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Adult Education

Temple Emeth’s Adult Education program provides an abundance of opportunities to give our hearts to learning.

There is no charge for Temple Emeth members to participate in any of our programs (except those that provide meals, or are trips). Some courses may require books and/or other materials, for which there may be a charge. There is a fee for non-members of Temple Emeth, based on the specific program, plus book or material costs.

Our 2019-20 Adult Education schedule has been published! Click here to download this year's program. For more information, contact or the Temple office at 201-833-1322.

Ongoing Programs

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Sirbu. Wednesdays from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m., beginning September 11, 2019.

Text: Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary by Rabbi Shmuly Yanklowitz

Join us for a weekly compelling discussion. Pierkei Avot were the first recorded manefesto of social justice in Western civilization. This book, published by CCAR Press, explores the text through a lens of contemporary social justice and moral philosophy, engaging both classical commentators and modern thinkers. Every six weeks or so, we set our books aside and discuss a topic of discuss current events.


Shabbat Morning Torah Study. Saturday mornings from 9:00 a.m. to 10:15 a.m.
On Shabbat mornings, join Rabbi Sirbu in an informal and lively study of Torah. Study begins at 9:00 am and concludes in time for our Shabbat morning service at 10:30 am. Coffee and bagels are served. Learn more

Mini-University. Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., Semester I begins October 13, 2020.

Stories from a Jewish Perspective: This popular course is taught by participants on a rotating basis, giving you an array of authors and genres and a variety of teaching styles. Yet each class has something in common — a group of people who live the written word and Jewish ideas. Among the authors whose works will be covered are Nicole Krauss (pictured; photo by Goni Riskin) and Haim Watzman. Teaching a class is not a requirement of attendance. 


Cover Story, with Rabbi Steven Sirbu: The pandemic. The election. The Supreme Court. With so many important stories in the news, it is valuable to be able to analyze and process these developments together as a Jewish community. Each week, this class will begin with a discussion of the cover story of the North Jersey/Rockland Jewish Standard. Time permitting, the class will also discuss other new stories and opinion columns from the past week. Each class will be on a different topic, so it's all right to sporadically attend as your schedule permits.


Semester II, Tuesday evenings, 7:30 p.m. to 9:40 p.m., January 19, 26, February 2 (makeup February 9), 2021 

Golden America: Half Dreams and Half Nightmare, taught by Irwin Yellowitz, Ph.D. This class will cover the years 1880-1924, the prime period of Jewish immigration to the United States. Join us as we explore the appeal of “Golden America” to the Jewish masses in Europe, the conditions they found in the United States — particularly those concerning working conditions, labor unions, political activity, and family life — and the relationship, or lack of it, between Jewish immigrants and the rest of the population. We also will compare the experience of Jewish immigrants with that of other newcomers. As usual in Professor Yellowitz’s classes, we will follow an open format with continuous interaction between him and those who attend.


Wed, January 27 2021 14 Shevat 5781