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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

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.


Upcoming Classes

At this time most classes are offered on Zoom and are free of charge.

  • Find the zoom link to each class on the Ohavi Zedek weekly events page, our monthly calendar view.
  • View a list of all upcoming Adult Ed Events here.
  • To access classes with no link listed, contact the instructor (listed below with each class) well before the class.



Elders Heart to Heart Conversations

This one hour conversation continues monthly on zoom.  We are a gathering of grandparents and elders.  We share and reflect on what is important to us about grandparenting, parenting and aging, and are comforted by each other’s listening. 1:30-2:30, the 3rd Wednesday each month. The session zoom link is sent by email to participants before each class.  View the schedule here and register here!


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
  • The course takes a summer break and resumes early fall.


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.
  • Course takes a summer break.


OZ Monthly Book Club

The OZ Monthly Book Club welcomes adult readers. Book selections are determined by the group, with a focus related to Jewish themes and concepts. Join these casual discussions about the book.  Meetings are currently on Zoom.  Click here to register.  View specific event details here.

8:00-9:00 pm; the 2nd Wednesday each month

    • March 9, 2022: Our Country Friends by Gary Shteyngart
    • April 13, 2022: Apeirogon by Colum McCann
    • May 11, 2022: Horodno Burning by Michael Freed-Thall (Vermont author)
    • June 8, 2022: Disengagement by Daniella Levy
    • July 13, 2022: The Hare with Amber Eyes by Edmund De Waal
    • August 10, 2022: Hope Valley by Haviva Ner-David – On Hold Book Club is taking a summer break
    • September 14, 2022: The Tunnel by A. B. Yehoshua
    • October 12, 2022: The Slaughterman’s Daughter by Yaniv Iczkovits
    • November 9, 2022: A Conspiracy of Paper by David Liss
    • December 14, 2022: The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer

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




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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