Adult Education

Westchester Reform Temple offers a variety of educational options for adult learners at all levels. Through year-long Hebrew classes, adult B’nei Mitzvah, weekly Torah study, special lectures and presentations, book groups, film screenings, cooking courses, and more, our programming is a way to discover the power of Jewish learning, deepen your Jewish identity, and investigate milestone moments. Classes can be chosen on an individual basis or as part of a multi-year, personalized curriculum. For more information about WRT’s adult programming, please contact Suzanne Saperstein at (914) 723-7727 or suzanne.saperstein@wrtemple.org.

Some of our offerings include:

Advanced Hebrew Bible Class: A Study of Tanach 
For this class, students must have knowledge of Torah, Hebrew roots and basic Hebrew vocabulary, and a familiarity with the Siddur. Sessions meet on Wednesday mornings. For more information about sign up and fees, please contact Jane Roberts at janerteach@aol.com.

Alef, Bet and Beyond: Beginner Hebrew

Have you always considered learning Hebrew? Now is the perfect time! We are offering a weekday morning class for adults. Please contact Nancy Abraham at nancy.abraham@wrtemple.org. Include your name and your preferred days of the week to learn together.

Mishna: The Building Blocks of Jewish Life, led by Rabbi Jonathan Blake (via Zoom)

This program continues taking us into a detailed analysis of the most important and influential book of Rabbinic Literature, the Mishna (“Teaching”), which itself becomes the cornerstone of the Talmud. The Mishna was compiled in the early-mid 3rd Century (CE) and reflects generations of Rabbinic teaching. Click here to register

Rosh Chodesh 5782, led by Cantor Kleinman and Cantor Rodnizki (via Zoom)

Join our cantors and a diverse group of women for a monthly, midday infusion of community, ritual, sharing, and study as we mark each new month on the Hebrew calendar. This year, Rosh Chodesh will include opportunities to learn in the style of our “And She Said” class, to celebrate happy occasions, and to hold space for one another in times of challenge or healing. To be added to the email list and receive the Zoom link, please email Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org. Meets one Tuesday a month; please check the calendar for details.

Unpacking the Prayerbook, led by Rabbi David Levy (via Zoom)
If you want to know what Jews believe: look at our prayer book. Within its pages you will find an outline of our belief system, and in this class we will carefully look at the Hebrew words and phrases, and unpack the deeper meaning of each prayer. No previous Hebrew knowledge is required. To be added to the email list and receive the Zoom link, please email Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org. Please check the calendar for details.

Bible as Literature, led by Rabbi Daniel Reiser
Back by popular demand! The Bible has been referred to as the world’s best selling, least read book. Many of us have a passing familiarity with the Bible’s most famous stories—Jonah, who was swallowed by a fish, or Esther, who saved her people from destruction. But beneath these simple plot lines lies a sophisticated literary artistry. In this five-week course, we will study the first five chapters of the Book of Genesis (our origin stories), with an eye towards their literary character. In so doing, we will hope to discover the complexities of motive and ambiguities of character that are essential not only to good literature, but to the human experience. To be added to the email list and receive the Zoom link, please email Suzanne.Saperstein@wrtemple.org. Please check the calendar for details.

Weekly Torah Study
Each Shabbat morning we gather informally to read and discuss the week’s Torah portion. The morning begins with a brief Shabbat service at which mourners who wish to say Kaddish are warmly welcomed. The group is led by volunteers, with clergy participation. No prior experience with Torah is necessary.

WRT’s Advanced Jewish Learning for Melton Alumni
In the fall of 2019, 75 WRT congregants committed themselves to completing 100 hours of Jewish learning over the course of two years through WRT’s chapter of the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Education. This past spring, we celebrated the completion of that period of study. Next year, alumni of our Melton school are invited to continue their advanced Jewish learning through an alumni initiative. Interested in learning more? Contact Rabbi Daniel Reiser at rabbi.reiser@wrtemple.org.

The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning sets the standard for high-quality, text-based, interactive Jewish study by offering world-class curriculum that informs and inspires people from all knowledge-levels and backgrounds. WRT is part of the Melton School’s international network of community-based schools, which offer adults the opportunity to acquire Jewish literacy in an open, trans-denominational, intellectually stimulating learning environment.

Additional Classes, Special Lectures, Events, and Trips    
Each season, new and special classes, lectures, and events are led by our clergy and guest teachers on a variety of topics. Please check our quarterly bulletin (via the button at the bottom of our homepage) to see the exciting programs offered this season!