Greenwich Reform Synagogue offers free adult education

Tired of the same old same old? Greenwich Reform Synagogue offers a variety of adult education classes held at different times, for different interests.

Classes are held on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings; attendance is free but donations are appropriate and greatly appreciated.

Sign up for Hebrew lessons with GRS Rabbi Andrew Sklarz. Beginner’s Hebrew meets on Thursday nights at 8 p.m. You’ll learn how to read the key prayers in Hebrew, plus get a taste of reading and writing in modern Hebrew. Already know the Alef Bet? Join GRS on Sunday mornings at 9:30 a.m. for the Advanced Beginner’s class with Rabbi Sklarz. Students can develop Hebrew reading proficiency and a better understanding of the Shabbat and Holiday liturgy, plus a basic understanding of biblical and modern Hebrew grammar.

People can also deepen their understanding of Judaism by discovering the richness of the Torah. On Thursday evenings at 7 p.m., Rabbi Andrew Sklarz will lead Exploring the Torah, beginning with a close reading and discussion of the Book of Genesis. On Sunday mornings at 10:30, Rabbi Robert Rothman will discuss the Wisdom Literature of the books of Psalms and Ecclesiastes. GRS’ long-time scholar-in-residence, Rabbi Rothman, D.H.L., D.D., Ph.D., is the Rabbi Emeritus of Rye Community Synagogue.

“Other than being born Jewish, I had absolutely no Jewish education. Having experienced Adult Ed at GRS, I’m completely hooked,” GRS member Shelly Kaplan said. “The classes are fun and welcoming, never intimidating or intense. Without realizing I was learning, I’m now beginning to read Hebrew from the Torah, and have learned so much about our heritage from the classes taught by Rabbis Sklarz and Rothman.”

No prior familiarity with Torah study is necessary for any of these classes, and everyone, regardless of background, is welcome. Each class is designed to be a stand-alone session, so come as often as you wish.

Join certified yoga instructor Naomi Norman and discover how to express and deepen your understanding of Jewish spirituality with through the practice of yoga and the study of middot — soul traits. Classes held at 9:15 a.m. on Nov. 9, Jan. 25 and Feb. 22.

For complete details and to register for on all classes, contact the GRS office at 203-629-0018.

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