At Isaac M. Wise Temple, the study of Torah is a commandment approached joyously. Lifelong Jewish learning is the best way to apply Jewish values in life and enables adults who seek to learn over the course of their lives to think and act in larger, deeper ways. The Adult Learning program provides a variety of options, timeframes, and courses to meet the needs of learners of every stage, age and background.

The upcoming year’s programs include popular longtime favorites such as Tuesdays with Torah, Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism, and Downtown Lunch and Learn, along with newer offerings including iEngage and Wise Learning at Home, which past participants will remember as Distance-Wise, a prescient format based on connecting learners with lecturers virtually over the Internet.

The Talmud and Rabbinic Judaism Class kicks off the fall programming. The ancient rabbis radically reshaped biblical Judaism to respond to new needs and changing times. Their work through the centuries set the foundation for the Judaism currently practiced. Learn about the Talmud, Midrash and other areas of their creative, intellectual and spiritual genius that shapes Jews today. This monthly class, led by Rabbi Lewis Kamrass, speaks to the enduring richness and origin of Jewish ideas and practice. No prior knowledge of Talmud, Midrash or history is required, just a willingness to learn and be awed by the wisdom of the ancient rabbis. First class takes place Tuesday, September 8, 5:00 PM.

Tuesdays with Torah’s first series of the year is “From Out of the Fire: Embers of Hope.” Having led the German Jewish community and survived the Nazi camps, Rabbi Leo Baeck’s writing from that unique experience represents a heroic example of Jewish life, learning and teaching. His life, wisdom and stirring prose challenge Jews today with deep devotion to Judaism expressed in a universalist message of faith from the Jewish heart. Presented by Rabbi Kamrass on Tuesdays, October 13, 20 and 27 at 12:00 PM.

Courtney Anthony, Religious School director at Isaac M. Wise Temple, presents the first Downtown Lunch and Learn on Thursday, October 22, 11:45 AM. “A Bintl Briv: A Bundle of Letters” explores the experiences of Jewish immigrants to the United States through their own words. Reading excerpts from letters written to a national Jewish newspaper between 1906 and 1923 will inform participants of the challenges people faced as they arrived in this country, adapted to their new lives, and became Jewish Americans.

Currently, all Eitz Chayim, Temple Wise's adult learning  program, opportunities are being offered as Zoom events.

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