Adult Education

Temple Ahavat Shalom Adult Education enhances Jewish identity by offering a variety of learning opportunities taught by Rabbi Matt Berger and a number of other teachers. These programs are designed to appeal to the changing cognitive and spiritual needs of the adult population.

Below are examples of some of the classes that Temple Ahavat Shalom offers during the year for adults. We hope that you will join us in expanding your knowledge of Judaism.

  • Rabbi Matt Berger’s Tuesday Morning Class, Jewish tradition teaches that education is a lifelong journey that enriches our mind, heart and spirit. Join us as we explore the wisdom and depth of Jewish teachings from ancient times to the modern day. To register, contact the temple office at adminassistant@ahavatshalom.org
  • Lunch ‘n’ Learn: The Former Prophets Class, led by our member Susan Segal will use Robert Alter’s translation:  Ancient Israel – The Former Prophets: Joshua, Judges, Samuel, and Kings, W.W. Norton & Company.  It is available in paperback on Amazon and in hardback through third-party sellers listed on Amazon. Come, let’s get into the folk memories, court intrigues, great kingdoms, and military campaigns of the “former prophets.” Thursdays, at noon, via Zoom. To register please contact Susi Segal at susiwintsegal@gmail.com
  • Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class, We are hoping to start a new Adult Hebrew class in January. This class starts with learning the Hebrew Aleph-Bet and goes on to learning our basic prayers for home use. You will become competent to participate in Shabbat and holiday services. We also include learning about Jewish holidays and customs. If the interest is there, it can lead to becoming a Bar/Bat Mitzvah.  There is a minimum number of students necessary for the class to begin. Please note that there is a $72.00 charge per semester for this class plus the cost of books.  To register, contact Paula Rosoff at prosoff3@gmail.com

We also offer numerous holiday workshops, special lectures and cultural programs throughout the year.

Significant Jewish Books

  • Day After Night: A Novel by Anita Diamant
    In her best-selling novel, The Red Tent, Anita Diamant reimagined the lives of women in biblical times, the community of support between them, and their unmarked footsteps in history. Her new novel, Day After Night, seeks out a woman’s narrative in a real event that took place in Israel three years prior to statehood.
  • America’s Prophet: Moses and the American Story by Bruce Feiler
    Bruce Feiler opens up the Exodus story in a new way by viewing it through a different lens–the history of the United States of America. “For four hundred years, one figure stands out as the surprising symbol of America,” Feiler writes. “His name is Moses.”

Contact Us

For information regarding adult education classes, call the Temple office at 727-785-8811 or email officeassistant@ahavatshalom.org.