Adult Education

Our adult education program provides opportunities for adults to learn together on a variety of topics. The adult education committee, in consultation with our clergy, creates a well-rounded program of events in which our adults come together for classes, films and Shabbat scholars. We select a wide array of topics that are introduced through different media enabling us to meet the diverse interests and needs of our congregation and community. If you have any questions, please contact Tracy Horwitz. 

Shabbat, Scholar and Supper

Join the congregation as we hear from Shabbat Scholars at our 6:00 pm worship services. Continue learning at the Shabbat dinner following services. All are welcome to attend services; registration and fee required for dinners.

Dinner fee is $25 per member, $36 per non-member due one week prior to event.
Dinner fee received less than seven days prior to the event is $36 per member and $45 per non-member if seats are available.

SCHOLAR STEVEN R. WEISMAN HOW JUDAISM BECAME AN AMERICAN RELIGION Steven R. Weisman will draw from his book The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion and present the dramatic history of how Judaism redefined itself in America in the 18th and 19th centuries as Jews sought to adjust their ancient doctrines, beliefs and practices to the modern world. Currently vice president for publications and communications at the Peterson Institute for International Economics (PIIE), he previously served as a correspondent, editor, and editorial board member at The New York Time s, where he worked for 40 years. He was awarded the Edward Weintal Prize in 2004 from Georgetown University for his reporting on the run-up to the Iraqi war. . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More
SCHOLAR DR. BATYA UNGAR SARGON  THE GROWING DIVISIONS WITHIN THE AMERICAN JEWISH COMMUNITY These days, it can feel like the Jewish community has never been so divided. The American Jewish community seems to be drifting away from our Israeli brothers and sisters, to say nothing of the divisions within our community. Are we hopelessly divided? Is the US Jewish community - and the US more generally - abandoning Israel? Or is something deeper going on? Dr. Batya Ungar Sargon is an award-winning journalist and the opinion editor for The Forward . Her work has appeared in The New York Times , The Washington Post , The Los Angeles Times , and Foreign Policy . She holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley.   . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More

Film Series

SUNDAY FILM SERIES:
Enjoy snacks and a movie, followed by an interactive discussion moderated by a variety of movie experts, directors and producers.
Free for TSTI Members, $5 per film for Non Members.
While free of charge, we request that you register in advance in order to provide adequate seating and snacks. 

Nov 17

Film: Back to Berlin

7:00pm

BACK TO BERLIN  FACILITATOR: Film’s Producer or Director TBD Free/members, $5/non-members Back to Berlin is a biker flick meets Holocaust feature documentary. Eleven motor bikers have a mission to take the Maccabiah torch from Israel to the site of the infamous 1936 Berlin Olympics, for the first Jewish Olympic Games on German soil. They will retrace the heroic journey of the original 1930’s Maccabiah riders and discover how they or their families survived the Holocaust.   . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More
The 33-minute long Sister Rose’s Passion celebrates Sister Rose Thering (1920-2006), O.P., Ph.D. and Seton Hall University professor emerita. The film explores Sister Rose’s role in combating anti-Semitism, and her life’s work in moving the Catholic Church and Catholic educational materials away from anti-Semitic teachings. Sister Rose’s Passion, a 2005 Academy Award nominated documentary short and winner of the 2004 Tribeca Film Festival Best Documentary… Learn More
This is the first major film documentary to examine Davis’ vast talent and his journey for identity through the shifting tides of civil rights and racial progress during 20th-century America. Sammy Davis Jr. had the kind of career that was indisputably legendary, and yet, his life was complex, complicated and contradictory. Davis strove to achieve the American Dream in a time of racial prejudice and shifting political territory. He was the veteran of increasingly outdated… Learn More

Classes

We request that you register in advance in order to provide adequate seating and snacks.  For more information regarding TSTI Classes, email Tracy Horwitz

 The establishment of the State of Israel in 1948 was nothing short of miraculous. After almost 2000 years, the Jewish people once again had self– determination. The events at the time often take on mythic proportions. This is true for both Israel’s supporters and its detractors. But where do the myths end and actual history begin? What were the facts that led up to the establishment of the State? What are the competing narratives that are in current use and … Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More
The feedback from those who attended this class last year was so positive that we decided to offer it once again. While somewhat unusual, these kinds of gatherings are beginning to take place across the country and seek to transform seemingly difficult conversations about death and dying into opportunities for deep engagement, insight and empowerment. Over dinner, we will tap into age-old Jewish wisdom around grieving and ritual, living, dying, and what comes after death. For… Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More
KABBALAH AND JEWISH MYSTICISM Instructor: Rabbi Cohen Free  The terms Jewish Mysticism and Kabbalah are familiar to most people but what do they really mean? In this session we will explore such questions as: What is Jewish mysticism? What is Kabbalah? Where did they come from and why did they develop? Who was/is involved in creating, studying and teaching them? Is mysticism relevant today or should it be relegated to the halls of either pop culture (a la Madonna) or academia? . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More
Mar 18

Class: Leo Frank's Trial

7:00pm

LEO FRANK’S TRIAL Instructor: Cantor MosesFree The trial of Leo Frank in Atlanta Georgia in 1913 was a pivotal moment in both Jewish and American history. A Jewish man who was convicted of raping a 13-year old girl, he was later lynched by an angry mob. Come and learn the fascinating history of this too little known and understood legal case that prompted the founding of the Anti-Defamation League as well as the revival of the Klu Klux Klan. . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More
Can text study of Biblical stories and their diverse interpretations empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements today? In our nation and around the world, civil discourse across political divides has become less and less civil. The lack of desire to try to understand those with opposing opinions, and the resulting loss of ability to disagree constructively over critical questions pose a threat to democracies around the world. In this course, we will use ancient… Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More
BOOK DISCUSSION: THE SECOND MOUNTAIN BY DAVID BROOKS Moderated by Rabbi Cohen Co-sponsored with Women’s Connection Free  In his book, The Second Mountain , David Brooks shares insights into what he calls “the second mountain” and, in the process, attempts to redefine what it means to be a success. “What happens,” he asks, “when life moves from self-centered to other-centered?” What does this “second mountain” look like… Learn More
  Explore the rich breadth of Jewish literature through the lens of the Jewish short story and the Jewish texts that have inspired them. These are not your kids’ short stories, nor are they the folk tales of the old country. These are stories that bring our ancient traditions and values into the modern world enabling us to confront the things that make us both uncomfortable about our tradition and proud of it. When paired with traditional texts and commentary, they… Learn More

Health and Wellness

Enjoy a wonderful afternoon of mindfulness meditation. For more information regarding TSTI's Meditation Program, email Tracy Horwitz

 

TWO TUESDAYS A MONTH AT 2PM  September 3, 17, October 15, 29  November 5, 19, December 3, 17  OPENING THE HEART AND MIND MEDITATION  Facilitated by Beth Sandweiss Come learn how to practice different types of meditation, focusing on the breath, loving-kindness, and awareness, in a Jewish context. Class consists of two 20-minute sits, which are framed through the Torah portion of the week or a lifecycle event on the Jewish calendar. . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More
TWO TUESDAYS A MONTH AT 2PM  September 3, 17, October 15, 29  November 5, 19, December 3, 17  OPENING THE HEART AND MIND MEDITATION  Facilitated by Beth Sandweiss Come learn how to practice different types of meditation, focusing on the breath, loving-kindness, and awareness, in a Jewish context. Class consists of two 20-minute sits, which are framed through the Torah portion of the week or a lifecycle event on the Jewish calendar. . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More
TWO TUESDAYS A MONTH AT 2PM  September 3, 17, October 15, 29  November 5, 19, December 3, 17  OPENING THE HEART AND MIND MEDITATION  Facilitated by Beth Sandweiss Come learn how to practice different types of meditation, focusing on the breath, loving-kindness, and awareness, in a Jewish context. Class consists of two 20-minute sits, which are framed through the Torah portion of the week or a lifecycle event on the Jewish calendar. . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

CONTINUE THE JOURNEY OF JEWISH LEARNING. THESE EXCITING CLASSES WILL HELP YOU EXPLORE THE ANSWERS TO YOUR QUESTIONS THROUGH MEANINGFUL LEARNING AND COMMUNITY CONNECTIONS.

No prerequisite of year one course…

No tests, no grades, no homework…
No Hebrew knowledge required…

WHAT MAKES THE MELTON LEARNING TRANSFORMATIVE?
~ THE TEXTS THEMSELVES

~ THE PLURALISTIC NATURE OF MELTON COURSES HEARING A MULTIPLICITY OF VOICES
~ CONTINUE THE JOURNEY OF JEWISH LEARNING

JEWS IN AMERICA: INSIDERS AND OUTSIDERS
INSTRUCTOR: RABBI COHEN
Covering an expanse of 200 years, this course considers the American Jewish experience from many angles including challenges such as anti-Semitism and acculturation as well as successes in civil society and the ourishing Jewish life.

SCHEDULE:
WEDNESDAYS: 10:30AM-12:00PM
September 11, 18, October 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11, 18

JEWISH DENOMINATIONS: ADDRESSING THE CHALLENGE OF MODERNITY
INSTRUCTOR: RABBI COHEN
Exploring the historical and ideological development of the major movements of modern Judaism, students look at key topics such as religious expression, gender, assimilation, Israel and post-denominationalism.

SCHEDULE:
WEDNESDAYS: 10:30AM-12:00PM
February 19, 26, March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20

If registering for both classes in the fall, the fee is $550 for community members, TSTI members $500. If registering for each class separately, fee is $300 per class for community members, TSTI member rate $275.

Please inform the Melton School at the time of registration that you are a TSTI Member. Includes books and supplies.

For more information and to register, please contact Rhonda at rLillianthal@jccmetrowest.org or 973- 530-3519. Checks made payable to JCC MetroWest.

Travel

ADULT TRAVEL
JEWISH MONTREAL
Travel to Montreal with Cantor Moses and Rabbi Jordan Cohen to experience the food, culture and Jewish community of this historical city. The trip will be shared with Temple Anshe Sholom from Hamilton Ontario, the oldest Reform Congregation in Canada.

THURSDAY, APRIL 16 -SUNDAY, APRIL 19

Montreal is a city unlike any other. Located on an island between two rivers it has served as a safe haven for Jews since the rst synagogue was built in 1768. Now, with 40 synagogues of varying denominations representing Jews from Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Mizrachi backgrounds, the community of around 100,000 strong is a vibrant part of the French-English speaking Montreal patchwork. The Jewish neighborhood of Montreal is highly reminiscent of the Lower East Side, boasting favorite Jewish delicacies, Montreal bagels (these are NOT New Jersey bagels!), and sky-high famous smoked meat sandwich shops, complete with lots of ambience.

We will also discuss the differences between immigrating to Canada versus the United States and what that has meant for both Jewish communities. We will get to explore the city that inspired Leonard Cohen, the Jewish community that in uenced the Bronfman family, and that served as hometown to William Shatner! Can’t wait to say Bienvenu a Montreal!

As we travel, we have the unprecedented treat of learning with a favorite teacher, Rabbi Jordan Cohen. Rabbi Cohen is both a scholar and a mensch. He has written extensively for Kollel in Toronto and published on My Jewish Learning.com. Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Moses worked together at Cantor Moses’s rst congregation in Hamilton, Canada.

The trip starts and departs from Montreal, Canada. All local transportation will be provided. Some meals are included. Please note that pricing varies depending on the number of participants and if you require a single supplement.

For more information about pricing and itinerary email Tracy Horwitz

Special Programs

Enjoy a special Evening of Jazz. For more information regarding this event, email Tracy Horwitz

SATURDAY, MARCH 28 AT 7PM AN EVENING OF JAZZ FEATURING JAZZ MUSICIAN GILAD HEKSELMANF EE: $10 PER MEMBER, $18 PER NON-MEMBER Please join us for this event where we will have the opportunity to enjoy the trio’s music, drink wine, and enjoy hors d’oeuvres and dessert. Gilad Hekselman is a virtuoso jazz guitarist who has played with many top jazz musicians and at many major jazz clubs in New York City, including the Blue Note, Jazz Standard, and Lincoln Center’s “Dizzy’s Club Coca-Cola”. He has performed at major jazz festivals including those at Montreux and Montreal. In May of 2019, Gilad and his quartet headlined a week at the storied Village Vanguard club.  This evening will feature the spectacular jazz of Gilad Hekselman’s Trio, which will delight anyone who enjoys music, contemporary jazz or guitar. We will also learn about Gilad’s journey from Israel to become an acclaimed jazz musician based in New York City, and how his background influences and informs his music. To learn more about Gilad, and listen to his music, visit: giladhekselman.com. . For questions, email Tracy Horwitz … Learn More