Tired of the same old same old? Greenwich Reform Synagogue offers a variety of adult education classes held at different times, for different interests. Classes are held on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings; attendance is free but donations are appropriate and greatly appreciated.
Hebrew: Tired of opening your prayer book and seeing undecipherable squiggles? Even with your glasses on? Want to keep up with your kids in Hebrew School? Then it’s time to sign up for Hebrew lessons with GRS Rabbi Andrew Sklarz. Beginner’s Hebrew meets on Thursday nights at 8 pm. You’ll learn how to read the key prayers in Hebrew, plus get a taste of reading and writing in modern Hebrew. Already know the Alef Bet? Join us on Sunday mornings at 9:30 am for the Advanced Beginner’s class with Rabbi Sklarz. You’ll develop Hebrew reading proficiency and a better understanding of the Shabbat and Holiday liturgy, plus a basic understanding of biblical and modern Hebrew grammar.
Torah study: Deepen your understanding of Judaism by discovering the richness of the Torah. On Thursday evenings at 7 pm, Rabbi Andrew Sklarz will lead Exploring the Torah, beginning with a close reading and discussion of the Book of Genesis. On Sunday mornings at 10:30, Rabbi Robert Rothman will discuss the Wisdom Literature of the books of Psalms and Ecclesiastes. GRS’ long-time scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Rothman, D.H.L., D.D., Ph.D., is the Rabbi Emeritus of Rye Community Synagogue.
As GRS member Shelly Kaplan explains: “Other than being born Jewish, I had absolutely no Jewish education. Having experienced Adult Ed at GRS, I’m completely hooked. The classes are fun and welcoming, never intimidating or intense. Without realizing I was learning, I’m now beginning to read Hebrew from the Torah, and have learned so much about our heritage from the classes taught by Rabbis Sklarz and Rothman.”
No prior familiarity with Torah study is necessary for any of these classes, and everyone, regardless of background, is welcome. Each class is designed to be a stand-alone session, so come as often as you wish.
Jewish Yoga: Join certified yoga instructor Naomi Norman and discover how to express and deepen your understanding of Jewish spirituality with through the practice of yoga and the study of middot – soul traits. Classes held at 9:15 am on November 9, January 25, and February 22.
For complete details and to register for on all classes, please contact the GRS office at 203-629-0018.