Adult Jewish Learning at NSCI

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Adult Education

Rabbinic Roots of Jewish Repentance

Mondays, August 28 and September 11 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm 
“For the sins of a human against God, the Day of Atonement atones. But for the sins of one human against another, the Day of Atonement does not atone until they have made peace with one another.” As we approach the season of repentance with the High Holy Days, join Rabbi Geffen for a focused, 3-session class on the rabbinic roots of Jewish repentance as depicted in the Talmud and in Maimonides’ Hilchot Teshuvah/The Laws of Repentance.

The Mindful or Mindless Life – High Holy Day Series

Wednesdays, August 23 - September 13 10:00 am – 11:30 am
Are you searching for deeper meaning in your life and in the world? Through our experience of ancient Jewish spiritual teachings, we can strengthen our capacity to live with awareness, generosity and compassion. Join Rabbi Geffen in the profound and spiritually uplifting practice of study and contemplative practice surrounding the High Holy Days with traditional Jewish teachings that will make you think differently about yourself, your relationships, and your world. Each session will include study and discussion, meditation, and chanting. No experience necessary. The only requirement for the class is a willing heart and open mind.

Midday Mondays - with Buddy Schreiber “Who is this guy God, anyway?”

September 11, 18, & 25 11:30 am 
A look at the evolving changes in Jewish belief in God over the centuries. From Abraham to modern day thinkers in the world today.

Girl Drama

6th - 8th grade parents: Sunday, September 24, 9:15 am, 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].

Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen

Mondays, September 25 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 Amazon.com.

Legacy Letters Evening Classes – New Fall Session!

Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 – 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm 
Legacy Letters are about the life lessons and values that made you who you are today, and passing on those lessons and values to the next generation. It is how you wish to be remembered. Join us in a new class that will guide you, step by step, with easy to understand handout material throughout the five week session. Carole Mark Gingiss has successfully taught many students to craft their message. She will share examples of old and modern Legacy Letters, also called Ethical Wills, and give students the tools to create their own lasting treasure for their loved ones. The class is for any age, wherever you are in life. Legacy Letters can be written to a spouse, children, grandchildren, great grandchildren, or friends. Your letter can be distributed immediately after it’s written, sometime later, or attached to your Last Will and Testament. How do you want to be remembered? Write your Legacy Letter and let your loved ones know.  Curious? Talk to Rabbi Greene, [email protected] or contact Carole Mark Gingiss, [email protected]. Class size is limited. Registration is required. Please contact Lisa Goosmann at [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].