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A Historic Progressive Conservative Congregation in Valley Village, CA

MID (Multi-Interest Day)

Click here to register for M.I.D., and see below for more information regarding classes this year. 

To the Adat Ari El Community,

This year has been exceptional in terms of the way in which Multi-Interest Day classes have taken place. At the beginning of the year, we were fortunate to have had on-site classes at Adat Ari El. However, life dramatically changed for all of us when the pandemic lock-down occurred in March that necessitated the suspension of our on-site classes. Luckily, we had the foresight to restore our MID classes utilizing Zoom. Our teachers were delighted to continue their teaching, and we extended our classes an additional two weeks. While the COVID-19 Pandemic is still among us, we are planning to continue offering MID classes this fall utilizing Zoom. As soon as we are able to return to campus safely at Adat Ari El, we will notify you. We are pleased that our wonderful teachers are returning this fall with a new set of interesting and provocative classes. 

Due to the special circumstances in which we find ourselves in terms of “shelter in place,” Women of Adat (formerly Sisterhood) is graciously offering to underwrite the classes at no cost to you this year. We are thankful of such generosity, but we do ask for donations. You will need to register for the classes. Thereafter, we will forward you the Zoom link and passcode after the High Holy Days and before the start of classes. See below for more detail.


DAVID AS KING. Rape, murder, betrayal, adultery, political intrigue. A telenovella? Nope! The 2nd Book of Samuel. This semester we read key passages as we explore a very human “human” being at the heart of our most idolized Biblical figure. Rabbi Jonathan Bernhard is Senior Rabbi at Adat Ari El where he has led the congregation for many years. Rabbi Bernhard was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York and is a native New Yorker. We are delighted that Rabbi Bernhard will continue teaching us about David as King this year.

“GOD” IN MODERN SECULAR SONGS. We all yearn to interact with, challenge, and understand God better, whether we reject or embrace the notion of a divine being. Let’s take a deep dive into the works of modern ‘psalmists’ aka singer-songwriters and poets and explore how they take God to task – be it angrily, humorously, or devotedly. *Some of the songs/ texts we will be looking at contain blue language, so please expect some cheekiness… Rabbi Jessica Yarkin currently serves as Associate Rabbi at Adat Ari El and attended the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies at the American Jewish University where she was ordained. She interned at Adat Ari El before ordination, and returned as a pulpit rabbi a few years later.

THE APOCRYPHA AND PSEUDEPIGRAPHA.  During the canonization period of the Hebrew Bible, the rabbis had to choose which material they would include in the Bible and which they would reject. We will talk about why some communities read this material and discuss why it may have been ultimately rejected for canonization. Rabbi Mark Goodman serves as spiritual leader at Valley Beth Israel in Sun Valley, California. He has taught Jewish History classes at the American Jewish University and is an Adjunct Professor at Los Angeles Valley College where he teaches Jewish History and Religion. He earned his B.A. in English from UCLA, obtained an M.A. in Music from California State University Los Angeles, earned an M.A. in Jewish Studies and Rabbinics, and received his ordination at the Academy of Jewish Religion as a Cantor and Rabbi. He is currently finalizing his doctoral degree in Jewish Studies from the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. 

WRITING CLUB: Susie Katz will facilitate the members of the class in writing their never-to-be forgotten memories and experiences. This class has been ongoing for many years.

MAH JONGG AT M.I.D.:                             

Mah Jongg will be available after we return to the Adat Ari El campus. 


1st Period (10:00 am – 10:50 am)

October 14, 2020 – January 27, 2021 (Semester 1)

David as King with Rabbi Jonathan Jaffe Bernhard

February 3, 2021 - May 12, 2021 (Semester 2)

“God” in Modern Secular Songs with Rabbi Jessica Yarkin

2nd Period (11:00 am – 11:50 am)

October 14, 2020 – January 27, 2021 (Semester 1)

February 3, 2021 - May 12, 2021 (Semester 2)

The Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha (Both Semesters) with Rabbi Mark Goodman

3rd Period (1:00 pm - 2:00 pm)

Writing Club with Susie Katz (Both Semesters)

Mah Jongg in the afternoon at MID (When we return to Adat Ari El)


No classes: Thanksgiving, November 25, 2020; Winter Break, December 23, 2020 and December 30, 2020; and Passover Holiday, March 24, 2021 and March 31, 2021. 

For further information call: Rosalee Pechersky, Co-VP of Education at (818) 360-0437 or Susie Katz, Co-VP of Education at (818) 995-0391.

To register for classes, please complete the registration here.

We look forward to seeing you in the fall!

Tue, May 11 2021 29 Iyyar 5781