In addition to frequently sponsoring special events and guest speakers, Temple Sinai has an active continuing education program. Recent offerings have included Introduction to Judaism, Hebrew for Beginners, Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and the History of Jerusalem.
NOTE: Until the decision is made to reopen our building, Continuing Education programming will be delivered online via ZOOM. Look for links in program descriptions to connect via ZOOM. Learn more about ZOOM.
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Every Saturday, 10:30 am, following services
Torah study begins at 10:30am and go until 11:45ish. We look at both modern scholarship, traditional commentary, and considering how these ancient texts can help us explore our own spiritual lives, our values, and what it means to be human. No prior knowledge is needed!
Newcomers are warmly welcomed!
Changes in schedule will be noted on our home page.
A 6-week online series hosted by Rabbi Tobie Weisman, and Rabbi David Edleson
Ever wonder how best to talk to your kids about BIG QUESTIONS when they come up? Join other parents in exploring how Jewish tradition and texts can help us talk with our children about faith, death, resilience, and what gives life meaning. This is the second part of a series, but you don’t need to have taken Part 1 to participate.
The class will consist of one weekly 45-minute ZOOM session with all participants, and online chavruta-style “chat threads” with classmates between full group meetings. There will be text study, discussion, idea sharing, and connection.
We are still settling on a time, so if you are interested, let us know what works best for you with everybody home. We will be starting on or about April 19.
Jewish Journeys: A film series from around the world
In partnership with Ohavi Zedek, UVM Hillel, and Jewish Communities of Vermont, Main Street Landing Film House (60 Lake Street, Burlington, above Skinny Pancake) presents three internationally acclaimed films, each on the third Sunday of the month.
Hebrew Reading Crash Course Level II is designed to improve students’ reading skills and fluency by introducing you to special pronunciation rules and basic Hebrew grammar to help you expand your Hebrew comprehension skills. Students will begin to recognize various parts of verbs and nouns, learn how to dissect words, and identify new words and phrases that will enable you to better understand the prayer book.
This course is offered through Temple Sinai’s Continuing Education program and is free and open to everyone.
You need to have some Hebrew reading skills to take this class. If you haven’t already signed up with Judy Alexander, please email her
Current book: Heroes and Hustlers, Hard Hats and Holy Men – Inside the New Israel – Ze’ev Chafets, William Morrow & Co. (1986)
Topic: Contemporary Israel
An informal, breezy assessment of contemporary Israel by an American Jew who migrated there in the late 1960s, got into politics, served the Begin government as press officer, and has never ceased observing the leaders and people of his adopted country with a keen eye and an independent mind. “A nation that doesn’t know what it wants to be when it grows up” is his description, but he finds much that is positive even if the unresolved problems remain and the early Zionist ideal is a shattered dream. – Foreign Affairs, Winter 1986/87
September 18, 25; November 6, 20; December 18
These classes will consider the meaning of a bat or bar mitzvah, and explore the concept of “hiyuv” or duty to the Jewish people and the mitzvot in the context of Reform Judaism. We will also explore the Sabbath Service in more depth and discuss issues of Jewish theology.
Since a good part of the bat or bar mitzvah is reading Torah, Judy Alexander will be offering the following courses:
Hebrew for Beginners
Thursdays, 7-8:30 PM: October 17 – December 19, January 9, 16
If you struggle to read Hebrew, or never learned, this class will kickstart your learning!
Torah Cantillation for Adults (with 6th gr. Religious School class)
Thursdays, 6:15-6:35 PM: October 17, 24; November 7, 14, 21; December 5, 12, 19
As our young b’nei mitzvah learn to chant Torah, you can learn with them, a great opportunity for inter-generational learning.
Torah Cantillation Boot Camp
We will also be setting up a couple of longer workshops for those who want to learn Torah cantillation in a more concentrated way.
Introduction to Judaism – with Rabbi Edleson
Sundays, 4-6 PM: November 3, 2019 – February 9, 2020
From the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), this 15-session course is perfect for those interested in learning more about Judaism from a Reform perspective. Dating someone Jewish? Interfaith couple? Thinking of converting? Jewish, but not raised with much information? This is the class for you!