Adult Jewish LearningGerson D. Cohen Institute for Adult Jewish Learning

We are a center for serious Jewish learning. Synagogue classes offer everyone opportunities to discover new meanings in Judaism and Jewish culture.

Our adult learning program is named for Rabbi Gerson D. Cohen, a widely respected historian and Chancellor of the Jewish Theological Seminary of America from 1972 to 1986.

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Tikkun Leil Shavuot
Tuesday evening, May 30, 2017, 7pm
Unroll the Torah, hear 5th graders chanting sweetly for the first time and learn Torah with us in honor of Shavuot. Learning will go all night long and conclude with a sunrise service.
Free and open to all.




The Plot Against America by Philip Roth
Sunday, June 4, 2017, 10:30am
In an astonishing feat of empathy and narrative invention, our most ambitious novelist imagines an alternate version of American history. In 1940 Charles A. Lindbergh, heroic aviator and rabid isolationist, is elected President. Shortly thereafter, he negotiates a cordial "understanding" with Adolf Hitler, while the new government embarks on a program of folksy anti-Semitism. For one boy growing up in Newark, Lindbergh's election is the first in a series of ruptures that threaten to destroy his small, safe corner of America‚Äďand with it, his mother, his father, and his older brother.


Fables And Talking Donkeys in the Hebrew Bible
Thursdays June 8 & 15, 2017, 8:00pm Free and open to all.
In general, the Bible is realistic in its depiction of events, limiting supernatural phenomena to the effect of God's presence in the world. However, there are several stories in which non-human beings speak intelligibly. We will examine these fables to see what they reveal about Biblical theology and about the mysterious ways in which God works in the Bible. And also because they're fun to study. Please bring a complete Tanakh to each session, the JPS Hebrew-English Tanakh is suggested.
Taught by Dr. Diane Sharon, Skirball Center for Adult Jewish Learning.



Hazzan's Tisch
During Kiddush June 3, 2017
Between Mincha Maariv on June 17, 2017

Led by CSAIR Cantor Elizabeth Stevens - Free and open to all
Enjoy Shabbat to the fullest with more chances to sing. We will gather on Shabbat during Kiddush or between Mincha and Maariv to sing zemirot (table songs), niggunim (wordless melodies) and more.

Rehearsals will be on Wednesday nights - 7:45-9:00pm.
Sing along with CSAIR's pop-up choir. If you love to sing in harmony, join our group. We will sing simple arrangements in two or three parts.
You do not need to be able to read music or Hebrew.

Home Learning
Would you like to study Jewish texts together with a small group of friends and neighbors in an intimate setting? This year, you have the chance to invite Rabbi Katz or Cantor Stevens to your home to teach an exciting three-session class. What do you need to do? 1) Recruit 15-20 people who will commit to the classes. 2) Send out monthly reminders to your group. 3) Prepare your home for an evening of Jewish learning! Interested? Contact Sandra in the synagogue office to find out more. A limited number of these classes will be offered this year.

Yiddish After Kiddush
Informal classroom style Yiddish conversations held monthly after Kiddush with an array of members. Enjoy the joys of Yiddish with a group that meets to schmooze together.
Charles Pripas, Coordinator. Free and open to all.

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