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 Zoom, 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.
The Jewish American Table
Rescheduled: Friday Black Book Talk with Dr. Gayle Wald
Adult Hebrew Refresher
Downtown Discussion Group
This study group, led by Rabbi Zemel, chooses a book on Jewish thought to explore together. The Downtown Discussion Group will resume online in the fall. Stay tuned for details about the book we’ll be discussing this year.
Contact: Temple Micah Office
Hebrew Poetry Online
Temple Micah’s lay-led group Hebrew poetry group will resume online in the fall. We read the poetry of Yehuda Amichai and other modern Israeli poets in Hebrew, then translate and discuss in English. We discuss how these poets’ use biblical, liturgical, and contemporary Hebrew is accessible and insightful on many levels to those with even limited Hebrew knowledge.
Contact: Hebrew Poetry
Jewish Thinkers of the 20th and 21st Centuries
Jewish Thinkers, a lay-led study group, meets online every other Monday to read essays of 20th and 21st Century Jewish Thinkers who grapple with fundamental questions of faith and religion.
Contact: Jewish Thinkers
Lunch and Learn
On the second Wednesday of each month, we gather via Zoom to share lunch and hear a presentation from a vast array of speakers. There is no cost because you are bringing your own lunch but you must register to attend. Registrants will receive a Zoom link by email prior to the meeting.
Contact: Temple Micah Office
View past Lunch and Learn lectures here. If you are interested in viewing a Lunch and Learn lecture that is not on our website please contact the office.
Paul Simon: Fiction and Non-Fiction, as Written by Paul Goldberg – 9/14/20
Jacqueline Simon: The Federal Workforce During the Trump Administration – 8/12/20
Jodi Enda: Understanding the women who (still) support Trump – 7/8/20
Rabbi Ari Plost: Thomas Kennedy and Religious Pluralism – 6/10/20
Ari Roth: Resilient Relationships: The Dramas of Creating Cutting Edge Theater – 2/12/20
Susan Subak: Understanding our Emissions; Finding Low-Carbon Culture in the U. S. – 1/8/20
Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck: Hidden from History No More: Jewish Women’s Activism in Second-Wave Feminism – 12/11/19
Rabbi Stephanie Crawley: Breaking the Stigma: Addiction and a Jewish Path to Recovery – 11/13/19
Susan Benda: Human Trafficking One Senate Investigation at a Time – 10/16/19
Stan Brand: Minor League Baseball – 9/11/19
Elise Bean: Tikkun Olam: Repairing the World One Senate Investigation at a Time – 8/4/19
Al From: Will the Democrats Create a Path to Re-Election for Donald Trump? – 7/10/19
Juliet Eilperin: Has Barack Obama’s environmental legacy unraveled? A look at America’s climate and public lands policy – 6/12/19
Marianne Szegedy-Maszak: Charmed Lives:History, Family and Fate during Hungary’s Holocaust – 5/8/19
Carla Peterson-Rosenbloom: Black Gotham: A Family History of African Americans in New York City – 4/10/19
Peter Edelman: The Criminalization of Poverty – 3/13/19
Margaret Henoch: Intelligence Failure: Behind the Scenes at the 2003 Invasion of Iraq – 2/13/19
Alan Kraut: Anti Immigrant Sentiment throughout American History – 1/9/19
Stacy Cloyd: Social Security: Past, Present and Future – 12/12/18
Myra Sklarew: Through the Archives of the Feet: Holocaust Memory in Lithuania – 11/14/18
Stan Shulman: Team Alaska in Vietnam – 10/10/18
Peter Lovenheim: The Attachment Effect – 9/12/18
David Rosenbaum: How Should Science Inform Public Policy Decisions – 8/8/18
Doug Grob: Understanding China – 7/11/18
Yolanda Savage-Narva: Inclusivity: The Relationship between Blacks and Jews – 6/13/18
Erica Perl: Carving Out Space for Creativity – 5/9/18
Jared Blum: The Anti-Defamation League – 4/11/18
Dana Milbank: What’s up in Washington? – 3/14/18
Cynthia Hogan: Transacting with the US government in the era of Trump – 2/14/18
Larry Cooley & Marina Fanning: Foreign Aid in an ‘America First’ World – 1/10/18
Rabbi Tamara Miller: The Rocky Road to the Rabbinate; a modern day Yentl – 12/13/17
Arthur Freeman: The Evolution of Hanukkah Lamp Design – 11/8/17
Stuart Schwartz: Behind the Scenes of Broadcast News – 10/11/17
Herman and Mary Schwartz: Music of Exile – 9/13/17
Karen Rosenbaum: The Air of Photography – 8/9/17
Daniel Brumberg: Internal Politics and International Policy in Iran – 7/12/17
Owen Herrnstadt: Interacting with Europe regarding BDS?
Monday Morning Study Group
For 2020-2021, the Monday Morning Group book selection is Democracy in Black by Dr. Eddie Glaude, Jr., one of America’s preeminent public intellectuals. In this book Dr. Glaude offers a powerful polemic on the state of black America that savages the idea of a post-racial society. Pl
To sign up, please contact: Jeannelle D’Isa
“Downtown” Discussion Group
This lay-led study group explores the powerful language of the Psalms. We engage in depth with the timeless poetry that ranges through the spectrum of human emotions, inspiring literature and liturgy across millennia and still speaking to us today. Reading and discussion are in English, informed by the Hebrew. All are welcome and no preparation is required.
Torah Study Group
This lay-led group meets each Shabbat morning before services to explore the week’s Torah and Haftarah portions.
Contact: Torah Study Group