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Adult Education Classes

Biblical Hebrew - Beginner

Learn to decode the Hebrew alphabet and open up a new world of possibilities that will enhance your learning and understanding of prayers and Torah.Classes will be offered in 4 week sessions so you can begin the session that meets your Hebrew level.

Session 2: Mondays, February 5 - 26, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Beginning nouns and verb, plurals, perfect tense, vocabulary, basic reading skills necessary. Textbook required.

Session 3:​ Mondays, ​March 5-26, 6:30 - 7:30pm
Past tense, direct objects ,word pairs (construct state), continuing vocabulary. Textbook required.

Cost: $50 per person per four week sessions (scholarships available).  Register online

If you have questions, please contact Beth Hammer

The First Jews of the Western Hemisphere

Tuesdays, January 16, 23 & February 6, 7:00pm
The First Jews of the Western Hemisphere will cover their journeying and colorful stories. Rabbi Shimon Moch became a fascinated student of the Jewish History of the Caribbean and the early Jewish settlements in North and South America. He will relate significant pieces of that history and the personalities and their remarkable stories.

  • January 16: How the Jews came to leave the Iberian Peninsula for the Ottoman Empire, parts of Western Europe and then to the Americas
  • January 23: From Dutch Brazil to Suriname, Curacao, Barbados, Guadeloupe New Amsterdam and Jamaica
  • February 6: The next generation arises in Nevis, Sint Eustatius, St. Croix, St. Thomas, Panama, Costa Rica, Savannah, Charleston and Newport


  • Adult CHS Member: $5 per class/$10 for all three sessions (suggested donation)
  • Adult Non-member: $10 per class/$25 for all three sessions
  • Student (member or non-member): $2 per class/$5 for all three sessions

Register here

Ta’amei Ha-Miqra (Trop) Scriptural Chanting Class 

Wednesdays- January 17, 24, 31; February 28; March 7, 21, 28; April 4, 11, 18 & 25, 12:15pm
The Ta'amei Ha-Miqra Trope Class will begin with teaching the General Concept of how the musical notation system of the Hebrew Bible called Ta'amei Ha-Miqra or Trope works and how it is applied first to the reading of the Scroll of Esther. Then the major part of the class will be how Ta'amei Ha-Miqra is applied to the reading of the Haftarot in Synagogue. The goal will be to be able to decode and chant any Haftarah passage and know how to teach that same skill to others. The Haftarah is a reading from one of the prophets read in Synagogues on Shabbat and holidays after the Torah reading. Unlike the chanting of the Torah, which must be done from a scroll that has no trop or vowel markings, the Haftarah can be chanted from a printed Tanakh that has vowels and the trop notes so they do not need to be memorized.  

This is not a drop in course.  One class builds on what was previously learned. Led by Rabbi Shimon Moch. 


  • CHS Members: Suggested donation $18
  • Non-members: $36 
  • Students: $5 

Register here

Intermediate Hebrew Conversation

Thursdays- January 18, 25; February 1, 8, 22; March 8 & 22 
Times vary, please check the calendar for the correct time for each class

This informal study group will be designed for those who can communicate to some degree, even to a very limited degree, in Hebrew. We will do some reading in easy Hebrew and discuss what we read in Hebrew, highlighting Hebrew words and phrases new to many class participants. Led by Madi Lapidot, class participants will share responsibility to lead the discussion each session. 


  • CHS Members: Suggested donation $5 per class
  • Non-Members: $10 per class

Register here

Continuing Education: Milestones in the development of Zionism and the history of Israel

Tuesdays, March 20, 27; April 3, 10, 17, 24; May 1 & 8, 7:00pm
Milestones in the development of Zionism and the history of Israel Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel's future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, this iEngage Project of the Shalom Hartman Institute series grapples with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.
This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 - following the 1917 Balfour Declaration - as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. The course engages Jews in an open and pluralistic discussion about issues of Jewish identity, peoplehood, ethics, and theology, as they relate to nationhood, land, sovereignty, Jerusalem, occupation, and moral red lines. Primary text reading resources will be made available.
Each session in this eight-unit course includes a 20-35 minute discussion led by Rabbis Shimon Moch and Hillel Katzir and other local resources who have first-hand knowledge of Israel. For those who wish to stay longer, an additional video lecture roundtable video discussion with senior Hartman faculty.

Preview video for the class


  • March 20, Unit 1: 1917 - The Balfour Declaration: The Idea of a Homeland for the Jewish People
  • March 27, Unit 2: 1947 - The United Nations Partition Plan: The Jews in the World
  • April 3, Unit 3: 1967 - The Six Day War: Power, Land and God
  • April 10, Unit 4: Judea and Samaria: Occupation or Liberation
  • April 17, Unit 5: One State, Two States: Moral Red Lines
  • April 24, Unit 6: Jerusalem of God, Prayer and Peoplehood
  • May 1, Unit 7: Jerusalem of Responsibility, Loss, and Hope
  • May 8, Unit 8: The Jubilee Year and Beyond: Milestones and their Meanings

Cost: There will be a small charge to attend this series. That charge will be announced as soon as it is finalized. 

Tue, February 20 2018 5 Adar 5778