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 Mah Jongg and Canasta games, 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:


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

Saturday, April 13, 7:00pm
This month’s movie: The Jewish Cardinal

The amazing true story of Jean-marie Lustiger, the son of Polish-Jewish immigrants to France, who maintained his cultural identity as a Jew even after converting to Catholicism at a young age, and later joining the priesthood. Quickly rising within the ranks of the Church, Lustiger was appointed Archbishop of Paris by Pope Jean Paul II, and found a new platform to celebrate his dual identity as a Catholic Jew, earning him friends and enemies from both groups. When Carmelite nuns start building a convent within the cursed walls of Auschwitz, Lustiger finds himself a mediator between the two communities – and may be forced at last to choose his side.

Film Movement, 2013, 100 mins., Not Rated

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

The Temple Beth Abraham’s Adult Education Committee Presents:


Wednesday, April 17, 7:00pm

The Escape Artist: The Man Who Broke Out of Auschwitz to Warn the World by Jonathan Freedland

In April 1944, Rudolf Vrba became the first Jew to break out of Auschwitz. He did it to reveal the truth of the death camp to the world—and to warn the last Jews of Europe what fate awaited them at the end of the railway line.

Moderated by a congregant

$3.00 suggested donation per guest.

RSVP: (914) 631-1770

Jewish Jazz Musicians with Marshall Zucker

Thursday, April 18, 2024 at 7:30pm on Zoom

There have been a number of great Jewish Jazz musicians who played a leadership role in American Jazz. This program will focus on those musicians.

Marshall Zucker is a retired Principal and Teacher from the Elmont School District. He is currently a Hebrew School Educator on Long Island. He plays the vibraphone and has performed with bands in his younger days. Now Marshall enjoys performing for his little granddaughter, Maddyn. Marshall has a wealth of information on the subject of Jazz that he would like to share with us.

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Women’s circle meets monthly from September through June.

Next Women’s Circle Meeting: April 19, 5:45pm

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

Cantor Lauren Phillips Fogelman: Dances with Timbrels: Women in the Passover Story

Gain new perspective for your Passover seder by exploring the stories of women who made their mark during the time of the Exodus. We’ll examine teachings from feminist Haggadahs, learn a few songs, and discover the real story behind the modern tradition of adding an orange to our seder plate.

TBA’s Cantor Lauren is passionate about making Jewish traditions relevant and meaningful for today’s generation.  She is excited to teach and learn from you as we elevate the role of women in our Passover story, through the customs, recipes and songs we share with each other.  

Please register to attend at

Bring a bag supper to enjoy after Women’s Circle and before Shabbat Services.

There is no charge for this program.

Guests are welcome.


mah jongg tiles and card

MONDAYS, 1:00pm – 4:00pm

The games scheduled for Monday, April 22 and 28 will move to Thursday April 25 and May 2 respectively due to the Passover holiday

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham

This is a friendly, non-competitive (no betting) gathering.

Email or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

Free for Temple members; $3.00/session for guests.

WEDNESDAYS!, 7:00pm – 9:00pm

Evening Mah Jongg will NOT meet on April 24 due to the Passover holiday

This is a friendly, non-competitive (no betting) gathering.

Email or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.

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


WEDNESDAYS, 10:00am-11:00am

Torah Study will NOT meet on April 24 due to the Passover holiday

Torah Study takes place in person in the Michael Karnes Conference Center at Temple Beth Abraham and on Zoom.
For Zoom links, please email 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.


WEDNESDAYS, 1:00pm – 3:00pm

Canasta will NOT meet on April 24 due to the Passover holiday

Learn how to play the game!

Meetings take place weekly at Temple Beth Abraham

Initially this is an instructional class to learn to play the game. Those who need a refresher are also welcome to join us. In the future, we will organize weekly games for those who know how to play.

Email or call the temple office (914) 631-1770 for more information.


The Scholar in Residence with Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

Took place on Friday-Sunday, March 15-17

The Intersection of Science and Religion with Rabbi Geoffrey A. Mitelman

The Scholar-in-Residence Weekend is designed to bring an outstanding contemporary Jewish thinker to our community in a way that will allow us not only to hear an inspiring speaker, but to also interact, to question, and to learn about Judaism in ways that will enrich us all.

To watch Rabbi Mitelman’s talks, please click on the topic below:

Friday, March 15:  Has Science Replaced God?

Saturday, March 16:  The Cosmos and the Covenant: Just How Special Are We?

Sunday, March 17:  Intelligence, Consciousness or a Soul?  Some Jewish Views on AI (Artificial Intelligence)

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