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Adult Education

The Adult Education committee welcomes new members as well as suggestions for classes. Contact Nancy.

View the Adult Ed Calender Here

About OZ Adult Ed

About Adult Education at Ohavi Zedek

The Adult Education Committee invites you to come and learn!  OZ Adult Education (OZAE) seeks to engage congregation members and the broader community both by drawing on members’ experience and skills and 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.

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. OZAE Proposal Form or e-mail the Adult Education Chair, Nancy

NEW! TALKING AND LISTENING about ISRAEL: a 3 – part program

The country of Israel and what it means to us as Jews is complex and emotional.  Let’s come together to learn, listen, talk honestly, and respectfully.  We want to be a community that appreciates the diversity of our views and experiences.  We want to both feel heard and to understand each other. These three programs are supported by both the Adult Education committee and the OZ anti-racism and Inclusion workgroup.   Attend some or all of these activities.

LEARN: Register to attend this Book Discussion: Can We Talk About Israel: A Guide for The Curious, Confused and Conflicted by Daniel Sokatch © 2021.  Learn about the history and the story behind this complex region of the world. The easy to read book provides basic background information and many opportunities for discussion. Read 100 pages of the book each week and join a facilitated 3-part book discussion (90 minutes, a week apart) on zoom. Books are on loan in the OZ office. Please call the office to come by and check one out.  LIMITED to 10 people for each discussion group. Choose one of the book discussion groups. Register here.

  • Discussion group 1: Thursdays, Sept : 8,15,22; 7:30-9 PM by zoom
  • Discussion group 2: Wednesdays, Oct. 19, 26, Nov 2; 7:30-9 PM by zoom

GO DEEPER:  Hear Daniel Sokatch! The executive Director of the New Israel Fund and the author of the book above, will present to us and answer questions on zoom, Sunday, Nov. 6th. See details here!

CONNECT: “Let’s Talk and Listen: the Israeli/ Palestinian Situation”  A face to face discussion within our congregation, facilitated by Jason Lorber. This program will help us grow stronger as a listening and learning community. As a result we will understand new perspectives, feel heard by others and come to appreciate the range of beliefs and feelings in our congregation. Coming in November 2022. Look for details!


MAH JONGG classes will be back in November!  If you are interested in learning how to play this Chinese game of tiles imported to the US 100 years ago and loved by Jewish women for decades…email Lynda Siegel at [email protected] to add your name to the waiting list for this class series.

The Lives and Work of Artists:  coming in January 2023!  Accomplished artist and teacher, Michael Strauss will be teaching an online class series exploring, learning about and creating the art of social consciousness. It will include contemporary Jewish and other artists,  Jewish art history, as well as time to make your own art (drawing and painting) . You can also share, discuss and get critiques of your work and artistic process. Make new art friends in the community.


Elders Heart to Heart Conversations

This one hour conversation continues monthly on zoom.  We are a gathering of elders.  We share and reflect on what is most important to us about aging,  grandparenting, parenting and whatever stands out at the time.  We are comforted by each other’s listening. If you would like to join, please contact Judy

  • 1:30-2:30, the 3rd Wednesday each month by zoom.

Jewish Ethics:  iEngage Study Series, from the Hartman Institute in Israel (led by Rabbi Amy)

This ongoing course follows the curriculum from the Shalom Hartman Institute, “Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism- Ethics Course”. Sessions allow all  to have access to deep Jewish thought, and to grapple with philosophical questions at the heart of Jewish tradition.

  • Sunday afternoons 1:00 to 3:00 PM; contact Rabbi Amy if you are interested
  • Open to new members

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

This ongoing series uses a curriculum by Rabbi Mike Comins and HUC College Commons.  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.  It addresses such as: 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?

  • Bi-weekly series on selected Sundays from 4:00-6:00 p.m.  See the dates on the OZ calendar and announcements.
  • Open to new members

OZ Monthly Book Club

The OZ Monthly Book Club welcomes adult readers. Book selections are determined by the group, with topics that are related to Jewish themes and concepts.  Join these casual discussions about the book. To learn more contact Kathryn8-9:00 pm;  the 2nd Wednesday each month by Zoom

  • September 14, 2022: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal

Traces the parallel stories of nineteenth-century art patron Charles Ephrussi and his unique collection of 360 miniature netsuke Japanese ivory carvings, documenting Ephrussi’s relationship with Marcel Proust and the impact of the Holocaust on his cosmopolitan family.

  • October 12, 2022: Hope Valley by Haviva Ner-David

Hope Valley is the story of two women, one Jewish-Israeli and one Palestinian-Israeli, who come together to form the unlikeliest of friendships. Tikvah and Ruby meet one summer day right before the outbreak of the 2nd intifada, in the Galilean valley that separates the segregated villages in which they live. The valley Ruby’s father had called Hope came to symbolize the political enmity that has defined the history of two nations in this troubled land and which has led to parallel cultures with little meaningful interaction between them.

  • November 9, 2022: The Tunnel by A. B. Yehoshua

From the award-winning, internationally acclaimed Israeli author, a suspenseful and poignant story of a family coping with the sudden mental decline of their beloved husband and father—an engineer who they discover is involved in an ominous secret military project.

  • December 14, 2022: The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits

The townsfolk of Motal, an isolated, godforsaken town in the Pale of Settlement, are shocked when Fanny Keismann – devoted wife, mother of five, and celebrated cheese-maker – leaves her home at two hours past midnight and vanishes into the night

  • January 11, 2023: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss

Benjamin Weaver, a Jew and an ex-boxer, is an outsider in eighteenth-century London, tracking down debtors and felons for aristocratic clients. The son of a wealthy stock trader, he lives estranged from his family—until he is asked to investigate his father’s sudden death. Thus Weaver descends into the deceptive world of the English stock jobbers, gliding between coffee houses and gaming houses, drawing rooms and bordellos. The more Weaver uncovers, the darker the truth becomes, until he realizes that he is following too closely in his father’s footsteps—and they just might lead him to his own grave. An enthralling historical thriller, A Conspiracy of Paper will leave readers wondering just how much has changed in the stock market in the last three hundred years. . .

  • February 8, 2023: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

Chron­i­cal­ly-ill Rachel Ruben­stein-Gold­blatt is a “nice Jew­ish girl‚” with a secret: she loves Christ­mas. As the best-sell­ing author of over twen­ty Christ­mas romance nov­els, and four made-for-TV movie spin-offs, she’s kept her stel­lar career secret from her obser­vant Jew­ish fam­i­ly for over a decade. But when Rachel’s pub­lish­ing house tells her they won’t renew her con­tract unless she writes them a Hanukkah romance, she’s des­per­ate for inspi­ra­tion. She finds it in the form of the Matzah Ball, a high-end Jew­ish music cel­e­bra­tion sched­uled for the last night of Hanukkah. There is only one prob­lem: tick­ets are sold out and the only way to get one is direct from the bal­l’s cre­ator, who just hap­pens to be Jacob Green­berg, her sum­mer camp arch enemy.

    More will be scheduled March through May 2023

Book Discussion: Can We Talk About Israel: A Guide for The Curious, Confused and Conflicted by Daniel Sokatch © 2021.  Learn about the history and the ideas behind this complex region of the world. The easy to read book provides basic background information and many opportunities for discussion. Read part of the book each week then join the facilitated 3-part book discussion (90 minutes, a week apart) on zoom. This course is supported by both the anti-racism group and adult education committee.    Books on loan from OZ. More details and to register click on any of the events here.

Mahjonng – in person!
A fun group game played with tiles. Loved by Jews for decades! In person at OZ. Classes scheduled and taught when 8 people sign up. Held weekdays or evenings (Evening classes take a short break at 7:00 pm for anyone who would like to attend OZ’s daily minyan and then will resume when minyan is done.) Classes are full but please email Lynda Siegel to inquire about future classes.

More Classes are coming! 

  • Writing and Arts inspired classes
  • Non-fiction book discussions on current topics

Adult Ed Resources


  • Here is a list of selected books on racism for you to explore, some of which we read in 2020-2021018 Ohavi Zedek Synagogue

 OZ Adult Education Instructors:


Jewish Play Reading Series (Spring 2022)

Do you like plays?  Come together on zoom to explore play scripts with Jewish themes. We’ll learn about the plays, do short readings aloud on zoom, and discuss them. No experience necessary. Come to be a reader or just to listen.  We will meet evenings, the fourth Monday each month: .  Come to as many sessions as you can. Scripts will be shared by share screen or email at each session.

Make Your Own Tallit (Spring 2022)

Have you ever thought about sewing a tallit for yourself or for your child’s bar/bat mitzvah? (Or would your child or a grandparent want to?) 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. This 2 session 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.  You may choose to work on your tallit over the time of the course, or not.

OZ Storytelling Gathering (2022)

This monthly gathering is a chance to tell and listen to our own stories.  What do a tiger, a romantic swim in a storm, and a fragrant corridor in Brooklyn have in common? All held a group of listeners rapt at the OZ storytelling gathering on Zoom. Join us and be surprised at the wonderful ways we get to know one other through story. No experience necessary. Some prompts to get you thinking in advance are: holiday mishaps, surprising encounters with animals, and early friendships. Use one of those or create your own.

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