Eitz Chaim - Lifelong Learning

Adult learning plays an important part in Temple Sholom life. Our program includes both ongoing classes, special programs and lectures. Rabbi Abraham offers two different weekly classes, with topics that have ranged from "Jewish Texts, New and Old” to “A Jewish View of the Qu’ran.” In addition, Adult Hebrew classes are offered, including basic reading, prayerbook Hebrew, and Jewish text. The Temple also offers Adult B’nei Mitzvah classe that teach how to read Hebrew, learn prayers and read from Torah. The program culminates in the class reading Torah and celebrating becoming B'nei Mitzvah together. There are also opportunities with Rabbi Abraham for individual study or in pursuit of conversion.

Our Adult Education Committee provides our members with a wide variety of programs. On Sunday evenings, outside experts come in to give lecture, teach a class, or run a workshop on a topic of Jewish interest. There have been monthly group discussion groups, and scholar in residence weekends. Additional program include musical concerts and movies. The range of programs provides something for every taste.

Upcoming events include:

Temple Sholom Commemorates the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht,

Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains announces its 2018 Kristallnacht program to be held on Sunday November 4, 2018 at 7pm.  Dr. Magdelena Wrobel, Project Manager for the Leo Baeck Institute of New York and Berlin, will present “Posts from the Past:  Personal Stories on the 80th Anniversary of Kristallnacht and the Events of 1938.”

Eighty years ago, on November 9-10, 1938, the Nazi party escalated its anti-Semitic campaign against the Jews through a pogrom in Germany, Austria and part of Czechoslovakia.  Prior to that, in March 1938, Nazi Germany annexed Austria (the Anschluss); at the end of September 1938, England, France, Italy and Germany signed the infamous Munich Agreement which allowed Nazi Germany to annex parts of Czechoslovakia and eventually led to the dismemberment of that country.  And on December 2, 1938, the Kindertransport began, eventually sending 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia to safety in England and elsewhere, most of whom never saw their parents again.   

Dr. Wrobel earned her Ph.D. from the Ludwig-Maximilians University in Munich in 2013 and has served as a visiting scholar at the University of Haifa, University College London and Columbia University.  Before coming to the Leo Baeck Institute in New York, she worked at the Jewish Foundation for the Righteous in their Rescuer Support Program and served as Assistant to the Ambassador at the Permanent Mission of the Republic of Poland to the United Nations.