A community synagogue for progressive Conservative Judaism, welcoming to all.

Adult Education

adulteducationJCCH is a center for serious life-long Jewish learning. We offer a range of opportunities for personal and spiritual growth and ways to discover new meanings in Judaism and Jewish culture.

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Learn…Think…Do…Programming 5779/2018-2019

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

A Re-introduction to the Jewish Calendar with Rabbi Eytan Hammerman
We will explore the fascinating and complicated Jewish calendar, learning about both ancient and modern Jewish holidays. Among other texts, we will use My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays, One Wondering Jew by Abigail Pogrebin. RSVP to info@jcch.org. Attend as many sessions as possible. Free and open to all. Non-JCCH members welcome.

Four Sessions: Tuesdays, November 27, December 4, 11, 18 at 11 AM


Exploring the Biblical Psalms of the Siddur
The Psalms are among the most powerful and beautiful poems of our tradition. Our siddur contains psalms for each day of the week, a series of psalms to welcome Shabbat, psalms that enrich our Shabbat morning, psalms that enliven our festivals and psalms for times of sorrow. Get to know the range of the psalms of the liturgy; experience their power, beauty and wisdom. Let the psalms speak to you in a new way. No Hebrew knowledge is necessary, just a willingness to learn and be moved. Please bring a Tanakh to class if you have one.

Taught by Rabbi Barbara Paris. Thursdays at 10:00 AM


What’s Your Problem?!?  Discussion with Cantor Marcos
Stoning a disobedient child? Killing your first-born? Destroying the entire world? How do we reconcile troubling sacred texts? Join Cantor Marcos for a discussion of difficult texts from our Jewish tradition. BYOTT*

Thursday evenings at 7:00 PM: October 11, November 8, December 6 and January 10
*Bring Your Own Troubling Text!


“Open Book” — Shabbat Morning Discussion with Cantor Marcos
Prepare for a deeper Shabbat morning experience. Join Cantor Marcos and fellow JCCH-ers for a free-range discussion before Shabbat morning services. Warm up for services and learn from one another in a relaxed environment. (Refreshments will be served!)

Two dates: Saturday, October 27 and Saturday, December 15 at 8:30 AM


Seeking Inner Judaism and a Personal Theology Taught by Rabbinic Intern Stephen Axinn Thursdays at 8:00 AM (following minyan) beginning October 4

What does it mean to be a Jew and to live life as a Jew? Join Rabbinic Intern Stephen Axinn as we explore: * what we mean by “God” * the role of ritual and prayer * what it means to be a spiritual person * how to develop a personal theology * how to enrich our religious lives * and how to live a sacred life in the modern world This class is free and open to learners at all levels.


Interfaith Community Thanksgiving
This annual event brings together members of a diverse group of faith traditions and features readings, prayers, songs, and benedictions in English, Greek, Latin, and Hebrew.
Thursday, November 15, 7:30 PM, at St. Gregory’s Church, Harrison.


Sisterhood Shabbat
Members of the JCCH Sisterhood lead the Shabbat service, read Torah and Haftarah, and deliver the sermon.
Date TBD. Services begin at 9:30 AM and will be followed by a festive Kiddush.

Men’s Club Shabbat
Members of the JCCH Men’s Club lead the Shabbat service, read Torah and Haftarah, and deliver the sermon.


ONGOING PROGRAMS

Short Story Discussion Group
Join the weekly discussion! 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.
Thursdays, 9:00 AM

Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group
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.

Current Events
Shari Baum, a social worker from Westchester Jewish Community Services leads the monthly discussion of international and local news, the arts, science, and more.
Wednesdays at 11:00 AM
November 7, 2018; December 5, 2018; January 2, 2019; February 6, 2019; March 6, 2019; April 3, 2019; May 1, 2019

Club Wednesday
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. Coordinated by Efrat Muller.
Wednesdays at Noon
November 7, 2018; December 5, 2018; January 2, 2019; February 6, 2019; March 6, 2019; April 3, 2019; May 1, 2019

 

JCCH Happenings

Monday, December 17
5:00 pm Ivrit B’Yachad/Hebrew Ulpan (Final Session)
7:00 pm Women’s Rosh Chodesh Group

Tuesday, December 18
11:00 am Re-introduction to the Jewish Calendar
7:00pm Game Night

Wednesday, December 19
11:30 am Drop in Mahjongg

Thursday, December 20
8:00 am Seeking Inner Judaism and a Personal Theology
9:00 am Short Story Discussion Group
10:00 am Exploring the Biblical Psalms of the Siddur
10:00 am Baby Toddler & Me
10:30 am JCCH at the Harrison Food Pantry

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