Jewish learning is at the heart and soul of Judaism, and adult education is one of the strategic pillars supporting that learning at CBSRZ. We have many different people within our community working together to develop programs to shape our congregation into a vibrant center for Jewish learning.
From the arts to language learning, from Torah study to current events forums, from forays into the history of our Jewish heritage to recording the living history of our own congregants, Jewish learning at CBSRZ has many different dimensions. The Adult Education committee coordinates with congregants and other committees to support all of these opportunities and to devise even more ways to facilitate such engagement in the future.
So whether it’s informal roundtable discussions of the current events such as Israeli-Palestinian issues or more formal forums in which speakers with differing viewpoints discuss current issues…or introductory and/or advanced Hebrew classes for adults led by CBSRZ’s supportive Hebrew teachers and introduction to Judaism classes conducted by Rabbi Goldenberg…or history classes that explore the past or our Scholar-in-Residence Program where a renowned scholar spends the weekend immersing us in his or her field of expertise…or field trips to Jewish places of historical importance and site visits to Jewish museums … adult learning at CBSRZ is dynamic and far reaching.
And, of course, adult education opportunities include established CBSRZ traditions which contribute to the enrichment of our entire community, including the Rabbi’s monthly Lunch & Learn sessions, Yiddish Club meetings, and Holy Scrollers every Saturday morning attended by congregants and non-congregants alike. Preview to the Torah portion for Holy Scrollers http://holyscrollers.blogspot.com
The Adult Education Committee will be adding more ventures as we go along, all in the hopes of enriching the lives of our congregants and of our friends and neighbors as well. Committee members include participants in one of last year’s Adult Education endeavors, the Adult B’not Mitzvah class. Read our adult b'not mitzvah blog (http://cbsrzbnot.tumblr.com).
In the spring of 2015, we will be hosting Dr. Alan Morinis as our Scholar In Residence. Dr. Morinis will be introducing us to the practice of Mussar, which, in the words of the Mussar Institute, “is a path of contemplative practices and exercises that have evolved over the past thousand years to help an individual soul to pinpoint and then to break through the barriers that surround and obstruct the flow of inner light in our lives. Mussar is a treasury of techniques and understandings that offers immensely valuable guidance for the journey of our lives”. For more information www.mussarinstitute.org
And now with the 100th anniversary of the founding of Rodfe Zedek approaching (in the fall of 2015), we look forward to celebrating that anniversary by renewing our exploration not just of our Jewish faith and heritage but of the history of our very own congregation which began a century ago in a very different Connecticut.