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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.

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! 

Ohavi Zedek Adult Education

Summer 2020 Class Information

We are Zooming! Ohavi Zedek continues to offer learning opportunities to congregants, via Zoom.  See the list of offerings is below.

Look at the Ohavi Zedek virtual events page HERE to find out what’s happening and how to get into the online Zoom room.  Please remember to put your full name on the Zoom label so the host will know to let you into the event.

Share your interests on OZ Zoom

You know a lot!  Come share your skills, knowledge and ideas with the Ohavi Zedek Community. We want to continue to connect and learn together.  Congregants are invited to volunteer to give a talk, a demonstration, host a reading, share a story, facilitate a discussion and more! Please send your proposals to Lynda Siegel at [email protected] and the Adult Education committee will get back to you.  Plan on a one-time class, up to an hour long. Maybe two of you want to plan an event?

Your email to Lynda might include:

  • Your name and contact information
  • Topic and possible title, maybe why it would be of interest to the congregation
  • Preferred dates/times to offer your one-hour event

Some Ideas for a one hour zoom class you might offer

  • Share fun activities and stories for kids – to create a pajama night for families with littler kids – they provide the hot chocolate, etc.
  • Ghost stories and storytelling
  • Teen-only hangout – no grownups allowed – they can shmooze or play Cards Against Humanity.
  • Cooking class of a favorite Jewish dish
  • Tell Yiddish stories
  • Read and share a favorite children’s book, maybe read by a puppet!
  • Reflect on a Torah or midrash that impacts you
  • Share /read your favorite poems
  • Share and teach how to make origami frogs, or paper cutting, or any craft
  • Have a discussion about a book you read recently
  • You decide!



Learning Events for Summer 2020  (see also the Ohavi Zedek virtual events page here) more events to be added!

  • iEngage Hartman Institute series: Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood with Rabbi Amy. Sundays from 1-3:00, beginning in June and continuing most weeks over the summer.  Feel free to join whenever you can – just contact Rabbi Amy

Today we face new challenges to our unity including nationalism, antisemitism, dual loyalty, and identity politics. More than with video lectures and interviews, textual sources and a leader’s guide – we consider what it means to be a member of the Jewish people, the core values that animate Jewish peoplehood, and the contemporary challenges to Jewish unity. The curriculum examines the forces dividing the Jewish people today, including nationalism, antisemitism, dual-loyalty, and identity politics; and it imagines new conceptual frameworks that can help sustain and grow the story of our people for a new millennium


  • Cantillation Class series with Cantor Steve, began in May. Contact Cantor Steve if you are interested


  • “Are we one people?“ with Rabbi Amy. Sunday, July 5, 11:00 AM With a multitude of programs and endeavors supporting Jewish pluralism, we are truly coming together. But in some ways, we are more divided, especially between the Orthodox and non- Orthodox streams. How are we together and apart?


  • Isreali Choral music with Nathaniel Lew Tuesdays, July 8 & 15: 7:45-9 pm

Nathaniel Lew spent the fall and winter of 2019 meeting with choral conductors, composers, and scholars, and attending choral rehearsals and performances all over Israel. In this two-part series, he will report on his trip and his research. On July 8, he will survey the choral scene in Israel, review some of the finest choirs in Israel, including a number of superb youth choruses, and describe some of the quirks and challenges that choral music faces in Israel. On July 15, he will focus on some of the most significant works of classical choral music composed in Israel since the 1930s, and introduce a number of important contemporary Israeli composers working today. There will be a lot of music to listen to in both classes, and plenty of time for reactions and questions.


  • Book discussion series: Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality and a Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism by Sarah Hurwitz, led by Lynda Siegel. Wednesdays, Aug. 12, 19, 26, Sept. 2, 9, from 7:30-8:30 p.m. When Lynda first heard about this book by Michelle Obama’s speechwriter, she couldn’t wait to read it.  And when she started reading it, she couldn’t wait to talk to other people about it.  Please join this virtual book group leading up to the High Holidays exploring topics of the Torah, G-D, Mitzvot, Prayer, Shabbat and Life Cycle Rituals using Hurwitz’s text as our guide.
  • More coming!