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Adult Learning

Adult Education Programs

Adult Education at Congregation Adath Jeshurun is a robust and acclaimed element of the AJ membership experience. Adult educational programming is innovated and coordinated by an active Adult Education committee with the enthusiastic assistance of our clergy.

Invigorated by the mid-2019 arrival of our rabbi, Shai Cherry, Adult Ed at AJ continues to flourish. Rav Shai’s background as a university educator and author of a number of scholarly works on Jewish thought, theology, and the intersection of Judaism and science has transferred seamlessly to his role as congregational rabbi and “Chief Educational Officer” of our synagogue. His classes on such diverse topics as “Judaism from the Ground Up,” an exploration of the work of Maimonides, and the “6W’s of Judaism” have been extremely popular.

AJ’s Cantor, Hazzan Howard Glantz, has been a frequent contributor to Adult Ed programming. He has offered classes in Biblical and conversational Hebrew, and we’ve benefitted from offerings based on his extensive knowledge of AJ’s venerated musical liturgy.

In addition to our clergy, we feature programs offered by a rich reservoir of outside scholars, journalists, and experts who bring their insights to our membership. Finally, AJ is the only synagogue in Pennsylvania that has partnered with the Community Scholars’ Program of Orange County (CSP) which offers a steady stream of exceptionally high quality programming from Jewish music and art to literature and theology. You can see the list of CSP offerings below.

In all, Congregation Adath Jeshurun has become a hub of exciting and innovative adult learning. As the Mishnah informs us, Talmud Torah, a devotion to learning, is one of three pillars upon which the world stands. We at Congregation Adath Jeshurun are the ongoing beneficiaries of that tradition. 

Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP)
Congregation Adath Jeshurun, dedicated to the Jewish value of learning for its own sake (Torah lishmah), is excited to announce a partnership with the Orange County Community Scholar Program (CSP). As a partner with CSP, we’ll join a small group of synagogues enjoying the best Jewish learning available. AJ has the distinction of being the first Pennsylvania synagogue to partner with CSP. 

Upcoming Offerings from CSP!
You can see the CSP offerings for the current month here. Please note that times on CSP web pages are Pacific Time. If you register and can’t attend, a link will be sent to you after the event to a recording. There is also an archive of classes that you can view here.

Noontime Torah (on hiatus during COVID-19)
We offer Noontime Torah which is open to the entire community. It meets in the AJ Library on Tuesdays from 12:00 PM to 1:00 PM. This program is sponsored by the Rabbinical Assembly and is a rabbi-led discussion and analysis of the weekly Torah portion or other stimulating topic. Each class is self-contained so you can participate on any given week. Bring a lunch and a Bible; beverages will be provided.

Hebrew for Adults
Periodically, we offer Hebrew classes for adults, whether they are beginners, or want to improve their skills. Contact the AJ office at 215.635.6611 or office@adathjeshurun.info to learn more.

KLEINLIFE: MONTGOMERY COUNTY (The Dr. Gabriel (z”l)

and Alma Elias Center)

Adath Jeshurun is proud to house KleinLife’s Montgomery County location, The Dr. Gabriel (z”l) and Alma Elias Center. KleinLife: Montgomery County offers seniors a FREE daily hot kosher lunch and a wide range of programs, such as art, music, current events, fitness and more! Kleinlife is here to put energy and fun into your week, so don’t miss out! Activities are offered Tuesday through Thursday, from 9:45 AM to 2:00 PM. In addition, every fall, spring, and summer, KleinLife offers a full semester of engaging classes and exciting special events and trips. Whether you are interested in politics, the arts or travel, there is sure to be something of interest to you. You can see their current newsletter here and a general flyer here. Call 215.635.5244 or go to their website for more information.

COVID-19 Update
We have resumed in-person activities. However, this is at a limited capacity as each class will hold up to 30 participants. Click here to review our reopening plan. Click here to view our October Update for more information on the classes and how to register. Click here to view our calendar for up-to-date class information as changes do happen. In addition, they are still offering programs via Zoom! You can find their calendar of events here.

Grab & Go Meals! We are now offering Grab & Go frozen meals once a week from AJ synagogue. You MUST RESERVE at least a week ahead of time for 5 frozen kosher meals, which will be put into your car in our drive-by on Thursdays at noon. Call 215.635.5244 for more details.

Mon, January 17 2022 15 Shevat 5782