Adult Learning

Torah — our ongoing story  — and Jewish learning in general, is central to our life as a community.  Our learning answers questions and enables questioning, and instills an abiding sense of pleasure in Jewish thought and practice.  We strive to develop the basic knowledge and skills needed for ongoing religious practice, cultural engagement, and ethical action.  Ideally, learners of all ages and backgrounds will understand what Judaism means for them, identify strongly as Jews, and have the cultural fluency needed for active engagement in Jewish life and community. -- Kolot Chayeinu Values Statement

Introduction to Judaism: a exploration for curious adults

Join this 20-session introduction to Jewish life, thought and practice.  The curriculum is designed to give you access to concepts, vocabulary and observances that are central to Judaism.  Explore the holy and the historical, inherited texts and contemporary issues, rhythms of the calendar and of our lives in this seminar-style course.  

Rabbi Sue Oren, Instructor and Coordinator

This weekly class meets on Tuesdays from 7:30-9:30 at Brooklyn Heights Synagogue. First session:  April 25th, 2017. $400 course tuition + $25 materials fee

For registration & questions, contact Rabbi Sue Oren at or 917-539-1334

This class is co-sponsored by:
Brooklyn Heights Synagogue, Congregation Mount Sinai, East Midwood Jewish Center, Kane Street Synagogue, Kolot Chayeinu/Voices of Our Lives, Park Slope Jewish Center, Progressive Temple Beth Ahavath Sholom, Temple Beth Emeth v'Ohr Progressive Shaarei Zedek, Union Temple

Wise Aging

Because many of us in our 60s, 70s, and older are breaking new ground as we approach the “third chapter” – a new lifestage characterized good health and the desire to continue to learn and grow –  Kolot will again this year offer a “Wise Aging” program. Based on an initiative developed by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, Wise Aging is designed for people who want to discover new resources to live their later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom. Facilitated by Kolot member Lisa Grant (Education professor at HUC-JIR and rabbinical student), we will meet over eight Sundays throughout the year to study traditional and contemporary Jewish sources; engage in contemplative practices such as meditation, journaling and movement; and participate in guided conversation to explore the life questions that arise as we confront the challenges, opportunities, and wonder of aging.

Sessions draw on the book Wise Aging: Living With Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal. Topics include conducting a life review; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; learning to live with loss, change, and death; practicing forgiveness, creating relevant rituals; cultivating wisdom; and leaving a legacy. Through a facilitated process, participants are guided to do the reflective work that enables them to come to new understandings about their lives, their selves, and their values. All of this takes place in a supportive environment of confidentiality and trust.

Meetings will take place in participants' homes (locations TBA) from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM on the following Sundays: Oct. 30, 2016; Nov. 20, 2016; Dec. 11, 2016; Jan. 22, 2017; Feb. 12, 2017; March 26, 2017; April 23, 2017; and June 4, 2017 Registration Fee: $225 (includes a copy of Wise Aging: Living With Joy, Resilience and Spirit by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal). You must be a current Kolot Chayeinu Member to enroll in the class. To register: email Kolot Chayeinu’s Administrative Assistant, Alyssa Abrahamson, at to indicate your intent. Enrollment will be complete upon payment for the class. To remit payment: Please send a check to Kolot Chayeinu, 540 President Street, 3rd Fl, Brooklyn, NY 11215 with “Wise Aging” in the memo line – OR – You can pay online with a credit card by going to your ShulCloud account, choosing to make a donation, selecting “Wise Aging Class” from the dropdown menu, and continuing from there. If you have any questions, call the office at 718-395-9950. Questions about the class? Contact Lisa Grant at

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