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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)

Jewish Customs for Death and Dying 

  • Join us for a series on Jewish Customs for Death and Dying, including an introduction to the Chevra Kaddisha.
  • Led by Rabbi Amy and Rabbi David Edelson in three parts, remaining classes are on Sundays, January 17 and 24 from 10:00-11:30am. Click here to join by Zoom. (Passcode needed, found in OZ email announcements)

A Night on Broadway” with Cantor Steve Zeidenberg 

  • Join Cantor Steve for “A Night on Broadway” on Tuesdays, January 26, February, 9, 23, 7:30-8:45pm
  • These sessions will include discussion of the history and evolution of the Broadway musical as well as the Jewish influences of several leading composers and lyricists. The class will explore a range of musicals, including Oklahoma; West Side Story; Fiddler on the Roof; Hair; Company; Little Shop of Horrors; Into the Woods; Rent; The Producers; The Band’s Visit, and Hamilton
  • Here’s the remaining line up:
    • Tuesday, January 26: Broadway Musicals of the 60’s and 70’s
    • Tuesday, February 9: Broadway Musicals of the 80’s and 90’s
    • Tuesday February 23: Broadway Musicals of the 21st Century
  • Each class will also feature performances by Cantor Steve! Join via Zoom here.

What Fragility Book Discussion Group

  • Join together with OZ in a discussion of the bestselling book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Barbara McGrew, facilitator, will help us examine the text and support personal sharing. The group will meet for four consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7:30 to 9pm on February 10, 17, 24 and March 3. Each week we will cover three of the twelve chapters. Participants should expect that sometimes the discussions may be challenging and difficult, but also moving and insightful.
  • Space is limited to 10 participants. Please email Sarah to sign up.

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. 

Look for these classes in March and April!

  • American History’s Most Despicable Lie: Racial Superiority and its Costs, a book and article discussion with Dr. Howard Ball, UVM professor emeritus. This 2-part book and article discussion with the author, explores the civil rights movement for racial justice , a Jewish author’s experience and some of the ramifications of that movement. Tuesdays at 7:30, March 9 & 16
  • Making Prayer Real with Rabbi Amy Small, Rabbi David Edelson, and Cantor Steve Zeidenberg; a series starting Sunday, March 13th, from 4-6:00 pm
  • Seeing Jews of Color a facilitated discussion of about Jews of Color in the United States today. Participants download several streamed presentations from the experts, and then we come together to share what we learned and our questions.
  • Rothko and His Inspiration a two part presentation, discussion and creative exploration inspired by the famous painter, Rothko, who was inspired by his Jewish heritage.
  • Making Your Tallit with Leslie Dolin an experienced teacher and Tallit maker. Have you ever thought about sewing a tallit for yourself or for your child’s bar/bat mitzvah? Would you like to embellish a tallit you already own? Learn a bit about the requirements and history of tallit, how to decide what size of tallit you like, how to choose fabric, and how to get started with designing your tallit. The class will emphasize making the tallit meaningful by incorporating fabrics with personal meaning such as a father’s ties, a grandmother’s crochet doilies, or a favorite t-shirt. A two-part series



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].