Adult Education

Temple Ahavat Shalom Adult Education enhances Jewish identity by offering a variety of learning opportunities taught by Rabbi Gary Klein 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.

  • Introduction to Judaism. Rabbi Klein teaches this class on Sunday mornings. It is for anyone who is new to Judaism, is a non-Jewish spouse who wants to provide a Jewish home for his or her spouse and children or for any Jew who wants to enhance his/her knowledge of Judaism. This class is also part of our program of helping people who wish to choose Judaism as their religion. It is also for Jews who wish to refresh their Jewish knowledge. We discuss religious and cultural aspects of Judaism and we study the tools Judaism gives us to respond to life’s blessings and challenges. This class will resume in January.
  • Rabbi Klein’s Tuesday Morning Class will resume in January.
  • 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, Temple Social Hall. Bring your lunch.
  • Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class, taught by our member, Paula Rosoff on Monday evenings at 7:00 pm. Class is now open only to those adults who can read Hebrew but have never become a Bat/Bar Mitzvah. We have a June 2020 date to celebrate becoming B’Nai Mitzvah together. We are meeting throughout the summer. Tuition is $50. Please call the Temple office to register.

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.