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Adult Education

Ongoing Programs

Join us for one or all of these opportunities.  No RSVP required.
For dates and times, please check the synagogue calendar

Breakfast, Learning and Torah (BLT)
Come enjoy bagels, learning and some Torah with Rabbi Vogel.
Select Saturday mornings before services

Poetry in Motion: Exploring Psalms
Every month Rabbi Cheryl Peretz will lead us in a lively conversation as we explore the ethical will of some of our first rabbis. We will talk, schmooze and have a good time as we delve into the morals and principles that are the core of our Jewish Tradition.
Third Saturday of the month at 1pm, accompanied by kiddush

Java ‘N Jeans
Java N Jeans is one of our newest additions to Shabbat morning. Join us for some great coffee and an informal conversation about Dar Williams, Maimonides, Leonard Cohen and U2. Feel free to wear your favorite pair of jeans or something you find comfortable. Childcare provided.
Select Saturday Mornings

Rebbe’s Tisch
From the Yiddish word for “table,” our tisch is a weekly exploration into the Chasidic commentaries on the weekly portion.
Every Saturday at 12:30pm

Talmud Class
Explore the lives and thoughts of the ancient rabbis. This year we will delve into the origins of Jewish mysticism through Tractate Hagigah.
Fridays, 10-11:30am (except holidays)

Lunch ‘N Learn Weekly Parsha Study
Each week Rabbi Vogel explores the relevance of the weekly Torah portion.  Classes contains a mixture of text study (English) and important lessons learned from the Torah.  Each week is a lesson unto itself and all levels of students are welcome, from those who have previously studied Torah to those who never have.  
Thursdays, 12-1:30pm (except holidays)

Gentle Flow Yoga
Thursdays, 1:45-3:45pm. (except holidays). Fee required.

Shabbat Yoga
First Saturday of the month at 9:30am. free.


Courses

Looking for an in-depth learning experience? Register for one of our Adult Ed Courses.

The Big Questions
Is there an afterlife? Can you be bad person and still be a good Jew? Since the beginning of time people have been consumed with finding the answers to the “big questions”. During this monthly series we will explore some of these big questions to see what our tradition offers and why the answers are so elusive.
3rd Wednesday of the month at 7:30pm

Intro to Judaism
Temple Aliyah is proud to offer a branch of the internationally recognized AJU Intro to Judaism Program. From Hebrew to holidays, bagels to blessings… we’ll cover it all in fun and engaging classes where questions are always welcome.  Click here to sign up for the class at aju.edu.
Thursday Evenings at Shomrei Torah Synagogue

Prayer Diving 101
Journey through well-known, familiar prayers with a new perspective. Explore the common until it is exotic. Come together in a safe, respectful environment where all are welcome.
Nancy Freedman Pipolo is a Master of Arts in Education from American Jewish University and is known for looking at all things Jewish in another way.
Tuesday Evenings

MUSSAR COURSES
For more information on Mussar Courses, email Rabbi Goldstein at RabbiGoldstein@TempleAliyah.org

Beginner Mussar
With two options for beginners presented by The Mussar Institute, these courses will introduce the study and practice of Mussar, a Jewish path of character development and spiritual growth, leading to awareness, wisdom and transformation.
Two courses, 7 classes each (both are the same and are held on a bi-weekly basis).  Fee required.

  • Wednesday evenings, or
  • Saturday mornings

The Best Possible Me
This class will explore the nexus between Mussar (Jewish Life wisdom) and the emerging field of Positive Psychology. Rabbi Tsafi Lev will lead the class on a journey toward greater joy, better relationships, and a more articulate and specific sense of purpose.
Fee required.

  • Tuesdays in October at 7:30pm

Special Events

Interfaith Dialogue & Pulpit Exchange
The Biblical Book of Ruth: What Does It Mean to be Jewish? This two-session program will explore questions like whether Jews are part of a people or a religion, and the nature of family relations in ancient Israel. 
Part 1 at St. Bernardine, 10/15/17 at 5:30 PM / Part 2 at TA, 10/20/17 at 8:00 PM

Model Adult Seder
If you are tired of the same old Seder join Rabbis Vogel and Goldstein as they explore the origins, traditions, songs and foods of the Seder. This class will give you the tools to help make meaningful additions and contributions to your Seder, and will include a Passover wine tasting.

Center for Judaic Arts
Join us as we enhance our Jewish spirituality and create a connection to Judaism through the creation of meaningful Judaic pieces. All skill levels are welcome.

Cinema Club
Come together a few times a year to enjoy a Sunday afternoon of film viewing and engaging discussions.

  • Woolsey Fire Update

    Woolsey Fire Update (11/13/18, 7:15pm):
    Temple Aliyah is OPEN WEDNESDAY. ECE and SCJLL classes will proceed as usual.

    A Place to Gather
    We will be hosting teen pop-up day camp Wed - Fri, organized by the Jewish Federation. All 7-12th graders are welcome to this free program. Additionally, 2-10 year olds are invited to de Toledo High School (22622 vanowen), where URJ Camp Newman is organizing daycare and programming. Adults who need a space to be during the day may join us at Temple Aliyah.

    Emergency Housing
    More than a dozen members of our amazing community have already offered their homes for anyone forced to evacuate. Additionally, Camp Ramah in Ojai has offered to house people in need of shelter.

    If you are in need of a home to go to please email akraus@templealiyah.org or call (757)716-8184 at any point.

    Click here for more information and support for evacuees.
  • Calendar of Events

  • Shabbat & Holiday Services

    Friday, November 16, 2018

    • 8:00 PM - Every Third Shabbat: African

    Saturday, November 17, 2018

    • 9:15 AM - Shabbat Morning Service
    • Aufruf of Ellen Fleishman & Marc Silvers
    • 1:00 PM - Poetry in Motion with Rabbi Peretz

    Sunday, November 18, 2018

    • 9:00 AM - Tallit & Tefillin Minyan
  • Parasha & Candle Lighting