Adult Education


Adult Education At the JCNWJ


Book Club

Torah Study
The lay-led Torah Study group began in October 1998, and marked its 22nd year in 2020. The group meets monthly on a Saturday morning at 10:30. We started with “In the beginning…” and over the past 20+ years have carefully read the first four books of the Torah. These gatherings are very much cooperative and stimulating (ad)ventures in learning. New participants are welcome at any time, and temple members can attend one or many sessions.Since the beginning of the pandemic, we have been meeting via Zoom and have had the inspiring addition of Rabbi Dubin to our group.

The Torah portion we study always sparks lively discussion that unfolds on several levels, from the literal meaning to multiple interpretations from our tradition to associations that we in the 21st century bring to the text. For the first few months of 2021, we will be continuing our reading in Deuteronomy. The fascinating journey continues.

Genesis and Exodus were more or less familiar territory; nevertheless, more than a decade was spent reading and talking about the stories, miracles, lessons, puzzles, inconsistencies, revelations, and inspirations contained therein. Leviticus, by contrast, was “all those boring laws,” to quote one participant. We were so wrong. With its detailed descriptions of sacrifices and proscriptions, among other things, Leviticus offered fascinating insights into the lives and thoughts of the ancient Hebrews; its verses have stimulated some of the most interesting discussions ever. Numbers, too, was a challenge that required several years to meet.

We use various different English translations, keeping the Hebrew text close at hand. Our pace is slow and our discussions lively as we discuss the various levels of meaning, and in particular how the text does or does not relate to us today. We have no set objective or time frame, and proceed as the discussion requires. No preparation is necessary – we read and we discuss. Please join us; new participants are always welcome. The study dates for 2021 can be found on the Calendar.

Rabbi’s Class – TBA

Adult Programs Elsewhere

Public Programs at the Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life (Rutgers University)
The Shimon and Sara Birnbaum Jewish Community Center (Bridgewater)

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