Adult Workshops

This past season of Adult Education featured Hebrew classes and a monthly Jewish Book Series.
Check out the books we discussed and watch this space for future offerings.


Tuesday, December 11, 2012 @ 7 p.m.
What Happens After I Die? Jewish Views of Life After Death by Rifat Sonsino & Daniel Syme (1990)
Marsha Luhrs, Presenter
Ever wonder what Judaism says about this question? As it does with many issues, Judaism offers many “answers!” Learn about a wide variety of philosophies from biblical, rabbinic and contemporary thinkers. Join us at this “kickoff” session during Chanukah as we light the candles together.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013  @ 7 p.m.
I Am Forbidden by Anouk Markovitz
Diane Siegendorf, Presenter
A compelling historical novel about the Satmar Hasidim. A beautifully crafted, emotionally gripping story of what happens when unwavering love, unyielding law, and centuries of tradition collide. The novel opens a startling window on a world closed to most of us.

Sunday, February 10, 2013 @ 3 p.m.
The Bones and the Book by Jane Isenberg (2012)
Bill Siegendorf, Presenter (and cousin of the author!)
This novel carries the reader back to a farflung outpost of the Jewish diaspora where gold, good table manners, and assimilating often trump Torah, tribe, and tradition. The tale is of a young Jewish woman who immigrated to Seattle in the 1890’s. Her bones, and a book written in Yiddish, are discovered in 1965. This discovery unearths disturbing secrets. The program will begin with a brief Havdalah ceremony.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013 @ 7 p.m.
The God Upgrade: Finding Your 21st Century Spirituality in Judaism’s 5,000 Year Old Tradition by Rabbi Jamie S. Korngold (2011)
Gloria Russakov, Presenter
In an exploration energized with enthusiasm and humor, Rabbi Korngold looks at God concepts ranging from the earliest perspectives to some of the most influential modern theologies. Ultimately she introduces a concept of God that speaks to the issues of the twentyfirst century.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013 @ 7 p.m.
Jews and Words by Amos Oz & Fania OzSalzberger (2012)
Fay Zerbo, Presenter
Through a blend of storytelling and scholarship, conversation and argument, father and daughter tell the tales behind Judaism’s most enduring names, adages, disputes, texts, and quips. These words, they argue, compose the chain connecting Abraham with the Jews of every subsequent generation.