Adult Education Classes for 2019

Aging Wisely

In this interactive class led by Rabbi Jennifer, we will discuss spiritual and social aspects of aging, explore wisdom from the Bible and other texts of the Jewish tradition, and create spiritual mission statements as we seek to make the most of the gift of aging. An ethical wills workshop enables participants to create meaningful documents that pass down accrued values and wisdom to the next generations.

Among the questions we will address are:
How can I make the most of my life today and tomorrow?
How do I want to be remembered?
What is still ahead for me to accomplish?

Location: TBD
Dates: Sundays, Jan. 27, Feb 10, 24, March 10, 24
Time: 10am


Weekly Torah Study

Join Rabbi Jennifer every week for a creative, thought provoking discussion of Torah. This year we started “from the beginning…” and will continue through the complete Five Books of Moses, exchanging our thoughts and interpretations of the text’s meaning and application to our lives.

If you own a copy of the Jewish Bible or a Chumash, feel free to bring your own. Copies of the Chumash used in services are available. All discussions and readings are in English.

Location: Southgate Community Center
Dates: Every Wednesday
Time: 10am


Making Prayer Real

Led by Rabbi Jennifer, this class is based on the book “Making Prayer Real: Leading Jewish Spiritual Voices on Why Prayer Is Difficult and What to Do about It” by Rabbi Mike Comins. The class was developed by Rabbi Comins, and consists of videos, writing exercises, discussions, and deep exploration of Jewish prayer.

Participants are required to purchase their own copy of the book “Making Prayer Real,” which is available in paperback and on Kindle.

Location: TBD
Dates: Tuesdays, January 22, 29, Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26
Time: 10am


Who Was That Person Sitting Next to Me at Services?

This will be the seventh year of learning about the lives of our fellow congregants. Join Arnie Binderman as he facilitates a fascinating presentation, and enjoy lunch in a private dining room (each person is responsible for purchasing their own meal; a limited menu will be provided).

Location: Bravo Coastal Bar and Kitchen, 3501 S. Tamiami Trail
Dates: Tuesdays
Dec. 11 – Maureen Binderman
January 8 – Jonathan Shagrin
January 22 – Barbara Shagrin
February 12 – Alan Sprintz
February 26 – Richard Belle
Time: 12:15pm


Psalms of the Siddur

This four-session class with Rabbi Jennifer will explore the meanings and interpretations of the Psalms used in Jewish prayer services. Participants will learn why certain Psalms are used in different services, will learn the structure of a Psalm and will have an opportunity to write one of their own to be used at a future Kol HaNeshama service.

The class is open to all, including those who have taken previous Psalms classes with Rabbi Jennifer. Participants are requested to purchase “The Book of Psalms: A Translation with Commentary” by Robert Alter. The KH siddur also will be used.

Location: Southgate Community Center
Dates: Thursdays, January 17, 24, 31, and Feb 7
Time: 10am


Is There a Jewish Way of Thinking?
Does Judaism have a thought process, Jewish thinking that is different from that of other peoples? Why would it be different and what does that mean to Jews who live in a bi-cultural society? Are there non-Jewish ways of thinking that American Jews think are Jewish, which are inimical to Judaism and harmful? Explore these questions and more with Arnie Binderman before Shabbat morning services.

Location: Southgate Community Center
Dates: Saturdays, Dec. 29, Jan. 26, Feb. 23, March 23.
Time: 8:45 to 9:45am
Who Wrote the Bible?
Richard Friedman’s book Who Wrote the Bible? is a fascinating, intellectual, and highly readable investigation into the authorship of the Hebrew Bible. says the book is “a scholarly work that is as exciting and surprising as a good detective novel.” Join Rabbi Jennifer as together we read and explore this fascinating book.

Participants are required to purchase their own copy of the book; it is available in paperback and on Kindle.

Location: Southgate Community Center
Dates: Tuesdays, March 19, 26, April 2, 9
Time: 10am


Mavericks and Mystics in our Sacred Texts. 
There are always people who step outside the boundaries of society and are either damned or praised. There are always those people who seem to have a connection to the mystical world drawing on powers that seem unknowable.  In Torah we run into two such individuals and in this class we will explore their character and what life lessons they might hold for us. I invite all Torah Explorers to join me in this class of outer and inner exploration. This class led by Rabbi Melissa Wenig

Location: Southgate Community Center
Dates: Mondays Feb 11, 18, 25, March 4
Time: 10am


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