Programs are held during the year, with an emphasis on adult continuing education. Guest speakers conduct lectures and round table discussions on various subjects of interest to our adult members.  Please check the calendar for upcoming classes and registration information.

Adult Education at Kol Tikvah covers a multitude of events. Activities such as the Book Club, Rabbi’s Schmooze and Learn , Bagels and Bible all fall within the purview of adult education.    The study of Jewish traditions, holidays, other Jewish communities, biblical history, modern Jewish history, folk dancing, music, beginners Hebrew and Israel are additional topics that we predict will be of interest to our congregation.

Today we attract a very specific segment of our membership and have designed our programming with that group in mind. We have a very broad demographic segment of the population as members of this congregation. We would like to have a larger portion and cross-sections of the membership attend our programs.   To achieve the goal of broader attendance we ask that you the young families, empty nesters and singles tell us what you would like to see offered in our Adult Education programming and event schedule. You must be enrolled in Adult Ed to participate in the classes listed below.

Bagels and Bible — Rabbi Boxman leads discussions on Shabbat mornings from 8:45am-9:45am all year round on Parashat Ha-shavuah, the weekly Torah portion. Participants share a light breakfast together and enjoy an informal and educational discussion on the Parashah of the week before morning worship services. No prior knowledge is necessary and all are welcome who have a desire to learn and be spiritually nourished by the wisdom of the Torah.

Talmud 101– Our 13th Year — This year we will study “NACH” which stands for Neviim and Ketuviim, an in-depth study of the Prophets and the Writings. We will explore the literature of The Bible after The Five Books of Moses, including the Books of Joshua, Kings, the Prophets Isaiah, Jeremiah, Amos, and Micah, and with special attention given to The Book of Psalms. The class meets weekly on Thursday’s at noon from September through May. We will approach our study from a historical, as well as a literary perspective.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah – This course is based upon three areas of primary Jewish concern: The study of Torah, the worship of God and the practice of loving deeds. The course is designed to maximize flexibility for busy adults enabling students to individualize their preparation for Bar/Bat Mitzvah and to encourage chevruta or fellowship among the students who will share this spiritual milestone together. Adult B’nai Mitzvah classes will take place from November 2021 to February 2023, with a Shabbat Morning Service to be held February / March of 2023. 

Adult Confirmation —Jewish adults who want to “confirm” and “affirm” what it means for themselves to identify as Jews in a meaningful and intentional way are invited to join the Adult Confirmation class. Through a commitment to becoming a lifelong Jewish learner, the Adult Confirmand will commit to a minimum of 100 hours of Jewish learning to be completed by November 2023. An Adult Confirmation Service will take place in November/December 2023.

Why Judaism? – A 3-part series to be held on October 31, November 7, and November 14 (all Sunday mornings) exploring the fundamental practices and beliefs of Judaism, and a deep dive into the principle tenets of Judaism that answers the question of why Judaism should matter to each of us in the 21st Century. Open to CKT and ECC Families, and the Greater Community as a means to sample Kol Tikvah.

Scholar/Artist in Residence — Join Israeli Scholar Robbie Gringras on the weekend of February 25-27, 2022.

CKT Book Club —Discussion of popular and serious Jewish topics through books and movies.

Israel Up Close — A deep dive into the Israeli-Palestinian conflict aiming to educate and discuss the issues through moderated presentations based on videos, films and print media.

Yom HaShoah— Each year, on Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Kol Tikvah presents a speaker. As long as there are still actual survivors alive to share their stories, every effort is made to bring a survivor to speak. April 27, 2022 at 7:00PM.

Tikun Leil Shavuot — A yearly tradition on the eve of Shavuot, in keeping with the mitzvah of engaging in Jewish study prior to the giving of the Torah at Mount Sinai. Chevruta, camaraderie, and cheesecake round out the evening. June 4, 2022 at 7:30PM

Rosh Chodesh — A Jewish women’s celebration of the new moon. Women of all ages are welcome. October 5, November 8, January 20, February 8, March 8. (Dates are subject to change).