Adult Education

We have lots of exciting events and classes coming up in 2018-2019! Don't forget to check our calendarScribe  monthly bulletin and Tuesday eNews for the latest!

— SPECIAL EVENTS —

Adult Education Kickoff with Guest Speaker Rabbi Rebecca Sirbu (Wednesday, October 17, 2018 at 7:00pm)
Rabbi Sirbu is the Director of Rabbis Without Borders and has been named one of the most influential Rabbis in America by The Forward. She has published several books and is an expert on a variety of issues relating to religion in America today. Join us to hear this remarkable speaker. 

TBA Day of Learning: Arguing to Learn vs. Arguing to Win (Sunday, November 4, 2018 from 10:00am to 1:00pm)
You are invited to a morning of challenging how we engage with each other. Together we will explore how contradictory opinions in Jewish history and texts can empower us to engage more constructively in the idealogical and political conflicts we encounter today. There will be several tracks to choose from on this day. Keep an eye out for details and registration information in the October issue of The Scribe.

— DAYTIME LEARNING —

Current Affairs with Rabbi Alon in Palm Beach Gardens (second Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm)
October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8

Join Rabbi Alon for an informal lunchtime discussion looking at what’s happening in the world through a Jewish lens. We’ll meet in the private meeting room at Publix Greenwise Market in Palm Beach Gardens. Purchase your own lunch downstairs, then join Rabbi Alon upstairs for a lively and thoughtful discussion.

Girls in Trouble (third Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm)
November 21, December 19, January 16, February 20, March 20, April 17

A learning experience about women in the Torah, led by Danna Cohen and Marcy Morris. Each class will follow one woman though a biblical story, rabbinic teachings, visual art, and original music written by Alicia Jo Rabins. Participants will cultivate their own interpretations of the stories and explore their creative side as they view these women in a new light. (November: Sarah; December: Judith; January: Miriam; February: Eve; March: Esther; April: Ruth)

— EVENING CLASSES —

Adult B’nei Mitzvah Class (Wednesdays at 7:00pm)
Never had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah? This is your chance! No prior Hebrew knowledge necessary. NOTE: CURRENT SESSION IS FULL. The ceremony will take place on Saturday, May 4 at 10:00am. To register for the next session, call the Temple office.

Ten Paths to God (Thursdays at 7:00pm)
November 1, 15, 29; December 13; January 10, 24; February 7, 21; March 7, 28

Based on the teaching of Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, and led by Rabbi Alon, this 10-part series seeks to answer the three fundamental questions every reflective human being will ask at some point in his or her life: Who am I? Why am I here? How then shall I live?

Prayer 101 (Thursdays at 7:00pm)
November 8, December 6, January 17, February 28

Join Rabbinic Intern Brett Tancer for an exploration of prayer, and creating a deeper personal connection through prayer. (Class 1: Introduction: What is prayer, where does it come from, what are the basics? Class 2: Blessings: Why are there so many in Judaism, who is blessing whom, what is it used for? Class 3: What’s so special about the Shema? We say it a lot, find out why! Class 4: Talking to God: What to say, when, where? How to make the most of personal prayer.)

Monthly Torah Study (one Friday a month at 6:15pm)
September 21, October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 29, April 26, May 24, June 14

Looking to get more out of our monthly Torah readings? Join us once a month before services for a discussion of that week’s Torah portion. We’ll find out what it’s actually talking about and how it relates to us today. Led by TBA’s clergy and staff, this is an informal discussion, and everyone is encouraged to participate. No Hebrew and no prior knowledge or experience necessary. Come as you are for a little pre-Shabbat learning. 

— COURAGEOUS JEWISH VOICES FILM SERIES —

Ben Gurion: Epilogue (October 25, 2018 at 6:30pm)
Newly discovered interview footage with Israeli political giant, Ben Gurion, during the last years of his life, this film paints a revealing portrait of his dedication, vision, and prophecy for Israel’s future.

Playing God (December 20, 2018 at 6:30pm)
Ken Feinberg has an impossible task: putting a dollar value on tragedy. The story of the attorney responsible for compensating the victims of Agent Orange, the BP oil spill, Sandy Hook, and 9/11, this film is about the “cruel justice” of a modern day King Solomon. 

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story (January 31, 2019 at 6:30pm)
A remarkable story of one of Hollywood’s leading ladies in the 1930’s and 1940’s. The inspiration for both Snow White and Cat Woman, Hedy Lamar was an Austrian Jewish immigrant whose invention helped the Allied forces fight the Nazis in WWII, yet she died largely forgotten.

— VOICES OF HISTORY FILM SERIES —

An Act of Defiance (March 14, 2019 at 6:30pm)
A political thriller based on the real events of the pivotal 1963 Rivonia Trial in apartheid South Africa when Nelson Mandela and nine of his black and Jewish compatriots faced possible death sentences. The film is a powerful exploration of the sacrifices required to stand against injustice.

Remember Baghdad (April 11, 2019 at 6:30pm)
Five families from the Jewish community look back on a scarcely imaginable time in Baghdad. This is the forgotten story of Iraq’s once flourishing Jewish population, and the disintegration of a thriving multi-ethnic society, to one ravaged by war, through the eyes of its first refugees.

1945 (May 2, 2019 at 6:30pm)
On a summer day in 1945, an Orthodox man and his grown son return to a village in Hungary while the villagers prepare for the wedding of the town clerk’s son. The town clerk fears the men may be heirs of the village’s deported Jews and expects them to demand their illegally acquired property back.