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Adult Education

An exciting new array of programs is coming your way this fall!

Brush up on your Hebrew, dip into Torah or Talmud, join a Book-Talk, enjoy a beer at Dady's Night Out, or stretch with spirituality in a Sunday morning Yoga class. Let us help you find something that feeds your mind and nourishes your soul. All courses are free to CNS members unless noted. For more details on any programs, contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 503-293-7306 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503.293.7309.

CORE PROGRAMS: Ongoing programs that help you build skills for Jewish fluency: Hebrew & prayer, Torah & Talmud study, intros to the holidays, theology and philosophy.

PLUS PROGRAMS: Want something more specific, something just for your demographic, something that fits with your favorite hobby? Plus programs vary from Living Judaism Classes to the Adult Bnai Mitzvah prep, from yoga to Book Talk @Neveh.

We're still working on our offerings for Fall 2014. Our 2013-14 Courses are listed below just to give you an idea of the types of classes available at CNS.



Living Judaism

Join our rabbis and educators for lively learning and conversation as we explore heady but relevant topics in Conservative Judaism today, from observance to spirituality to song. Sign up for the whole year or drop in for a few weeks. 9:30-10:30 a.m.

  • Oct 13, 20, 27
    The Observant Life: The wisdom of Conservative Judaism for contemporary Jews—Rabbi Daniel Isaak
  • Nov 17, 24, Dec 8, 15
    I Asked For Wonder: The spirituality of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel—Rabbi Bradley Greenstein
  • Jan 5, Feb 2, and March 2
    New Tunes for the Spring Holidays—Cantor Deborah Bletstein
  • Jan 12 and Feb 9
    Hope & Healing--Drawing on Jewish sources to find practical strategies for dealing with loss and transition


Book Talk @Neveh

Book Talk @Neveh is a series of community 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 10:30 am Sunday morning series. We hope that you can join us!

  • October 20 - “Wandering Stars”, by Sholem Alechie, facilitated by Robin Shapiro
  • November 17 - “Nemesis”, by Philip Roth (The 2013 ‘One Book One Community’ selection), facilitated by Cheryl Livneh
  • January 26 - “The Last Jew”, Noah Gordon, facilitated by Sheri Cordova
  • March 2 - “In the Garden of Beasts, Love, Terror, and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin”, by Eric Larson, facilitated by Gloria Borg Olds
  • May 18 - “One More River” by Mary Glickman



Rabbi Stampfer's Talmud Class
This year the class will continue its study of Tractate Shabbat. We are using the Schottenstein edition of the translation and commentary, reading the Aramaic text and the English translation and commentary. Beginners are welcome. Tuesdays 5:00-5:45pm, Room 111

Crash Course in the Alef-Bet
Learn your Hebrew letters in 3 weeks! For those wanting to learn the Alef-Bet or review what you once knew. (Prerequisite for Machon Ivrit if you don’t already know the Alef-Bet!). Sept 16, 23, 30 at 7:00-9:15 p.m.

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; financial aid available. Registration forms available online.




Hebrew for Prayer:
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. Oct 2 through Dec 18. from 6:30-7:30 p.m.


Siddur Basics:
Structure, content, choreography, and spiritual touch-points of our prayers in the Shabbat evening and morning services. Taught by clergy & education staff. Oct 2 through Dec 18 from 7:30-8:30 p.m.


Adult B'nai Mitzvah program:
It’s never too late to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Interested adults should join Hebrew for Prayer and Tefilah Basics (Wednesdays) or Machon Ivrit (Mondays). Individual study for Adult B’nai Mitzvah will begin in January with Deb Freedberg and Rabbi Daniel Isaak.




Bible with Rabbi Isaak:
The weekly Bible study reads through books of the Hebrew Scriptures chosen through consensus by members of the class. Taught in English we cover about a chapter each session. Currently we are making our way through Daniel. After that it might be Ezra or Judges. It’s a lively class with some members who have been coming for years and others who drop in as their schedule permits. No prerequisites. All are invited to attend. 3:30-4:30pm (time may change during Winter), Room 111. Please call the office to confirm classes are meeting.



Café V'Ivrit:
Facilitated programming for adults who are conversational in Hebrew and want to keep up their practice.  Led by Oshra Rapaport.

Mothers Circle:
The Mothers Circle is a free educational and welcoming program empowering non-Jewish mothers, as well as mothers who are new to Judaism as adults, to create Jewish homes. The 16 session interactive curriculum runs twice a month from October to May and explores Jewish holidays, practices, rituals and ethics while providing resources and tools for enriching Jewish family life at home. Free childcare is available for course participants. This community program is open to all. Taught by CNS member Lois Shenker. For more information or to RSVP, please contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. , Program Director, 503.293-7313


Dad's Night:
Come have a drink with the Rabbi! Open to all Jewish dads and dads raising Jewish kids. Meet in a local pub and take part in a relaxed conversation on a topic pertinent to Jewish Dads. Dads of all ages and stages of parenting are welcome. There is no cost and beverages and food are included; donations are welcome. A “wife approved” happening. Contact This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 503 293-7313 for location details, and to get added to the e-mail list. Dad’s Night is co-sponsored by Mothers Circle and the MJCC and made possible by generous funding from the Jewish Federation of Greater Portland.

September 24, Marc Blattner
October 24, Rabbi Alan Berg
December 12, Rabbi Arthur Zuckerman
January 30, Rabbi Michael Cahana
April 23, Rabbi Daniel Isaak
May 15, Rabbi Bradley Greenstein


See listings for Neveh Shalom’s Sisterhood and Men’s Club events.




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