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.


Rabbi Sparr writes:

Below is the current, updated sign up sheet for continuing education at TEMV this year. I am particularly interested in preparing a cohort for adult bar/bat mitzvah next year (spring of 2019), and the Hebrew course would be a great start for those interested. Other coursework, including text study, cantillation, and other relevant work will be offered in the fall of 2018.

Please complete the form below or email me at your soonest convenience to let me know of your interest in either class, and let me know when you are most available to attend.

Mussar: Seeking Everyday Holiness (December – June)

Mussar is a treasury of teachings and contemplative practices that have evolved over the past thousand years within the Jewish world. Mussar offers immensely valuable guidance for the journey of our lives. It is a spiritual practice aimed at elevating one’s character, or what Mussar calls soul-traits (middot). Practices include studying Mussar texts, exercises to apply at home, engaging in group discussions, and keeping a daily journal on the middot (soul-traits) that practitioners work on as they grow toward becoming wiser, kinder, more skillful human beings.

This 20-week course is open to all, whether you’d like to continue your Mussar study or join as a new learner. A minimum of six participants is required to run the course. There is a small fee ($90 per person).

Hebrew Reading for Beginners (January – May)

For those who’ve never learned to read Hebrew as well as those who feel their reading is a little rusty. Also appropriate for anyone considering conversion or adult bar/bat mitzvah.

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.