Adat Chaverim's Adult Education Committee has begun planning for this year.  We have listed established classes below, but are still working on other options.  We would love your thoughts on additional classes and learning opportunities that you would like to see in the years to come.

By taking part in this brief survey, you will help us tailor programming for the future.  Just click on the link below.

 Adult Education Survey

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Adat Chaverim Bookclub

From a very early age, Jewish children are taught to use critical thinking and debating skills. It is a tradition Jews hold dear since the time Abraham debated G-d over the fate of Sodom and Gomorrah. Debate is a central theme within the Talmud as rabbis and scholars have discussed their interpretations of the Torah throughout the years.  "The truth is complex. The concept of Talmudic Debate is based on the idea that one should not study alone, but rather will gain more from studying with another. The premise underlying this takes into account the multitude of voices and many commentators - over generations - that have studied and interpreted the Talmud, forming interpretations which can be both theoretical and practical." 

How perfect is it then for us to have a book club, where we can discuss, argue and review to a book. Reading is a solitary act, but there‚Äôs so much to be gained by reading and discussing together. Our book club is a chance to interact with our Adat community, as we connect with fellow bookish kindred spirits for fun, encouragement, and a more fulfilling reading experience. Therefore, we are welcoming back the Book Club to Adat Chaverim's Adult Education programming.

This year we will be using the book The New Diaspora: The Changing Landscape of American Jewish Fiction which is available from Amazon.com.  This is a book of short storiesnew dispora which can be used for the entire year.  Each meeting will focus on one story from the collection.  

Come to our first meeting on November 7th at 7PM as we gather in the lobby.  We will read and discuss a short story that will be read during the first meeting. At the end, we will also have a discussion on how the book club will be organized and run.  We want the club to meet the needs and desires of the participants.   

There is no need to purchase the book prior to the first class meeting. Please contact Adult Education at adult.education@adatchaverim.org if you are interested in joining us. 

The 2016-17 Adult Education Class Schedule

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Except where noted, all classes are held at Adat Chaverim and are free of charge to members and guests.

Jewish Cooking Classes

7:00-9:00 pm

Thursday, Sept 22

 

In time for the High Holidays, Marty Fox will be your culinary guide as he shares his favorite recipes and explains the history behind these tasty traditions.  You'll prepare at least one dish and receive additional recipes to create an entire holiday meal at home. Bring your own apron, leave the rest to us!  There is a $10/per person class fee to cover supplies.  Classes are limited to 10 students.  

 Class 1: Rosh Hashanah

Registration opens Sep 6 and closes when the class is full.  Contact the office to register.

 

Additional classes will be added throughout the year for other holidays -- check back for updates.

 

  

Living  A Jewish Life

Tuesdays, 7:00pm

Sep 20, Sep 27, Oct 18, Oct 25, Nov 8, Nov 15, Nov 29, Dec 13, Dec 20, Jan 10, Jan 24, Feb 7, Feb 14, Feb 28, Mar 7, Mar 14, Mar 28, Apr 4, April 25, May 16

 

Taught by Rabbi Sternman, this is a basic Judaism class that will cover Jewish holidays, practices, and beliefs and does not assume you have any prior knowledge of Judaism.  These classes are open to everyone wanting to learn about Judaism starting from a basic level. This course is required for those considering conversion to Judaism.

 

 

The Hebrew Bible

Thursdays, 7:00pm

Sep 8, Sep 29, Oct 20, Oct 27, Jan 26, Feb 16

 

Taught by Rabbi Sternman, this 6 session class will explore the Hebrew Bible to discover themes and deeper meanings. This class is open to everyone wanting to learn about the Hebrew Bible.  *This course is required for those considering becoming an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

 

 

Comparative Religions

Thursdays, 7:00pm

Nov 10, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15

 

Taught by Rabbi Sternman, this 4 session class will compare and contrast the world's major religions to Judaism as well as the branches of Judaism to one another.  This class is open to everyone wanting to understand better the similarities and differences among world religions.  *This course is required for those considering becoming an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

 

 

Jewish History

Thursdays, 7:00pm

Feb 23, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 13, Apr 27, May 11, May 25

 

Taught by Rabbi Sternman, this 7 session class will explore the sweep of Jewish History through the millenia with the goal of understanding better how we have arrived to where we are today. This class is open to everyone wanting a broad survey course examining the highlights of Jewish History.  *This course is required for those considering becoming an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

 

 

*The Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a 2 year course of study that will consist of 6 modules and culminate in Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

The Six Modules (see individual classes for further description):

Year One: The Hebrew Bible, Comparative Religions, Jewish History

Year Two:  Philosophy & Theology, Rabbinic Literature, Liturgy & Prayer

 

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class

Thursdays, 7:00pm

Sep 8, Sep 28, Oct 20, Oct 27, Nov 10, Nov 17, Dec 1, Dec 15, Jan 26, Feb 16, Feb 23, Mar 16, Mar 30, Apr 13, Apr 27, May 11, May 25

 

 The Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah is a 2 year course of study will consist of 6 modules and culminate in Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah.

 

The Six Modules:  (see individual classes for descriptions above)

Year One:  The Hebrew Bible, Comparative Religions, Jewish History

Year Two:  Philosophy & Theology, Rabbinic Literature, Liturgy & Prayer

 

 

Intermediate    Hebrew

Sundays, 9:15am

on Religious School days, starting Sep 11

 

This class, a follow up of last year's "Beginning Hebrew" is led by Michelle Sigle.  Michelle is an Adat Chaverim congregant and high school teacher in Allen ISD.  She is passionate about teaching and has a gift for making learning fun.  This class will be using the book Aleph Isn't Enough which is available from Amazon.com

 

Must be familiar with the Aleph Bet.  If you are interested in Beginning Hebrew, contact Adult Education.

 

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2016 Learning Fest -- November 4, 5, & 6

paul benjamin flyer

Adat Chaverim is excited to have Paul Benjamin speak during the 2016 Learing Fest.

Paul Benjamin is a New York Times bestselling author who has written and produced comics and video games for diverse properties including many Marvel characters such as Hulk, Spider-Man, and Wolverine, as well as Star Wars, Star Trek, Starcraft, World of Warcraft, the Muppets, Monsters, Inc., G.I. Joe, and more.  His first prose short story appeared in The Protectors Anthology.  His original manga series Pantheon High was a YALSA Great Graphic Novels for Teens nominee.   

To learn more, visit his website:  PAUL BENJAMIN: Writer, Editor, Supermodel

Upcoming Adult Ed Events

Dec
11

Dec 11 2016 9:15am - 10:15am

Dec
13

Dec 13 2016 10:00am - 12:00pm

Dec
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Dec 13 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dec
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Dec 13 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dec
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Dec 17 2016 9:00am - 10:00am

Dec
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Dec 20 2016 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Dec
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Dec 24 2016 9:00am - 10:00am