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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.


Modern Antisemitism in the Making: A Source Study with Shira Kohn, PhD*
Tuesday, July 5 from 12 - 1 p.m.

What accounted for the rise in antisemitism during the late 19th and early 20th centuries? How did it differ from earlier expressions of "anti-Judaism?" In this class, we will examine primary sources (textual and visual) from Europe and the United States to understand different manifestations of antisemitism and the ways in which Jewish communities responded. 
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*Dr. Kohn is a member of the History Department at The Dalton School in New York City where she teaches global history, Antisemitism, and International Relations, among other courses. Widely published, Kohn serves on the Board of the Association for Jewish Studies and sits on the academic advisory councils for the American Jewish History Society and Jewish Women's Archive. Dr. Kohn grew up at NSCI and is the daughter of our own Karen and Will z"l Kohn.



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

Summer Session: July 11, 18, 25 & Aug. 1 - Click here to register
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.

Elul Session: Aug. 29, Sept. 12 & 19 - Click here to register
Join Rabbi Geffen to explore how the High Holy Day theme of repentance is treated throughout our sacred texts, from Torah to Talmud to Mishneh Torah and beyond.  


ADULT B'NEI MITZVAH, A Life-Changing Journey

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.  

We are building a class now and welcome a few more students.  Interested in learning more about it?   Rabbi Greene is thrilled to speak with you!
If you are interested, please contact Debbie for more information.



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.

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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. Next courses start July 2022.

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Tue, July 5 2022 6 Tammuz 5782