Adult Jewish Learning at NSCI

Here you are able to view information about programs and events at NSCI and in the community. Events are listed under catagories, in chronological order. Please scroll down to learn more about all of our exciting events and programs.

Adult Education

Chanting the Prophets (Haftarah Cantillation) with Cantor David Goldstein 

Mondays, October 16 & 30, November 6, 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
This course is designed to provide the practical knowledge of cantillation for all of the Haftarah portions during the course of the year including Shabbat, Festivals (Excluding the M'gillot) and High Holy Days. Prior Torah cantillation study would be recommended but not required. RSVP to Miriam, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724.

Midday Mondays: Having Fun with Midrash! With Cantor Goldstein 

Mondays, October 16 & 23
Midday Mondays features mini-series taught in multi-week increments offered 11:30 am -12:30 pmon Mondays throughout the year. These sessions will be taught by Rabbi Lisa Greene, Rabbi Ryan Daniels, Dr. Roberta Goodman, Cantor David Goldstein & Buddy Schreiber. RSVP to Miriam, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724.

Puzzled about Judaism? Join us for an Introduction to Judaism 

Mondays, beginning January 22 from 7:00–9:00 pm
Register now for this 18-week course on the basics of Judaism
Part of an interfaith relationship and want to learn more? Born Jewish, but it’s been a while? Interested in conversion to Judaism? Join us! North Shore Congregation Israel (sessions 1–9) 1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022 Lakeside Congregation (sessions 10–18) 1221 County Line Road, Highland Park, IL 60035. To learn more or to register contact Joy Wasserman at [email protected] or visit 

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays through December 11, 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
Join Rabbi Geffen as we continue the study of Tractate Brachot. All are welcome. If you want to purchase your own copy of the Talmud translation we use for class, Koren Talmud Bavli, Berakhot by Rabbi Adin Even-Israel Steinsaltz, you can find it on

Girl Drama

3rd - 5th grade parents: Sunday, October 15, 9:15 am 
Your daughter comes home from school upset and crying. You wonder…… What should I say to my daughter? Should I call the other girls’ parents? Is it OK to call the school? What will this do to my friendship with the moms of the other girls? What if my daughter is the one being mean? Why is this so hard? Parenting is a journey, don’t take it alone! This program will explore real life situations and provide tangible tools that you can use immediately in dealing with your daughter. Led by Rabbi Greene and Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW. To RSVP, contact Lisa Goosmann, [email protected].

Wise Aging

Alternating Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am – 12:00 pm, beginning October 18
Co-facilitated by: Rabbi Nina J. Mizrahi, RJE and Bev Shurman Lavitt, LCSW.

A special opportunity to find tools to navigate the challenges of aging as we find joy and meaning in our lives. This is more of a chavurah (group of friends) than a class. There will be opportunities to reflect on stories from your own life, to listen deeply to others, to study the Jewish tradition that venerates aging and its wisdom, and to experience the richness of the shared moment. Interested? Contact Bev at [email protected] or Nina at [email protected].

Raising Emotionally Healthy Boys

6th - 8th grade parents: Sunday, October 29, 9:15 am, 3rd - 5th grade parents: Sunday, November 12, 9:15 am 
You think you want to raise an “emotionally healthy boy” but what does that mean? What is emotional health? What should you do? Do you buy him dolls, teach him to cook? What if other kids make fun of him? Why does it feel so hard, and sometimes so wrong? Learn about the “man box” and what parents and community can do to break boys and men out of it. Led by Rabbi Greene and Tracey Lipsig Kite, LCSW. To RSVP contact Lisa Goosmann, [email protected].