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Adult Learning

At Congregation Etz Chayim, we view adult learning as a stepping stone to deeper knowledge and understanding of the rich Jewish tradition. We offer diverse intellectual, creative and spiritual programming to strengthen connections among congregants and help us integrate Judaism into our lives. Our adult learning opportunities are accessible to participants who come with a variety of Jewish experiences, backgrounds and education. What we learn is determined by the interests and passions of our members, Rabbi and Director of Learning.

We offer regular weekly Shabbat morning Torah Study and a wide range of classes, lectures, workshops and retreats depending on the season and time of year.  For more information, check our website calendar and/or contact our Director of Learning, Abra Greenspan.

Regular Programming

Weekly Torah Study
We have Torah Study sessions twice a week, Wednesday evening and Saturday morning. Wednesday evening sessions are member-led and Saturday morning sessions are rabbi-led. Both classes are drop-in and open to everyone looking for a deeper understanding of Torah. No Hebrew skills or Torah study experience are required.

Zooming the Talmud
At the completion of the reading of a tractate of the Talmud, it is customary to hold a Hadran session. Join Rabbi Emeritus Ari Cartun for periodic virtual sessions discussing the highlights  of the Talmud. 

ETZ Talks
Join us for this series of engaging scholarship on Jewish questions and topics that Etzniks are curious about exploring. Past topics have included everything from Jewish magic to rabbinic opinions on gladiator contests to American Jews and American slavery. 

Etznik Talks
We let our members be the leaders for this wide-ranging series of informal, but in-depth talks. Hear members of the Etz community discuss the things that they're passionate about. Past Talks have covered cryptography, the Grateful Dead, housing policy, Eurovision and Israeli politics and much more. 

Scholar in Residence
We regularly invite experts in their field to join us for a period of focused instruction to share their wisdom. Past Scholars include Rabbi Arthur Green; Professor Louis Newman, Dean of Academic Advising at Stanford University; and Rabbi Dorothy Richman.

We are preparing to host Professor Devin Naar, Chair of the Sephardic Studies Program at University of Washington, as our next Scholar in Residence from April 1-3, 2022. In advance of Professor Naar's programs, we're offering Beyond Chamsas and Borekas: The Sephardi and Mizrachi Jewish Experience and Heritage, a series of events highlighting the rich history, culture, and traditions of Sephardi and Mizrachi Jews. Click here to view the full schedule of events and click here for a list of curated resources for further learning and exploration.

Special Programming

We have a number of special, short term programs that are developed throughout the year. We encourage you to check the calendar regularly and you can contact the office if you'd like to join our email list.

Sun, June 26 2022 27 Sivan 5782