Jewish Learning for Adults
Course Offerings, Fall-Winter 2017-2018

Community Torah Learning Project, Year 2

613 hours of learning from Simchat Torah to Shavuot!
Let's climb a mountain of Torah! We are thrilled to launch the second year of our community-wide learning campaign that will take us from Simchat Torah to Shavuot! Torah learning is the beating heart of a vibrant, engaged Jewish community. Our goal is 613 hours of learning. We came very close last year, but we know we can do it this time!

You can fulfill hours of learning on your own, with a study partner, or with
the FTJC course offerings below:

Click here to pledge hours, note fulfillment of hours, and to see our community's progress!

Courses are open to members and non-members alike, and are accessible to learners at multiple levels.



The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice
Eight Thursdays, beginning November 30, 8:00-9:30 PM

From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Judaism and Jewish ethics can inform our wrestling with moral questions of the day, pushing us to consider many sides of an issue toward complexity and nuance. This course uses a curriculum developed by the Jewish Theological Seminary, featuring text studies, videos, and online resources.
Taught by FTJC’s Rabbi Guy Austrian.
Hosted in participants’ homes.
Suggested donation: $36-$108 for the course, or $3-$10 per session.

Pre-Registration requested here


Coming Up this Winter-Spring?

Beit Midrash Learning
We are planning to offer a pilot program of learning in the style of a beit midrash (traditional Jewish study hall), geared toward more experienced learners but accessible to less experienced learners as well. This initiative is being led by our member Laynie Soloman, who is pursuing a dual Master's in Jewish Education and Talmud at JTS and serves as Director of Educational Initiatives at SVARA: A Traditionally Radical Yeshiva.
Questions? Ideas? E-mail Laynie.

Pirkei Avot (Teachings of the Early Masters)
After Passover, it's a custom to learn this classic text of aphorisms, ethics, and deep insights. Stay tuned for details of this class we hope to offer between Passover and Shavuot.

More Learning Opportunities
If you have ideas about something you want to learn, and you have a hunch that you could pull together a group of others who want to learn it too, e-mail Rabbi Guy Austrian and let's talk about it.

Wed, February 21 2018 6 Adar 5778