Tikvat Israel Congregation

A Conservative Synagogue in Rockville, MD

Adult Education

The Tikvat Israel adult education program includes educational courses, lectures and movie screenings designed to enrich the cultural and spiritual lives of our congregants.  Programs focus on many aspects of Jewish life.

 Adult Education Events 2017 -2018

  • The Foundation for Jewish Studies & the Tikvat Israel Education Committee  present a Film Screening and Musical Concert: Yale Strom’s Man From Munkacs: Gypsy Klezmer. October 28, 2017 at 8 pm. Admission Friends of the Foundation and Tikvat Israel Members: $10, General Admission: $15, At the Door: $18, Advance ticket purchase HERE
  • Professor Michael Brenner, Seymour & Lillian Abensohn Chair in Israel Studies at American University will present “An Unlikely Revival: Jews in Today’s Germany” November 5 at 10:00 am.
  • Anne Kaiser will present a Maryland Legislative Session Preview December 3 at 10 am.
  • Israel Presents 2018: Two Evenings of Israeli Film at Tikvat Israel – Jan. 20 and 27, 2018
    Celebrating thirteen years of Israeli film excellence at TI, the best of recent Israeli cinema will be showcased during the 2018 edition of Israel Presents at Tikvat Israel Congregation on the final two Saturday nights of January. “The Women’s Balcony” will be screened on Jan 20 and “Harmonia” is set for Jan. 27. (snow date Feb. 3)
  • TI University: a morning of TED Talk-style learning, featuring TI congregants as instructors, beginning at 9:45 am, Sunday, February 25, 2018. Learning tracks include Arts & Culture, Business & Professional Development, Research & Development, Self Care and Lifestyle. 
  • Adult Ed Shabbat in April 2018. Details to follow.
  • Jews, Brews, and Blues, Concert and Beer Tasting will take place May 6, 2018, time to be determined.
  • Lifelong Judaic Learning
    • Mussar: The Jewish Approach to Character Development: Study with Rabbi Shull the classic sources of Mussar beginning with Maimonides’s Hilchot De’ot from his code of Jewish law, Mishneh Torah (in Hebrew with English translation). Every Friday morning at 9:00 a.m.,  following 8:00 morning minyan. Each session will last approximately 45 minutes to one hour. All are welcome regardless of Jewish background.
    • Rabbi Ira Brandriss is continuing his year-long class “Sefer Chafetz Chaim on Laws of Loshon Hora.” Classes are scheduled at Tikvat Israel for several Wednesday nights.
    • Congregant Barbara Ridberg will once again be enrolling adult students in her Hebrew language classes, through the Adult Hebrew Language Institute.
  • The Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning – Classes begin in November 7, 2017
    25 lessons of Melton classes begin, 6:30 pm – 9:00 pm. The Melton school is a global adult Jewish learning program created and directed by the Melton Center of the Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The inspiring, text-based course is open to anyone, teen-age or older, in the congregation and in the greater community. Class will break for minyan in the Library Annex at 7:30 pm. Prior registration is required. The Florence Melton School of Jewish Learning is the largest pluralistic adult Jewish education network in the world. Founded in 1980 at the initiative of Florence Zacks Melton, a community activist and longtime supporter of Jewish education, the Melton School initially opened with three pilot sites in North America. Driven by her vision, there are now 47 Melton Schools in 47 cities throughout the United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, South Africa and New Zealand, attended weekly by some 5,500 students. For more information click here.

Additional programs will be announced in the Bulletin, B’kesher, and our on-line forums.

If you have ideas and energy, we’d love to have you on the Adult Education Committee. Make a difference. Share your vision.

Contact: Sally Kram