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

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays through July 10, 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

Midday Mondays

This year Midday Mondays will include mini-series taught in multi-week increments and offered at different times throughout the year.

Six Day War: Celebrating 50 Years since the Reunification of Jerusalem - with Dr. Roberta Goodman
July 3 & 10

June 7, 1967 was a remarkable day in history, part of the 6-day war, when Jerusalem became one city under Israeli rule. Come celebrate and explore the implications of this day with Dr. Roberta Goodman. Together we will explore the curriculum materials from Dr. Ken Stein’s (a speaker at NSCI this past November) Center for Israel Education (CIE) The June 1967 War: How It Changed Jewish, Israeli, & Middle Eastern History.

Questions? Please contact Lisa Goosmann at

The Mourner’s Kaddish for Beginners with Rabbi Geffen

Tuesday, July 25 from 10:30 am – 12:00 pm
So many of us never learned to say the Kaddish, yet often find ourselves feeling awkward or embarrassed when at services or a shivah minyan unable to join in. Join Rabbi Geffen for an informative and instructive session on the Kaddish. This class is designed for those who DO NOT YET KNOW how to say the Kaddish.

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 or Nina at