Adult & Family Programs

Adult Classes

August – October 2013

For all Adult Learning opportunities, please RSVP to Ivee Horland at ihorland@templealiyah.org or (818) 346-3545. Please sign up early to ensure your place. All classes require minimum registration. Unless otherwise noted, all adult education courses are free of charge.

Adult Bnai Mitzvah Information Meeting
Thursday, August 15 at 7:30 pm
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah is an opportunity to deepen your understanding of Judaism and your participation within a Jewish community.  This program provides an opportunity to strengthen one’s Jewish identity by diligently preparing to lead the community in prayer, chant from the Torah, and offer a thoughtful interpretive talk on a Torah portion. Our revamped one-year program is beginning at the end of August.   If you have ever felt that you would like to feel more connected and more comfortable with Jewish living in general and participating in a worship service in particular, this is your chance to give yourself a gift that will last a lifetime.

Special Elul Learning during the Rebbe’s Tisch with Rabbi Stewart Vogel, Rabbi Adam Schaffer, Hazzan Mike Stein & Rabbinic Intern Scott Westle
Shabbat, August 10, 17, 24, & 31 at 1:20 pm
Our tradition teaches us that we should begin our preparation for the High Holy Days on the 1st day of Elul (30 days before Rosh Hashanah and 40 days before Yom Kippur).  During this period our Tisch teachers will focus on gleaning meaning from some of the prayers in our High Holy Day liturgy.

High Holy Day Boot Camp – Special Offer for First-Time Non-Member Participants Below
Sunday, August 18 from 1:00 – 3:00 pm
Invite your friends to visit Temple Aliyah or to join you in gearing up for the holidays with this special opportunity! Members and non-members alike are invited to join Rabbi Vogel for an introduction to the High Holy Days.  We will explore the prayers and messages of the High Holy Days, lending depth and meaning to your experience.  The class is free and a complimentary High Holy Day ticket will be offered to each first-time non-member participant.

Breakfast & Skype with Masorti – The Conservative Movement in Israel
Sunday, August 25 from 9:30 – 11:30 am
Please join us for a tri-synagogue breakfast held at Temple Aliyah (in conjunction with Shomrei Torah Synagogue and Temple Ramat Zion) as we talk via skype with two of the most knowledgeable Israelis about the Masorti Movement- the Conservative Movement in Israel. Yizhar Hess, Masorti Executive Director, and Emily Levy-Shochat, Masorti Chair, will give us an intimate on-the-ground update of Masorti’s growing influence and activities promoting religious pluralism and Jewish expression in Israel. Please mark your calendars for this unique opportunity to learn more and to ask questions.  There will be no solicitation of funds. Register for free online at http://www.bscmanage.com/masorti/.

Selichot Program & Service – “The Art of Forgiveness” Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre
Saturday, August 31 from 8:30 pm – 11:30 p.m.
8:30 pm – Opening Reception
9:00 pm – Performance by Jewish Women’s Theatre followed by Discussion
10:30 pm – Selichot Service
Jewish Women’s Theatre in conjunction with Temple Aliyah and Shomrei Torah Temple present “The Art of Forgiveness,” a riveting compilation of stories, plays, poems and performance art that asks the question, “What does it mean to forgive and why it’s so darn hard to do it?”  Don’t miss this show and the opportunity to begin your spiritual preparation for Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur!

Fall Mussar Orientations
Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 am    OR
Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm
Mussar is a traditional Jewish practice focusing on ethical awareness, responsible behavior, and soul growth.  If you are interested in learning more about mussar and possibly joining a mussar practice and study group, please plan on attending one of Rabbi Bovitz’s information sessions on either Tuesday, September 10 at 10:00 am or Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 pm.  Please contact Ivee, ihorland@templealiyah.org to R.S.V.P.

Special Yom Kippur (Yamim Nora’im) Learning Sessions
Shabbat/Yom Kippur, September 14 1:30, 2:30 & 3:30 pm
Take advantage of these special learning opportunities to explore the themes of Yom Kippur in an intimate and meaningful way.

1:30 pm:  “Working on Soul Growth” with Gregg Alpert

2:30 pm: “Looking to God – Looking Inward:  Yom Kippur as a Mirror to our Soul” with Rabbinic Intern Scott Westle

3:30 pm: “A Guide to the Perplexed: The Contemporary God” with Rabbi Tsafi Lev

Shabbat Torah Study with Rabbi Tsafi Lev
Shabbat, September 28 from 10:15 – 11:30 am
Do you ever wonder how the weekly Torah portion might actually relate to living in 2013?  Join Rabbi Tsafi Lev as he skillfully leads this in-depth Torah discussion searching for messages of modern relevance and importance that lay just under the surface understanding of our holy book.    All learners are welcomed – no prior Torah knowledge required. Just bring your curiosity and an open mind.

New Melton Class at Temple Aliyah
Tuesday mornings starting October 8th from 8:30 – 11:00 am
The Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning is offering the first year of a two year program of study beginning this fall at Temple Aliyah. Built on best practices and research in adult learning, this interactive, pluralistic, university level curriculum is designed with YOU in mind. Learn the texts that gave rise to our traditions and philosophies; gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish; engage in stimulating discussions about Jewish thought, practice, ethics, and history. For more information, contact Pamela Rooks, Director, at 818-346-6106 or prooks@stsonline.org. Register online at www.meltonwestvalley.org and join the great Jewish conversation.

The Extraordinary Talmudic Mind with Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Shabbat, October 26 from 1:45 – 2:30 pm
This study group will stimulate your mind and will illuminate deep labyrinths of holiness.  Sometimes logical.  Sometimes bizarre.  Always intriguing…No prior text study necessary.  No registration necessary.  Just show up and learn.

Meet Rabbi Aaron Alexander – He is the Associate Dean of the Ziegler School and Lecturer in Rabbinics and Jewish Law. Along with his academic teaching he gives an early morning class in Halakhah that is recorded for Jewish learners worldwide and posted to www.zieglerpodcasts.com. He is a certified mashgiach (kosher supervisor) by the Conservative Movement’s Rav Hamachshir program and currently serves on its Committee for Jewish Law and Standards.  He is married to Rabbi Penina Alexander and they are the proud parents of Ariel Tzvi.

Scholar in Residence SAVE THE DATE – Prof. Lori Levenson
Friday, November 15 & Saturday, November 16
Laurie L. Levenson, is a Professor of Law, William M. Rains Fellow, the David W. Burcham Chair in Ethical Advocacy, and Director of the Center for Legal Advocacy at Loyola Law School. Professor Levenson served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Los Angeles. She received her J.D. in 1980 from UCLA School of Law and her undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1977. Professor Levenson has been a legal commentator for CBS, CNN, ABC, NBC and NPR.  She has commented on a wide range of high-publicity cases, including the O.J. Simpson murder trial, Rodney King beating trial, Menendez murder trials, Michael Jackson molestation case, Scott Peterson murder trial, Bernard Madoff investigation, Clinton impeachment, Robert Blake murder trial, trial of Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, prosecution of Anna Nicole Smith’s physicians, UCI Medical Scandal, and prosecution of Dr. Conrad Murray.


Lunch N’ Learn with Rabbi Vogel
Every Thursday at 12:00 pm

Friday Morning Talmud Classwith Rabbi Bovitz
Fridays from 10:00-11:30 am

Gentle Yoga Flow with Natalie Schwartz
Every Thursday in August, September 12, & Every Thursday in October from 1:45-3:15 pm
Fee: Members – $6.00 per class (pre-pay $25.00 for five classes);
Non-Members -$10.00 a session (pre-pay $40.00 for five classes)

For all Adult Learning opportunities, please RSVP to Ivee Horland at ihorland@templealiyah.org or (818) 346-3545.