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Adult Education Opportunities

At PSJC 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 Opportunities


Advanced Talmud

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.

Past Events:

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? 

2018

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.

Sat, December 15 2018 7 Tevet 5779