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Adult Education

The Jewish spiritual tradition teaches us the model of The Four Worlds: practical skills, emotional development, intellectual growth and spiritual practices. Our program of adult education touches all four worlds.

TI members have formed an Adult Education Committee, identifying new and different options so more people could connect and meet each other around common interests. We hope each half-year to gradually expand AE offerings and welcome ideas. We offer a variety of classes, events, and seminars geared toward deepening Jewish knowledge, practice, and culture. Some are taught by the Rabbi and some by other knowledgeable congregants or visiting experts.

If there are topics of interest to you or something that you have expertise in and would like to teach, please let us know.

Adult Ed Fall 2018

Temple Israel's schedule of adult learning for this Fall 2018. Email [email protected] or call 413-773-5884 with any questions, or to register.
Beginning Hebrew
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM - Starts October 11
Beautifully designed adult beginner Hebrew class for those with little or no familiarity with Hebrew. Free and open to all. Texts provided by National Jewish Outreach Partnership. Advance registration required - email [email protected] or call 413-773-5884 to register.
Continuing Hebrew
Thursdays, 6-7:30 PM - Starts September 20
Rabbi Andrea leads this class for those who can read Hebrew letters and want to expand their grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. Lessons are based on classic Hebrew texts like the Mishnah and Torah and students work to understand the meanings of the letters, words, and contexts of these texts. Free to members; non-members $15/ class.
Rich Rituals: Build Your Own Home Practice
Sundays, October 21 & November 18, 10:30 AM
Justin Sundell-Thomas leads this workshop on building your own home ritual. The October 21 session focuses on Shabbat; the November 18 session on Chanukah. Snacks and schmoozing at 10:30 AM; class starts at 11. Open to all, childcare provided. $15/class or $20/series of 2; Free to TI members.
Night of Shattered Glass: A Remembrance, 80 Years Since Kristallnacht
Sunday, November 11, 3-8 PM
A full afternoon of rememberance on the 80th year since Kristallnacht featuring a screening of the film Who Will Write Our History, David Arfa's award-winning storytelling performance The Jar of Tears, and a text study led by Rabbi Andrea. Suggested donation $10-40. Major funding provided by the Harold Grinspoon Foundation. For details, please visit our website.
Readers Theater
Saturday, December 15, 7 PM
Readers Theater is a form of theater where the actors do not memorize parts. Plans are underway to introduce Readers Theater at TI this year--starting with one play that has a Jewish theme. If you'd be interested in participating, email [email protected]

Adult Ed Calendar

  • Mar 21 2019 - 11:00am
    Core Ideas in Mental Health: Insights for Personal (and Public) Discourse
    Cost: $36 total (includes both sessions) (please note price reduced from $50)
    Description: Join Rabbi Andrea Cohen-
  • Mar 21 2019 - 6:00pm

    Some of our intermediate Hebrew students have begun reading Mishnah Avot, or "Ethics of the Fathers", a classic rabbinic text which traditionally serves as an introduction to the Talmud (and is full of quotes you will probably recognize even if you've never read it).

  • Mar 23 2019 - 10:00am

    The ritual committee has been hosting a conversation about Shabbat over the past year to develop a level of practice for our official and public Shabbat observance.

  • Mar 25 2019 - 4:00pm

    The Klezmer Learners of Temple Israel of Greenfield meets Monday afternoons 4 pm to 5:30 pm.

  • Mar 26 2019 - 12:30pm

    Rabbi Andrea leads weekly Torah study. Come for camaraderie and conversation. 12:30-2PM