New in 2022 Classes – Adult Education 2022 A


Instructor: Sharon De Koning Kessel

Description: The how, what, and why of reading Hebrew Poetry, from Biblical to modern times, revealed by practice with different forms, modes, and methods. This course will be conducted in English, with many readings in Hebrew and English facing-page translation and transliteration. Materials for the course and syllabus will be posted by the instructor on a specialty class newsletter.  

Time: Sundays, 4-5 pm

Dates:  2/20 – 5/1 (no class 3/13, 3/20 and 4/17)

Location: Online

Investment: $54

Instructors: Rabbi Neil Blumofe, Rabbi Gail Swedroe, Adra Lustig, and Ben Saffer

Description: Looking to enhance your personal connection with the spring holidays? Interested in what Purim really has to teach us about the ways we interact in the world? Want to be able to bring more music and discussion to your Seder this Passover? Can’t remember what we celebrate after Passover but before Rosh Hashanah? Join us for a monthly opportunity to explore the upcoming Jewish holidays. All levels of experience are warmly welcomed.

Time: 9:40 – 10:30 am

Dates: Sundays, 2/27 (Purim), 3/27 (Passover Part 1), 4/10 (Passover Part 2), 5/15 (Topic TBD)

Location: In-Person (exact location TBD)

Investment: Donation suggested

Description: Are you ready to take your next step toward caring for our environment?  Inspired by the shmitta year, CAA is leading a 4-part series, open to the entire community, focused on learning and action around climate change. In the words of Pirke Avot, “We do not have to complete the work, but neither are we free to desist from it.”  Each program will include a brief D’var Torah by David Reifler, followed by teaching from our guest speaker, and then conversation on concrete action steps.  Each event stands alone; come to one or all! 

Check CAA website for info on guest speakers as they are confirmed.

Time: 7:00 – 8:30 pm

Dates: Sundays, 3/6 – Climate Change; 4/10 – Food Supply & Conservation; 5/1 – Reduce, Reuse, Recycle; 6/3 – Capstone program at Tikkun Leil Shavuot (topic: TBD)

Location: Online

Investment:  Donation suggested


Instructor: Risa Ferdman

Description: Want to learn to leyn (chant) from the Torah? Then this is the course for you! In addition to an overview of the Torah trope (cantillation) system, we will study the functions of the trope marks as punctuation and their role in accurate pronunciation. The ability to read Hebrew phonetically is helpful, but you do not need to be a fluent Hebrew speaker.

Time: Mondays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm

Dates: 2/7 – 4/25 (no class 3/14)

Location: Online

Investment: $54


Instructor:  Davida Charney

Description: This online class will explore rabbinic teachings about social justice issues like poverty, homelessness, criminal justice, medical care, and the environment.  Each session will focus on a different issue. We will use the book There Shall be No Needy by Rabbi Jill Jacobs who pulls together basic and surprising texts from the Talmud and beyond. Eight sessions.

Time: Thursdays, 6:30 – 7:45 pm

Dates: Thursdays, 2/10 – 4/7 (no class 3/17)

Location: Online

Investment:  Donation suggested + cost of text

Students to purchases book individually:

  1. There Shall be No Needy by Rabbi Jill Jacobs

Instructor: Anita Lavie

Description: Join our new Hebrew book club.  This book club is for people with an interest in Hebrew, Israel, and fiction in general, to understand how Israelis think and feel in their everyday lives by reading their books. Anita was in a Hebrew book club in NY and wants to bring one to CAA.  The first meeting is scheduled for Feb. 17, 2022 reading David Grossman’s latest novel: Iti Hachayim Mesachek Harbei.  If you are interested in this book club and have not read the book, you are still welcome.  Your input and feedback will determine the direction and future of the group.

Time: Thursdays, 12 – 1 pm

Dates: 2/17, (future dates TBD)

Location: In-Person (exact location TBD)

Investment:  Donation suggested + Novel purchased from the app E-vrit