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Adult Education

Melton Class - The Rhythms and Purposes of Jewish Living
We are offering this class for a second semester! Everyone is invited to take this class. The first semester of this class is NOT a pre-requisite for registration. This class is a great option for those individuals who are interested in enhancing their tools for living a Jewish life with more meaning and purpose. Rabbi Heller and Rabbi Konigsburg are delighted to be teaching this class together with Rabbi Judith Beiner in partnership with the MJCCA Lisa F. Brill Institute for Jewish Learning/Melton School. Divided into two parts, "The Rhythms of Jewish Living" and "The Purposes of Jewish Living," the course delves into key Jewish questions about how and why, we as Jews, do what we do and believe what we believe.

Please contact Rabbi K at for more information and to register. 

Dates: Tuesdays starting in January 2020
Times: 7:00-9:05 PM (Each week, we will discuss The Rhythms of Jewish Living from 7:00-8:00 PM followed by The Purposes of Jewish Living from 8:05-9:05 PM)
Location: Congregation B'nai Torah
Cost: $250 per person

Course Description:

The Rhythms of Jewish Living: This portion of the course, led by Rabbi Heller and Rabbi K, examines a wide variety of Jewish sources to discover the deeper meanings underlying Jewish holidays, lifecycle observances, and Jewish practice. During this hour, you will explore the answers to essential questions: What's the point of living Jewishly? What ideas, beliefs and practices are involved? 

The Purposes of Jewish Living: Led by Rabbi Beiner, this portion of the course explores both ancient and modern responses to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology. You will discuss answers to questions like: Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? 

​Lunch and Learn:
Tuesdays (unless noted) from 12:00-1:30 PM at B'nai Torah

Psalm Enchanted Evening with Rabbi Heller
Dates: Tuesdays, October 29, November 19, November 26 and December 17
David was a lover, a fighter, a poet and a king. Understand the deeper meaning behind the majestic poetry attributed to him.

Timeless Judaism with Rabbi Konigsburg
Dates: Tuesdays, November 5, November 12 and December 10
After being exiled from its homeland, Judaism thrived by adapting to the ever changing world while maintaining its unique character and integrity. Discover this historical characteristic of the Jewish community in the diaspora, as we explore the thesis set forth by Gidi Grinstein in his book Flexigidity, and gain a deeper contextualization of Judaism in our times. 

Hanukkah-Themed Lunch and Learn at the MJCCA with Rabbi Heller - Thursday, December 12 at 12:00 PM
Does Judaism favor pacifism or self-defense? Is the best defense a good offense? This session at the MJCCA is free with lunch available for purchase.

Check the Shabbat Shalom newsletter for additional information. Lunch is provided for $6.

Interested in Learning Hebrew?

Would you like to learn basic Hebrew? Would you be interested in furthering your Hebrew knowledge by exploring the siddur? Stay tuned for more information about upcoming adult Hebrew classes!

These classes will be led by Zipora Rainisch. Zipora Rainisch was born in Israel. She served in the Israel Air Force, and later graduated from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. Following her graduation, she worked for the Israel Institute of Meteorology in Beth Dagan, Israel. Ms. Rainisch also hold a Masters degree in Education from Tel Aviv University. Upon moving to the USA, she was the Religious School Principal at Adas Yeshurun Synagogue in Augusta, GA. After moving to Atlanta, she taught Hebrew at Davis Academy, and Zipora currently teaches Hebrew to adults at Congregation B'nai Torah.

Please contact Rabbi K at with questions.

Thursday Tanach Study:
Thursdays at 7:30 AM
Start your morning with a cup of coffee and a head full of ideas and conversations from the core text of Judaism - the Tanach.

Saturdays (unless noted) at 5:30 PM
End Shabbat with study on seasonal themes, after Mincha service. 

Please note - There will be no Shaleshudis from November 9 - December 7 due to mincha B'nai Mitzvot. Shaleshudis will begin again on Saturday, December 14.

Ritual Skills Mentorship:
If you are interested in learning a synagogue skill (reading Torah or Haftarah), learning how to lead a service and/or are interested in helping mentor someone who is looking to gain these skills, then please click here to fill out this quick online form.

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