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Adult Education

Committed to ensuring that our members can access the deep wisdom of our tradition, Adat Ari El provides many, varied learning opportunities for adults in our community to grow their souls.  We offer a wide range of opportunities weekly, monthly, and seasonally. Classes can be on campus, on-line, or via podcasts (coming soon). We invite you to become a life long learner! Check out our latest offerings below. 

OUR CURRENT CLASSES                                                         

Shabbat Shiur- 9:00am - 9:30am
Taught by our Clergy
Wynn Meeting Room

A pre-services Shabbat study session led by the rabbis and/or rabbinic interns This year we are reading (in English!) the "6th book of the Torah" - the scroll of Joshua, that tells of the Israelites' conquests as they enter the land of Israel and the growing pains of a new nation. No need to have attended previous classes; each incident is thrilling and insightful in its own right!
Every Shabbat morning from 10/6/18 until 6/8/19.

Mishnah Monday- 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Taught by Rabbi Bernhard

A weekly, online and interactive discussion on the Mishnah of Brachot/Blessings. This course requires a computer and internet connection.
Every Monday from 10/15/2018 until 5/20/2019 with the exception of holidays. Click here to register.

Torah on Tuesday- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Taught by Rabbi Bernhard
Wynn Meeting Room

Join us as we explore the Book of Exodus through the lens of traditional Jewish commentators. Each week we will look at different commandments and laws, see what they reveal about the Torah’s values, and discuss if and how those values may, or may not, be relevant for us today.
Every Tuesday from 10/16/18 until 5/21/19 with the exception of holidays.

COMING IN FEBRUARY                                                         

Shabbat In Your Home- 7:30pm
Taught by Rabbi Bernhard
Shabbat In Your Home is hosted in participants' homes off campus.

An interactive monthly workshop for parents designed to bring the rituals and philosophy of Shabbat into your home. Please contact Diana Weinberg at dweinberg@adatariel.org to RSVP.
Thursday Evenings: February 21, March 14, April 11, May 16

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning:
Modern Living - Maintaining Balance-
7:30pm - 9:00pm

Taught by Rabbis Bernhard, Samansky, Steinman and Schaffer
February 5 & 12: Adat Ari El, Wynn Meeting Room
February 19 & 26: Temple Beth Hillel, Kaufman Beit Midrash

Taught in collaboration with Temple Beth Hillel, this four-part class takes a look at a selection of classic and modern Jewish texts that relate to this contemporary challenge. Participants will discover Jewish wisdom that helps balance between the needs and demands of family, work, community and self.
Register now and experience the adventure of Jewish text-study!

Mental Health First Aid- 8:30am - 1:00pm
Taught by Rabbi Sara Berman
Two Sundays, February 24 and March 10, Russell Hall

This class teaches students 18 years and up how to identify, understand and respond to signs of mental illness and substance use disorders. In two 4-hour sessions, learn the skills needed to provide initial support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem, and help them connect to the appropriate care. A certificate is earned by participants who arrive on time and complete the full 8-hour course. Class fee is $20 and includes a textbook. Refreshments provided.
Class size: Minimum 10 students preferred; maximum 30.
Click Here to register.


COMING IN MARCH                                                         

Mystical Mindfulness- 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Taught by Rabbi Bernhard
Wynn Meeting Room

Discover ways to deepen your own understanding of Judaism and how to bring holiness into your life by pairing study of some classic texts from Jewish mysticism with mindfulness meditation practice. All are welcome! The only requirement: an open mind.
Four Tuesdays, March 5, 12, 26 and April 2. Please check back for registration information.

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