Temple Emanuel believes that Jewish education doesn’t end after Hebrew school: it can and should continue all our lives. Each year, adult education classes are offered to enhance our lives, stimulate our minds, and expand our spiritual horizons.

TanachPlease join us for one or both of the two adult education classes that Rabbi Sparr will be offering in March and April: Taste of Mussar and Beginning Text Study. RSVPs are required, so please do so now!

Rabbi Sparr writes:

There are always opportunities for learning at TEMV – within the context of celebrating Shabbat and holidays, we offer Learners’ Minyan services and Shabbat morning Torah study, as well as holiday celebrations which include in depth study of our texts and traditions.

Thank you to all who sent in their requests and availability for classes. I know there are several who would like to embark upon the longer Mussar course. If we have a commitment of at least nine people, that course can be offered in the fall.

The offerings for this Spring were selected based on the interest expressed.

Taste of Mussar: Mussar can be described as “a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth leading to awareness, wisdom and transformation. Through courses based on classic and contemporary sources, The Mussar Institute inspires individuals, organizations and communities around the world, regardless of affiliation, to align heart and mind with the highest ideals of the Jewish tradition.”

This four-part series is a reprise of last year’s course, and focuses on introductory understanding of Mussar principles. Intended for newcomers, but anyone who would like to repeat the course is welcome. There is a small fee required by the Mussar Institute ($36).

Dates: Sunday afternoons, 2 – 4pm, March 5, 12, and 26, and April 9

Beginning Text Study: In this class, we will unpack several ancient holy texts of the TaNaCH (Torah, Prophets, Writings), and wrestle with both meaning and relevance to our modern lives. Each class stands alone, so feel free to attend one or both. No fee; donation of $10 per class is welcomed.

Dates: Sunday afternoons, 2 – 3pm, March 19 and April 2

For planning purposes, you MUST RSVP for these classes. Kindly drop a note to rabbi@temv.org to let me know which courses/dates you plan to attend. The fee for Mussar is due at the first class.

Classes are taught in a casual and inclusive style which emphasizes discussion and personal application.

For the majority of classes, no background is necessary. Participants of all backgrounds are welcome.