Adult Education 2017-10-26T19:11:12+00:00

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:

  • Learn the Art of Jewish Storytelling (Tuesdays)
  • Giving Care & Caring for Ourselves (Wednesdays)
  • Wise Aging Book Group (Wednesdays)
  • Adventures with the Mishna Berurah (Sundays)

See full details below!


Adventures with the Mishna Berurah: A Course in Jewish Literacy
Sundays, 10:00-11:15am beginning Nov. 5 (schedule will be handed out at the first class)

Why do Jews do what we do? Where do our practices come from if they are not explicitly from the Torah? What are Shabbat or daily practices that might enrich our lives? Where and why does Conservative Jewish practice differ from Orthodox teachings? The Mishnah Berurah, published in 1904 by the Hofetz Hayim, is the last generally accepted code of Jewish law and custom. This will be an interesting class on the theory and practice of halakhah (Jewish law) for beginners to advanced students.  Texts will be in Hebrew and English translation. All are welcome! Taught by Rabbi David Kosak.


Learn the Art of Jewish Storytelling
Tuesdays: November 7-December 12 and January 9-23, 6:15-8:15pm, Room 102

You are invited on a three month journey to learn the art of Jewish storytelling with Professional Storyteller Brian Rohr. This class is open to beginner and experienced performers! Come with an open mind, heart and a spirit of play. In this nine class course, Brian will teach the art and skill of performative storytelling, exploring the ancient stories, personal narrative and techniques on how to discover your own unique storytelling voice. Click here for more information. Tuition for the whole three month course will be: $150 CNS members / $200 Non-members. To register, please contact JoAnn.

Machon Ivrit
Tuesdays, 7:00-9:15pm, Oct 3 – May 29 (Free Q&A Session Sept. 12, 8pm)

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.


Wise Aging: A Four Session Book Group with Rav D
Wednesdays, 4:00-5:15 pm, November 1, 8, 15, 29

This mini-course is for anyway who is aging, has someone they care about who is aging, or thinks they might grow old themselves! We’ll primarily be using the book Wise Aging by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. While it will certainly help to read the book, at the beginning of each session Rav D will provide a synopsis of the two chapters we’ll be discussing that day. Course fee of $36 includes a copy of the book plus other materials.

Giving Care and Caring for Ourselves:
A Series on Rituals & Resources for End of Life

1st Wednesdays of the month, November-March, 6:30-8:00 pm

We all experience the death of loved ones, but we often don’t prepare for that eventuality in the way we prepare for other major life events.  In this series, we explore Jewish end-of-life traditions that provide spiritual, logistical, and ethical frameworks for accompanying our loved ones through illness and death and our own inevitable grief.

  • Nov 1   JoAnn Bezodis—Shalom for the Soul: spiritual strategies for coping with grief
  • Dec  6  Sandy Axel—Demystifying the sacred work of the Chevra Kadisha
  • Jan 3    Rabbi Posen—Making Meaning out of the Mourner’s Kaddish
  • Feb 7   Sarah Coblens—The Role of Caregiver: accompanying a loved one through illness
  • Mar 7  Laurie Fendel—Creating an Ethical Will


Neveh Shalom Emeriti Program: Fall Morning Study with Rabbis Isaak & Stampfer…

Morning Study with Rabbi Isaak
“Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court”

Thursdays, 10:00-10:50am, Beginning Oct. 19

A president may serve in office a maximum of eight years, but a justice of the Supreme Court serves for life.  Beginning with President Wilson’s choice of Louis Brandeis in 1916, eight Jews have worn the robes of the highest court in the land.  Three of them amazingly constitute one third of the court today. Who were/are these scholars of the law?  How did they rise to these positions of extreme prominence? Did their nominations face anti-Semitism?  How have the decisions of Brandeis, Cardozo, Frankfurter, Goldberg, Fortas, Ginsburg, Breyer and Kagan impacted the life of the nation? We will read “Jewish Justices of the Supreme Court”, a study newly published this year, written by David Dalin, an historian and childhood friend. Register in advance at the CNS office so that participants can receive the books @$35 prior to the first class.
Morning Study with Rabbi Stampfer
“Eye-witnesses to Jewish History”
Thursdays, 11am-12pm, Beginning Oct. 19

This course will deal with the highlights of Jewish history from the Spanish expulsion in 1492 to the present day.  The text will be in the form of weekly printouts to class members.  The tuition for the ten (10) week course will be $50 and all of the income will be contributed to the Feldstein Library.  Early registration is encouraged by phone or email.

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.

Hebrew for Prayer
Thurs, starting Oct 19, 6:30-7:25pm

Increase your understanding of what we say when we pray.  Together we will learn the most common shoreshim (roots) that are used throughout our siddur (prayerbook).  Each week we will unpack and translate prayers from Shabbat services. Taught by Itai Dewar. Course materials fee $50.

Siddur Basics
Thurs, starting Oct 19, 7:35-8:30 pm (Free “Taste of” class Sept 14)

Join us to learn the Shabbat morning service. The course is divided into modules that last from 4-6 weeks. Each week we go through different parts of the service slow enough so that each class member can learn to recite the words. No more mumbling through services! Drop-ins welcome. Taught by Itai Dewar. $50 course materials fee.



Women’s Torah Study
Saturdays at 12:30pm, Room 111 (Beit Midrash)
Sept 9, Oct 14, Oct 28, Nov 11, Dec 9, Dec 23, Jan 13, Feb 3, Mar 10, Mar 24, Apr 14, Apr 28, May 12

An uplifting hour of study on Shabbat!  Delve into biblical and midrashic text, (Hebrew and English text available) with a group of other women to find meaning from our traditions that relate to our lives. All levels of experience welcome. Taught by Mel Berwin. Free. 


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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