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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
503.293.7306

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503.293.7309

This September—Get Ready for the Holidays and Get a Free “Taste of” our Fall Adult Education Line-up!

Tuesday, Sept. 1, 7:00-8:00pm, FREE

  • “Taste of” 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. Understand what we say when we pray-an in-depth look at Hebrew vocabulary and construction of prayers and their meanings. Taught by Deb Freedberg. The actual course begins Oct. 13 and meets weekly on Tuesdays at 6:30pm for Level 1 and at 7:30pm for Level 2, with a course materials fee of $50.

Wednesday, Sept. 2, 7:00-8:00pm, FREE

  • “Taste of” Siddur Basics. Join us to learn the Shabbat morning service. 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! Taught by Deb Freedberg. The actual course begins on Oct. 14 and meets weekly on Wednesdays at 6:30pm for Level 1 and at 7:30pm for Level 2, with a course materials fee of $50.

  • “Taste of” Hope & Healing – Resources for the High Holy Days. Instructor, Rabbi Eve Posen. The actual course begins on Oct. 11 and meets weekly on Sundays from 9:45-10:45am. We seek to answer the questions, “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?” Free to Neveh Shalom members; requested donation of $10 per class for non-members.

Tuesday, Sept. 8, 7:00-8:00pm, FREE

  • “Taste of” Machon Ivrit. Meet the teachers of Machon Ivrit, our Adult Hebrew Learning Program. Check out the curriculum and get a taste of what our three levels have to offer! The actual course begins Oct. 13 and meets weekly on Tuesdays from 7:00-9:15pm through May 2016. Cost is $720 for Neveh Shalom members, $800 for non-members.

o Our "Starting from Scratch" level welcomes those who are NEW to Hebrew with a gentle pace. Students ease into Hebrew beginning with Alef-Bet letter recognition and decoding skills, then move on to build a basic vocabulary of words and dialog phrases. This course is a perfect first step to get a really comfortable grasp of reading, speaking, and writing in Hebrew, perfect for those wanting to be able to read road signs in Israel, the Hebrew siddur (prayerbook), or your child's Hebrew homework!  Next step course: Machon Ivrit "Ready to Read" or Siddur Basics.

o Our "Ready to Read" level is for those who already have a working knowledge of the Alef-Bet, possibly with some familiarity of synagogue Hebrew (no vocabulary or comprehension skills necessary). This course begins with a faster-paced review of Alef-Bet and vowel sounds, but then gets right to the business of learning Modern Hebrew. Students will work on building a basic vocabulary, exercise dialogue skills, and learn grammar and syntax rules needed to speak Modern 

o Our "Conversational" level isthose who are ready to expand their Hebrew skills into the practical arena of real life. Students will view and discuss modern media such as news articles, advertisements, and television shows to hone their ability to read, speak, hear and comprehend Modern Hebrew and its context in Israeli culture.     

Wednesday, Sept. 9, 7:00-8:30pm, FREE

  • Rosh Hashanah for Young Families (Mothers Circle). Taught by Leah Conley and Rabbi Eve Posen.

 

Fall Adult Education Line-up:

A 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.

Sundays

Everyday Holiness (adult education class)
Sundays, Oct. 4-Nov. 8, 9:15-10:15am

This class focuses on giving contemporary Jews the tools they need to bring holiness into their daily lives. We’ll begin by taking a look at the soul planted within us and how we can integrate it into other aspects of our life. We’ll rediscover the spiritual side of food and eating; and appreciate the wonder of the human body. We’ll explore the many blessings that invoke holiness at bedtime, when we awake, and when we are outside appreciating the wonders of nature. We’ll learn the central core at the heart of every Jewish prayer service. Each class will introduce blessings and prayers with an explanation of their meaning and their accompanying melodies. Come be inspired and have your joy of life expanded and enriched.

Hope & Healing: Jewish sources of comfort in times of crisis or transition.
One Sunday per Month, 9:45-10:45am beginning Oct. 11
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

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

Tuesdays

Machon Ivrit
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.
October 13 through May 31, 7:00-9:15pm
$720/year for CNS members, $800 for non-members; financial aid available. Registration forms available online.

  • Our "Starting from Scratch" level welcomes those who are NEW to Hebrew with a gentle pace. Students ease into Hebrew beginning with Alef-Bet letter recognition and decoding skills, then move on to build a basic vocabulary of words and dialog phrases. This course is a perfect first step to get a really comfortable grasp of reading, speaking, and writing in Hebrew, perfect for those wanting to be able to read road signs in Israel, the Hebrew siddur (prayerbook), or your child's Hebrew homework!  Next step course: Machon Ivrit "Ready to Read" or Siddur Basics.

  • Our "Ready to Read" level is for those who already have a working knowledge of the Alef-Bet, possibly with some familiarity of synagogue Hebrew (no vocabulary or comprehension skills necessary). This course begins with a faster-paced review of Alef-Bet and vowel sounds, but then gets right to the business of learning Modern Hebrew. Students will work on building a basic vocabulary, exercise dialogue skills, and learn grammar and syntax rules needed to speak Modern Hebrew.   

  • Our "Conversational" level is for those who are ready to expand their Hebrew skills into the practical arena of real life. Students will view and discuss modern media such as news articles, advertisements, and television shows to hone their ability to read, speak, hear and comprehend Modern Hebrew and its context in Israeli culture.      

Hebrew for Prayer Year 1
Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30pm
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 Deb Freedberg.
$50 course materials fee.

Hebrew for Prayer Year 2
Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30pm
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 Deb Freedberg.
$50 course materials fee.

Talmud with Rabbi Stampfer
Join our Emeritus Rabbi for weekly study of our sacred texts.
Tuesdays, 5:00pm-6:00pm - currently this class takes place at Rabbi Stampfer's home.

Wednesdays

Siddur Basics
Wednesdays:
  Level 1 6:30-7:30pm
  Level 2 7:30-8:30pm
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 Deb Freedberg.
$50 course materials fee.

Thursdays

Bible Study with Rabbi Isaak
Weekly learning and discussion on a book in the Tanakh with Rabbi Emeritus, Daniel Isaak. 3:30-4:15 p.m. weekly

Shabbat

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.
Saturdays at 12:30 p.m. 
Dates: Aug. 8, Oct. 24, Dec. 19, Jan. 9, Feb. 13, Mar. 12, Apr. 9

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