Adult Education

We offer a variety of stimulating, challenging, and accessible opportunities for adult learning throughout the year.  Classes generally meet on Sunday mornings and Tuesday evenings.

One Book, One Rodfei Zedek
Our journal of ideas, To Learn and To Teach
Hyde Park Teen Beit Midrash
Writings by our Congregants

613 Flavors | Holiday Learning and Doing for Adults | Svara
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class | "Crash" HebrewExploring the Siddur
Conversational Hebrew | Siddur Hebrew | Talmud Study
Isaiah | Learn to Lead Parts of the Services
Text Study GroupTeachers Wanted
Sisterhood Programs | Reading Groups

613 Flavors
Join Rabbi Minkus for making home-made ice cream in the Rodfei Zedek kitchen as we welcome each new Hebrew month throughout the Jewish year.  Suggest an innovative, mitzvah-inspired flavor to surprise and inspire our senses for new delicious takes on the timeless treat.

Holiday Learning & Doing for Adults
Last year a group of congregants wandered and wondered with Rabbi Minkus through Abigail Pogrebin's book, 
My Jewish Year:  18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew.  They sat together before each holiday learning and discussing its origins, practices and relevance to our lives.  This year the learning continues but will focus more on doing, making the wondering more interactive.  If you were a part of the class last year, we hope you will continue; and if you missed it, we would be better if you joined us.  The class meets roughly once a month, but it's not necessary to attend every session.  To join, let Rabbi Minkus know you're interested ([email protected]).

After sharing her famous “CRASH Talk” with the CRZ community, Rabbi Benay Lappe showed us the SVARA method for learning Talmud on the second day of Rosh HaShanah last year at Rodfei Zedek.  Look for other SVARA events in the future.  Visit online:  SVARA, A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva.

Exploring the Siddur
Cantor Rachel Rosenberg offers an opportunity to become more familiar with the Siddur Lev Shalem prayerbook, understand the structure of the Shabbat services, explore nuances of meaning behind certain key tefillot (prayers), and coach participants to become comfortable with participating in and leading services as desired.  Sunday mornings tba.

"Crash" Hebrew
Have you always wanted to learn to read Hebrew but not yet done so?  Have you learned the Hebrew alphabet long ago but can use a refresher?  Do this for yourself in the New Year!  Join with your Rodfei friends to learn new letters and vowels each week in a course specially designed for adult learners.  You will be reading in just a few short weeks!  Classes meet on Tuesday evenings; dates tba.  Contact Cantor Rosenberg to sign up.

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class
Want to celebrate your status as a Jewish adult post the age of  13 through meaningful participation in a Shabbat morning service?  It’s never too late!  Contact Cantor Rosenberg to coordinate the preparation based on your current skill level and to schedule a date for the service and celebration!Hebrew class 2

Beginning Biblical and Siddur Hebrew
A continuation of the Crash Hebrew class as congregant Mitchell Brown delves deeper into Hebrew grammar and shares real examples from the Bible and Siddur.  Classes meet on Tuesday evenings, resuming October 29.  Contact Cantor Rosenberg to sign up.

Conversational Hebrew
Interested in learning Hebrew?  Master teacher Rivka Kahana offers two classes on most Sunday mornings:  Intermediate Hebrew at 10:00 and Advanced Hebrew at 11:00.  New students are always welcome, including teens.  Please contact the Rodfei Zedek office for tuition information and other details for these classes.

Talmud Study
Studying Talmud after Monday morning minyanRabbi Larry Edwards leads a half hour of Talmud study each week following Monday morning minyan and ending by 9:00.  Beginners are welcome, as are those who have studied Talmud in the past.  English is the language of instruction.

Dr. Judith R. Phillips-Balter continues study of the Book of Isaiah, engaging in lively discussion of the text, especially where it may be relevant to current issues, practices or controversies.  A complete Bible (containing the Torah, Prophets and Writings in English translation) is required; the most recent edition of the Oxford Annotated Bible is recommended.  For further information contact the synagogue office.

Text Study Group
This group began by bringing together people who love the prayers and wanted to know more about how they originated and what they mean.  The group consisted of "ordinary" shul members who began by studying the Shabbat service in our siddur, Or Chadash.  We moved on to study non‑prayer texts like the Books of Esther, Ecclesiastes, and Daniel, Ruth, Psalms, and Proverbs.  Group members take turns preparing for each session with issues for discussion and background information; we've now identified a number of easy-to-use works for reference.  Sessions are hosted at members' homes, usually once a month on a Sunday evening.  For further information, contact Shirley Holbrook at sholbro_at_icloud_dot_com.

Tefilah:  Learning to Lead Portions of the Services
Rodfei Zedek continually encourages meaningful participation in services and is always looking for new leaders as well as more experienced daveners to increase their skill sets and lead different parts of the service.  Please contact Cantor Rosenberg if you are interested in learning together in a group or individually.

Teachers Wanted
Do you have knowledge about Jewish culture, history, thought, or practice that you would like to share?  Teach a class at CRZ!  Your course can be one afternoon or multiple sessions, based on text study or some other form of engagement (cooking, painting, dancing, singing…whatever your imagination and skills suggest).  Email to propose a course.

Sisterhood Programs
Rodfei Zedek Sisterhood continues our 100+ year tradition of enhancing congregational life through programming and fund-raising activities.  Our monthly Monday afternoon meetings provide educational and entertaining programs, open to women and men of the Congregation and their friends.  We host Shabbat lectures for the congregation, a drop-in Mah Jongg game every Tuesday afternoon (except on Jewish holidays) and have a monthly book group on Monday mornings.  New members and prospective members are always welcome at our open meetings.  We have a nominal fee for membership to pay for mailings to the members, honorariums to speakers, and other small expenses for our meetings.  We hope you can join us at our open meetings.  Please visit Sisterhood online to see our many other programs for you to enjoy.

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