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

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, 9:00am


mah jongg tile pile

Mondays at 1:00pm.
A friendly, non-competitive (no betting) 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.
May 2, 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: April 4, 18 & 25; May 2, 16 & 30; June 6, 20 & 27

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

Arguments for the Sake of Heaven: A How-To Program led by Rabbi Holtz

TUESDAY, April 17 from 7:30-9:00pm

This is the first of five sessions.
Upcoming dates are: April 24, May 8, 22 & 29
At the High Holydays, the turn of the Jewish New Year, Rabbi Holtz spoke about what constitutes a machloket l’shem shamayim – an argument for the sake of heaven. He said that the polarization of opinions and positions which we are experiencing in our country today has long been a feature of human discourse, though the animosity we’re now seeing has not.
We are honored to be piloting a curriculum on this topic put out by Israel’s Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies. The six-session program is finally ready to go! Each session will include first looking at Jewish texts on one aspect of how to conduct an argument for the sake of heaven, and then having an opportunity to actually put that idea into practice. Please join fellow congregants in a skills-building program on how to turn your disagreements into Arguments for the Sake of Heaven.

RSVPs are really, really helpful!  Please email 


Now TBA has TWO Reading Groups!
Each group will meet every other month on alternate months.

Evening group will meet Wednesday, April 18 at 7:00pm

Stolen Beauty: A Novel by Laurie Lico Albanese
Adele Bloch-Bauer is a beautiful, brilliant, wealthy fin d’ siècle wife, hostess, and arts patron in Vienna during its heyday. She is also a model for, and lover of, the artist Gustav Klimt. His most famous work, Woman in Gold, for which Adele posed, is central to the story …Adele’s beloved niece, Maria Altmann, is a brave and devoted wife who, 40 years after her aunt’s fame, watches Vienna disintegrate into Nazi terror and does something unspeakable in order to save her husband. Many years later, she reclaims the world-famous portrait and returns it to its rightful place, thus bringing to a close the saga of a remarkable family, and a fascinating century.-Review by Elayne Clift, NY Journal of Books

Moderators will alternate among Kimberly Marcus, Sharon DeLevie and Jennifer Povman.

Daytime group will meet Friday, May 18 at 10:00am

The Rabbi and the Hitman by Arthur J. Magida.
On the evening of November 1, 1994 Rabbi Fred Neulander returned home to find his wife, Carol, face down on the living room floor [dead].  Two trials and eight years later, the founder of the largest reform synagogue in southern New Jersey became the first rabbi ever convicted of murder and sentenced to life in prison.  …a devastating portrait of a manipulative man who used his position of trust in the temple to attract several mistresses-and to befriend a lonely recovering alcoholic, whom he convinced to kill his wife “for the good of Israel”

Moderator: Linda Gerstman

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



Friday April 27, 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.


Select Saturdays throughout the year at 7:00pm

Next Movie Mavens: Saturday May 12

The Lemon Tree
Salma Zidane, a widow, lives simply from her grove of lemon trees in the West Bank’s occupied territory. When the Israeli defense minister and his wife move next door, the Secret Service orders the trees removed for security. Salma seeks legal action to stop the destruction of her farm. Although they never speak, she develops a human bond with the defense minister’s wife. In this allegory, does David stand a chance against Goliath?

Winner, 2008 Best Actress Israeli Film Academy
Heimatfilm, 2008, 106 min., not rated.

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.