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 in which our adults come together for classes, films and Shabbat scholars. The goal of the committee is to select a wide array of topics that are introduced through different media thus enabling us to meet the diverse interests and needs of the congregation and community. 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.

Roya Hakakian is a writer whose opinion columns, essays and book reviews have appeared in publications like the New York Times, Wall Street Journal and NPR’s All Things Considered among many others. She currently serves as an editorial board member of World Affairs and is a founding member… Learn More
Joshua Cohen, the Regional Director of the Anti-Defamation League’s New Jersey Office. is responsible for the overall planning, direction and administration of all regional office activities, including program delivery, fundraising, leadership development, communications, government relations, … Learn More

Film Series

Enjoy snacks and a movie, followed by an interactive discussion moderated by a variety of movie experts, directors and producers. 

Free for 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. 

Based on true events, this is a powerful portrayal of how Germans in post-war Germany began to grasp the extent of the war crimes that had been perpetrated by them during the war. One lawyer led the charge against incredible opposition by those in 1950s Germany who wanted to forget the past and move… Learn More
This film tells the extraordinary and dramatic story of Gertrude Bell, the most powerful woman in the British Empire in her day. She shaped the modern Middle East after World War I in ways that still reverberate today. More influential than her friend and colleague Lawrence of Arabia, Bell helped draw… Learn More

Classes

While free of charge, we request that you register in advance in order to provide adequate seating and snacks.

For more information regarding TSTI Classes, email thorwitz@tstinj.org

Dec 14

Hannukah: More than Just "Jewish Solstice"?

Rabbi Alexandra Klein

1:00pm

Hannukah: More than Just "Jewish Solstice"?Like many other religious traditions, Hannukah comes in the early winter of each year, as the days get shorter and darker. So is Hannukah just a Jew-ified version of pagan winter solstice celebrations? Together, we will study the traditional rabbinic sources… Learn More
Feb 7

Everything You Need to Know About Saying Kaddish

Rabbi Alexandra Klein

7:00pm

Everything You Need to Know About Saying Kaddish Why does Kaddish, the mourners' prayer, have nothing to do with death? How often are we supposed to say it after a loved one dies, and should we say it at all if we aren't personally in mourning? Why is the Hebrew of the prayer so difficult, and how is… Learn More
Mar 7

Social Justice In Focus Part II: Civil Rights

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

12:00pm

Social Justice In Focus Part II: Civil RightsThere are so many issues of civil rights in our nation today, and one of the most challenging is Criminal Justice Reform. We will examine traditional Jewish sources to understand the historical Jewish stances on this issue, and debate how they might, or might… Learn More
Apr 19

Social Justice in Focus Part III: Topic TBD

Rabbi Daniel Cohen

7:00pm

Social Justice in Focus Part III: Topic TBDWith so many changes being made by the current administration we will leave this evening’s session open so that the most current issue or issues can be addressed. The topic will be announced a few weeks prior to the session.  Learn More
May 10

"Jerusalem: A Tale of Two Cities"

Rabbi Alexandra Klein

1:00pm

"Jerusalem: A Tale of Two Cities" In anticipation of Yom Yerushalayim, the day that the city of Jerusalem was reunified during the 1967 war, we will study the historical and mystical origins of the city of Jerusalem - a city which poet Yehuda Amichai referred to as "a city of two." Through ancient texts… Learn More

Health and Wellness

Mindfulness Meditation and Chant Group
Facilitated by Beth Sandweiss

Experience Hebrew chant and mindfulness meditation using simple melodies, breath and awareness exercises that relax the mind, open the heart and bring our attention to the present moment. The beginning of each session is guided, and no meditation or chanting experience is necessary.

Mar 13

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
Mar 20

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
Mar 27

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
Apr 3

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
Apr 10

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
Apr 17

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
Apr 24

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More
May 1

Wise Aging

Anne Sussman, Certified Meditation Instructor

1:00pm

Wise Aging, a small group experience, will explore the topic of aging within a Jewish spiritual context. Study text and share ideas in an open and safe environment. Learn techniques to help cultivate a daily spiritual practice through meditation. Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit is our goal. We… Learn More

Israel Programs

Israel Programs at TSTI
Co-sponsored with the Israel Involvement Committee

Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest Community Shaliach, Michael Levi, will explore Israeli culture and its diversity through food, speakers, short films, and music. The program will discuss the evolution of the Israeli identity, similarities and differences between Israel and the USA, Israeli politics and the influence of Israel’s neighboring countries.

Dec 17

Lunch and Learn

1:00pm

The Uniqueness of the Hebrew Language through a post office stamp session explores the layers of the Hebrew language and its development throughout the years. Also, discuss and watch a video about the revival of the Hebrew language by Eliezer Ben Yehuda. Learn More
Enjoy a glimpse into the unique blends of culture Israel has to offer. Understand the influence of surrounding countries and how they affect Israel today Learn More
Join our community Shlichim to get a taste of Israeli diversity through Charosset! Make and taste authentic Charosset from the Shlichim’s families Seder table and explore how their specific recipe tells the story of Passover traditions in Israeli society. Participate in a Havdalah service and … Learn More
Apr 22

Israeli Film and Snacks

7:00pm

Movie nights will feature Israeli films with a discussion facilitated by Michael Levi. Possible films include but are not limited to: Noodle , Ajami and Baba Joon. Learn More
Enjoy a glimpse into the unique blends of culture Israel has to offer. Understand the influence of surrounding countries and how they affect Israel today Learn More

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

TSTI is thrilled to host two new courses sponsored by
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Whether you are a life-long learner looking to deepen your knowledge, or you feel like you are starting from scratch, these exciting year-long courses will help you explore the answers to your questions through meaningful learning and community connections.

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

"A Taste of Melton"
Tuesday, September 12 at 7:00pm
Please join Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Max Weisenfeld for a brief overview of the exciting MeltonSchool program. Learn about the specific curriculum and how it is relevant to you.  Coffee and dessert will be served. RSVP requested, email thorwitz@tstinj.org

COURSE 1:
MELTON "CORE CURRICULUM": THE PURPOSES AND RHYTHMS OF JEWISH LIVING
The Melton School "Core Curriculum" provides adults with a comprehensive understanding of Jewish thought, practice and history. This experience gives adults a framework to integrate past and future learning while challenging participants to find their voice amidst our diverse tradition.

The course is comprised of two sub-courses:
The PURPOSES of Jewish Living: Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

The RHYTHMS of Jewish Living: What does it mean to live Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs, and practices are involved? This course examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice.

Schedule:
Wednesdays: 10:00am-12:00pm
October 18, 2017 through May 30, 2017
Except November 22, December 27, February 21 and April 11
Instructors: Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Max Weisenfeld
Fee $675 for community members, TSTI member rate $500. Please inform the Melton School at Time of Registration that you are a TSTI Member. Includes books and supplies.

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

COURSE 2:
FOUNDATIONS OF JEWISH FAMILY LIVING: VALUES FOR JEWISH PARENTS TO SHARE WITH THEIR CHILDREN
Foundations of Jewish Family Living is a curriculum for parents that provides a thought-provoking encounter with the core values of Judaism. This class brings to life the master stories from our tradition and the profound messages they convey.

Participants will be able to bring the Jewish conversations home to share with their young children. This experience provides parents with the learning, the language, and the confidence to be a teacher to their own children.

Schedule: Sundays, once per month
September 17, October 29, November 19, December 17, January 28,
February 11, March 4, April 22, May 20, June 10
Instructor: Rabbi Alexandra Klein
Fee $180 for community, $100 TSTI member rate. Please inform the Melton School at Time of Registration that you are a TSTI Member. Includes books and supplies.

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