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Adult Education... Never too Late for Learning!

Turn it, and turn it, for everything is in it. Reflect on it and grow old and gray with it. Do not budge from it, for there is nothing better."
(Pirkei Avot 5:22)
The wise Rabbi Ben Bag Bag urged us to seek all that we need in our sacred Torah scrolls; that each time we turn the scroll we are exposed to new learning that will inspire, challenge and ultimately transform our lives indefinitely. Jewish learning was meant to be reflective, with purpose and with seriousness, and it was most assuredly not limited to the young. No, according to this text, as we grow old, grey even, The study of Torah, is to remain a fundamental cornerstone of our lives.
 
Temple Israel is a highly motivated community ready to engage each member, regardless of age in Jewish learning. Learning is valued for the meaning and relevance it can and should bring to an individual’s life and just as the Torah itself has no end, learning permeates in every corner of this synagogue and beyond. The members of this community invested in learning as a lifelong endeavor, prioritizing learning for every individual, saying farewell to the mundane lectures of yesterday and hello to an engaging and life-enhancing program of study for all!
 
We know the texts of our tradition ring true. Turning the Torah over and over- we can find everything we need. We know that each time we participate in a meaningful learning experience, whether it be reading a Jewish story to our child, attending a parenting course that uses the wisdom of our tradition to help inform our choices, pouring of the weekly sidra or Torah portion on a Shabbat morning, or finding ourselves debating the points of the rabbi’s sermon over Shabbat dinner, we are moved to engage deeper.
 
Here at Temple Israel, Adult learning is not confined to the four walls of a classroom. We invite you – encourage you to see Jewish learning as an opportunity to nurture you soul, immerse yourself in the wonders of Jewish life, stimulate your natural and intellectual curiosity about our tradition and culture, and participate in tikkun olam, or mending the broken pieces of our world.
 
Each year we offer formal, informal, intergenerational and experiential opportunities for learning. In unique and diverse settings we will foster collaboration and social connectedness among our students of all ages, hoping to provide a warm and nurturing community in which to learn and grow.
 
No time like the present… No day but today… Look to the right and see what awaits you, we saved you a seat!

 

Wed, June 26 2019 23 Sivan 5779