Adult Education

Regular Recurring Classes

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Modern Hebrew—Level II*
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The instructor, Betsi Boeno, covers written and spoken Modern Hebrew with an emphasis on basic Hebrew conversation skills. Betsi is fluent in Modern Hebrew and experienced in teaching Hebrew to newcomers in Israel. The textbook for the course Edna Kadman’s Hebrew With Pleasure available at Amazon. Course runs for ten sessions.

Mondays, 6:30 – 8:30 pm beginning October 16
Cost: $120 for members, $180 for non-members.

Note: Pre-register through the office (250-382-0615)

*Phone Betsi at the office for details of other possible classes.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Mystic Moka
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Come explore the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Harry.

Together we will mine classical Kabbalistic and Ḥassidic commentaries to find personal insights and spiritual nourishment, as we search for deeper meaning and understanding.

Grab a nosh and join Rabbi Harry for this weekly learning.

Fridays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm beginning October 20
Discovery Cafe at 664 Discovery Street

Participation: by donation.

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Ḥug Ivrit
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“Conversational Hebrew with native Hebrew speaker Dahlia Beck”
If your Hebrew is well beyond the beginner level, but you require more practice speaking to improve your listening, comprehension and vocabulary skills—Ḥug Ivrit (Hebrew Activity Circle) may be for you.

We meet with native speaker Dahlia Beck at her home weekly and, under her careful guidance, immerse ourselves in Hebrew conversation and culture. Just think, after only a few sessions you may find yourself discussing the news coming out of Israel, in HEBREW- how cool is that?

Tuesdays, 7:00 – 8:30 pm beginning October 24
At Dahlia’s home - phone office (250-382-0615) for directions.
Participation: by donation.
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Calling All Artists
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Artists of all media—writers, graphic artists, visual artists, fabric artists, mixed media, musicians, dancers—are invited to study with Rabbi Harry on a particular theme.
This year’s theme is “What does it mean to be a tzadik (righteous one) and how do we attain it?
We will explore Jewish mystical ideas of equanimity, joy, loving kindness, generosity, and different states of consciousness. The framework of our "call-out” is for students to learn and explore sacred texts over the course of about five months and to allow the learning to be their muse.


Art as Midrash: what could be more exciting?
We invite participants to create, share and participate in a group gallery show in June 2018, around the time of Shavuot. No experience is necessary. We have the work of accomplished artists hanging side by side with absolute beginners.

Cost: $60 for members, $85 for non-members, with possible additional costs to create a chapbook of the artists' work.

Note: Pre-register through the office (250-382-0615)

New / Revised Classes

Enter the name for this tabbed section: Munch with Maimonides
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Bring your “brown bag” dairy/vegetarian lunch to shul on Tuesdays for an hour long class that focuses on the philosophy of Rabbi Moses Maimonides (also known by his Hebrew acronym HaRambam).
Rabbi Harry will provide text for study from Maimonides’ major works the Mishneh Torah, the first comprehensive code of Jewish law (halakhah) and his Guide to the Perplexed, a more contemplative and philosophical work.
The goal of the class is to exploit these classical works for wisdom and understanding that can bring greater insight into our Jewish practice and help us flourish as humans.

Tuesdays, 12:30 – 1:30 pm beginning October 17
Venue: Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue
Participation: by donation
Enter the name for this tabbed section: Hebrew School for Grownups
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Did you miss out on the Hebrew School experience?
Was your Hebrew school experience so bland or painful that you tuned out?
This class will give you some of the basic building blocks of Jewish knowledge and fill in some important gaps; from learning that Hebrew song that everyone else seems to know, to helping you make sense of Jewish liturgical prayer.
Each class will include prayer, Hebrew song and basic Hebrew language learning as we explore the calendar cycle, the holidays, and Jewish life cycle rituals while trying to make sense of current events from a Jewish context.
The B'kol Echad bentsher (blessing booklet) will be used during the course, and may be purchased from the congregation Simcha Gift Shop. Course runs for eight sessions.

Thursdays, 7:30 pm beginning October 19 No session on November 9 (Kristallnacht)
Venue: Congregation Emanu-El Synagogue
Cost: $100 for members, $150 for non-members

Note: Pre-register through the office (250-382-0615)