Adult Education

We offer a robust schedule of adult learning all year. Education programming is geared to all ages, with both day and evening programs, through a variety of formal instruction, discussion groups, and small learning seminars. These programs include author talks, text study, current events discussions, films, trips, Hebrew conversation and much more.

Unless otherwise noted, our programs are free and open to the entire community! Please join us.


November/December Adult Education

Did I Just Say That? The Meaning of Our Prayers
Taught by Rabbinic Intern Steve Axinn
Thursday mornings, Oct. 24 – Dec. 12 @ 8:00 am
The discussion will focus on understanding what we are really saying in our synagogue liturgy.
What is the real meaning of prayers like Aleinu, the Amidah, the Sh’ma, Ashrei and others.

The Soul and the Afterlife: What Are the Jewish Views?
Thursday mornings starting September 12 at 10:00 am
September 12, 19, 26; October 10,17, 24, 31; November 7,14,21;
and December 5, 12, 19

Join Rabbi Barbara Paris for an exploration of Jewish views of the afterlife. Does the soul survive? Is there reincarnation? What do we mean when we talk about olam haba (the world to come)? Take a journey using Torah, rabbinic and philosophical writings, Kabbalistic (mystical) texts, Hasidic tales, and modern experiences.

Adult Learning Mini-Series:
Adding Greater Significance and Spirituality to Our Lives
Taught by Rabbi Hammerman
Wednesdays @10:00 AM   Beginning Nov. 6
Upcoming Dates: November 6, 13, 20; December 4, 11

Among other texts, we will explore the newly-published Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life – in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look there)
by Sarah Hurwitz.

Free and open to all. Kindly indicate your interest by email rabbihammerman@jcch.org 

JCCH Trip to the Museum of Jewish Heritage
Battery Park, NYC

Sunday, November 24       Bus leaves from JCCH at 9:30 am
Special Exhibition:
Auschwitz – Not Long Ago.  Not Far Away 

Located in Nazi-occupied Poland, Auschwitz was the largest of all of the German Nazi concentration, forced labor, and extermination camps. The vast majority of the people who were deported to Auschwitz were systematically murdered. Those kept as prisoners were stripped of their names, assigned numbers, and subjected to forced labor and brutal—frequently deadly—conditions. This special exhibition explores the rise of the Nazis, the “Final Solution,” the struggle to survive, liberation and the legacy of Auschwitz. It features more than 700 original objects never before seen in North America, including a German-made freight car.

A coach bus will depart JCCH at 9:30 am and return at approximately 2:00 pm

Transportation and museum entry is free for JCCH members.
Non-member price: $32 (includes bus and entry)
To sign up, call the JCCH office at 914.835.2850 or Click Here

ONGOING ADULT EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

Short Story Discussion Group
Thursdays, 9:00 AM
Join the weekly discussion! The conversation is facilitated by a different group member each week. Copies of stories are available in advance at the JCCH office. Coordinated by George Sommerfeld.

Current Events
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
Wednesday, November 13
Shari Baum, a social worker from Westchester Jewish Community Services leads the monthly discussion of international and local news, the arts, science, and more.

Club Wednesday
Wednesdays at 12:00 Noon
Kick-off Wednesday, November 13 @ 12:00
Dates: Dec. 4, Jan. 8, Feb. 5, March 4, April 1, May 6

A monthly lunch and learn program featuring JCCH congregants (and friends of JCCH) sharing personal histories, travel experiences, or stories from their professional and personal experiences.
We start the year with a celebration of the 20th anniversary of Club Wednesday. JCCH member, Donna Spiegel, one of the founders of the program, will present a look back at the history of Club Wednesday. In addition, we will have a talk by guest speaker, Izhak Ben-Meir.
Click here the more details and flyer

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group
Monday Evening Dates: November 11, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 2, April 6, May 4
7:00 – 8:30 PM Held in individual Homes
Click here for Flyer with more information 
Celebrate the new month with a meaningful social, educational and spiritual experience. Group meets in members’ homes and provides an opportunity to gather and study Jewish text from a female perspective. Led by Rabbi Barbara Paris. Please RSVP to barbarapjfs@gmail.com

ONGOING ADULT SOCIAL EVENTS

Knit With Us!
Tuesdays  @ 7:00 PM-
DATES:  Nov. 5, Dec. 3/2019;
Jan. 7, Feb. 4, March 3, May 7, June 2, July 7, August 4/2020 

Please join us whether or not you know how to knit. There are plenty of instructors to help and we have great fun chatting and knitting for a good cause. When we finish our afghan – to be donated to a hospital for use in a chemotherapy infusion room – we will begin another project!

Drop-in MahJongg / Game Night
Wednesdays @ 11:30 am (MahJongg only)
Tuesday Nights @7:00 pm
Please join us to play and socialize in a pleasant environment with some good-natured competition. We have card tables and a few canasta and mahjongg sets, but please bring your own if you have them. Please email Andrea at dulberga@optonline.net in advance so we can have the correct number of people per table.