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.

Apr 26

Dinner with Scholar Rabbi Andrea Weiss

Speaking Religious Truth to Political Power

6:00pm

Dr. Andrea Weiss serves as Associate Professor of Bible at the New York campus of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. She was ordained at HUC-JIR/New York and received her doctorate from the University of Pennsylvania. She served as Associate Editor of The Torah: A Women's Commentary (… 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. 

May 5

Film Series: The Life and Times of Hank Greenberg

Facilitator: Stephen Whitty

7:00pm

A humorous and nostalgic documentary film about an extraordinary baseball player who transcended ethnic and religious prejudice to become a hero for all Americans. Hank Greenberg’s achievements during the “Golden Age of Baseball” in the thirties and forties rivaled those of Babe Ruth… 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 thorwitz@tstinj.org

Jan 24

Death Over Dinner: A New Approach to Addressing Tough Topics

Instructor: Rabbi Klein

7:00pm

$5 dinner fee. Registration required by Thursday, January 17.  Across the country, communities are gathering for unusual dinner conversation. "Death Over Dinner" gatherings seek to transform seemingly difficult conversations about death and dying into opportunities for deep engagement, insight… Learn More
Feb 28

Finding Social Media Sources to Understand the Jewish World

Instructor: Rabbi Cohen

7:00pm

In a world of social media and online news sources, it is difficult to know where to turn for information. Every source, whether an online version of a newspaper or social media, has its bias and orientation. So, who can you trust? We will look at a variety of different places one can turn to for information… Learn More
Mar 27

Challah Baking

Instructors: Cantor Rebecca Moses and Cantor Joan Finn

7:00pm

$5 members, $10 non-members. Registration required by March 18.  Come and learn how to bake challah from start to finish. You will also get tasty ideas about how the dough can be used for fun and delicious variations. There will be samples of the completed product in class and you will get your… Learn More
Apr 11

Jerusalem: A Tale of Two Cities

Instructor: Rabbi Klein

7:00pm

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 and modern poetry, we will seek… Learn More
Yossi Klein HaLevi is one of the great Jewish thinkers of our day. A fellow at the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem, HaLev wrote the book as a result of his inner turmoil after the collapse of the Oslo Accords and his attempt toward reconciliation at a time when peace seems a distant dream. Attendees … Learn More

Health and Wellness

Opening the Heart and Mind Meditation
Facilitated by Beth Sandweiss
Wednesdays at 9:00am
October 10, 31, November 7, 21, December 5, 19
January 9, 23, February 6, 20, March 6, 20, April 3, 17, May 8, 22, June 5, 19
Free and open to all

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.

Click here to register.

Israel Programs

Explore Israel through a variety of exciting programs.

Dec 16

Impact of the 6 Day War and Yom Kippur War on Israeli Society

Speaker: Itzhak Brook, MD

7:00pm

Itzhak Brook, MD, served as battalion physician during the Yom Kippur War and authored the book, “In the Sands of Sinai: A Physician’s Account of the Yom Kippur War.”He will present the historical perspectives of the 6 Day and Yom Kippur Wars, and their long term effects on Israeli… Learn More
Mar 14

70 Reasons for Hope

Speaker: Amit Stern

7:00pm

Learn about the many organizations, individuals, and special events that give us hope for a better Israel. Discuss individuals who try to change Religion and state, make the work of the Israeli parliament (the Knesset) transparent and accessible, and who bridge the gap between the many different populations… Learn More
Apr 7

Above and Beyond

7:00pm

In 1948, a group of World War II pilots volunteered to fight for Israel in the War of Independence. As members of 'Machal' -- volunteers from abroad -- this ragtag band of brothers not only turned the tide of the war, preventing the possible annihilation of Israel at the very moment of its birth, they… Learn More

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

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, this exciting year-long course 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…

MELTON "CORE CURRICULUM": CROSSROAD OF JEWISH LIVING AND THE ETHICS 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:
Crossroads of Jewish History
Emphasizing the richness of Jewish memory, this chronological exploration focuses on the significant crosssroads where Jews made decisions that shaped our identity and destiny.
The Ethics of Jewish Living
This course sheds light on how Jewish scholars and thinkers with multiple approaches consider contemporary issues that affect us individually and as a community

Schedule:
Wednesdays: 10:00am-12:00pm
October 10, 2018 through May 29, 2019
Except November 21, December 26, and March 20

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

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

Think that B'nai Mitzvah is only for 13 year olds? Think again! This eight month course will focus on Hebrew Bible and prayer literacy, Hebrew reading, and d'var Torah writing, and will culminate in a class-led Saturday morning Shabbat service. No Hebrew knowledge is required, as Hebrew learning will take place the first hour of class. If you were not given the opportunity to have a bar/bat mitzvah as a child, if you have converted to Judaism as an adult, or if have a child/grandchild reaching B’nai Mitzvah age, this is a wonderful time to complete this mitzvah! This course will be taught by Rabbi Klein in partnership with the TSTI clergy team, a Hebrew language teacher and occasional guest educators.  

Schedule:
Wednesdays at 7:00-9:00pm
October 10, 17, November 14, 28, December 5, 19, January 2, 16, 30, February 13, 27,
March 6, 13, April 17, 24, May 8, 22, 29 June 12, 19 

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Service Saturday, June 22 

Fee: $250 includes cost of books and outside educators. Registration required by October 1.
This class is open to TSTI members only, with preference given to those who have not previously had a bar/bat mitzvah. Scholarships available.

To register click here.

Travel

ADULT TRAVEL
Adult Civil Rights Trip
Journey with Rabbi Cohen and Cantor Moses to America’s Deep South
Thursday, February 7-Sunday, February 10
Join fellow TSTI adults for an amazing experience developed by tour experts, ETGAR 36.With Judaism as our lens and social justice as our passion, we will learn how African-Americans in the 1950s and 60s stood up to gain equality. We will also discover the role Jews played in supporting the Civil Rights and strengthen our Jewish identity as we reflect on the many connections the Jewish people share with the African American community. We will reinforce our understanding of why social justice is such an important value in Judaism, and how we can make a difference in our own community.

During this four-day trip we will: visit important sites in
• Visit the most impactful historical sites from the Civil Rights Movement in Montgomery, Selma and Birmingham and meet with local heroes who were there;
• Learn about the Montgomery, Alabama bus boycott, where the civil rights movement began;
• Celebrate Shabbat together and walk across the Edmund Pettus Bridge, the site of the Selma-Montgomery March beatings;
• Tour Selma and learn about Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s involvement in the civil rights movement;
• Go on a walking tour of Birmingham with Bishop Calvin Woods who was a civil rights leader in the 50s and 60s and was arrested and beaten for his work with the Alabama Christian Movement for Human Rights (ACMHR) and the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC);
• Taste delicious local cuisine and hear the stories of the modern-day civil rights challenges faced by the Alabama African-American community;
• Conclude our time at Sunday morning worship services at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, former congregational home of Martin Luther King, Jr, and a thriving religious community today.

The trip will meet in and depart from Atlanta, Georgia.   To register, please email thorwitz@tstinj.org.

Artist In Residence

Artist: Cantor Lisa Levine
Cantor Levine is a worship artist, songwriter, ritual artist, recording artist, concert artist and yoga prayer facilitator. She has been building bridges between people of all faith traditions for more than 30 years. Cantor Levine works with choirs and bands to create a unique and spiritual weekend of music, movement, chant, meditation and healing, and most best of all she will be with us for a whole weekend! We are excited to welcome Cantor Levine to join us for a weekend of prayer, learning and song. She will be lead us in worship on Friday night, teach us on Saturday evening, and entertain and make a joyful noise with our kids.  You are not going to want to miss it!