Join this lay-led group each Shabbat for a lively and meaningful discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Bagels and coffee are provided. Bring your own Tanach or use one of ours. No reservation required!

Every Saturday at 9:00 am


We are excited to offer a wonderful variety of classes this year! Whatever your interests, you’re sure to find something that’s right for you.

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

Jewish Cooking 101

Thursdays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Sep 3, Dec 3, Mar 31

Let Rabbi Sternman be your culinary guide through the Jewish holidays, as he shares his favorite recipes and explains the history behind these tasty traditions. In each class, you’ll prepare one dish and receive additional recipes to create an entire holiday menu. Bring your own apron, leave the rest to us! Sign up for one or all three. There is a $5/class fee to cover supplies. Classes are limited to 8 students. Contact the office to register.

Class 1: Rosh Hashanah
Class 2: Shabbat dinner
Class 3: Passover Seder essentials


Prophets & Writings

Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
Sep 29, Oct 27, Nov 17, Dec 15, Jan 12, Feb 23,
Mar 29, Apr 26, May 24

Torah is at the very core of Judaism, so naturally, it is the focus of Jewish education. But did you know that Torah makes up only one quarter of the Hebrew Bible? It’s in the rest that you’ll find, for example, Samson and Delilah. Proverbs. The love poetry of The Song of Songs. Rabbi Sternman invites you to come and learn about the other three quarters, and discover what the Bible is really about!


Jewish Ethics

Thursdays, 7:30-8:30 pm
Oct 15, Nov 19, Dec 17, Jan 28, Feb 18,
Mar 17, Apr 14, May 19

Jewish values don’t always align with the wider western culture, and we need to be guided by our Jewish tradition to make choices based on Jewish ethics. Imagine, for example, that you’ve been diagnosed with a terminal illness, and a new experimental treatment has just been made available. Are you permitted to try it? Required? Forbidden? Rabbi Sternman addresses this and other current topics, looking across time to explore the roots of making Jewish ethical decisions.


Dramatic Torah

Workshop: Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30 pm, Apr 12, 19;
May 3, 10, 17

Presentation: Friday, May 20, during Shabbat services

Calling all actors, dancers, musicians, performing artists of all abilities! Rabbi Sternman facilitates this fun-filled workshop. Start by reading Parshat Emor and identifying the passages that speak to you as a group. Then create a dramatic retelling of these passages with a modern interpretation, bringing the Torah portion to life and keeping it relevant for the present-day. The class culminates in a performance during Shabbat services on May 20.


Advanced Jewish Learning

Tuesdays, 10:00 am-noon
Check on-line calendar for dates and instructors

An outgrowth of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, this class was formed by a group of students who completed the Melton program but didn’t want to stop learning together. Open to everyone who is interested in studying more advanced topics, which are selected by the instructors. Past instructors have included Rav Hanan Schlesinger, Rabbi Ben Sternman, Rabbi Yogi Robkin and Dr. Howard Cohen. There is a fee (amount TBA), which goes toward the visiting instructors’ fees. For more information, contact Robert Luss.


Beginning Hebrew

Sundays, 9:15-10:15 am
on Sunday School days, starting Sep 20

“I wish I could follow along during services.” “I wish I knew what the prayers meant.” “I wish I could help my child learn his Torah portion.” Turn your wish into reality with our lay-led Hebrew classes. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. We use URJ Press’ Aleph isn’t Tough (available for purchase at the temple office) to introduce the alphabet and develop reading skills, and to teach word roots and their meanings. You’ll be amazed at how quickly you can pick it up! Still not sure? Try the first two classes cost-free.

This class is led by Michelle Sigle, an Adat Chaverim congregant and high school Algebra teacher in the Allen ISD. Michelle is passionate about teaching and has a gift for making learning fun.

Sunday, October 11, 10:30 am: "Current Events in Israel and the Middle East" with Gil Elan

Gil's Bio


Thursday, October 22, 7:00 pm: "Ladies Only: Bible Stories You Didn't Hear in Sunday School" with Valerie Klein


Tuesday, January 26, 7:00 pm: Faiths in Conversation: "Middle East Refugees - Shall We Turn Our Back on the Stranger and Alien?"


Tuesday, February 9, 7:00 pm: Faiths in Conversation: "The Struggle to Maintain Communal Religious Identity in a Secular Society"


Sunday, February 21, 3:00 pm: A Ladies Only discussion of Leah Lax's memoir, "Uncovered" with Harriet Gross


Sunday, February 28, 4:00 pm: "What is Spirituality?" with Rabbi Ralph Mecklenburger

Rabbi Mecklenburger's Bio


Sunday, March 27, 4:00 pm: "A Bissel Yiddish" with Miriam Creemer


Sunday, April 3, 10:30 am: "More Current Events in Israel and the Middle East" with Gil Elan

Gil's Bio


Stay tuned for more details...

Upcoming Adult Ed Events


Jul 09 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Jul 16 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Jul 23 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Jul 30 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Aug 06 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Aug 13 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Aug 20 2016 9:00am - 10:00am


Aug 27 2016 9:00am - 10:00am