Join us for dinner at 6 p.m. Classes will be from 6:30-8 p.m. at Temple Israel.
Our Adult Learning classes are open to all: Jews, Non-Jews, members and non-members.
Preparing our Hearts for the High Holidays
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
As we prepare to enter the High Holy Day season, Rabbi Stoller will guide us in exploring the themes of forgiveness, atonement, and renewal, and help us ready our hearts and minds to come before God in t’shuvah.
How We Are All Affected
Taught by: Rabbi Daniel Brenner
Rabbi Brenner, who was named by Newsweek Magazine as one of America’s most influential rabbis, has been a driving force behind some of the most creative approaches to Jewish education over the last two decades. In the wake of #MeToo, Brenner and his colleagues at Moving Traditions developed national training events in partnership with the Foundation for Jewish Camp to help professionals from over ninety Jewish summer camps to challenge sexism, sexual harassment, and sexual assault.
“Love Your Neighbor as Yourself” in the Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Traditions
September 26 with Rabbi Brian Stoller
October 3 with Imam Jamal Daoudi of the American Muslim Institute
October 10 with Rev. Dr. Eric Elnes of Countryside Community Church
Jews, Christians, and Muslims alike regard the commandment to “love your neighbor as yourself” as a foundational religious principle. Indeed, this commandment lies at the heart of the Tri-Faith Initiative’s mission. In this three-part series, the leaders of the Tri-Faith clergy team will delve deeply into the meaning of this commandment in their respective faith traditions and offer insights into how, working together, we can bring this principle to life for our three communities, for Omaha, and for the world.
Judaism and the 2018 Elections
Taught by: Cantor Wendy Shermet
October 17 & 24
There are many important issues at stake for Nebraska and America in the upcoming statewide and congressional elections. Cantor Shermet will lead us in discussion of how Judaism can inform how we think about the issues most important to our families and our community. Coming on the heels of our October 7 Nebraska Jewish Community Candidate Forum where we will hear directly from the candidates for office, these conversations with our cantor are sure to be meaningful and thought-provoking as we prepare to vote.
Tanakh Tales: Women of the Bible
Taught by: Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
November 7 & 14
Join Rabbi Berezin to learn more about the Women of the Bible. Together we’ll dive into the text to help infuse women’s voices into familiar and unfamiliar stories from our tradition.
One People, Many Voices:Exploring the Different Streams of Judaism
November 28 – Reform Judaism with Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
December 5 – Orthodox Judaism with Rabbi Ari Dembitzer of Beth Israel Synagogue
December 12 – Conservative Judaism with Rabbi Steven Abraham of Beth El Synagogue
December 19 – Religious Pluralism with Rabbi Brian Stoller
In Omaha, we are blessed to be part of a friendly and open Jewish community in which our institutions work together for the good of the community while respecting our different religious practices and beliefs. In this series, we will learn from Omaha’s wonderful Reform, Conservative, and Orthodox rabbis about the history of each stream, what makes our various ways of being Jewish different, and what binds us together as one people.
What (We Say) We Believe: Understanding the Prayer Book
Taught by: Temple Israel Clergy
January 9, 16, 23, 30 & February 6
It is said that the prayer book is the script of a magnificent and compelling drama – and when we pray from it, we express what we believe about the world, about God, and about ourselves. For many of us, the Hebrew language and ancient poetry make the prayer book difficult to understand and disconnect us from spirituality rather than drawing us closer. In this five-part series, our rabbis and cantor will help us unlock the prayer book and explore what we say we believe.
What Happens When We Die?
Tri-Faith Perspectives on the Afterlife
February 13 – Islamic Views of the Afterlife with Imam Jamal Daoudi of the American Muslim Institute
February 20 – Jewish Views of the Afterlife with Rabbi Brian Stoller
February 27 – Christian Views of the Afterlife with
Rev. Dr. Chris Alexander of Countryside Community Church
For millennia, the world’s great religions have speculated about the afterlife as a way of making sense of human life and mortality. In this three-part series, the clergy of the Tri-Faith Initiative will lead us in exploration of what Judaism, Christianity, and Islam teach about what happens when we die.
Woody Allen on the Bible
Taught by: Rabbi Brian Stoller
March 6 & 13
Woody Allen has something to say about pretty much everything, including the Hebrew Bible. Together we will study the legendary comedian and filmmaker’s insightful commentaries on two of the Bible’s most controversial stories – the Binding of Isaac and the Book of Job – and discuss what his interpretations can teach us about good and evil, human frailty, and the world we live in today.
In Their Own Words: A Story of Holocaust Survival
Hearing first-hand testimony of a Holocaust Survivor is an invaluable experience for people of all ages, and the opportunity to hear from those who were there is quickly vanishing. This special speaking event is free and open to all.
More Precious than Rubies: Parting Wisdom from Cantor Shermet
April 3 & 10
For 18 years, Cantor Shermet has learned with us, prayed with us, celebrated our simchas with us, mourned with us, and walked the path of life with us. As she prepares for her retirement this summer, join Cantor Shermet for conversations about Jewish life, our congregation, her passions and interests, and her plans for the future.
God After Auschwitz
April 17 with Rabbi Deana Sussman Berezin
April 24 with Rabbi Brian Stoller
Where was God during the Holocaust? If God is loving and good, how could God have let it happen? The unparalleled evil of the Holocaust forever changed the way Jews think about and believe in God. In this series, led by our rabbis, we will grapple with questions of what we can believe and how we can have faith in God after Auschwitz.