Adult Programming

Temple Sholom’s rich adult programming provides variety of ways for members to expand their Jewish horizons.  Each year a medley of opportunities to learn together are offered including:

  • A Scholar-In-Residence week-end
  • Sunday afternoon guest speakers
  • Sunday movie and supper
  • Book discussions
  • Women’s Rosh Hodesh dinners with guest speakers
  • Bus trips to sites of Jewish interest
  • Saturday morning Torah study with Rabbi Groffman
  • Adult morning mid-week study with Rabbi Groffman
  • Evening classes taught by Rabbi Groffman and Rabbi Patz, Emeritus
  • Special workshops taught by temple members
  • Learning Hebrew and Understanding Prayers with Cantor Feibush
Rabbi Groffman’s Regularly Scheduled Classes

Torah Study is held weekly on most Saturday mornings and is open to everyone regardless of level of knowledge of Hebrew or Torah.  The only requirement is a desire to learn.  The group meets  either 8:30 a.m. or 9:00 a.m. on Saturdays, depending whether there is a Bar/Bat Mitzvah. The Saturday morning Torah Study includes sharing a beverage and a nosh followed by an hour of Torah learning. A brief, modified Shabbat service led by the rabbi follows Torah Study.  The dates and times of Torah Study are posted on the Temple calendar.

Mid-Week Morning Study is held on most Wednesday mornings from 9:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  . No prior experience or knowledge required. Please contact Rabbi Groffman for more information.

Cantor Feibush: Hebrew 101 & Understanding Prayer

In Hebrew 101, we will learn the basics of the Hebrew Aleph Bet employing all four language skills-listening, reading, writing, and speaking.  Eventually this will build into future classes in conversational Hebrew.  We will use materials designed for adults in a pace for busy adults.  There will be no prerequisites for this class, only a desire to learn the letters and language of our people.
In Understanding Prayer, we will go through the siddur, understand structure and flow, and find individual meaning in our prayers.  This class will begin with theory: why do we pray?  Then we will examine big picture questions about prayer patterns and structures, and then examine our standard Shabbat liturgy one prayer at a time.  Eventually we will also cover special services, like the High Holy Days, Festivals, Weddings, Funerals, and unusual and new liturgies.
These classes, on scheduled Sundays, are meant to be the first in an ongoing series to support adults looking to understand Judaism.  Future classes may include conversational Hebrew, How to Read Torah or Haftarah, How to Lead a Service, Yiddish or Ladino, and Topics in Jewish History or Israeli History.  The hope is that these classes will mimic learning in our Religious School but at an adult level. 
Fall 2017 Schedule: Sunday, October 15, October 22, November 19, December 17




Book discussions are usually led by Temple members who have a particular interest in a book or can offer a unique insight to readers. For example, Rabbi Groffman brought his special knowledge, personal experience and scholarship, which enriched the discussion of To the End of the Land.

Pilgrim Soul (Douglas Brody Series) – Gordon Ferris

Ice Cream Queen on Orchard Street – Susan Jane Gilman

Quiet Americans – Erika Dreifus  (reviewed by the author)

Binocular Vision – Edith Pearlman

The Glass Room – Simon Mawer

Coming Together, Coming Apart – Daniel Gordis

City of Women – David R. Gillham

To the End of the Land – David Grossman

Norwegian by Night – Derek B. Miller

A Palestine Affair – Jonathan Wilson

A Replacement Life – Boris Fishman