Sign In Forgot Password
1185 Sheridan Road, Glencoe, IL 60022847.835.0724

Adult Learning & Gathering

Welcome to a rich offering of adult learning opportunities here at NSCI. Whether you are curious about a topic and have never come to a class, come to everything we offer, or somewhere in between, there are chances for you to jump in for a one-time program or for an ongoing course of study. From basics of prayer and Judaism to Talmud study to creating new ritual, to delving into deeper meanings of prayer to exploring questions of Jewish identity and faith, to chanting sacred text, we’ve got it—and so much more. We offer learning in our NSCI building, out in the community and on the road too. We teach, welcome stellar teachers familiar and new to join us, and we proudly partner with wonderful community organizations. Please take a look at these pages, find something you’d like to check out and sign up—come and learn! Try something new, or continue to learn something you love. Come by yourself or, bring a friend or a family member. Learn with us. We can’t wait to learn with you!


We are using our NSCI Facebook page as a central hub for gathering.  If you have not done so already, please follow our page.


Here's our lineup or classes and engagement opportunities for the upcoming months. Check our website and Facebook for continual updates.


For the recordings from past programs, click here.

For learning resources, click here.



Study the Talmud with Rabbi Geffen
Mondays from 1 - 2 p.m. at NSCI

Fall Session: Oct. 24-Dec. 12 - Click here to register; Join Rabbi Geffen as we continue to explore some of the most well-known or important sugiyot (Talmudic discussions) scattered throughout a variety of Talmudic tractates. No experience necessary. Texts will be provided.



The Mindful or Mindless Life with Rabbi Geffen
Session 1 - Nov 2 and 9
Session 2 - Nov 30 and Dec 7 
7 - 8 p.m. on Zoom
Join Rabbi Geffen on Zoom in exploration of ancient Jewish spiritual teachings that can strengthen our capacity to live with awareness, generosity and compassion even amidst the most uncertain of times. No experience necessary. Click here for the text sheet.

Click here to register.



Adult B'nei Mitzvah, A Life-Changing Journey

Monday evenings from 6:30 - 8:30 p.m., beginning November 7

Adult B’nei Mitzvah is a journey of learning and community culminating in a group service led by our students who read Torah and share their thoughts.  Class meets two hours/week on Monday nights during the school year, one hour of Hebrew and one of prayer, holiday, theology and other topics.  Adult B’nei Mitzvah draws students from varying backgrounds and is about learning and finding out about yourself and your beliefs -- you’ll read and study, and reflect on where you are and what you think. It’s a wonderful opportunity to get to know others in our community  with whom you might never have met.  

Interested in learning more about it?   Rabbi Greene is thrilled to speak with you!
If you are interested, please contact Debbie for more information.



Coffee, Bagels and Prayer with Rabbi Daniels
Saturdays, December 3, 10 & 17
In Person and Zoom after Shabbat Morning Minyan from 11:15 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.
You come to services and know the prayers by rote. Do you want a deeper understanding of their meaning? Come enjoy coffee & bagels and learn about the pieces of the Shabbat morning service and their deeper meaning. 

Click here to register.



Bourbon Whiskey Tasting and Jews in the Liquor Industry

Thursday, December 1 at 7 p.m. at NSCI

Join Brotherhood for an American Bourbon Whiskey Tasting and a presentation on Jews in the Liquor Industry in America given by Rabbi Drew Kaplan. Rabbi Kaplan is a noted authority on this subject. Snacks and non-alcoholic beverages will also be provided. Cost: $20 per person, must be 21  or older. Sponsored by Brotherhood. For more information contact Jordan Born or Aaron Wasserman through the Brotherhood contact form.

Click here to register.



Senior Connections:

Wednesday, December 7 at 1 p.m. in-person at NSCI

Let’s connect for lively conversation, camaraderie and entertainment. Remembering Marshall Fields, presented by historian Leslie Goddard: From 1852 to 2006, Marshall Field’s reigned as Chicago’s grandest department store. Learn the history of the Walnut Room, the legendary window displays and of course, Frango mints.
Click here to register.



And check out these great URJ Adult Education Opportunities:


Introduction to Judaism

Introduction to Judaism online is a live 21-session class for adults who wish to gain a deeper understanding of Jewish life through a Reform lens. Classes meet on Zoom video-conferencing and live closed captioning is available by advance request.  Introduction to Judaism online is designed for interfaith couples, adults raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult learning experience.  Wherever you are on your journey with Judaism, this class is designed to be a safe and welcoming place for you to explore.

Click here to register.


Learn to Read Hebrew for Adults is now enrolling!

A true beginner's course! Familiarity with Hebrew can be a key to feeling at home in the Jewish community. Ten live online class sessions with our experienced Hebrew educators and a community of learners, coupled with independent practice between sessions, will enable students to master the alef-bet. 

Click here to register.

Fri, December 2 2022 8 Kislev 5783