For a small congregation, Pleasantville Community Synagogue has an amazingly active Adult Education program. We have been fortunate over these past few years to have been able to bring in as scholars-in-residence some of the leading lights of Jewish spirituality (Rabbis Lawrence Kushner, Shefa Gold, Marcia Prager, and Chazzan Jack Kessler), of Jewish thought (Drs. Sarah Tauber, Neil Gilman, Michael Chernick, and Alan Morinis), and of Jewish Healing (Rabbis Zahara Davidowitz Farkas and Pamela Wax).
In the past we have offered Adult Education classes and workshops in: Introduction to Judaism, Hebrew, Talmud, Torah and Haftarah Cantillation, the Philosophy of Dr. Abraham Joshua Heschel, Jewish Denominations, Jewish Parenting, Women’s Torah Study, Sacred Autobiography; wonderful lay-lead studies of the Jewish calendar, the period called the Omer, and more.
Our new rabbi, Rabbi Julie Hilton Danan, holds a Ph.D. in Hebrew Studies, specializing in Rabbinic Literature, and has taught both university and adult education courses for many years. Rabbi Julie kicked off the First-Wednesday-of-Every-Month Adult Education programming with a 2-part series: "The Greatest Book Ever Written" (Dec. 2, 2015) and "The Greatest Book Never Written" (Jan. 6, 2016). Check the calendar to see what's next!
Rabbi Julie leads a Torah study on Saturdays at 12:30 pm to1:15pm, following the Shabbat Kiddush lunch at noon. She also leads Jewish Spiritual Teachings and Meditation at 9:15 am prior to Shabbat services. You can attend these programs whether or not you attend the services.
Every Thursday, an informal "lunch and learn" with the rabbi is held at noon. Bring a (meatless) bag lunch and join the rabbi and others for a discussion about the holidays and other Jewish topics. In addition, Rabbi Julie is now holding small "Introduction to Judaism" sessions in her office every Thursday at 5 pm.
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