Adult Education Offerings 2019-2020/5780

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Special Events

Jewish Community on the Edge: The Changing Demographics of Jews in Suburbia

Breakfast and Speaker/Dr Amy Sales – Sunday, October 20, 2019 11:00 AM
RSVP for Breakfast – by October 16th

The Good Fight –An ADL Forum on Confronting Anti-Semitism Today & Tomorrow

Registration and fee on one’s own. For more information contact
Newton Marriott- October 27, 2019  9:00 AM – 2:00 PM **

Etched in Glass: The Legacy of Steve Ross 

Steve Ross was the founder of the New England Holocaust Memorial
Film and Speaker in Honor of Kristallnacht — November 3, 2019 4:00 PM

Limmud Boston – A Festival of All Things Jewish

November 17, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM
Brookline, MA  Registration and fee on one’s own at**

We All Fall Down (Play)

January 25, 2020 or February 1, 2020 (TBD) 8:00 PM –  Calderwood Pavilion at the BCA
Members of Congregation Shalom will attend at the discounted rate of $35 orchestra seats.
The group may join for an early dinner near the theater.


New Class Offerings

Intro to Judaism
A multi-session course to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. Began in early September.

Art at Shalom [3 Sets of Classes]
For members there may be a supply fee.  Non-members can participate – Tuition $25 plus supply fee.

Glass Etching with Jen Heater 
Thursdays October 17, 24, November 7(2019) – 7:00 PM

Silk Painting with Bess Libby
Thursdays January 7, 14, 21 (2020) – 7:00 PM

Print Making with Cathy Karp
Tuesdays March 31, April 7, April 14 (2020) – 7:00 PM

Baking at Shalom with Chef Noah
November 14, December 5, December 12, 2019 –  7:00 PM
For members there may be a supply fee.  Non-members can participate – Tuition $25 plus supply fee.

Genealogy [2 Sessions]

Introduction to Jewish Genealogy
November 24, 2019 11:00 AM

Genealogy–DNA Basics
March 15, 2020 11:00 AM

Israel Education [3 sessions]
Karen Spira, Ph. D., a dynamic, engaging speaker, will return to give three presentations.

Women in Israel 
March 29, 2020 7:00 PMA comprehensive look at Equality and Gender in Israel.
This presentation is generously sponsored by Nashoba Valley Hadassah and the Congregation Shalom Sisterhood.

One State, Two States?
April 5, 2020 11:00 AM
The political challenges of creating a Palestinian State with land from the current state of Israel will be explored.

Jewish Extremism, the Ultra-Orthodox, and Religious Zionism in Israel
In Honor of Yom Ha’a-atzmaut (Israeli Independence Day)
April 28, 2020 7:00 PM
An in-depth look at the integration of the ultra-orthodox community into the state of Israel and the political ramifications of Jewish extremism, including the murder of PM Rabin.

Jew-kulele!-  Beginning ukulele lessons with Ken Budke & Ari Strasser
Students will learn basic ukulele skills and apply them to learning beginning Jewish songs. No experience needed. March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 15 and snow date of April 29 if needed. $80/person for a 6 week session with a minimum of 6 people needed for class to run. Ukuleles will be provided for use during the class period and for home use to practice.


On-Going Programs

Torah Study – [6 sessions] Led by Rabbi Perry
Shabbat Mornings, 9:00–10:30: October 19, December 14, January 11, March 14
Sunday Mornings, 10:30-11:45: November 17, April 12

Adult Hebrew Classes – Taking Prayer Book Hebrew to the Next Step
October 20/9:00-10:15,          November 3/10:45-Noon , November 17/10:45-Noon, November 24/9:00-10:15,
December 8/9:00-10:15, December 15/9:00-10:15

Spirituality Group –Mussar
This group provides a wonderful forum of exploration for personal spirituality. Dates and Times to be announced. For information please write to Rabbi Perry at

2nd Tuesday of every month • 10:30-Noon (starting in October)
This year the monthly study group will start out by watching the Israeli TV series Shtisel.

* Unless otherwise noted, all programs are free and take place at Congregations Shalom.
** If you want to carpool, please contact


For more information, please contact the Adult Ed Committee.