Life Long Learning


Torah Study

Torah Study is led by members of Kol Shalom from 9:00-10:00 a.m. every Shabbat before services. Explore the meaning of the Torah. Together, we study the text in English with modern commentary.

Torah Study is not a class, but rather an ongoing discussion in which everyone has a chance to participate in a thought-provoking dialogue about Torah. Come study and learn with us…


CKS Adult Education

Not everyone finds their connection to our tradition through prayers, holidays and observance. Yet although that sometimes can feel like a reason to distance oneself from modern Judaism, the reality is that the synagogue as a center of life-long learning, the Beit Midrash, shines equally brightly as a pathway to relationship. At Kol Shalom we consider Adult Education one of the primary pillars of the community and strive to offer high quality opportunities for all types of interests. If you have already fallen in love with our Sunday and Tuesday learning, welcome back. If you have been wondering how to find your place in the community, welcome!


Back by Popular Demand: Jewish Meditation – All Kabalah Edition
November 13, 20 and 27, 2018. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
What exactly is Kabalistic meditation? Most people that “don’t like meditation” have been introduced to meditation via its most complex route, that of clearing one’s mind. The only problem is, that is one tiny facet of meditation. At its core, meditation is intentionality, and kabalistic meditation is simply using sacred Jewish symbols such as letter or the names of G-d as a gateway into a space of relaxation and self-discovery. Each class will contain both theory and discussion, each session ending with a practical meditation based on the discussion of the day.


What does the Koran really say about Jews?
December 4, 11 and 18. 2018. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
In the current climate of mistrust and fear of Islam, there is naturally mis-information regarding how Islam regards Judaism. Worse, the complicated political situation in the Middle East is often conflated with the underlying religious views. The reality is, that the Koran does indeed address Judaism, sometimes in glowing words of praise and sometimes with painful polemic. This class will look at background historical information affecting the religious relationship between Islam and Judaism, and then look as over 20 different verses from the Koran and other foundational texts of Islam, that we may have an open and respectful understanding of this relationship.


Great Jewish Thinkers Vol 4: Nachmanides
January 8 and 15, 2019. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
Ramban or Rambam. It gets confusing, but considering the fact that the two had conflicting views, it is probably good to get a handle on at least one of them. Moses ben Nachman, Nachmanides or Ramban was a medieval commentator and kabbalist whose views are considered among the most important in studying Torah and Talmud. We will look at his life, influence and works, trying to gain an appreciation for this under-studied force in our tradition.


What does it really mean to be a Reform Jew?
February 5, 12 and 19, 2019. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
I have heard it enough from both Reform and Non-Reform Jews to believe that many Jews view Reform Judaism as “Judaism Lite.” I believe this could not be further from the truth. But where do we begin? Do we know the history of Reform? Can we trace it back to its multiple lines of evolution from prophetic voices in the Tanakh to Pharisaic disputations to Modern German Philosophy to Haskalah to American Individualism? Are we able to identify the values that led to the development of a Reform liturgy and trace the different branches of those developments through World Progressive Judaism? If we are here in a Reform community, giving our time, effort and energy within a specific stream of our tradition, we have an opportunity to explore what that really means.


I am a Jew. Do I have to believe in G-d?
May 7, 14 and 21, 2019. Tuesdays from 7-9 p.m.
It is more common than we want to admit. “I am a Jew but I am not sure I believe in G-d.” The problem is, what exactly is this “G-d” we are questioning? Is it a “he” with a long flowing beard reaching out to touch Adam on the Sistine Chapel or is it the empty space in between the wings of the Cherubim over the Ark of the Covenant? Is G-d a vengeful entity hiding in the clouds that checks to see if we are naughty or nice, or is G-d a universal scientific constant or the sum of all animate and inanimate relationships? And quite frankly, does and level of Judaism, traditional or otherwise, support any of these ideas? Exactly “who” is it we are blessing when we say “Baruch ata-Blessed are You?” If any of these questions resonate, this class on theology-Jewish-style is for you.


Other Kol Shalom Opportunities
Rosh Chodesh with Rabbi Joyce
Sundays from 4-6 p.m. Please watch for location confirmation in the Wednesday newsletter.
Cheshvan: October 14
Kislev: November 11
Tevet: December 9
Shevat: January 6 


Cooking with Nancy Wolff
We had a wonderfully successful first foray into Jewish Cooking with Nancy this last month as she showed off her Meister level skills at baking challah. Coming up October 28, “Candy Making for Channukah.”