Not Rated

Click HERE for the flyer with all movie listings.

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


TBA BOOKS@NIGHT: THE EVENING BOOK CLUB

Next meeting: WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 28, 2022 at 7:00PM on Zoom

THE DISORDERED COSMOS: A JOURNEY INTO DARK MATTER, SPACETIME, AND DREAMS DEFERRED BY CHANDRA PRESCOD-WEINSTEIN

In The Disordered Cosmos, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein shares her love for physics, from the Standard Model of Particle Physics and what lies beyond it, to the physics of melanin in skin, to the latest theories of dark matter—along with a perspective informed by history, politics, and the wisdom of Star Trek

One of the leading physicists of her generation, Dr. Chanda Prescod-Weinstein is also one of fewer than one hundred Black American women to earn a PhD from a department of physics. Her vision of the cosmos is vibrant, buoyantly nontraditional, and grounded in Black and queer feminist lineages. 

Dr. Prescod-Weinstein urges us to recognize how science, like most fields, is rife with racism, misogyny, and other forms of oppression. She lays out a bold new approach to science and society, beginning with the belief that we all have a fundamental right to know and love the night sky. The Disordered Cosmos dreams into existence a world that allows everyone to experience and understand the wonders of the universe.

Winner of several awards, including: 2022 PEN Oakland Josephine Miles Award, Smithsonian Magazine Best Science Book of 2021, Publishers Weekly Best Nonfiction Book of the Year and Kirkus Reviews Best Nonfiction Book of 2021

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

Moderated by congregant Sharon DeLevie. This event takes place online.


BOOKS AND MORE: The Daytime Book Club

Next meeting: FRIDAY, JANUARY 13 at 10:00am in person

THE PRISON MINYAN BY JONATHAN STONE

“The Federal Correctional Institution in Otisville, New York stands apart from most prisons.” “…the prison’s minimum-security camp has ‘long been the lockup of choice among Jewish white-collar offenders’, who are able to access kosher food and daily prayer services.”
The novel is set “inside Otisville at a pivotal point when a religiously observant lawyer with close ties to the president arrives to serve out his sentence on fraud charges.”
“There are crimes a plenty within the prison walls…. Can middle-aged men who spent their entire lives flouting rules and laws, cheating and lying, and knowingly hurting others, find self-worth, meaning and even salvation by forming a community adhering to ancient traditions?
The novel raises more questions than it answers. It also veers between legitimate scares and a sense of the absurd….Still The Prison Minyan occupies terrain few others will likely explore.”

-The N. Y. Times Book Review, January 9, 2022

$5.00 suggested donation for guests.


LIGHT UP YOUR LIFE: The Significance of Light in Judaism with Rabbi Marge Wise

WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 18, 2023 at 7:30PM on Zoom
Rabbi Marge Wise

Rabbi Marge Wise will enlighten us about the symbolism & significance of light in Jewish tradition, as reflected both in Biblical &
contemporary sources. She will trace how those sources have informed our customs & the way we observe these traditions as
a people – both publicly & privately.

Rabbi Marge Wise was ordained by the Academy for Jewish Religion. Before she began her rabbinic studies, she worked extensively in the Jewish community, most recently as a synagogue executive director & before
that as a teacher & the owner of a Judaica Store. Rabbi Wise has always sought to shed light on Jewish traditions with love & deep affection for our customs & rituals.

Click HERE to register for the presentation


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