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Adult Education

OZ Adult Education (OZAE) seeks to engage congregation members and the broader community both by drawing on members’ experience and skills and by responding to an appetite for learning. Whether directly related to Jewish practice and philosophy, or of a more secular nature, OZAE programs will promote connections—between young and old, Jews near and far, our present and our past – all dedicated to enhancing the quality of participants’ Jewish life. OZAE focuses on four subject areas: Jewish themes, guest speakers, secular themes, and the arts.

Ohavi Zedek Adult Education

Upcoming Class Information

The Adult Education Committee invites you to come and learn!

Some classes are offered only once, some are a series, and some are offered in conjunction with other Ohavi Zedek committees. At this time, all classes are offered on screen via Zoom.

Our upcoming and current classes:

Engaging Israel study series, from the Hartman Institute in Israel (led by Rabbi Amy)

OZ Beit Midrash (House of Learning) with Rabbi Amy

  • Join in the time-honored practice of Torah learning in pairs where everyone’s voice and interpretation is welcomed. Explore classical Jewish texts from the Torah, Prophets, Talmud and commentaries followed by a teacher’s presentation of their interpretation. No need to sign up, join after Shabbat morning services, 12:00pm on Saturdays, click to join.

Who was Mark Rothko?

  • Marcus Rothkovich, became Rothko, the famous painter of Latvian-Jewish descent (1903-1970). Linda Finklestein will lead us through his journey from Russia to New York City, his color aesthetic and spiritual search. At each session we will both learn about Rothko and respond creatively with our own work (poem, drawing, etc.)
    • Session 1: April 6, 7:30pm please have materials for drawing or writing such as sketch or drawing paper, pen/pencil, markers, or colored pencils.
    • Session 2: April 13, 7:30pm: in this session we explore color, so please have watercolor or mixed media pad, paintbrushes thin and thick, and 3 colors of paint (watercolor or acrylic)
    • Limit of 12 participants. Please register by emailing Andie.

Making Prayer Real with Rabbi Amy, Rabbi David and Cantor Steve

  • A bi-weekly series on selected Sundays from 4:00-6:00pm.  
  • Do you find prayer challenging?  Does Hebrew or God language get in your way while trying to pray?  Do you want to deepen your prayer life?  “Making Prayer Real” is a curriculum by Rabbi Mike Comins and HUC College Commons, will be taught by Rabbi Amy Small, Rabbi David Edleson and Cantor Steve Zeidenberg. Using interviews with Jewish leaders from a variety of movements, the course gives us the opportunity to talk openly about the challenges of prayer, while at the same time learning new ways into the prayers we have always heard in synagogue.  No matter if you have lots of experience with Jewish prayer, or you are new or rusty, this is a great class to engage your spiritual life in the context of Jewish prayer.

Anti -Racism Virtual Film Series

  • The Adult Education Committee is sponsoring an Anti-Racism Virtual Film Series to continue our discussions on anti-racism as lovers of justice. We will be watching 4 films and then hosting a virtual discussion after each film.  Watch the films at your convenience and then log on to Zoom on Wednesday evenings biweekly to discuss and learn the history behind each movie. For more details on the films, click here.
    • Wednesday, April 21, 7:45pm: Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom
    • Wednesday, May 5, 7:45pm: United States vs. Billie Holiday
    • Wednesday, May 19, 7:45pm: One Night in Miami
    • Wednesday, June 2, 7:45pm: Just Mercy
  • Limit of 15 people per class. Please register with Andie.


Would you like to teach a class?

Ohavi Zedek Adult Education encourages community members and others to share their talents and expertise, welcoming both Jewish-related and secular programs. The OZAE Committee will make final decisions regarding accepting proposals to teach classes. If you are interested in teaching a program, please complete the following and return it to Ohavi Zedek’s Office or e-mail the Adult Ed Chair.

OZAE Proposal Form

OZ Adult Education Instructors: How did your course go?  Please complete this 5-minute survey soon after your course ends so the committee can learn how it went and support you.  Thank you! 


The Adult Education committee welcomes new members and suggestions for classes. Contact Nancy at [email protected].