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 May 22, 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 HERE on

Psalms in the Twenty-First Century with Roberta Schwartz

Mondays, May 22, June 5, 12, 19, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Is there something new under the sun, in the field of Psalms?  Strangely there is. Because we now have decades of research based upon documents from the Dead Sea Scrolls and excavations at Qumran.  It is known that of all books of the Bible, in the early centuries, second and first, BCE and first century CE Psalms came in only second in popularity to Deuteronomy.
The longest book in the Bible and most complex can be studied based upon recent publications, which bring much to our understanding of that religious poetry. Many chords are struck therein, since Psalms was written over hundreds of years and some oral even earlier.  We will concentrate on individual psalms and conclude with a poem written by Primo Levi. He based that exposition upon Psalm 137 – a modern day connection of past and present.

This course is taught by Roberta H. Schwartz, a graduate of the University of Chicago, who holds an M.A. in Jewish Studies from Spertus. Roberta lectured and taught in that field for over 30 years and is a beloved teacher of adults here at NSCI. To sign-up, email Lisa Goosmann at [email protected].  

The 2017 Bernice and Seymour Nordenberg Scholar-In-Residence Weekend featuring Rabbi Eric Yoffie

June 2-4, 2017
Kabbalat Shabbat Service Sermon: Reform Judaism and Religious Faith: What I believe as a Reform Jew
Shabbat Lunch Presentation: Reform Judaism and Congregational Life: The Reform synagogue as a vehicle of religious revolution and change
Sunday Morning Presentation: Reform Judaism and the Jewish State: How Reform Jews can challenge, struggle with, and embrace the State of Israel
Rabbi Eric Yoffie is a writer, lecturer, internationally-known religious leader and President Emeritus of the Union for Reform Judaism. He has presented at the World Economic Forum in Davos, and has appeared on Fox News, CNN, and many other news outlets. He writes regularly for Time, The Huffington Post, The Jerusalem Post and the Israeli daily Haaretz and is quoted frequently in the general and Jewish press. Watch the mail for your invitation. To RSVP for any of the learning sessions, contact Amy Mallor, [email protected] or 847-835-0724. There is no cost for this program.

Midday Mondays

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

Who wrote the Torah? What’s in it? with Buddy Schreiber
June 5, 12, & 19

We will talk about the myth, the history, the laws and the hope of the Jewish people -- the faith that has carried us for almost 4,000 years. It is true? Or is it fable? We will look at the subjects, each book and their relevance for today. Join us for these exciting 3 Monday classes.

Six Day War: Celebrating 50 Years since the Reunification of Jerusalem - with Dr. Roberta Goodman
June 26, 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 [email protected]