Adult Education

Me'ah select - Winter/Spring Class

Muslims and Jews, Alan Verskin, PhD

Thursday nights, 7:30-9:30 pm
Meets at Temple Sinai beginning February 1

Cost for 11 sessions $350

The relationship between Jews and Muslims in the pre-Modern period has been described by some scholars as “symbiotic.” We will examine the factors which enabled that symbiosis as well as the factors that threatened it. By looking at case studies of Muslim-Jewish relations in Spain, Iraq, Egypt and Syria, we will try to identify the religious and social factors that led to toleration or persecution of Jews. Finally, we will look at the factors in the 19th and 20th centuries that led Muslim-Jewish relations to unravel. These include Western colonialism, Zionism, Arab nationalism, Islamist movements and the Arab-Israeli conflict.  Register for this class


NEW! Temple Sinai Reads

Sundays 9:15-10:45 am
Join Rabbi Julie Zupan and Laura Hess for one, two or all three conversations this year. RSVP to Laura Hess.

12/17: The Ice Cream Queen of Orchard Street by Susan Jane Gilman
2/4: All Who Go Do Not Return: A Memoir by Shulem Deen

3/18: The Weight of Ink by Rachel KadishSinai Cinema

Each of our Israeli films begin at 7:30 pm and is followed by a discussion.  Admission is free and popcorn is included. 

Thursday December 21 - The Wedding Plan - A comedy about an orthodox woman who makes an unorthodox decision.


ongoing Studies

Torah Study- Shabbat Morning, 8:30-9:30 am

On Shabbat morning, we gather to read the Torah from beginning to end. Study with Rabbi Joseph Meszler and look not only into the Torah but into yourself. All are welcome: novices and experts alike. Just show up! Bagels and coffee are available

Weekly Rabbi's Study - Thursdays 1:30-2:30 pm

This group meets weekly with Rabbi Joseph Meszler to study Jewish ethics, beliefs and law for personal guidance. This year we will focus on the meaning of the Shema and compare two very different Jewish teachers: Moses Maimonides and Nachman of Breslov. Come as you are.