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Adult Education

Kol Ami Adult Education & Events

CKAF's adult education programs aim to deepen the Jewish experience and identity in a spirit of learning and community. Our adult programs are open to all members, regardless of prior Jewish educational background. We strive to broaden learners' knowledge in order to strengthen faith in G-d, love of Torah, and identification with the worldwide and local Jewish communities. Our programs help further an overall Jewish lifestyle wherein our congregants:

- Participate in Reform Jewish life both in and out of the synagogue. 

- Maintain a positive Jewish Identity.

- Carry the spirit of Judaism into our homes and teach it to our children.
- Incorporate Jewish values and ethics into all that we do. 

- See the wonder and beauty in the world that surrounds us, and remember to say an occasional blessing because of it.

- Cherish and study Hebrew, the language of the Jewish people.

- Further the causes of justice, freedom, and peace by pursuing tzedek (righteousness), mishpat (justice), and chesed (loving kindness). 

- Celebrate Shabbat and the festivals and observe the Jewish ceremonies that mark the significant occasions in their lives. 

- Know the history of the Jewish people and apply the lessonsof the past to inform opinions about current topics. 

Monday Torah Study

The Torah Study is held every Monday at 12:30 pm at the Kol Ami office unless otherwise noted.  We discuss the weekly Parsha.  We are now meeting for an hour and a half from 12:30 to 2:00 pm.  This will allow time for discussion of the Parsha of the week and the Haftorah Portion for that week .

 

Introduction to Judaism Course

A twice a month class held throughout the year on either Sunday afternoons or Monday evenings. For a full schedule of classes, visit our calendar. Contact Rabbi Stratford for more information. 

Informal Education

Programs are held throughout the year. These consist of experiential learning activities, for example visiting a local battlefield to discuss the roles of Jews in the Civil War, or a Shabbat morning hike reflecting on spirituality in nature, or a film series as a launch pad to explore Jewish values in modern culture. 

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah:
It’s Never Too Late

Jewish tradition says that we begin “counting” our lives again once we turn 70. So for the 83-year olds among us, it is time to celebrate Bar/Bat Mitzvah all over again. As it is, as well, for those who never had the opportunity to become Bar or Bat Mitzvah when they turned 13. For Jews-by-choice, for women raised in a tradition which did not treat girls equally, for those who were raised without formal Jewish education, or for any of a number of other reasons, many adults are choosing to go through a cycle of learning and study, preparation and personal growth that leads to this powerful and deeply moving celebration of Jewish accomplishment. Those interested in finding out more about the Adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah program at Kol Ami should speak with our clergy.  B'nei Mitzvah Resource >

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