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Congregation Emanuel of the Hudson Valley

What a Jewish Community Can Be

A welcoming and giving reform congregation committed to social justice, on-going learning, vibrant spirituality, diversity and the State of Israel
Yom Rishon, 4 Tishri 5778


Adult Education

At Temple Emanuel we believe that Jewish learning is a lifetime project. Judaism offers a wealth of rich, deep, sophisticated ideas which are most useful for adults. Adults make decisions about raising children, choosing careers, medical care for themselves and loved ones, where to live and whom to love. Adults need the guidance of a religious system to help them through this maze of serious choices. Adults also experience fully the deep sorrow of loss and the great joy of true love. Jewish tradition can guide adults through these emotional highs and lows.

Adult learning at Temple Emanuel equips our lifelong learners to face the complexity of their lives armed with Jewish knowledge. Whether taking a Basic Judaism course, or improving their Trope chanting, our learners come away from the experience with a greater appreciation of Judaism's profound depths, and a greater understanding of how to lead an inspired life.

Please join us at any of our course offerings this year. Membership is not required, and many of the classes have a nominal charge or are free!

We offer educational and social programs and opportunities to adults during the week and on the weekend:

  • Adult B'nai Mitzvah Course - For information and to set up an appointment call the Rabbi in her study, 845-338-4271 x 102
  • Beginning Hebrew with Dave Rosenthal - 7pm to 8pm on Mondays, October through June. Resuming Fall 2015.
  • Book Club – meets one Tuesday a month at 1pm, at different members' homes, contact the office for location information for each meeting.
  • Hebrew Trope - 12:30pm to 1:30pm, most Wednesdays from September through June
  • Lunch with the Rabbi  Held on select first Tuesdays of the month.  This is an opportunity to share a hot meal, warm adult community and dialogue with Rabbi Romer and stimulating adult learning at each meeting.  Free hot catered or home cooked meal at noon, followed by presentation and group learning from 12:45pm to 1:30pm.
  • Conversational Hebrew - (Registration required) Taught by Rabbi Yael Romer, held weekly on Wednesdays, October through May from 5:00PM to 6:30PM  2014/2015 calendar - Starting on 10/15, last day 5/27, NO Sessions on 11/26, 12/24, 12/31, 1/7, 4/8, 4/29.  Knowing and understanding Hebrew is key to connecting with the living culture and country of Israel and is a pathway to deepening our own Jewish ritual, practice and understanding of text.  Beginner and Intermediate Conversational Modern Hebrew presented through the textbook curriculum created by the professors of Hebrew at Brandeis University.  Rabbi Yael Romer will lead a University Level Beginning Hebrew Class.  Material will be covered quickly, students will be expected to practice for class.  This is a continuation of the course begun last year, please contact the office to register and find out where the class is in the course.  Materials required - Brandeis Modern Hebrew (Students purchase book).  Fees/Tuition: This class is open to RS students and adult members for free, non-members may attend for a course fee.
  • Private Conversion Tutorials - For information and to set up an appointment call the Rabbi in her study, 845-338-4271 x 102
  • Rhinebeck Meditation & Torah Study with Rabbi Yael Romer every Thursday morning, September through June. Meditation beginning at 8:45am followed at 9:15am with Weekly Torah Study. Welcome your day with a Morning Ritual that prepares you to receive the day's blessings with fullness, center & breath. Exploring our Jewish Traditions, this morning ritual will integrate Meditation, Prayer & Study as part of an alternative morning Practice. For exact dates, to be placed on the special email list or directions, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
  • Speaking Torah - Held on second & fourth Thursdays of the month, from 5:30pm to 7pm, October through May.  Taught by Rabbi Yael Romer, from "Speaking Torah Vol. 1 & Vol.2, Spiritual Teachings from around the Maggid's Table" by Dr. Arthur Green, Rabbi Ebn Leader, Ariel Evan Mayse and Rabbi Or N.  Rose.  First Class October 23, last class May 28, NO CLASS on 11/27, 12/25, 1/8, 4/9, 4/23.  Class dates: 10/23, 11/13, 12/11, 1/22, 2/12, 2/26, 3/12, 3/26, 5/14 & 5/28.

Adult Education Course Policy

All are Invited - we welcome everyone, Jewish or not, Member or not, to attend our classes and programs. Please join us!

Enrollment and Cancellation Policies: Some classes and programs have limited enrollments. Register early to avoid disappointment. If enrollment is too low, an event or class may be canceled. To be notified of schedule changes or cancellations, you must be preregistered.

Don't see a course you want?  Contact us, we want to provide courses that are relevant for you.

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