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.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah: The Adult B’nai Mitzvah class is designed especially for busy adults, allowing for a maximum in flexibility for students to meet the requirements for B’nei Mitzvah. So if you never had a bar or bat mitzvah, but have always thought about doing so, this class is for you! The class is a 2 year program, not offered every year.
Adult Confirmation: This class is designed to engage students in adult Jewish learning on many levels and different styles culminating in a beautiful ceremony of Confirmation. The class is a 2 year program, not offered every year.
Bagels and Bible: Saturdays at 8:45AM-9:45AM: Rabbi Boxman leads discussions on Shabbat mornings dedicated to Torah study. Rabbi and 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.
Israel Seminars: Our ARZA Committee brings to Kol Tikvah significant scholars and Zionist leaders to address the congregation on matters relating to Israel, politically, militarily, culturally and religiously.
ARZA Movie Nights: Four times during the year the ARZA committee, Kol Tikvah’s Israel Connection Committee, shows an Israeli film followed by a discussion.
Scholar-In-Residence: Kol Tikvah brings in a scholar who spends an entire weekend enriching our congregation. Typically, the Scholar-in-Residence delivers a speech during our Friday night service, leads our Bagel and Bible group on Saturday morning, teaches a class during lunch time, and on Sunday spends time working first with our Religious School students and parents, and then in a training session with our teachers. In the past few years, we have had the following scholars as part of this program:
Rabbi Gunther Plaut, the leading historian, scholar and representative of the Reform Movement, author of the Reform commentary to the Torah.
Joel Grishaver, writer, teacher, cartoonist, and storyteller. Founder of Torah Aura Productions.
Rabbi Phillip Warmflash, Executive Director of the Jewish Outreach Partnership and recipient of the Covenant Award
Professor Shai Cherry, professor and lecturer of Jewish Thought.
Dr. Ellen Frenkel, acclaimed storyteller and writer, accomplished scholar, CEO and Editor in Chief of JPS – Jewish Publication Society.
Rabbi Jeff Salkin, recognized author and lecturer, author of the award winning Putting God on your Guest List.
Rabbi Michael Gold, author and member of the National Speakers Association.
Rabbi Gary Zola, head of American Jewish Archives.
Ron Wolfson, renowned author and motivational speaker on relational Judaism.
Rabbi Richard Address, expert on sacred aging.
Talmud: The hourly class meets Thursdays at noon, beginning after the High Holy Days and continuing until Shavuot. Rabbi Boxman teaches history, Biblical stories and other aspects of Jewish Life through the lens of these interpretive Rabbinic texts. Advance registration is required.
Tikkun 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, members of the congregation are invited to teach a 5-10 minute lesson on a topic of their choice. Chevruta, camaraderie, and cheesecake round out the evening.
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.
Yom HaZikaron/Yom Ha’Atzmaut: Our ARZA Committee works with the clergy to observe these two moving holidays, Israel’s Memorial Day and Independence Day.