Adult Education Classes
Adult education programs at Temple Beth Tikvah take many forms. We begin with the Friday night D’var Torah that our rabbi shares during services, and we stretch our minds into any area of formal and informal education that our adult learners request.
Whether your passion is for an intellectual approach to the study of Torah, or a game of mah jongg, our adult programs are here for you to enjoy.
With the ongoing programs taking place in The Asa Center for Lifelong Jewish Learning, adult students of all stages and ages are welcome to step through the doors of learning and engage in an adventure to enhance your Jewish mind.
While many of our programs are free or offered at a nominal cost, we encourage donations to help support all of our programs and activities.
WEEKLY BAGELS & TORAH
Bagels, cream cheese and coffee start the morning followed by a lively discussion about the weekly Torah portion and other parts of the Bible. No prior knowledge or knowledge of Hebrew is required. The discussions are led by members of the congregation. Every Saturday 9:00-10:00 a.m. in the Social Hall. No charge.
You may think there is nothing educational about a game of mah jongg, but you’d be surprised how much Jewish culture is exchanged during the course of a game. We welcome players of all ages and abilities. If you don’t know how to play, we’ll teach you. Every Monday and Thursday at 11:30 a.m. and Tuesday at 6:00 p.m. in the Asa Center.
STRETCH AND KVETCH – YOGA
Get into shape without hurting yourself. Learn some basic stretching moves that can help your body so your mind can focus on the demands of everyday life. Mondays at 10:00 a.m. in the TBT Social Hall. Donations welcome. No classes on holidays.
OC JEWISH FILM SERIES
A community film fest presented by screenwriter/psychologist Dr. Michael Berlin, held on Sundays & Wednesdays at the Regency or Regal Theater in Irvine. Contact the office for more information.
Learn basic vocabulary and grammar to be able to put together simple Hebrew phrases and sentences. You may not come away speaking fluently after one semester, but you will have fun learning some new words, reviewing those you already know, and exchanging some easy conversation with friends. Contact the office for more information.
ADULT B’NAI MITZVAH
Have you always wanted to celebrate a Bar or Bat Mitzvah but didn’t learn Hebrew or never had the opportunity to celebrate this unique Jewish lifecycle milestone? Here’s your opportunity. Guided (gently) by Miriam Van Raalte, you will learn Hebrew (no prior knowledge is necessary) as well as a basic Judaism curriculum. A group B’nai Mitzvah celebration will take place 16 months after we start our class. Don’t be afraid … you can do it! Contact the office for more information.