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Adult Education

We welcome all learners to join us for an exciting array of Adult Education programs this year! To register or for more details on any programs, contact:  Mel Berwin – 503.293.7306; or JoAnn Bezodis – 503.293.7309

NEW this fall:
Conservative Judaism Explained
Wednesday, Sept. 6, 7:00-8:30pm, FREE
Whether you’re a new member or simply seeking greater clarity, you’re invited to attend this engaging opportunity to learn about our movement’s name, values, and distinguishing features. Taught by Mel Berwin.

Sample our Classes for FREE this September (see full course descriptions below)

  • Crash Course in Hebrew Reading – Tue. Sept 5, 12,19 from 7:00-8:00pm
  • Q & A Session for “Machon Ivrit” (Conversational Hebrew) – Tue. Sept. 19, 8pm
  • Taste of” Shalom for the Soul – Wed. Sept. 20, 7pm


Neveh Shalom Emeriti ProgramRabbi-Isaak
Morning Study with Rabbi Isaak
Fall 2017 Dates TBA

The month of Elul (Aug 23-Sept 20) is traditionally devoted to High Holy Day preparation. Here is your opportunity to get yourself ready. This year for the first time Neveh Shalom will pray from the new Conservative Mahzor Lev Shalem. Find out what will make these coming Days of Awe more meaningful and thought provoking by perusing the ideas and insights that the Mahzor contains with Rabbi Isaak. Tuition for this course is $50.  Prayerbooks are not included in the tuition and will be available for purchase.  All proceeds support the Feldstein Library.  Early registration is encouraged in view of the large attendance last term.


Crash Course in Hebrew Reading
Tuesdays, Sept 5, 12, 19 (3 weeks), 7:00-8:00pm

For those wanting to learn the Alef-bet or review what you once knew. This is a great prep class for our other Hebrew courses this year. Teacher: Deb Freedberg.

Machon Ivrit
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:15pm, Oct 3 – May 29

To see full details, see our Machon Ivrit page.
Hebrew Institute: Year-long course in Modern Hebrew. Whether you are new to Judaism or lifelong learners who still feel stuck in prayerbook repetition, parents keeping up with your kids, or teachers who want to raise your professional standards, we invite you to join Machon Ivrit. Our three levels are “Starting from Scratch” for absolute beginners, “Ready to Read” for those with some previous Hebrew experience, and “Conversational” for more advanced students. Cost: $720/year for CNS members, $800 for non-members; financial aid available. Get a Registration Form here or register by phone with JoAnn at 503-293-7309.

Talmud with Rabbi Stampfer
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm, year-round

Join our Emeritus Rabbi for weekly study of our sacred texts. This class is currently meeting in the home of  Rabbi Stampfer. Please RSVP to confirm meetings are in session.



Shalom for the Soul: Jewish Wisdom for Stress Management
Fall: Weds., Oct 18, 25; Nov 1, 8, 15, 29 (6 weeks), 7:00-8:00pm

Americans are among the most stressed-out people in the world, with detrimental effects to our health and well-being. We might be busy, productive, and creative, but we sometimes struggle with negative emotions and a lack of balance in our lives. JoAnn Bezodis has both personal and professional experience with family crisis and stress management. After a catastrophe hit her home and family, she was trained in Dialectical Behavior Therapy, an evidence-based  treatment that helps people cope with intense emotions without resorting to self-destructive behaviors. JoAnn has recently completed a Master of Divinity focusing on Pastoral Care. She has deeply considered how Judaism, with its focus on life, health and balance, blends with the skills she has learned on her own life path.

In this course, participants will be introduced to principles used in DBT through a Jewish lens and practice skills such as emotional regulation, distress tolerance and interpersonal communication in order to create healthier habits and gain more life balance. $36 course materials fee.


Neveh Shalom Emeriti Program

Morning Study with Rabbi Isaak
Thursdays, Fall 2017 Dates/Times TBA
The Rabbinical Assembly very recently published a Shabbat and holiday prayer book, Siddur Lev Shalem, a delightful companion to the High Holiday Mahzor Lev Shalem. Loaded with thought provoking quotations and commentary, this Siddur will soon replace our Siddur Sim Shalom in every Conservative synagogue in the country, ours included.  Rabbi Isaak will lead discussion which will help make Shabbat and holiday services throughout the year ever more suggestive and interesting. 
Tuition for Rabbi Isaak’s course is $50. Prayerbooks are not included in the tuition and will be available for purchase. All proceeds support the Feldstein Library.  Early registration is encouraged in view of the large attendance last term.

Morning Study with Rabbi Stampfer
Thursdays, Fall 2017 Dates/Times TBA

Rabbi Stampfer’s course, Oregon Jews 1950-2010, is based on Ellen Eisenberg’s new book, the sequel to Embracing a Western Identity: Jewish Oregonians, 1849-1950Tuition for this course is $100 which includes a copy of the book. Proceeds support the Feldstein Library.  Early registration is encouraged in view of the large attendance last term.

Bible Study with Rabbi Isaak
Thursdays, 3:15pm, ongoing

Weekly learning and discussion on a book in the Tanakh with Rabbi Emeritus, Daniel Isaak. Free.



Women’s Torah Study
Selected Saturdays, 12:30pm, Room 111
An uplifting hour (or more!) of study and conversation. Different topics each time. All are welcome—texts available in Hebrew and English. Coffee & desserts provided. Taught by Mel Berwin. 2017-18 Dates TBA.


rabbiposenA la Carte learning with Rabbi Eve Posen

Jewish study is meant to be a living experience. It’s sometimes suited to the classroom, sometimes to a Shabbat dinner at home, and sometimes to one-on-one learning. Take your learning into your own hands. You tell Rabbi Eve Posen where, when, and what you want to learn and she’ll be there! Call or email Rabbi Posen to set up your learning date: 503-246-8831 ext. 136.

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