Adult Education

Jewish education is a lifelong process. Ongoing learning enables and empowers us to pursue spiritual meaning, ethical ideals, a connection to the divine, and the righteous path of Tikkun Olam.

At Congregation Emanuel, we not only embrace diversity- we thrive on it. As a Reform Congregation, we welcome all seekers, including those who identify with all Jewish denominations, as well as those who are new to Jewish life, returning to the faith, or those who are simply curious. Our adult education program is aimed towards providing integrative, inclusive opportunities for scholarship and inquiry.  

Learning at Congregation Emanuel facilitates competency and comfort with Jewish tradition and liturgy in a warm, inclusive environment. We prioritize deep, cohort-based learning with strong attention to individual and collective spiritual needs. Our learners enter at all levels. Rabbi Romer's classes are interactive, experiential, rigorous, and wildly fun.

All of our classes are open to the entire community

Introduction to Judaism/Conversion 

3rd & 4th Wednesdays

6-7:30pm

This class is designed for those who are interested in exploring Jewish rituals, practices, traditions, and ethics, as well as those who have chosen to convert. Basic Hebrew, foundations of Jewish values and culture, and ritual practices are all explored in this warm, dynamic course. Kingston

Conversational Hebrew 

Wednesdays 

4:00-5:30pm

Rabbi Romer introduces the fundamentals of conversational Hebrew (עברית), including useful vocabulary, grammar, and sentence structures in this fast-paced, entertaining class. Kingston

Adult B'nai Mitzvah 

 1st & 2nd Thursdays

9:30-11:00am

A preparation course for adults who are becoming b'nai mitzvah by being called to aliyah. The class culminates in a group B'nai mitzvah. Students include Jews by choice, congregants who were never formally called to the Torah, and those seeking a more meaningful and intentional connection to Judaism. Kingston

Hebrew Trope  

Wednesdays

12:30-1:30pm

Trope is the melody or "flavor" (טעמים) of sacred readings learned through a system of musical notations that teach us how to chant from the Tanakh.  This highly popular class is open to all. Kingston

Meditation

Tuesdays

8:45-9:15am 

Participants are led through a unique blend of Hebrew chanting, intentional breathing, and deep relaxation exercises to connect the mind, body, and soul during this unique- and uniquely Jewish- class. Rhinebeck

Weekly Torah Study

Tuesdays

9:15-10:00am 

An in-depth study of the weekly Torah portion (פרשת השבוע) that focuses on exploring meanings within the ancient text as it exists in our contemporary times. This course is held in our tranquil Rhinebeck satellite. Rhinebeck. 

Once I had tasted the fruit of the tree of knowledge there was no going back

Blu Greenberg