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Adult Education

We welcome all learners to join us for an exciting array of Adult Education programs this year! All courses are FREE to CNS members unless noted, and are open to non-members for $10/class. For more details on any programs, contact:

Mel Berwin

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Tuesday Evenings in September: Get Ready for the Holidays!

Crash Course in Hebrew Reading
Learn your Hebrew letters in 3 weeks! 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: Itai Dewar
Tuesdays: Sept 9, 16, and 30, 7:00 - 9:00pm

Torah for Real Life
Delve into Torah with our new Rabbinic Educator, and apply the lessons of the matriarchs and patriarchs into our modern lives. Rabbi Eve Posen will be teaching a 6-week course on Sundays this fall with this same title, adapted from her popular blog “Parsha for Parents”. All are welcome! Teacher: Rabbi Eve Posen
Tuesday: Sept 9, 7:00- 9:00pm

Getting Ready for Rosh Hashana -A workshop for parents
Join us for an evening of ideas and inspiration. We will start with the basics of the Jewish High Holidays and learn how to make customs meaningful and fun. We will see demonstrations of hands-on ways we can shape our children’s experience through the context of Jewish values. Taste-test Rosh Hashana treats and come away with new recipes. Learn how to make Yom Kippur resonate. All participants will receive a starter kit filled with activities to share with your family. Interfaith and new-to-Judaism welcome. Free and open to all! Co-sponsored by Mothers Circle, Congregation Neveh Shalom and PJ library.
Tuesday, September 16, 7-9pm, room 102

Mahzor Basics
The Mahzor is the prayerbook for the High Holidays. Come explore some of the main prayers of the High Holidays with Deb Freedberg. All levels welcome, and all questions are good ones in this session that is aimed to help you feel more comfortable with Rosh HaShanah and Yom Kippur liturgy. Teacher: Deb Freedberg
Tuesday: Sept 16, 7:00-9:00pm

Classes throughout the Year:


Living Judaism
Join our rabbis and educators for lively learning and conversation as we explore heady but relevant topics in Judaism today, from observance to spirituality to literature. Come for a whole session or drop in for a week or two!
Sundays, 9:30-10:30 a.m.



  • September 21-October 26: Torah for Real Life
    Delve into Torah with our new Rabbinic Educator, and apply the lessons of the matriarchs and patriarchs into our modern lives—Rabbi Eve Posen
  • Nov 2, 23, Dec 7, 14: Promised Land
    Join Rabbi Daniel Isaak for this four week exploration of Ari Shavit’s timely book, Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel.
  • Jan 4-Feb 8: Hope & Healing: Jewish sources of comfort in times of crisis or transition.
    What can we turn to from Jewish tradition during death, divorce, or times of need? What are the unique prayers and traditions that help us face our fears? --Rabbi Eve Posen

Anyone Can Give a D’var Torah
A D’var Torah is literally a “word of Torah” and refers to the short teaching focusing on the weekly Torah portion (parsha) each week at Shabbat services. Come learn how to read the weekly parsha, find interesting commentaries from both ancient and modern sources, and craft a short D’var Torah, whether for your own interest or to teach others. No experience necessary. With Rabbi Eve Posen
10:45-11:45am, Sept 21, 28, Oct 12, 19, 26

Book Talk @ Neveh
A series of book discussions held throughout the year. Come to one or dive into them all - meet others and connect over good literature with facilitated, in-depth discussion during this 10:45am Sunday morning series

  • Oct 5: The Book Thief by Marcus Zusak
  • Nov 2: In the Courtyard of the Kabbalist by Ruchama King Feurman
  • Nov 23: Field trip to hear author Ruchama King Feurman (Jewish Book Month/One Book, One Community selection)
  • Jan 11: People of the Book by Geraldine Brooks
  • March 8: The Man in the Sharkskin Suit by Lucette Lagnado
  • April 19: Ministry of Special Cases by Nathan Englander (Jewish Theater Collaboration will present this as a Page to Stage production)
  • May 3: The True Story of Hansel and Gretel by Louise Murphy
  • Summer 2015: Bee Season by Myla Goldberg


Machon Ivrit
Hebrew Institute: Year-long course in Modern Hebrew. Beginning, Intermediate, and Conversational level classes available. 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.
October 7 through June 2, 7:00-9:15
$720/year for CNS members, $800 for non-members; financial aid available. Registration forms available online.

Talmud with Rabbi Stampfer
Join our Emeritus Rabbi for weekly study of our sacred texts.
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm

Hebrew for Prayer Year 1
Learn the 50 most commonly used words in the siddur—what they mean and how to recognize them—to increase your understanding of what we say when we pray. Taught by Professor Natan Meir.
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm Oct 7 - Dec 16

Hebrew for Prayer Year 2
For advanced learners or those who took Hebrew for Prayer last year! Understand what we say when we pray—an in-depth look at Hebrew vocabulary and construction of prayers and their meanings. Taught by Professor Natan Meir.
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm Oct 7 - Dec 16

A fun collection of new skills to learn from members just like you! Watch for more information throughout the year.


New dinner option for Weds evening Lifelong Learners
Adults participating in our Wednesday evening programs are invited to come early and enjoy a kosher catered dinner for just $6.00 per person. No need to RSVP, just make your life easier and enjoy a good meal!

Siddur Basics Year 1
Structure, content, choreography, and spiritual touchpoints of our prayers in the Shabbat evening and morning services.
Taught by Deb Freedberg.
6:30-7:30 p.m. October 22 through December 17

Siddur Basics Year 2
A more advanced course for those who have completed Siddur Basics or its equivalent and want to keep learning!
Taught by Deb Freedberg
7:30-8:30 p.m. October 22 through December 17

Adult B’nai Mitzvah
It’s never too late to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Interested adults should join a fall Adult Ed class and talk to Mel Berwin or Deb Freedberg.

Drop-In Volunteer Night @ CNS
Have an hour or two to spare on Weds evenings? Here for a class or to drop off your kids? We’ll coordinate a different project every week—you show up and lend your hands and heart. A new, easy, fun way to bring an extra spark of goodness to the world. Projects start at 6:30 and 7:30 on Wednesdays starting October 22.


Bible Study with Rabbi Isaak
Weekly learning and discussion on the book of Proverbs. 3:30-4:15 p.m. weekly


Women’s Torah Study
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 Monthly Dates TBA: check CNS calendar or contact Mel to be added to the email list.



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