Adult Learning


Never stop learning, because life never stops.”  unknown

At Temple Israel, there are many opportunities to challenge and nourish the brain, mind and soul.  Our Adult Ed Department offers a vast number of workshops, classes, cultural trips, events, movies, plays, speakers, and book discussions for no charge or a nominal cost to our members.  Come and learn with us


We hope everyone has enjoyed their summer. On August 7 we attended a moving one woman show at the Jewish Heritage Museum. “Hannah Senesh” tells the story of a true Jewish heroine who gave up her life trying to save others during World War II. We were also able to view several of the museum’s exhibits during the visit. Thanks to Blanche Ricci for arranging this very worthwhile trip

Adult Learning has been busy planning several exciting events for the coming year. Our next meeting will be held on September 12. We will be offering Intro to Yiddish October 10,17 and 24 at 7:30pm. This informative and entertaining course will be taught by Beth Seigel Graf.

On November 14, at 7:30pm, long time temple member Judge Joel Goldberg will speak about his newly published memoir “New York Justice.” Don’t miss his talk entitled “Murder, Mayhem and Humor in the Criminal Courts.”

On December 5, in the evening, Rabbi Howald will be presenting a discussion on the fascinating topic, “The Jewish Perspective on the Afterlife.” In the spring we’re excited to be hosting, in conjunction with the Avis Foundation,two classes on “Jews and the Great American Songbook” taught by Micky Tannenbaum.

We’re also planning several trips, including a visit to Wagner College’s Holocaust Museum, The Cloisters to view a wonderful Judaica Exhibit, and a trip arranged through the Lower East Side Conservancy, as well as attending another play at the George Street Playhouse in New Brunswick.

We’d love to have you join us! To register for the Yiddish series please contact Cheryl at For information about any of our events please contact either Cheryl or Judy at

Thank you.
Cheryl Levine
Judy Pessah



BOOK CLUBS – we will be reading books with Jewish themes and/or by Jewish authors. All temple members are invited to attend. We look forward to a large turnout of enthusiastic readers and critics and to a vibrant discussion of the material.                                                                                                               

For additional information contact Adult Learning Committee at 718.727.2231.



Getting together to learn and do something new.  Our past workshops included – Rabbi’s Forgiveness Course, Introduction to Judaism, CPR Workshop, Introduction to Kabbalah, Dilemmas of Faith.



Our Tallit Workshops were huge successes!  Beautiful and unique tallits were made along with matching accessories. To date a total of 28 tallits beautiful were made!

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Fern helps Claire with her tallit at our latest workshop.  Shiela & Muriel model their tallits. Phyllis holds up her “magnificent “Garden of Eden” tallit for all to see.


Our Tallit Workshop was featured in the Staten Island Advance, read all about it , here’s the link:




One good book + a group of advid readers + that group of readers each bringing a dish to share = one fantastic book discussion!     Come and experience the best of all worlds in our book discussions. 




We journey to interesting places to connect with our heritage.  Whether it’s a historic site, a religious institution, cultural restaurant, museum  – we explore, learn and share.



Fort Montgomery State HistoricSite                                  Our Congregants & Friends @  West Point Jewish Temple




Stay tune for details on our next movie…




Our guest speaker lecture series was a big success attracting many people from our metropolitan area.  Our speakers included Andrew Gross, political advisor to the Deputy Consul General of Israel in NY, who came to speak about the Israeli conflict.    Chris Nicola author of “No Place on Earth”  came to speak about his cave explorations and his experiences in meeting the Holocaust survivors who lived in the caves for 544 days.