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Adult Education

Study Torah at Oak Park Temple

Oak Park Temple provides a number of opportunities for studying Torah each week:

-Fridays, 9:00-10:00 am - Torah Study with Rabbi Daniel Kirzane

-Saturdays, 8:30-9:30 am - Talmud Study with Rabbi Max Weiss

-Sundays, 9:30-10:30 am - Verse-by-verse Torah study with the OPT community

Learn Hebrew

Adult Hebrew Classes
Oak Park Temple offers Hebrew classes for beginning, intermediate, and advanced students.  For more information, contact Rabbi Kirzane at rabbikirzane@oakparktemple.org

Cantillation Classes
Want to learn how to chant Torah?  Contact Lauren Levrant at slevr@aol.com for more information.

Plenty of opportunities to learn at Oak Park Temple

Browse some of our offerings below:
Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi Max Weiss, Rabbi Daniel Kirzane, and Rabbi Gary Gerson
Mondays, 7:00-9:00 pm
Beginning January 14

Introduction to Judaism is an engaging 18-session course for those who are looking for a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. This course is designed for interfaith couples, adults raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience. Tuition: $295 plus cost of books (for a single student or a couple). For more information and to register please visit reformjudaism.org/node/15206 or contact Joy Wasserman, at jbwasserman@urj.org or (872) 256-1818.

We Are What We Remember: The Ever-Evolving Transmission of Jewish History
Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning with Rabbi Max Weiss

Thursdays at 10:00-11:00 am
March 7, 14, 21, 28

This 4-session course from the Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning explores the impact of collective memory. Participants will encounter in a number of different ways one of the most powerful keys to Jewish survival: the enduring determination to never forget. For more information please contact Rolly Cohen at rolly@bjechicago.org, (847)291-7788 x1304 or register online at bjechicago.org. Tuition—Oak Park Member: $45; Member of another Melton Consortium congregation: $105; Other: $155.

Truth in an Age of “Truthiness” with Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
1st Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Oct. 3; Nov. 7; Dec. 5; Jan. 16; Feb. 6

What is true in an age of truthiness? What are biblical, philosophical, and contemporary views of truth? Does truth have to be moral? Factual? Unchanging? Find out what others have thought and share your own experiences as we try to come closer to the truth about truth. Share questions or suggestions by email to rabbikirzane@oakparktemple.org.

Truth in an Age of “Truthiness” — Hinsdale Mini-Course with Rabbi Daniel Kirzane
Thursdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Jan. 10, 17, 24
Hinsdale Public Library (20 E Maple St., Hinsdale, IL)

What is true in an age of truthiness? What are biblical, philosophical, and contemporary views of truth? Does truth have to be moral? Factual? Unchanging? Find out what others have thought and share your own experiences as we try to come closer to the truth about truth. Share questions or suggestions by email to rabbikirzane@oakparktemple.org.

Jewish Identity at the Dawn of the 21st Century with Rabbi Max Weiss
1st Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 pm
Mar. 6, Apr. 3, May 1

What does it mean to be a Jew in the modern world? Through an examination of texts ancient and modern we will engage as a community and as individuals with the role of Judaism in our lives. Share questions or suggestions by email to rabbi@oakparktemple.org.

Tekhines: Yiddish Prayers for Women with Cantor Julie Yugend-Green
Sundays, 12:00-1:00 pm
February 3 and 10

Encounter expressions of women’s spirituality through personal prayers written in Yiddish. How much has changed in the lives of Jewish women, and how much has stayed the same?

Tell Me A Tale: Stories and Music in the Spirit of Passover
A congregational celebration in story, art, and song
Sunday, Apr. 14, 3:00-5:00

Freedom is a major theme of this season; but springtime, renewal, courage and love are also thematic of Passover. During this very special program we will experience music that celebrates this beautiful time of year, and will also hear gifted storytellers share tales of strength, humor, bravery...and a little bit of the unexpected!

Sun, December 9 2018 1 Tevet 5779