“What we need more than anything else is not textbooks but textpeople.”
~Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Welcome to our Adult Education page, your portal for opportunities for lifelong Jewish learning at Temple Sinai. Whether you are brand-new to Judaism or a long-time pillar of the Temple Sinai community, we hope you will find a program, a class, or ongoing Torah-learning forum to help you become a “text person,” to deepen your understanding of the Jewish past, bring meaning to your present and clarify your future. See below for descriptions of our weekly Talmud study group, our current series (class offerings) and Hebrew-learning opportunities (whether modern or prayer-based).
Temple Sinai’s Talmud Study is the longest, continuously-meeting Jewish learning group in Northern Nevada. It meets from noon – 1:00 p.m. every Wednesday in the Temple Sinai library. Usually, it is led and facilitated by the rabbi. Talmud is open to the entire community, members and non-members. Several non-Jewish participants have been learning with us for years. Each person brings a unique background and field of expertise to bear in their interpretation of Talmud.
Explore a modern take on Jewish life.
Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality.
Voice your questions, discover multiple perspectives and find what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism.
Introduction to Judaism is an engaging multi-session course for anyone interested in exploring Jewish life through a Reform lens.
Open to all, this course is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience. Our programs welcome people from all backgrounds and are LGBTQ-friendly.
Topics include holidays, life cycle celebrations, theology and core beliefs, Hebrew, prayer, the Bible and other sacred texts, history, anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, Zionism, and Israel, the American Jewish experience, and the tapestry of the Jewish people today.
The course reflects the approach of Reform Judaism and is taught by Reform rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators. Outstanding and experienced faculty encourage students to raise questions and engage deeply and personally with all topics. Many communities offer tuition discounts for those who would otherwise be unable to attend.
Introduction to Judaism
at Temple Sinai, Reno, Nevada
February 4, 2020 – April 28, 2020
Tuesdays, 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
13 sessions + Shabbaton
Tuition = $52, $16 discount for members of Temple Sinai
Support for Introduction to Judaism is provided by the National Center to Encourage Judaism.