The Temple Judea Adult Education Committee is dedicated to deepening the congregation’s understanding of Jewish practices and rituals, history, current events, and other subjects related to Judaism. Our programs explore a wide variety of topics, and include regular Saturday morning Torah study (every Saturday morning at 9:00 am) and our Sunday morning brunch series with distinguished guest speakers. Attendees at all levels of knowledge and interest may enjoy and benefit from our offerings. Any Temple member interested in participating in the planning of our programs is welcome to become part of the committee. All programs are free and open to the private.
Temple Judea’s Irving and Sylvia Rosenwald School for Adult Learning is proud to announce a stellar line-up of programs for the coming year.
First Learn and then form Opinions – Jewish Proverb
The Adult Education Committee is pleased to present a thought-provoking program of speakers for its Sunday brunches for the coming year. All brunch programs begin with bagels and coffee at 10:00 am with the speaker starting at 10:30 am. A $10 donation is encouraged. Please join us for some very interesting programs.
Sunday, September 17, 2017 – Rabbi Richard Simon, ordained by the Jewish Renewal Movement, Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Har Zion in Mount Holly, N.J. and a current member of our clergy team will give a timely talk on “The High Holidays: the Inner Work” as we prepare to observe the season of the High Holy Days.
Sunday, October 22, 2017 – Philosopher Dr. Jerry Martin will speak about his new book, “God: An Autobiography as Told to a Philosopher”. In what promises to be a provocative talk, Dr. Martin will explain his journey from atheist to believer. Dr. Martin has served as head of the philosophy department at the University of Colorado, Boulder and of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is married to Temple Judea member Abigail Martin.
Sunday, December 17, 2017– Mr. Don Greenbaum of the Holocaust Awareness Museum and Education Center in Philadelphia is scheduled to speak on his World War II Army experience as a camp liberator. Attached to General Patton’s Third Army in late April of 1945, Mr. Greenbaum was part of a contingent that happened upon the Dachau concentration camp. This talk will provide an important American perspective on the Shoah.
Sunday, February 11, 2018 – Dr. Reena Friedman returns to Temple Judea to present the topic “Tzedek Tzedek Tirdof: American Jews and Social Justice.” Dr. Reena Friedman earned her Masters of Arts, Masters of Arts in Philosophy, and PHD from Columbia University. She is Associate Professor of Modern Jewish History at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. She has been an instructor in American Jewish History at Queens College and Haverford College, and has taught Modern Jewish History and Modern Jewish Thought at Gratz College. Dr. Friedman has written extensively in the field of Jewish history, and is currently a contributing editor at Lilith magazine.
Sunday, April 8, 2018 – Dr. Fred Lazin will return to Temple Judea to offer a contemporary analysis of “Israel’s Changing Collective Identity.” Dr. Lazin served for many years as Chair of the Departments of Behavioral Science and Politics and Government at Ben Gurion University. He has authored many articles and texts on comparative public policy, Israeli politics, and society and Jews in American politics. This event is co-sponsored by the American Associates of Ben Gurion University.
Sunday, June 3, 2018- Mr. Albert Algazi, originally from Egypt, will show a documentary film entitled “The Forgotten Exodus” and speak on the mass exodus of Jews from the Middle East and North Africa in the 2nd half of the 20th Century.
Temple Judea recently hosted Kasim Hafeez, Outreach Coordinator for Christians United for Israel. Kasim, a British born Muslim, went from being a hater to a defender of Israel. His talk “Hate to Hope: the day I stopped hating Israel” kept the audience of both Jews and non-Jews spellbound. Watch the video with an interview with Kasim Hafeez and highlights from his talk.
See a video interview with Kasim Hafeez, British born Muslim, who spoke recently at Temple Judea about his personal journey from being a hater of Israel to becoming a Zionist and active friend of Israel.