Adult Learning

Adult Learning at Temple Beth Tikvah

"Inspiring Jewish Learning Connections" is the goal of Adult Education at Temple Beth Tikvah. Throughout the year, we offer a variety of educational opportunities ranging from classical Jewish themes to contemporary enrichment activities. Programs like Scholar in Residence, Lunch and Learn, Shabbat and Sunday morning study sessions and topics of special interest are featured. We also invite learners to expand their Jewish awareness through activities such as yoga, meditation and art. Those of all ages, from young adults to seniors, are encouraged to attend.

Joshua ben Perachyah said:
Find for yourself a teacher and get yourself a friend;
and judge every man towards merit.
Pirkei Avot 1

Jewish Learning is a lifelong endeavor. While many might focus on Jewish education for your children and youth, Jewish learning isn’t just for kids, but for every individual of every age.  Our clergy, Director of Congregational Learning,community partners, and many volunteers have worked hard to provide many opportunities for us to explore our Judaism along with our fellow congregants.

We hope that you will journey with us…


The Committee is in the process of planning for next year.It will to be another wonderful year of learning at TBT! The Committee is contining the Movie Nigh through the summer.

Current Adult Education offerings:


Rabbi’s Table: Parashat HaShavuah - Rabbi Shuval-Weiner

Saturdays at 12:30 pm Learn more about how our understanding of Torah has evolved and how it still provides meaning and purpose for our lives today.

Saturday Night Movies

 Saturdaysat  6:00 - 10:00 PM: Dinner, Havdalah, movie and discussion. Please remember to bring  non-perishable food item for the Food Bank as an act of Tzadakah.

October's  Movie - "Yentle" 

Rebbe Mendel (Nehemiah Persoff) is a single father who teaches the Talmud, a sacred text of Judaism, to the boys of his small Polish town. Behind closed doors, he also instructs his daughter, Yentl (Barbra Streisand), despite the fact that girls are forbidden to study religious scripture. When Yentl's father dies, she still has a strong desire to learn about her faith -- so she disguises herself as a male, enrolls in a religious school, and unexpectedly finds love along the way.

 November's Movie - Complicit
Saturday, November 11

December Movie - HaVa Nagila
Saturday, December 2nd

Please plan to bring a main meal for yourself and something yummy to share with the group (an appetizer or dessert). 

Everything should be vegetarian, dairy or pareve (no meat!) and must not be brought into the kitchen in order to keep the kitchen kosher.

In addition, please bring a non-perishable food item for the Food Bank as an act of tzedakah.


Sacred Aging Circle: Empty Nester's Edition

7 Monday evenings beginning October 2 from 7:00 - 8:15 pm

Join other Beth Tikvah members in a program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of those of us who are soon to be or recently empty nesters. With some thoughtful exploration, this "second chapter" is filled with new opportunities for the pursuit of our own passions and interests.

Explore the opportunities and challenges of this stage within the context of a trusted peer group. Combining study of Jewish texts with contemplative practice, topics to be covered include: Becoming one's authentic self; relationship to our bodies; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss and changing roles; creating relevant rituals; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy.

Session content will be based on the text Wise Aging: Living with Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, and will be provided for all participants.
Cost: $36/person or $60/married couple

RSVP: by September 30th 

A Season of Mussar I

Beginning Tuesday, October 10th from 7 - 8:15 pm

Mussar is a thousand-year-old Jewish system for personal growth. It is aimed at elevating one's character, or what Mussar calls soul traits (middot). Practices include meditation, chanting, studying Mussar texts, engaging in Mussar discussions, and keeping a daily journal on the middot (soul traits) that practitioners discover to be obstacles in their lives.

A Season of Mussar I is an introduction to the study and practice of Mussar. The middot covered are Humility (Anavah), Anger (Ka'as), Gratitude (Hakarat Ha'tov), Trust (Bitahon), Honor (Kavod), and Alacrity (Zerizut).

There is no prerequisite for this program, and no language other than English is required. Registration is a must for the course.

The class must have a minimum of 8 people registered to start. Registration deadline is Monday, October 3rd.

FEE: $100 per individual. Nobody will be denied admission because of inability to pay. Please contact Rabbi Shuval-Weiner regarding scholarships if needed. Please send your check made payable to Temple Beth Tikvah and add Mussar in the note section.



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