Adult Studies

Adult learning is a vital part of our congregation. Here are some of the programs that are offered on a regular basis. Please check the calendar for actual dates.

Learn with Rabbi Lee Friedlander

Our congregation began its history with a seminar on Reconstructionism. It was only after a few years of people coming together to study the writings of Mordecai Kaplan that they decided to hold Shabbat and holiday services. By our engaging in these seminars, we keep alive the intention of our founders, that our spiritual experiences be tied to a self-conscious approach to Judaism grounded in an understanding of the Jewish People’s history. To that end, Rabbi Lee offers several options for your consideration. Previous attendance at either of these seminars is not required, nor is regular attendance necessary.

     WHAT MAKES US HUMAN? Tuesdays, 6:30 - 8:00pm  William Shakespeare remarked, "What a piece of work is man." For Rabbi Lee's monthly evening seminar, he will consider what makes human beings unique in our Jewish tradition. Beginning with classical writings -- biblical, Talmudic and medieval -- he will move on to modern Jewish existentialist philosophers -- Abraham Joshua Heschel, Martin Buber and Mordecai Kaplan. One need not attend every session to benefit from the course.

     Zionism Seminar: Saturdays, 12:00 - 1:30pm  Join us to learn about the history of the modern State of Israel. We read original documents from a variety of sources to help understand how Israel became what it is today. Sources include memoirs, ideological treatises, positions of significant historical figures, and government and international documents. Rabbi Lee provides background information and clarification, which frequently lead to lively discussions. Each class is complete within itself, so drop by as often as you wish

     Bible Seminar: Thursdays, 8:00 - 9:30pm Come and dip a cup into the sea that is the Hebrew Bible, an anchor of the Jewish People for the last two millennia. Our particular study is without end, and requires no previous experience. This year begins with the Book of Daniel, one of the most diverse and curious books in the Hebrew Bible. Don’t be intimidated. This class is for those without any biblical background and for those who know a great deal.

     NEW!  INTERFAITH BIBLE SEMINAR: Thursdays from 8:00-9:30pm  Join us as we share perspectives with the United Methodist Church of Port Washington and Temple Beth Israel in the study of Biblical text. We will concentrate on four Biblical personalities, Ruth, Esther, Daniel and Ezra. This is a joint clergy study.  Dates: October 25, at RSNS, November 1, at TBI, November 8, at RSNS and November 15, at UMC

     Eat, Read, Talk: Thursdays, 11:30am - 1:00pm  We read articles of Jewish interest from a variety of sources. Subjects include politics, the arts, travel and the state of the State of Israel. Bring a dairy lunch. We’ll supply the beverages and the articles to be discussed.

 

Learn with Rabbi Jodie Siff

     Women’s Rosh Hodesh:  Wednesdays, 7:30-9:00pm. All women of our congregation are welcome to join us as we study and learn from each other. We examine traditional religious rituals and life cycle events and reflect on how they continue to meet the needs of women today. Current issues of importance to us are also discussed. Women of all ages are welcome.

     Shabbat Yoga Fridays: with Rabbi Jodie (RYS-200 Certified) Fridays, 10:00 - 11:15am. Experience Shabbat through movement; connecting body, mind and soul. Good for all levels. Adults and post b'nai mitzvah teens, as well as non-members are welcome. Bring your own mat and yoga props (we have a few if you forget yours). Wear comfortable workout attire. Every Friday, excluding Holidays. Please check our website calendar to confirm dates.

    GENERATIONS OF HOLOCAUST SURVIVORS:Wednesdays, 7:30pm. The children and grandchildren of survivors join together to share stories and the history of their family members. We discover our common bonds and more fully understand the impact of the Holocaust on our lives. Discussions depend upon the needs of participants. In the past they have included action steps to deal with anti-Semitism, how to learn more about our families’ past and the question of reparations.

 

Learn with Cantor Eric Schulmiller

     Cantor’s Dinner & Study: Fridays, 7:00 - 8:00pm (dinner at 6:30pm).  Join Cantor Eric for Shabbat dinner and engage in lively conversation and the study of diverse topics. Each year there is a specific theme. This year's theme is The Ten Commandments, Many Approaches. Each session will examine a different commandment (or two) from a broad range of perspectives, both ancient and contemporary. Dinner is at the synagogue at 6:30pm. Price varies depending on the menu. You are welcome to skip dinner and come for FREE for the 7:00 – 8:00pm study session. Shabbat evening services follow.

     TUNEFUL TUESDAYS with Cantor Eric and Solomon. Tuesdays, 8:00 - 9:30pm  Do you love to sing? Would you like to meet new people and also enrich musical participation in services and other events? Join choir members, old and new, as we put the TOGETHER in singing together. NO Hebrew or music reading skills necessary. Usually Second and fourth Tuesdays of every month. Check calendar for exact dates.

 


     Men’s Group: Wednesdays, 7:30 - 9:00pm  The Men’s Group is a monthly vehicle for the men of our congregation to socialize and discuss topics of mutual, personal and general interest. Rabbi Lee, a member of the group, participates in the discussions with items of interest. The discussions and socializing help members learn more about one another and develop friendships. Men of all ages are welcome. Members Only.

     Yiddish Reading Circle: Fridays, 10:00 - 11:30am. If you have an affection for Yiddish and its significance in our culture and daily life, this is the group for you. Whether you know a little Yiddish or are an expert, the group is glad to help you with the literature, poetry, readings from the Daily Forward, short stories and songs, which are read in Yiddish and discussed in English. Call the office to check dates.

     THE SANDWICH GENERATION FROM ALL SIDES:  Thursdays, 11:30am – 12:45pm   Facilitated by either Audrey Bernstein, Carrie Diamond, Dr. Art Mones, Dr. Eileen Rosendahl or Dr. Sandy Wolkoff. This offering is a restructuring of Engaging with Aging.  Members only.  Join us the first Thursday of each month as fellow congregants and outside experts share their wisdom on the joys and challenges of every phase of life’s journey. This ongoing group meets to support one another and discuss a wide range of concerns such as navigating the needs of grown children, exploring life as empty nesters, building community after retirement, mindful living and caring for aging parents. Contact congregant Carol Blumenthal at Engaging@rsns.org. Dates: 10/4, 11/1, 12/6, 1/3, 2/7, 3/7, 4/4, 5/2, 6/6.

     Adult B’nai Mitzvah: We periodically offer a two year bnai mitzvah experience which has many varied components.  Especially meaningful is the development of a sense of community. Study begins by forming Hebrew reading groups.  Different segments of the program are taught by Cantor Eric, Rabbi Lee and Rabbi Jodie.  We journey through historical, liturgical, literary and spiritual studies.  Each student engages in Torah study with a small group to deliver a dvar torah (discussion on the Torah portion), as well as participate in the culminating service as a group.