Adult Education


Learning with Our Clergy

Lunch and Learn: Prophet Sharing
Led by Rabbi Micah Peltz and Rabbi Steven Lindemann
We will continue our journey through the books of the Prophets by studying the Haftarot taken from the books of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and other prophets. We will be using the Etz Hayyim Humash and "The Jewish Study Bible" which will be available for purchase on the first day of class. You bring the lunch, and we'll bring the learn!
Mondays 12:30-1:30 pm
September 12, 19; October 31; November 14, 28; December 12; January 9, 23; February 6, 27; March 20; April 3, 24; May 8, 22

Jewish Literacy
Led by Rabbi Micah Peltz and Rabbi Steven Lindemann
Students will have the option of continuing on to become adult Bnai Mitzvah
Looking to learn more about Judaism and Jewish living? This course will help you better understand and participate in Jewish history, life and living. It includes classroom discussions as well as hands-on opportunities to learn how to practice Judaism in comfortable and meaningful ways. This course is a pre-requisite and the beginning point for our Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class which will begin in March 2017.
Sundays 9:15-10:45 am
October 30; November 6, 20; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 22, 29; February 5, 12; Shabbat Dinner for Jewish Literacy Class February 24

Living Jewish Law Today
Led by Rabbi Micah Peltz
Join business professionals for lunch and discussion about halakha, Jewish law. Rabbi Peltz is a member of the Conservative Movement's Committee on Jewish Law and Standards, a group of 25 rabbis who decide halakha for the movement. He will share conversations and papers on salient ethical, religious, and communal topics from the committee. Lunch will be available for purchase for $10/session.
Wednesdays 12-1:15 pm
September 21; November 9; December 7; January 11; February 8; March 8; April 5; May 10

Tuesday Night Talmud
Masekhet Hagigah
Led by Rabbi Steven Lindemann
"The whole Megillah" is not just about the Scroll of Esther or the celebration of Purim. Not surprisingly, this Tractate also deals with the procedure for reading Torah, also a scroll, and it provides some insight into the origin of the Haftarah as well. Does the origin of the Haftarah reflect threats to the Jewish community similar to those raised by the Megillah? There are interesting questions about security in Masekhet Megillah. Is a walled city necessarily more secure than one without a wall? Theology, ritual, history, and politics are all there in this Masekhet, so we'll get the Ganse Megillah.
Text: $45 Registration: $25
Tuesdays at 8:15 pm
September 27; November 1, 15, 29; December 13, 20; January 3, 17, 31; February 14, 28; March 7; April 4, 25; May 9, 23

Soul Sisters in the Bible
Led by Cantor Jen Cohen
Join Cantor Cohen and the Soul Sisters as we continue to meet the players and explore the family dynamics of the Bible and Prophets.
Wednesdays 1 - 2 pm
September 21; October 19; November 16, 30; December 14; January 11, 25; February 8, 22; March 15, 29; April 26; May 10, 24

Community Conversations: Judaism & Interfaith Families
Led by Rabbi Micah Peltz
More and more of our immediate and extended families include people of another faith. How does that effect our holiday celebrations? Our family simhas? Our relationships within our families and our community? Our Jewish future? Our grandchildren? These are complex conversations, yet vital ones for our families, our community, and the next generation of our people. This series of three conversations seeks to be a starting point for talking about these issues. Each conversation will be tailored for the questions, challenges, and blessings of a specific group, as you can see below. These conversations will be co-facilitated by Rabbi Peltz and a Social Worker, and together we will listen to each other's experiences, and think about how we all build stronger connections to TBS and the Jewish people.
All conversations will take place at TBS from 7:30-9pm.
Thursday, November 17 - Interfaith Couples
Wednesday, November 30 - Parents & Grandparents of Children who have Intermarried

Jews by Choice
Members of our community who have converted to Judaism experience unique challenges. Join us for a conversation where we talk about how to continue to learn and grow within the Jewish tradition, and balance the needs and messages of our Jewish and non-Jewish families. The conversation will take place at TBS from 7:30-9pm.
Wednesday, December 14

Yad Squad
Led by Cantor Jen Cohen
Cantor Cohen invites post-bnai mitzvah students of all ages to form a new Torah-reading team for TBS! Improve your skills, have fun, learn a lot, and work toward earning a TBS yad. Interested teens will meet with the cantor as a group on several Sunday mornings, then work on their own to prepare readings for Shabbat mornings during the year. Email Cantor Cohen for more information.

Morning Minyan
The Amidah led by Rabbi Steven Lindemann, Wednesdays at 7 am
In Talmud, the Amidah is called HaT'fillah -- the prayer. It is the prayer par excellence of the Siddur. The very fact that the term Amidah means "standing" is a reflection of the importance of this prayer. Offered three times a day, it contains our most repeated petitions to God, as well as our expressions of praise and thanksgiving. All of our holidays are reflected in additions to the Amidah. Communal concerns and personal supplications come together in its words, as we pour out our hearts in HaT'fillah. We will discuss its history, as well as traditional and modern interpretations, and we will share our own thoughts and feelings about the passages of this powerful prayer. All of this will surely add meaning to our Wednesday morning minyan.

Ramban on Torah led by Rabbi Micah Peltz, Fridays at 7 am
Rabbi Moshe ben Nahman, better known just as "Ramban" or "Nachmonides" was a prolific 13th century Spanish Torah commentator, physician, philosopher and kabbalist. Together we will get to know him and better understand why his commentary became so well-known. This will also give us a good preview of the weekly Torah reading, and provide us with thoughtful lessons that we can use to impress our friends and families around our Shabbat tables.

Adult Education

Spiritual Doubleshot
Led by Rabbi Peltz and Alex Weinberg
Quick, relevant, 10-minute parent "Do it Yourself" sessions on key home rituals after Religious School or Early Childhood drop-off. Each session will conclude with the distribution of take-home information.
9:15 am after ECEC Drop-off in the School Lobby:
September 21; November 21; December 21; January 25; March 13; April 26
9:15 am after Religious School Drop-off in the Main Lobby:
October 30; December 4; February 12; March 5

Let's Make a Meal
Led by Morah Harriet Baker
Let's Make a Meal is a hands-on kosher cooking series designed for adults who are interested in enjoying a social night out while learning how to incorporate delicious, homemade kosher cuisine for busy routines. Participants will learn about kashrut and Shabbat/holiday traditions while preparing meals ready to be put in the oven the next night for Shabbat dinner. Recipes and resources are included with each session so that participants can apply their knowledge at home!
Thursdays, 7-9 pm
September 29; February 2; March 23

The How To's of Prayer
Led by Dr. Alvin Stern
Bimah Protocol: Parent preparation for upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah families
Wednesdays 7 - 9 pm
September 7; November 9; January 4; March 1; May 3

Upcoming Bar and Bat Mitzvah family Meetings
Thursdays 7:15 pm in the Library
September 14; November 16; January 11; March 8; May 10

Mechanics of Prayer
Monday, November 14 following evening Minyan

Hagbah Workshops
As an egalitarian congregation, the honor of Hagbah (lifting the Torah scroll following the reading) is open to men and women. This workshop is designed to allow men and women to feel comfortable in accepting this honor. Wear comfortable shoes!
November 16; December 7 following evening Minyan -- Details here!

Other Workshops offered by request: Trop, Hagbah, Gabbai, Shabbat Morning Service, Tefillin