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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 Holocaust
Temple Sholom of Scotch Plains of Scotch Plains, NJ, invites the community to join its members the weekend of April 26-28 to ‘Remember the Holocaust.’  The weekend will feature two speakers and the Temple’s annual Yom HaShoah Service, compiled and led by Cantor Darcie Sharlein.

“My Cousin Diane: From Arrest, to Rescue to the Wall of Justice” is the subject of Temple member Dr. Elin Diamond’s talk on Friday evening, April 26 at 7PM immediately following the Sunset Kabbalat Service.  Dr. Diamond’s cousin was part of a famous rescue of Jewish children by French families in the early 1940’s.

Holocaust survivor Peter Fleishman, 92, will describe his ‘Journey to Freedom’ from Prague to the U.S. in 1941 on Sunday evening, April 28 at 7PM. Immediately following his talk, the Temple will hold its annual Yom HaShoah Service of Remembrance and Hope. The Service gives voice to those who endured the cruelties of the Holocaust: those who perished and those who survived.  Their words are included in the Service through readings and songs.  Six candles, representing the six million Jews who perished, will be lit.  

Fri, February 3 2023 12 Sh'vat 5783