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Adult Education

A passionate community of learners

In Judaism, learning is a life-long process, and each stage of learning brings with it special blessings and insights. Adult education at Or Atid covers a wide variety of topics each year and is always well-attended. Our goal is to present topics of interest to our membership and an engaging educational experience. Classes are taught by Rabbi Finkelstein and a number of scholars who share their wisdom with us. In addition, Or Atid is honored to have sponsored Hebrew College's Me'ah program, an intensive, two-year graduate level study program for adults.

Something for everyone

A recent Adult Education highlight was a 4-part guest speaker series on antisemitism which attracted nearly 1000 participants and engaged all local congregations and numerous Jewish organizations. This program established an informal support group among local congregations and organizations to address incidents of antisemitism.

Examples of previously held classes led by our rabbi includes:

  • Weekly Torah study
  • Matriarchs & Patriarchs – role models or dysfunctional families?
  • How to argue the Jewish Way
  • Hebrew 101
  • Being Parents of B'nei Mitzvot
  • Just Jew It - Easy Hacks to Add Meaning to Your Life
  • World Tour of Jewish Music
  • Torah Trope.

Adult education led by guest educators recently includes:

  • 5 Elections in 3 years – the how and why of Israeli politics timed to coincide with Knesset elections
  • The Jewish Response to the Modern Civil Rights Movement & a group read of Just Mercy
  • Jewish Gangsters
  • Dementia Friends Workshop -  Understanding Alzheimer's
  • Metrowest Jewish Women’s Study Group
  • Jewish Paper Cutting.

We also offer courses in partnership with community organizations and other congregations:

  • Grand/parenting Through a Jewish Lens (with Hebrew College)
  • Yiddish Language Music & Food
  • Shalom Hartman Institute iEngage series : The Future of Jewish Peoplehood.

To find out more

Contact the Adult Education Committee 


Mon, June 24 2024 18 Sivan 5784