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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 2021-22 Adult Education schedule is in the works. 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., on Zoom.

A Year with Mordecai Kaplan: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion by Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben.

Rabbi Steven Sirbu leads a weekly discussion that focuses on A Year with Mordecai Kaplan: Wisdom on the Weekly Torah Portion. Author Rabbi Steven Carr Reuben explains the commentary of Rabbi Kaplan (1881-1983), and then applies it to his life and ours. Copies of the book are available for purchase in the Temple office. To learn more about this year’s text, click here

Every six weeks or so, we set our books aside and 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. Learn more

Mini-University. Session III: Tuesday evenings, beginning October 12, 7:30 p.m. to 9:40 p.m. on Zoom.

Stories from a Jewish Perspective at 7:30 p.m.
This popular peer-led class selects short stories from a variety of genres to discuss. Our first story is “Elisha,” by Ruth Calderon, and the discussion will be led by Michael Goldberg as part of Temple Emeth's One Book, One Synagogue program. To subscribe to the group’s email or to request a copy of an upcoming story, contact Linda Poskanzer at

Cover Story at 8:40 p.m.
The news of the Jewish world can be at times perplexing and at times inspirational. It can always help to have a group to unpack and discuss it with. Rabbi Sirbu will lead a discussion on the cover story of that week’s issue of The Jewish Standard and, time-permitting, some of the other articles. If you subscribe to the print edition of the Jewish Standard, be sure to bring it to the computer. (Extra copies are often available in the Temple lobby over the weekend.) To access the Standard online click here. The cover story is usually the first story on the homepage.

Movies That Mattered

Tuesday, October 8, 7:30 p.m. (proof of vaccination and masks required)
The Boys from Brazil, a 1978 British-American thriller starring Gregory Peck, Sir Laurence Olivier, and James Manson, kicks off our series. Peck portrays the infamous Dr. Josef Mengele, who, while hiding in South America, plans to recreate the childhood of Hitler for 95 young boys he cloned from the dictator, so they can form a Fourth Reich with other Nazi sympathizers. Olivier portrays Ezra Lieberman, a famed Nazi hunter. Seating will be socially distanced and no refreshments will be served. 

Save the date for our next movie on Tuesday, November 30.

Tue, December 7 2021 3 Tevet 5782