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Adult Education Classes 2023-2024 (5784)

Pirkei Avot (Wisdom of the Elders), taught by Rabbi Robin Nafshi

Mondays, 7:00- 8:30, in person at TBJ

Text: Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary, by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

(If you are looking to dive deeply into Pirkei Avot, I recommend Pirkei Avot Lev Shalem.)

Dates: October 2, 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27; December 4, 11, 18; January 8, 22; February 12, 26; March 4, 18, 25; April 1, 8, 15; May 6, 13, 20; June 3, 10


Thinking About God: Jewish Views, by Rabbi Kari H. Tuling (Book Discussion Group), led by Rabbi Robin Nafshi

Sundays, 11:00-noon, in person at TBJ

Dates: October 1, 22, 29; November 12; December 10; January 21; February 18; March 24; May 5; June 2


Hebrew I, taught by Noreen Leibson (TBJ’s Religious School principal)

Mondays 5:30-6:30 pm, in person at TBJ

Book: Teach Yourself to Read Hebrew, by Ethelyn Simon and Joseph Anderson

For further information, contact Noreen at Please RSVP to the office at

Dates: October 2, 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, 27, December 4, 11


Hebrew II and III, taught by Marty Bender

Level II Sundays at 9 am

Level III Sundays at 10 am

For further information, including the Zoom link, texts used, and dates the classes meet, contact Marty Bender at


Weekly Torah Study, led by Rabbi Robin Nafshi

Wednesdays at noon, in person at TBJ

Beginning date: Ongoing (watch the weekly communication from the Temple office to know when class is meeting)

This is a verse-by-verse study of the Torah, begun 27 years ago with Rabbi Klein. I hope we will finish in the next year or two. No prior knowledge or participation is necessary.


Reform Judaism at 150 Years

TBJ is joining with Temple Adath Yeshurun in Manchester to celebrate and learn about the history of Reform Judaism as our movement turns 150 years old. We’ll kickoff the events the weekend of November 10-12 with Rabbi Gary Zola, executive director of The Jacob Rader Marcus Center of the American Jewish Archives, who will visit both congregations. Other events will include Cantor Shira presenting music for the annual Shabbat Shirah service showing the development of American Reform nusach and melodies (Friday night, January 26), and Rabbis Nafshi and Davidson teaching about the three major platforms (“what we stand for”) issued by the Reform movement throughout its history (date TBA).

Wed, June 19 2024 13 Sivan 5784