Adult Education

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Temple Micah creates opportunities for Jewish learning that challenge, engage, and inspire each member of our community to live a more fulfilled human and Jewish life. Our adult learning offerings include formal classes and lectures, seminars led by Temple Micah professional staff, and lay-led study groups. Group study takes place throughout the week and weekly on Shabbat. We welcome the ongoing growth and reinvention of this learning, including the creation of new groups by our members.

Our educational offerings for adults also include an array of subject matter. Students of all ages can also study Hebrew at home via Skype, in classes of various levels, or in our lay-led Hebrew poetry study group. Lectures, seminars and study groups consider the Torah and the rest of the Bible from diverse perspectives. Other learning venues–led by staff, clergy, and community members–take up Israel and the Middle East, Zionism, prayer and worship, spirituality, philosophy, Jewish holidays, Reform Judaism, Judaism in modern America, and anything else our community encounters in its life together.

Speakers Series 2019-2020

Dr. Gayle Wald on The Sellout by Paul Beatty
Saturday, November 16 at 5:00 pm
Dr. Wald, professor of African American Literature at GWU, will lead a discussion of the Man Booker Prize-winning novel, The Sellout, by Paul Beatty.

Aaron Press Taylor
Sunday, December 8 at 10:15 am
“Out from Ramallah: Jewish Reflections from Palestinian Jerusalem & Beyond.” A Young American Jew Shares His Reflections on Seven Years Living in Israel

Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman, Scholar-in-Residence
March 20-22, 2020

Kara Blond
Sunday, April 19 at 10:15 am
Executive Director of the Lillian and Albert Small Capital Jewish Museum

Special Program

Big Questions on the American Jewish Future:
An Evening with Micah’s Tisch Rabbinic Fellow Alumni

Monday, December 2nd, 7:30 pm
As part of our Roadmap Visioning Process, we are hosting a mini-conference of our former summer rabbinical school interns to learn from them both what they gained from their experience at Micah and what they have learned as rabbis serving communities around the world. This evening session for the entire Micah community will allow us to hear from America’s next generation of Jewish community leaders.
Participants include: Rabbis Jonathan Prosnit, Evan Schultz, Nicole Roberts, Daniel Reiser, April Peters, Josh Fixler, Matt Green, Samantha Frank and rabbinical student Thalia Halpert Rodis.

Ongoing Classes

Downtown Discussion Group

This study group, led by Rabbi Zemel, chooses a book on Jewish thought to explore together. The Downtown Discussion Group will read Michael Brenner’s In Search of Israel: The History of an Idea. This years meeting dates are as follows:

November 18, 2019: Chapter 2 The Seven Hour Land: A Light Unto the Nations pp 51-87

December 9, 2019: Chapter 3 The National Home: A State in the Making pp 88-137

March 9, 2020: Chapter 4 Original Israel: A State Defining Itself pp 138-185

March 23, 2020: Chapter 5 Greater Israel: A State Expanding pp186-229

April 6, 2020: Chapter 6 Global Israel: A State Beyond Borders pp230-265

April 13, 2020: Conclusion: Israel’s New Order pp 266-288

April 27, 2020

May 4, 2020

May 11, 2020

Contact: Temple Micah Office

Hebrew Poetry

Following the oneg for morning services generally on the first and third Saturdays of each month, this lay-led group reads In Hebrew and translates and discusses in English the poetry of Yehuda Amichai and other modern Israeli poets. These poets use biblical, prayer, and contemporary Hebrew in a manner that is accessible and extremely insightful on many levels to those with even limited Hebrew knowledge.  No preparation 9required. Contact: Hebrew Poetry.

Jewish Thinkers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

On the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of the month, Jewish Thinkers, a lay-led study group, meets after services to read essays of 20th and 21st Century Jewish Thinkers who grapple with fundamental questions of faith and religion using the formal tools called Theology. The group is currently studying Sayings of the Fathers, Pirkei Avot. Contact: Jewish Thinkers


Monday Morning Study Group

This study group is led by Rabbi Zemel, beginning Monday, November 4. This year’s Monday Morning Group will discuss Robert Mnookin’s The Jewish American Paradox.

November 18, 2019: Chapter 2 and 3 Matrilineal Principle\ Must a Jew Practice Judaism – 31-56

December 9, 2019: Chapter 4  The Puzzle of Jewish Blood 57-78

March 9, 2020: Chapter 5 Peoplehood 79-96

March 23, 2020: Chapter 6  Who is a Jew in Israel 97-115

April 6, 2020: Chapter 7 Who is a Jew in America? A Twentyfirst Century Standard 115-128

April 13, 2020: Chapter 8 Can We Survive Acceptance? 129-164

April 27, 2020: Chapter 9 The Challenge of Israel 165-188

May 4, 2020: Chapter 10 The Challenge of Intermarriage 189-202

May 11, 2020: Chapter 11 Raising a Jewish Child\ Conclusion 203-228

For more information please contact: The Micah Office.

Lunch and Learn

Lunch and Learn is a monthly learning opportunity program sponsored by the Aging Together Team. An enormously popular Micah event, Lunch and Learn offers offer a vibrant, intellectually stimulating lecture accompanied by a home-cooked meal on the second Wednesday of the month from 12:00-2:00 pm in the downstairs social hall. Transportation is provided to those who request it. Register for the next one here!

Don’t miss out, view past Lunch and Learn lectures here.

Nov. 13, 2019: Rabbi Stephanie Crawley

Dec. 11, 2019: Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck

Al From:Will the Democrats Create a Path to Re-Election for Donald Trump?
Juliet Eilperin:
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak: Charmed Lives:History, Family and Fate during Hungary’s Holocaust
Carla Peterson-Rosenbloom
Peter Edelman: The Criminalization of Poverty
Margaret Henoch
Alan Kraut: Anti Immigrant Sentiment throughout American History
Stacy Cloyd: Social Security: Past, Present and Future
Myra Sklarew:  Through the Archives of the Feet: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania
Stan Shulman: Team Alaska in Vietnam
Peter Lovenheim: The Attachment Effect
David Rosenbaum: How Should Science Inform Public Policy Decisions
Doug Grob: Understanding China
Yolanda Savage-Narva: Inclusivity: The Relationship between Blacks and Jews
Erica Perl: Carving Out Space for Creativity
Jared Blum: The Anti-Defamation League
Dana Milbank: What’s up in Washington?
Cynthia Hogan: Transacting with the US government in the era of Trump
Larry Cooley & Marina Fanning: Foreign Aid in an ‘America First’ World
Rabbi Tamara Miller: The Rocky Road to the Rabbinate; a modern day Yentl
Arthur Freeman: The Evolution of Hanukkah Lamp Design
Stuart Schwartz: Behind the Scenes of Broadcast News
Herman and Mary Schwartz: Music of Exile
Karen Rosenbaum: The Air of Photography
Daniel Brumberg: Internal Politics and International Policy in Iran
Owen Herrnstadt: Interacting with Europe regarding BDS?
Elise Bean
Stan Brand: Minor League Baseball
Susan Benda: Human Trafficking

Torah Study Group

This lay-led group meets each Shabbat morning before services to explore the week’s Torah and Haftarah portions. There are refreshments and all are welcome to attend. Contact: Torah Study