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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)

  • Sunday afternoons, 1:00-3:00pm, contact Rabbi Amy to join a class.
  • NO CLASS May 2, May 16 and May 30.

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.
    • This class is now a closed group. Please consult with Rabbi Amy or Cantor Steve if you would like to join. 

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.

Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents Book Discussion

  • Isabel Wilkerson describes how the United States is a country defined by caste. Wilkerson uses India and Nazi Germany as examples to help illuminate the role of caste. The inclusion of Nazi Germany is pertinent as they looked to United States history and laws about race when developing its laws.
  • Discussion of “Caste” will be held on zoom over three sessions from 7:45-9:00 pm:
    • May 13 (Parts One and Two)
    • May 27 (Parts Three, Four and Five)
    • June 3  (Parts Six, Seven and Epilogue)
  • The class is limited to 15 participants. Discussion will be moderated by Lila Shapero.
  • To register, email Andie.

Asylum Seekers in Israel: What is the Situation? 

  • Israel is home to more than 30,000 asylum seekers from Eritrea and Sudan who do not have access to legal status as refugees. In this webinar, I will provide an overview of the historical, political, and social context of this social issue, with an aim to spread awareness of the present and future challenges for this community.
  • Tamar Wolofsky, MSW is a social worker and researcher with expertise in refugee protection, resettlement, and psychosocial support of people with precarious status. She has worked with asylum seekers in Montreal and Tel Aviv since 2017.
  • Monday, May 24th at 7:45pm

OZ Monthly Book Club

  • The NEW OZ Monthly Book Club welcomes adult readers. It will meet once a month for book discussion and casual conversation from 8-9 pm on a Thursday night. Our first book, Not Your All-American Girl by Wendy Wan-Long Shang and Madelyn Rosenberg, is a coming of age story with a Jewish-Chinese protagonist. It’s a quick read!
  • We plan to meet once a month via Zoom and/or face to face. Book selections to be determined by the group, with a theme that strives to be Jewish adjacent – related to Jewish themes and concepts.
  • Join us in discussing on Thursday, June 10 at 8pm. We will select the next book and determine the schedule at our first meeting. To learn more contact Kathryn.

A Grandparents’ Conversation: Connecting during COVID

  • Please come and continue the conversation at this monthly gathering of grandparents.
  • Are you missing in-person time with your grandchildren, and wondering if there are others who understand? This is an hour-long conversation where grandparents can share experiences during COVID restrictions and be comforted by each other’s listening.
  • Co-led by Judy Chalmer, who is a grandmother, and early childhood expert, Nancy Sugarman. RSVP to Nancy.
  • The next scheduled meeting will be Wednesday, June 16th from 1:30-2:30pm.

Zoom links for all events are posted weekly here.


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].