“My task is not to debate whether I’m a Jew or not, but to figure out what kind of Jew I am. For me, finding a secular Jewish community with progressive politics fits my version of that identity.”
Adult Education Courses
Our adult education programming is geared toward exploring the meaning of Jewish history, ritual, and thought from a secular perspective. Courses are taught by highly qualified and stimulating guest instructors.
There are usually two courses each year, one in the fall and one in the spring. The number of sessions ranges from four to six, and tuition varies. Pre-registration is required. At least once every two years we offer a basic Jewish literacy course for new members.
Whether you are Jewish or non-Jewish, and whatever your level of Jewish knowledge, we invite you to learn, question, and challenge your thinking.
Spring 2016 Adult Education Course: The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem
Join Jeremy Dauber, professor of Yiddish at Columbia University, author of the recently published The Worlds of Sholem Aleichem, and alumnus of the Yiddish Book Center, for an online course devoted to the life and work of this most celebrated Yiddish writer.
Sholem Aleichem's stories are some of the most remarkable and beloved in Yiddish literature. But few people know the writer’s equally remarkable life story or the depth of his literary and cultural legacy. In this course, we’ll read some of his greatest stories and talk about his first 150 years in the literary landscape. Learn more.
Past courses include:
- Blacks and Jews: Affinities, Departures and the Interweaving of Identities
- The Secular Talmud Part I
- Ashkenazi Identity and White Jews Working Against Racism
- Interpreting Jewish History
- Exploring Jewish Identity: History and Traditions of Mizrachi, Sephardi, and Ashkenazi Cultures
- U.S. Labor Post-WWII: From Reds Under the Bed to the War on Public Sector Workers
- History of the Jewish Left
- Jewish Literacy 101
- Zionism and the Roads not Taken
- Islam 101
- From Religion to Nation: The Evolution of Modern Jewish Identity