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Adult Education at Temple Adat Elohim

Adult Education

At TAE we have an impressive array of both short and long term classes for adults in our community. We encourage you to find at least one class that will facilitate your personal growth this new year.
Soul Journeys - Seasons of Mussar
Classes Open Now

Mussar provides a powerful system for personal and spiritual growth. Rooted in ancient tradition, mussar speaks ever more clearly to our modern world. Hundreds of our congregants have felt the impact of mussar through one-time learning opportunities and ongoing study and practice.

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Jews and Slavery?
April 9th, 2014, starting at 7:00 pm
Rabbi Dalia Smansky; Guest Lecturer

Judaism's legacy on slavery is far from simple; Abraham had slaves, the Jews were enslaved in Egypt for 400 years, during the Civil War there were rabbis who both supported and vehemently opposed American slavery, and we often refer to ourselves as "servants" of Adonai. How do we make sense of all this? Join us as we explore Judaism's historical and modern connection to slavery.

RSVP to the temple office (805) 497-7101. Light refreshments will be served. Suggested Donation: $10.00 per session - $100.00 for the series.

Eliezer Hod, Israel Ministry of Tourism - Tourism in Israel - Bagel Brunch
Sunday, April 27th at 9:15 AM

Mr. Hod of the Israel Ministry of Tourism will discuss tourism in Israel: opportunities, challenges and benefits. Whether you’ve already visited Israel, are planning a trip or simply wish to learn about the miraculous State of Israel, this talk should be of interest to you. Born in Northern Morocco in 1945 (then under Spanish rule), Mr. Hod immigrated as a child to Israel at the age of 15, without his parents. There he attended an agricultural high school after which he served in the Israel Defense Force for three years. After military discharge, he attended the Hebrew University, majoring in General History and the History of Islamic Countries.


In 1972, he started work with the Israel Ministry of Tourism and has progressed through numerous assignments with increasing responsibility. Rising to the position of Regional Tourism Director, he was assigned to Paris for a period of five years, to Atlanta, Georgia, for an additional four years and then to the London office, in charge of the United Kingdom. Upon returning to Jerusalem, Mr. Hod assumed positions using the knowledge he gathered from these assignments to initiate many creative marketing ventures successful in attracting more visitors to the Holy Land. Today, Mr. Hod is in charge of the Western Region of the U.S., encompassing the 13 Western States, with a staff of four in the Los Angeles Office. From here, he works with a wide range of tourism generating organizations including tour companies, travel agents and Christian church leaders.


Brotherhood bagel brunches are open to the entire TAE community. While there is no charge for these brunches, we encourage attendees to make a donation to help defray our costs. Contact Bob Salfi, to RSVP or for more information.

Talmud Study
Saturday Mornings at TAE from 8:00-8:45am

Talmud study continues on Shabbat mornings at 8:00 am, led by Rabbi Lisa Bock and Dr. Ken Elman. We are studying, taking our time and engaging in some interesting digressions. Materials are supplied, knowledge of Hebrew is not required, and all are welcome. Please feel free to stay for Torah study at 8:45 am, led by Interim Senior Rabbi Barry Diamond and Rabbi Dubowe!

Torah Study
Saturday Mornings at TAE from 8:45-9:30am

Join us for our ongoing Torah Study, led by our Rabbis in room 5. Enjoy exploring the Torah text, sparkling discussions and commentary by fellow Torah Study students. Enlighten and expand your understanding of our Jewish roots.

Florence Melton Adult Mini-School
Various Dates and Locations

An approach to learning that explores how the texts of our tradition speak to the realities of our modern-day lives. This interactive, pluralistic and engaging curriculum is starting a new two-year class in the Conejo Valley. San Fernando Valley locations are also available. For more information, contact Jordana Flores at (818)346-6106.

Rosh Chodesh
Various Dates Throughout the Year

Our Rosh Chodesh program gives women (13 and older) the opportunity to welcome the new moon and the new month; learn the background behind some of the most famous women in Jewish history through stories, songs, and articles; make new friends; and discuss topics relevant to women – all in the comfort and warmth of a home. Refreshments served. Bring yourself -- maybe a friend, mother or daughter-- and an open mind. Contact Shoshana Fischer or Charlene Wecker for locations and more information. Sponsored by TAE Sisterhood.

Tuesday Social
1st and 3rd Tuesdays of the Month from 2:00—4:00pm in Social Hall

Please join us for conversation, entertainment, celebration; for meeting old friends and making new ones. For more information, please contact Bob Grossmann at (805) 497-7101. Sponsored by The TAE Seniors.


Sunday Bagel Brunches
Sundays (once –a– month) 9:30—11:30 AM Social Hall

Everyone is invited to join us for an educational and relaxing morning once-a-month. Bagels, coffee, juice, lox and all the “sides” necessary to have a great brunch. Watch our monthly announcements for specific dates and speakers. No fee. To attend or help, contact Bob Salfi, for more information. This is a Brotherhood sponsored community event.


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