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Adult Education

As Rabbi Hillel teaches: “If not now, when?”

There are numerous opportunities for adults to study at University Synagogue. We hope that you will find a program or class that will engage your mind and spirit.

Adult B'nei Mitzvah

If you have never been through a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, or you are interested in renewing your covenant of being a Jewish adult B'nei Mitzvah please let us know by contacting the clergy assistant via email clergyadmin@unisyn.org.

Learn more about what it means to be an Adult B'nei Mitzvah and see if you are interested in becoming a part of the tradition.

People of the Book

Features authors and a discussion of their works during Shabbat services with an opportunity for dialogue with the authors. Previous guest speakers have included featured Lori Gottlieb, Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, Adam Winkler, Gunfight: The Battle over the Right to Bear Arms in America; Souad Makhennet, The Eternal Nazi: From Mauthausen to Cairo, the Relentless Pursuit of SS Doctor Aribert Heim, Rabbi Doug Kahn, Broken Fragments, regarding Alzheimer's, Rabbi Denise Eger of Congregation Kol Ami, President of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, discussing The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate and many more.

Introduction to Judaism

Our 18-week course of Intro to Judaism offers a basic foundation in Judaism taught by the clergy. The course, sponsored by the Union for Reform Judaism, is required for persons considering conversion to Judaism, but it is very helpful to Jews-by-birth who seek a refresher course in the principles and practices of Judaism, as well as interfaith couples. Explore the 2019-2020 syllabus, by clicking here, to have an idea of what the course covers and if you'd like to order or see the textbook for the course from the CCAR click here for the website. For anyone interested in registering for Intro to Judaism with US submit the online form by clicking here.

Speakers

Our speakers have included: Dr. Neil Wenger of the UCLA Health Ethics Center, "The End of Life Option Act;" Dr. Margarete Feinstein whose talk was "Revenge after the Shoah;" the honorable Consul General of Azerbaijan, Nasimi Aghayev, who discussed the relationship of Muslims and Jews in Israel and Azerbaijan; Scott Siegler, "Media in the Age of President Trump;" Dr. Judah Pearl who spoke of his son during Daniel Pearl World Music Days; "The Pursuit of Harmony," with Jewish American songwriter Michael Hunter Ochs and award-winning Muslim Palestinian peace-activist Alaa Alshaham; and Sister Eileen Mitchell of the St. Joseph Center, who discussed the two Josephs, one in Torah and one in Christian scripture.

Chevrah Torah

Chevrah Torah on Shabbat mornings is led by Rabbi Stanley Davids. In our weekly Torah study gathering many congregants continuing to pursue a deeper and richer understanding of the weekly Torah portion that sessions now meet in room 307. Rabbi Feinstein, Cantor Shapiro, Cantor Frailich, and Rabbi Simonds also teach.

Current Events

Rabbi Morley Feinstein teaches a monthly class to members of the Sisterhood and congregation regarding current events in Israel, America, and in Jewish life. The class is held in the Beit Midrash monthly on Wednesday mornings.

Sisterhood

Sisterhood sponsors classes taught by the clergy. Past classes include “Wicked Women of the Bible” and “Biblical Heroes You’ve Never Heard of.”

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