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Adult Education Opportunities

We believe in the importance of life-long learning.  We believe that an adult understanding of Judaism requires adult study and spiritual/intellectual engagement.  We offer a diverse range of adult education classes, open to both PSJC members and non-members. PSJC members teach many of our classes and we bring in distinguished experts to teach subjects, as needed.

Our adult education program incorporates a mix of subjects and levels, accessible to those with little Jewish educational background and challenging to those who have been steeped in Yiddishkeit their whole lives. Topics for classes include: Hebrew language skills (conversational and prayerbook), synagogue skills including leyning, basic Judaism, Jewish spirituality/meditation, text study, Jewish history, topics in Jewish literature, Israeli dancing, and Jewish cooking. (Please note that this is not a comprehensive list and not all of these classes will be offered every session.)

We look forward to learning with you.

For more information on our programs click upcoming opportunities or past events

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Upcoming Events

Elul as a spiritual springboard for the High Holy Days with Rabbi Sue Oren
repentance • raised awareness • renewal
Wednesdays, September 11, 18, 25 | 7:00PM-8:30PM
Rosh HaShanah is “late” this year… so let’s embrace September as an opportunity to prepare for 5780 together!!

If Judaism were about perfection, our High Holy Day prayers would focus on purity and discipline in the new year, so we would be exempt from repentance next year. Instead, we join with Jews around the world each year to search our souls, take our place among this flawed people (and species), and look forward with hope. 

Join this three-session course to consider traditional, liturgical & contemporary texts to ready ourselves for the High Holy Day experience, and lay the groundwork for new mistakes to learn from this time next year.


Kabbalat Shabbat and the Melodies of Yamim Noraim with our cantor, Judy Ribnick
Friday, September 13, 2019 | 6:30PM services; 7:30PM dinner and music
This is your opportunity to bring to mind those High Holy Day melodies that inspire us each year, and to get a personal preview of some of the new melodies our cantor, Judy Ribnick, will be bringing this year. So start with Kabbalat Shabbat, join us for a vegetarian, dairy potluck and stay for great singing with Judy!


For the Sins...with Rabbi Carie Carter and Dr. Angela Weisl
Sunday, September 15, 2019 | 1:00PM

With the guidance of Rabbi Carie Carter and Professor of Medieval Literature at Seaton Hall University, Angela Weisl, we will explore the traditional listings of sins of the season (Ashamnu and Al Chet) and then use our creative skills to write a new Al Chet (potentially to share with the community) to speak to us as individuals, as a community, as a people, a nation, and a world.


Starting the New Year in a Meaningful Way for the Whole Family with Rabbi Carie Carter
Sunday, September 22, 2019 | 11:00AM
How do we talk about Teshuvah (Repentance) and Forgiveness with our children? How do we make sure that this year, Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur help us and our families actually start a new and good year? These are some of the questions we will address together as we approach the High Holy Days.


SELICHOT Across Brooklyn
Saturday, September 21, 2019 | 9:30PM | PSJC


9:30 PM | Havdallah
10:00 PM| Liturgy
11:15 PM | Communal Singing
12:30 AM | Conclusion

This poetic and reflective service prepares one’s heart, mind and spirit for the Days of Awe and Repentance.  A beautiful beginning to the High Holy Days, the service will begin with Havdallah, followed by prayer, song and study led by our local rabbis and cantors.  

Co-sponsored by:  Altshuler, Atara Minyan, Beloved Brooklyn, Brookyn Jews, Congregation Beth Elohim, East Midwood Jewish Center, Flatbush Jewish Center, IDRA: Culture & Learning & Food, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu: Voices of Our Lives, Mishkan Minyan, Park Slope Jewish Center, Romemu Brooklyn, Shir HaMaalot, and Union Temple of Brooklyn


The Call of the Shofar: A Teshuvah Meditation Session with Rabbi Susan Falk                                                                                               Thursday, September 26, 2019 | 7:00PM-8:30PM | PSJC 

The Psalmist says, “Happy are the people who know the call of the shofar.” Each year, the shofar calls us to re-awaken from the slumber of our daily lives and the exhaustion of life’s distractions that keep us from being our best and truest selves. By practicing mindfulness meditation, we can cultivate self-knowledge by making space to notice what is really on our minds and in our hearts. In this session, we will learn basic mindfulness techniques while focusing on the teachings associated with the shofar to help us open ourselves to the hard work of teshuvah, the yearly practice of repentance and forgiveness.

We will conclude the session with the blowing of the shofar.

No previous meditation experience necessary.

 

This session is free to PSJC members and guests.

 

Rabbi Susan Falk Bio: Rabbi Susan Falk worked as a Chaplain and the Director of Jewish Hospice in Philadelphia, and later served for 11 years as the rabbi of Congregation Kehilat Shalom in New Jersey. She is an ongoing student at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality and maintains a mindfulness meditation and spiritual direction practice. Rabbi Falk loves teaching about all things Jewish – from Talmud to music – is a passionate advocate for social justice, and an avid birder in her spare time. She lives in Brooklyn with her partner, Elisabeth.

 

Past Events:

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice In a warm and open environment, learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life, and death.

Tahara Training at Shomrei HaChomos
 Thursday, November 8 | 7:30PM
Are you curious about how the Hevra Kadisha (holy society) performs tahara (preparing a body for burial)?
 

Learn About Shmira with PSJC Hevra Kadisha  
Saturday, November 3 | 1:15PM (after Kiddush)
Have you ever wondered if joining the Park Slope Jewish Center Hevra Kadisha is for you? Interested in learning more?

PSJC Davening Workshop
Sunday, October 28 | 2:00PM-4:00PM
Have you always wanted to lead Davening? Want to learn something new? 

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice In a warm and open environment, learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life, and death.

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Tahara Training at Shomrei HaChomos
Thursday, November 8 | 7:30PM
Are you curious about how the Hevra Kadisha (holy society) performs tahara (preparing a body for burial)?

Learn About Shmira with PSJC Hevra Kadisha  
Saturday, November 3 | 1:15PM (after Kiddush)
Have you ever wondered if joining the Park Slope Jewish Center Hevra Kadisha is for you? Interested in learning more?

PSJC Davening Workshop
Sunday, October 28 | 2:00PM-4:00PM
Have you always wanted to lead Davening? Want to learn something new? 

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice - Fall 2017

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2017

The Rabbi Who Killed His Purim Guest: An Exploration Of The Talmud Through The Jewish Year
Beginning November 7 | 1:00PM

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice.

Mishneh Torah - Laws Of Teshuvah
Saturdays  | 1:20PM
October 14, December 19, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 14 and May 5

Please register here for this study group.

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice - Fall 2017

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice - Spring 2017

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2016

Mishneh Torah - Laws Of Teshuvah
Saturdays | 1:30PM
October 1, November 12, January 14, February 4, March 4, May 6, June 3
Please register 
here for this study group.

Introduction to Judaism: An Exploration for Curious Adults
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice.

Torah Study and Papermaking around the idea of the “Ger”
Thursdays | 7:00PM-9:30PM
November 10, December 8 & 22

Please RSVP
 here.

Torah Cantillation Class
Wednesdays | 7:00PM-9:30PM
August 31 - September 28

Would you like to learn to chant Torah? 

Path of the Mensch 
Beginning in November
November 9 - April 5
The world of Mussar is opening before you and you are invited to enter.  To learn more about the Path of the Mensch, please contact
 Rabbi Carter.

Intro to Judaism: Spring 2016
Mondays | 7:30PM - 9:30 PM | Union Temple (near Grand Army Plaza)
A 20-week course on Jewish life, thought & practice led by Rabbi Sue Oren. For more information, registration & class fees, click
 here

Intro to Judaism: Fall
A 20-week course on Jewish life, thought & practice led by Rabbi Sue Oren

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Intro to Judaism: Fall
A 20-week course on Jewish life, thought & practice led by Rabbi Sue Oren.

Intro to Judaism: Spring
A 20-week course on Jewish life, thought & practice led by Rabbi Sue Oren.

Beyond Beginnings
Follow up for "Intro" alumni led by Rabbi Sue Oren
Sundays | May 3 - June 28
Prerequisite: Intro to Judaism or equivalent
Topics: Relationships & Responsibilities: creating an engaged/engaging Jewish home, Jewish approaches to raising children and to caring for our elders and Jewish perspectives on environmental responsibility & animal welfare. Major concepts and junctures in Jewish thought, practice and history: Jewish feminism, Messianism, cooperation and conflict in medieval Spain and everyday life in contemporary Israel. Tuition: $185 + $15 materials fee (see registration form attached) For questions and registration, contact Rabbi Sue Oren: 917.539.1334 or beyondbeginnings@earthlink.net.

The Art of Shir Hashirim
Thursdays | March 12 and 26

Religion and Politics in Israel: Potluck Shabbat Dinner with Dr. Tomer Persico
Friday, February 20 | 6:30PM


Elana Maryles Sztokman Talk And Book Signing: The War On Women In Israel
Thursday, February 5 | 7:30PM

Apocrypha Continues: The Book of Judith
Saturday, February 7 | 1:15PM | PSJC 
We will explore the Book of Judith with Rabbinic Intern Raysh Weiss. 

Learners' Minyan
Saturday, January 24 | 10:45AM 
Have you ever been confused during Saturday morning services?   

Brooklyn Israel Film Festival at Kane Street Synagogue
Do You Believe in Love? | Thursday, January 22
8:00PM 

Hanna's Journey | Saturday, January 24 | 8:00PM
The Green Prince | Sunday, January 25 | 8:00PM 
$36 for the entire series. For the latest festival news, click
 here

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Technology and Halacha
Saturday, June 1 | 1:30PM (after Kiddush with Rabbi Carter)

Between the internet, facebook, google chat, e-readers, skype and so much more, the ways in which we interact with one another has changed drastically in recent years.  

Book Discussion - Blooms of Darkness by Aharon Appelfeld
Saturday, May 4 | 1:30PM
We will discuss a Shoah novel about an 11 year old boy who is hidden from the Nazis in a brothel by a kind-hearted but emotionally troubled prostitute.

Beyond the Blintz:  Dairy Delights in Time for Shavuot
Thursdays | 7
:30PM
It had been a while since we've had a PSJC cooking class but a lot of us are still cooking what we learned years back. 

Maggie Anton at PSJC
Sunday, April 21 | 1:30PM
Noted author of Rashi’s Daughter, Maggie Anton


Jewish Heroism, Resistance, and Rescue During WWII
Sol Makon had selected and introduced four documentary films covering heroism, resistance, and rescue during the Second World War.

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Brooklyn Brownstone Communal Yom HaShoah Commemoration
Many of you joined us for the Brooklyn Brownstone Communal Yom Hashoah Commemoration on Sunday evening, featuring
 June Hersh, author of Recipes Remembered: A Celebration of Survival.  Critically acclaimed by the New York Times, the Chicago Tribune and the Jewish Week, the book contains the cherished recipes of Holocaust survivors and remarkable stories that accompany them. Though books were NOT be sold on that evening, the Museum of Jewish Heritage did
issue  passes of admission to everyone in attendance, along with instructions on how to purchase a copy of this beautiful book. We were joined by our wonderfully gifted cantors and musicians in the area.

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