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


Upcoming events:  

Over the summer we are planning to go to the National Yiddish Theatre to see a musical play about the life of Hannah Senesh. 

Rabbi Howald will talk to us about “From This World to the Next”, a discussion of Jewish Concepts of Heaven and the after life. 

Temple member Judge Joel Goldberg will speak on a book he has written “New York Justice: My 40 Year Courtroom Journey from Rookie Prosecutor to Veteran Trial Judge”  

Also coming up..return visit to the George St. Playhouse in New Brunswick to see one of the plays in the new season. 

We are planning to take Yiddish lessons. 

We will try to visit the Bukarian Jewish Community in Rego Park , Queens. 

So..come learn with us..  Cheryl Levine & Judith Pessah, 

                                                                    Adult Learners Committee Co-Chairpersons.





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.