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. Our two-year adult B’nai Torah class consists of a program of Hebrew and Torah studies. 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.

Special Shabbatot

October 12: Guest Speaker-Mohammed Darawshe, Director of the Givat Haviva Center for Equality & Shared Society

October 19: Guest Speaker/HIAS Shabbat- Miriam Feffer, Vice President of Development, HIAS

October 26: Micah House Shabbat

November 16: 25/50 Years of Membership Clubs Shabbat

November 30: Rabbi Stephanie Crawley Welcome Service, Rabbi Sonja Pilz guest speaker

December 7: Annual Shabbat Hanukkah Extravaganza

December 28: Temple Micah Hosts Annual Community Shabbat Service (with Adas Israel, Temple Sinai, Washington Hebrew Congregation)

January 18: MLKing Shabbat Micah hosts OUDC

January 19: Annual Shabbat Shirah Extravaganza

Innovation Fund Haftarah Project Beta-Test Shabbat Mornings

Led by Rabbinical Intern Samantha Frank

October 20

November 24

January 5

April 20

Guest Speakers

October 14, Sunday 4:00 pm: David Gregory and Jeffery Goldberg-A Jewish Conversation

November 4, Sunday 10:15 am: Steve Weisman will speak on his new book, The Chosen Wars: How Judaism Became an American Religion

December 2, Sunday 10:15 am: Rachel Laser, Executive Director of Americans United for the Separation of Church and State “Church-State: The Challenges of Today”

January 27, Sunday 10:15 am: Diana Butler Bass will speak on her new book, Grateful: The Transformative Power of Giving Thanks

February 22-24: Scholar in Residence Weekend. Dr. Andrea Weiss, Professor of Bible, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, New York

Ongoing Classes

Adult B’nai Torah Class

Taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner, the Adult B’nai Torah class meets weekly on Tuesday evenings over the course of two years, during which participants learn to read Hebrew and prayer texts, study Kabbalat Shabbat and Shabbat morning services, and study and chant from the Torah. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. Class discussions promote community building and include explorations into theological questions. Participants will be called to the Torah during a Shabbat morning service at the end of the two year period.
Contact: Cantor Meryl Weiner

Downtown Discussion Group

This study group, led by Rabbi Zemel, chooses a book on Jewish thought to explore together. This year’s book will is A Rabbi Talks with Jesus by Jacob Neusner. This years meeting dates are as follows:

Oct 22, 2018
Oct 29, 2018
Nov 5, 2018
Nov 19, 2018
Nov 26, 2018
Dec 3, 2018
Jan 14, 2019
Jan 28, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
Apr 8, 2019
Apr 15, 2019
Apr 22, 2019
Apr 29, 2019
May 6, 2019

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 required. Contact: Hebrew Poetry.

Jewish Thinkers of the 20th and 21st Centuries

JEWISH THINKERS IS ON HIATUS FOR THE SUMMER and will resume in the fall. 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 Febraury 12, the group will read and discuss Richard Rorty’s Achieving Our Country.  For more information please contact: The Micah Office.

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

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 pm – 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.

Sep. 12, 2018 Peter Lovenheim: The Attachment Effect
Oct. 10, 2018  Stan Shulman: Team Alaska in Vietnam
Nov. 14, 2018  Myra Sklarew:  Through the Archives of the Feet: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania
Dec. 12, 2018 Stacy Cloyd: Social Security: Past, Present and Future
Jan. 9, 2019 Alan Kraut: Anti Immigrant Sentiment throughout American History
Feb. 13, 2019 Margaret Henoch
Mar. 13, 2019 Peter Edelman: The Criminalization of Poverty
Apr. 10. 2019 Carla Peterson-Rosenbloom
May 8, 2019 Marianne Szegedy-Maszak: Charmed Lives:History, Family and Fate during Hungary’s Holocaust
Jun. 12, 2019 Juliet Eilperin
Jul. 10, 2019 Al From

Aug. 8, 2018  David Rosenbaum: How Should Science Inform Public Policy Decisions?

Jul. 11, 2018 Doug Grob: Understanding China

Jun. 13, 2018 Yolanda Savage-Narva: Inclusivity: The Relationship between Blacks and Jews
May 9, 2018 Erica Perl: Carving Out Space for Creativity
Apr. 11, 2018 Jared Blum: The Anti-Defamation League
Mar. 14, 2018 Dana Milbank: What’s up in Washington?
Feb. 14, 2018  Cynthia Hogan: Transacting with the US government in the era of Trump
Jan. 10, 2018  Larry Cooley & Marina Fanning: Foreign Aid in an ‘America First’ World
Dec. 13, 2017 Rabbi Tamara Miller: The Rocky Road to the Rabbinate; a modern day Yentl
Nov. 8, 2017 Arthur Freeman: The Evolution of Hanukkah Lamp Design
Oct. 11, 2017 Stuart Schwartz: Behind the Scenes of Broadcast News
Sep. 13, 2017 Herman and Mary Schwartz: Music of Exile
Aug. 9, 2017 Karen Rosenbaum: The Air of Photography
Jul. 12, 2017 Daniel Brumberg: Internal Politics and International Policy in Iran
Jun. 13, 2017 Owen Herrnstadt: Interacting with Europe regarding BDS?

Classes Taught by our Clergy

Torah Chanting and/Or Haftarah Chanting: For those who already have good Hebrew reading skills. Sunday mornings from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner, if enough interest

Basic Hebrew Reading Skills: Sunday mornings from 11:00 am-12:00 pm. Taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner, if enough interest

Kol Isha (A Woman’s Voice): Kol Isha will reunite to study some topic(s) to be determined. Once a month, Sundays from 12:30-2:00 pm. All are welcome. Taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner, if enough interest

Folk Music: One Thursday evening a month, there will be a group dedicated to playing and singing folk music. All instruments encouraged. Singers encouraged. Taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner, if enough interest

Basic Guitar Skills: One or two Thursday evenings a month, a basic guitar skills class will be offered for anyone, young or not so young, interested in learning to play the guitar. Songleading will also be taught. Taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner, if enough interest