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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.

For more information, contact or the Temple office at 201-833-1322.

Ongoing Programs

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Sirbu
Wednesdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm, beginning Wednesday, October 19, 2022

Rabbi Steven Sirbu leads a weekly discussion that focuses on Judaism’s Life-Changing Ideas, by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks. It offers and explains a life-changing idea for each Torah portion. Together we will study the chapter that corresponds with that week’s Torah portion, facilitating a robust discussion of the ideas presented therein. Approximately every six weeks, we will put our book aside and discuss an item from the recent news.







Lunch and Learn is held in the Library; coffee is served. We will also use our Zoom hybrid platform for those who wish to participate virtually. To participate via Zoom, see the weekly email for a link, or contact the Temple office for the meeting ID and password.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Saturday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:15 am in the Library and on Zoom

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 2022-23

Stories from a Jewish Perspective I
Tuesday evenings, October 18, 25, November 1, 8, 15, 22, 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

This popular peer-led class selects short stories from a variety of genres to discuss. To subscribe to the group’s email or to request a copy of an upcoming story, contact Linda Poskanzer at

Stories from a Jewish Perspective II
Tuesday evenings, January 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Until 120: Jewish Insights on Death and Mourning
Tuesday evenings, February 21, 28, March 7, 14, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm
This class, to be led by Cantor Ellen Tilem, will discuss death from a Jewish perspective and explore traditional burial and shiva customs through a modern lens. We will look at the seasons of grief, their origin, and expression. 

Rabbi's Class (information to come)
Tuesday evenings, April 25, May 2, 9, 16, from 8:00 pm to 9:00 pm

Movies That Mattered

Tuesday, August 16, 2022 at 7:00 p.m.
Alfred Hitchock's final film, Family Plot, is a comedy/thriller starring Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, Karen Black, and Katherine Helmond. The film tells the story of Blanche, a less than reputable psychic, and her equally shady boyfriend, George, who are hired by an elderly woman to find her nephew Arthur, who had been given up for adoption as a boy. With little information to go on, the pair track down Arthur in San Francisco. Arthur has had a colorful past, including murder and thievery with girlfriend Fran. So when he discovers he is being trailed, he assumes it's for other reasons.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022 at 7:30 p.m.
The Infidel presents an identity crisis comedy centered on a successful business owner and salt of the earth East End Muslim who discovers that he’s adopted…and Jewish.




Tuesday, February 14, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
A Stranger Among Us tells the story of Emily, a New York City detective trying to solve the case of a young Hasidic diamond cutter who has gone missing, but the case becomes more complicated when his body turns up. When Emily must go undercover in the Hasidic community to track down the killer, she experiences events which change her life.



Wednesday, March 29, 2023 at 7:30 p.m.
Waltz With
Bashir is a 2008 Israeli adult animated documentary film written, produced, and directed by Ari Folman. It depicts Folman's search for lost memories of his experience as a soldier during the 1982 Lebanon War.

Sun, March 26 2023 4 Nisan 5783