Adult Jewish Learning at NSCI

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Adult Education

Every Face Has a Name With Rabbi Daniels 

December 11, 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Join Rabbi Daniels to watch and then discuss Every Face Has a Name (2015), Magnus Gertten's award-winning documentary. Watch Gertten's team find and interview survivors from German concentration camps portrayed in recently discovered archival film showing their arrival in Malmo, Sweden, on April 28, 1945.

Contemporary Jewish Literature with Neil Rigler

Mondays, January 8, 22, 29, February 5 & 26, 7:15 pm 
Explore contemporary Jewish stories, poetry, and plays with NSCI’s beloved teacher Neil Rigler. Each week a different piece of literature will be read in class, followed by thought provoking and entertaining discussion. No pre-reading necessary. Bring a friend! RSVP to Miriam Biales, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724.

The Mourner’s Kaddish for Beginners with Rabbi Geffen

Wednesday, January 17, 10:30 am - 12:00 pm 
So many of us never learned to say the Kaddish, yet we 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. RSVP to Miriam Biales, [email protected] or call 847-835-0724.

The Most Important Talmud Passages an Educated Jew Should Know

Wednesdays, January 17, 24, & 31, 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join Rabbi Geffen to read and discuss a selection of the most important passages (sugyot) in the Talmud. No Talmud experience required. All texts will be presented and discussed in English.

Dive Into Midrash: Exodus Rabbah with Rabbi Daniels

Saturdays, January 20, February 3, 17, 24 & March 3 11:15 am - 12:15 pm 
Why did the Biblical authors waste valuable real-estate in Torah to emphasize Jacob came to Egypt with his family? Isn’t it implied in the first verse? This is just the first of many questions the Rabbis ask in Exodus Rabbah, an 11th – 12th century midrashic work on Exodus. Join Rabbi Daniels after Shabbat Morning Minyan Service for an interactive study of this fascinating text. An understanding of Hebrew is not required — all are welcome! RSVP to Miriam Biales, [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 18 (No class on 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