Lectures & Courses

At Central Synagogue

Adult Engagement Programming

Interested in presenting at Central Synagogue? Please contact Lauren Dickel, Adult Engagement Program Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Bible and Bagels

Wednesdays: 8:15-9:15 am | Virtual

Led by Rabbi Sarah Berman

Join us as we continue our journey through the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible); we are currently reading Isaiah.

Join via Zoom.


Weekly Torah Study with Central Clergy

Wednesdays: 12:00-1:15 pm | Virtual

Taught by Rabbi Mo Salth

Explore the weekly Torah portion from ancient and modern perspectives.

Join via Zoom.

Samuel I and II

Wednesdays: 1:30-2:30 pm | Virtual

Led by Cantor Suzanne Skloot

Dive into the text of Samuel I and II. Together we will look at and compare the translations of the Jewish Publication Society and the more recent translation by UC Berkeley professor Robert Alter, and learn why Alter believes that the character of David is the finest portrayal of a human life from antiquity.

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Jewish Mysticism: Tracing the History of Kabbalah

Wednesdays, February 24–May 5, 2021, 6:00–7:15 pm | Zoom

With Harman Grossman

Using primary texts, we’ll seek to understand how Jewish mysticism developed. Each class will include discussions that address the timeless mysteries of human existence along with numerous other eternal and universal questions.

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Alper Talmud Study

Fridays: 8:15-9:15 am | Virtual

Taught by Dr. Rachel Rosenthal and others

Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Talmud.

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Ripped from the Headlines: Torah and the Challenges of Modern Life

Mondays, February 22–April 19, 2021, 9:30–10:30 am | Zoom

With Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal​
Full of poetry, art, and commentary, and beautiful new translations, this very special Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah has just been published by CCAR Press. We join editors, Rabbi Hara Person and poet Jessica Greenbaum to discuss the book’s innovations.

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Biblical Women

Mondays, February 22–April 19, 2021, 5:30–6:45 pm | Zoom

With Rabbinic Intern Chelsea Feuchs

Expand your understanding of Biblical women. We will read the stories of several specific characters in order to delve into the various ways women are portrayed in our most sacred text.

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Jewish Flavors: Communities, Cultures, and Cooking Around the World

Tuesdays, February 23–April 27, 2021, 3:30–5:00 pm | Zoom

With Rabbi Sarah Berman

Learn about Jewish culture in Italy, India, the American South, and beyond—all through food. Each week we will make a recipe or two from our destination and expand our knowledge about these unique communities. 

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Passover and Poetry: Mishkan HaSeder Book Launch

Tuesday, March 2, 2021 7:30–8:45 pm | Zoom

Full of poetry, art, and commentary, and beautiful new translations, this very special Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah has just been published by CCAR Press. We join editors, Rabbi Hara Person and poet Jessica Greenbaum to discuss the book’s innovations.

Register here.


Next Gen Teachers

Fridays, March 5–April 23, 2021, 10:30–11:30 am | Zoom

Led by Rabbinic & Cantorial HUC Students

Learn from the next generation of rabbis and cantors. Each week you will learn with a different HUC student who will present their favorite texts, incorporating a diverse and beautiful range of Jewish perspectives.

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Omer: A Season of Reflection

Thursdays, April 1–May 13, 2021, 9:00–10:00 am | Zoom

With Rabbi Nicole Auerbach

The period between Passover and Shavuot, known as the Omer, has traditionally been a time for self-reflection and spiritual preparation. Explore the traditional Kabbalistic approach to understanding the Divine attributes within us, and how to work with them to live with greater skill, joy, and intention.

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Poetic Shabbat: The Siddur as an Evening-Long Poem of Transformation

Wednesdays, April 21–May 26, 2021, 10:30–11:45 am | Zoom

With Award-winning Poet Jessica Greenbaum

Take a close look at Central Synagogue’s Friday night service’s collage of psalms and text, distilling their ideas, and pairing them with contemporary poems.

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Ongoing Classes

No registration required and free of charge. Classes take place in our Community House.