Adult Education

Monday Evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm
October 8, November 12, December 10, April 1, June 10
This We Believe, This I Believe: Core Ideas and Practices of Judaism
This class will offer participants an opportunity to reflect on their own spiritual journey as well as their moral beliefs and practices. Participants will conclude the class by writing a personal belief statement.  To support this process of reflection, participants are required to come to all class sessions, and encouraged (not required) to read between monthly class sessions, keep a journal, experiment with taking on new spiritual practices and meet with other participants between class sessions.
No prior knowledge is required and the class is open to anyone interested in learning about Judaism and exploring their own spiritual journey and spiritual/moral beliefs and practice. Those who attended the class in 2010 are also encouraged to attend.

Art Green, Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers
Ana Levy Lyons, No Other Gods: The Politics of the Ten Commandments.

Cost:  $30 TVO members $50 non-members.
To register: contact or 607-256-1471
Registration in the class will be limited.


Past topics have included:
*Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation
*Hearing Both Sides: Israeli and Palestinian Perspectives What Happened in 1948 and Why Does it Matter?
*How to Lead a Friday Night Service
*End of Life Care
*Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual and Ethical Practice for Ourselves & Our Families: Jewish Values
*Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual and Ethical Practice: An Introduction to Jewish Prayer, The Siddur (Jewish prayer book) and the Shabbat Prayer Service
*Personal and Communal Reflections on The Jewish Way in Death and Mourning
*Kabbalah, Hasidism and Us
*Introduction to Mussar: Nurturing our Ethical Lives

Have you always wanted to learn Hebrew but never found the time? Did you once know how to read Hebrew, but the rings on the trees have accumulated since your bar/bat mitzvah and your skills are a bit shaky? Can you sort of follow along, but resort to the transliteration every time? Are your kids learning Hebrew and you wish you could help them? If you have nodded your head yes to any of these, you are not alone!
Join us on a self-paced, independent study journey to learn to read Hebrew. Each participant works through the curriculum independently at her or his own speed. The focus is on prayer-book Hebrew. We meet once a month to support and encourage each other, share tricks, ask questions, and read aloud with each other.