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.

Shabbat Speakers

Sunday Speakers Series

Rabbi Zemel with David Gregory and Jeffrey Goldberg after October 2018’s Sunday Speaker Series: A Jewish Conversation with David Gregory and Jeffrey Goldberg





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. Class discussions promote community building and include explorations into theological questions. Participants will be called to the Torah on Saturday, May 25, 2019 .
Contact: Cantor Meryl Weiner

Beginning Hebrew

Sunday mornings from 11:00 am-12:00 pm, taught by Cantor Meryl Weiner.

Oct 14, 2018
Oct 28, 2018
Nov 4, 2018
Dec 9, 2018
Jan 3, 2019
Feb 3, 2019
Feb 10, 2019
Feb 24, 2019
Mar 3, 2019
Mar 24, 2019
Mar 31, 2019

Apr 7, 2019
Apr 28, 2019

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

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

Kol Isha (A Woman’s Voice)

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

November 4: Rituals-Bring an interesting new Jewish Ritual

December 9: Midrash-Bring a Torah Text that needs a more developed story

January 13: Hand Made Midrash– Bring an interesting Midrash for inspiration, and objects to create a visual Midrash

February 10: Poetry– Poetry from the Women’s Torah Commentary and poetry by Marge Piercy

March 10: Influence– Women’s influence in the Bible and in Israel today. Bring one example of each.

April 7: Jewish and Muslim Women’s Voices– A Dialogue–Invite a friend.

April 28: Food Creates a Peaceful Community– Cooking and lunch together.

Monday Morning Study Group

This study group is led by Rabbi Zemel, beginning Monday, October 22.

Nov 5, 2018–Chapter 2: Pg 18-56
Nov 19, 2018–Chapter 3: Pg 57-87
Nov 26, 2018–Chapter 4: Pg 88-120
Dec 3, 2018–Chapter 5: Pg 121-140
Jan 14, 2019–New Discussion Assignment
Jan 28, 2019
Feb 11, 2019
Apr 8, 2019
Apr 15, 2019
Apr 22, 2019
Apr 29, 2019
May 6, 2019

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

Parent Discussion

Parent Discussion group meets some Sundays at 10:00 am in the Upstairs Library

October 14: Finding my Jewish Core-With Rabbi Zemel, Cantor Weiner, Martha Adler

October 21: Text Study-With Rabbi Beraha, Martha Adler

October 28: Text Study– With Rabbi Beraha, Cantor Weiner

November 4: Steve Weissman Lecture

December 9: Prayer in the Home– With Rabbi Crawley, Cantor Weiner, Martha Adler

January 13

January 27

February 3

February 10

February 24

March 3

March 10

March 24

March 31

April 7 

April 28

Winter/Spring topics to be announced. 

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.

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

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

Oct. 10, 2018  Stan Shulman: Team Alaska in Vietnam

Sep. 12, 2018 Peter Lovenheim: The Attachment Effect
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?