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: adulted@tba-ny.org


UPCOMING EVENTS:


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 info@tba-ny.org

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.


MAH JONGG

Mah Jongg has been suspended until further notice.

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


CONGREGATION-WIDE READ of “White Fragility” by Robin DiAngelo.

“Robin DiAngelo explains in a clear, step-by-step way what the notion of systemic racism is, why it matters, and, most importantly for me, why it is so difficult for white folks to see it or acknowledge it exists. No matter how progressive you think you are, you will learn a lot. And if, deep inside, you think the idea of systemic racism is all a bunch of hooey, this book really is for you. You won’t see things the same way after you’ve read it.
This is such an important book that I am inviting all of you to join me for a congregation-wide read. We’ll meet every 2-3 weeks, doing a couple of chapters each time.
“This moment in American history requires us to look deeply and honestly at our nation, and at ourselves. Tikkun olam is more than making soup and sandwiches for the hungry; it is about bringing alive the prophetic vision of a truly just society. It starts with us.”
-Rabbi David K. Holtz

Unless otherwise noted discussions will take place at 7:00pm via Zoom
June 24 Foreword:
Introduction:
by Michael Eric Dyson
We Can’t Get There from Here
July 8 Chapter 1:
Chapter 2: 
The Challenges of Talking to White People About Racism
Racism and White Supremacy
July 22 Chapter 3
Chapter 4  
Racism After the Civil Rights Movement
How Does Race Shape the Lives of White People?
August 12* Chapter 5   
Chapter 6
The Good/Bad Binary
Anti-Blackness
August 19 Chapter 7
Chapter 8 
Racial Triggers for White People
The Result: White Fragility
September 2 Chapter 9
Chapter 10    
White Fragility in Action
White Fragility and the Rules of Engagement
September 16 Chapter 11
Chapter 12 
White Women’s Tears
Where Do We Go from Here?

*PLEASE NOTE: The August 5 discussion has been moved to August 12 to accommodate Rabbi David’s schedule.


BOOK CLUB:

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


TBABooks@Night: The Evening Book Club
Next meeting: August 18 at 7:30pm via Zoom
Email adulted@tba-ny.org if you did not receive the Zoom Meeting information.

House on Endless Waters by Emuma Elon

At the behest of his agent, renowned author Yoel Blum reluctantly agrees to visit his birthplace of Amsterdam to meet with his Dutch publisher, despite promising his late mother that he would never return to that city. While touring the Jewish Museum with his wife, Yoel stumbles upon a looping reel of photos offering a glimpse of pre-war Dutch Jewish life, and is astonished to see the youthful face of his beloved mother staring back at him, posing with her husband, Yoel’s older sister, Nettie…and an infant he doesn’t recognize.

This unsettling discovery launches him into a fervent search for the truth, revealing Amsterdam’s dark wartime history and the underground networks which hid Jewish children away from danger–but at a cost. The deeper into the past Yoel digs, the better he understands his mother’s silence, and the more urgent the question that has unconsciously haunted him for a lifetime–Who am I?–becomes.

-Publisher’s summary

Moderated by Kimberly Marcus


TBA Book Club: The Daytime Book Club
Next meeting: Friday, September 11 at 10:00am via Zoom. Email adulted@tba-ny.org if you did not receive the Zoom Meeting information

All Who Go Do Not Return by Shulem Deen

Shulem Deen, a member of the Skverers, an insular Hasidic sect in the United States, has been raised
to believe that questions are dangerous and, therefore, not to be asked in any form. At age 18 he marries, an arranged marriage as is the custom, and soon finds he is the father of several children. But Shulem wants more from life-he is curious, and it is this curiosity, encouraged in the outside world but shunned in his, that begins his dangerous descent. First is the use of the radio, then a trip to the library and then the use of the internet. All these experiences lead him to begin questioning his religious beliefs and ultimately his own faith. Considered a heretic by the standards of his community if his behavior is discovered, he considers a life of deception while struggling to hold on to those he most loves, his 5 children. A memoir, this story reveals how the author bravely deals with his loss of his faith.

Moderated by Linda Gerstman


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


MOVIE MAVENS

Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm
Movie Mavens has moved to the Zoom online platform until further notice

Next Movie Mavens will take place: July 25

Click on the picture for the trailer

 “The Wedding Plan (Laavor et Hakir)

When her fiancé bows out on the eve of her wedding, Michal refuses to cancel the wedding arrangements. An Orthodox Jew, she insists that God will supply her a husband as the clock ticks down

Winner of 2016 Israeli Film Academy Awards for Best Actress, Best Screenplay and Best Costume Design.

Subtitled (Hebrew with English subtitles)

Avi Chai Fund, 2016, 110 min. Rated PG.  

A moderated discussion follows the film with coffee and dessert.

Free for members, $5 for guests to offset the cost of refreshments.


WOMEN’S CIRCLE:

Women’s Circle has been suspended until further notice.

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

Those who wish to eat something before services, should feel free to bring something for themselves. Please be aware of Temple Beth Abraham’s kashrut (kosher) policy.  Since we do not allow both meat and dairy at the same event, we ask that you bring only DAIRY (contains milk) or PAREVE (neither dairy nor meat, e.g., vegetarian) items.

For those who want or want to provide a snack to share, that is welcome, but it should be pareve.


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