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A Historic Progressive Conservative Congregation in Valley Village, CA
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A Historic Progressive Conservative Congregation in Valley Village, CA

Adult Education


Committed to ensuring that our members can access the deep wisdom of our tradition, Adat Ari El provides many, varied learning opportunities for adults in our community to grow their souls.  We offer a wide range of opportunities weekly, monthly, and seasonally. We invite you to become a life long learner! We hope you join us. 


Great Jewish Literature: The Short Story

Thursdays, April 29, May 6, and May 13 at 7:30pm

Don’t have time to read an entire book? Join us for our new three-part series to discuss Jewish-themed literary short stories with Lisa Silverman, long-time book club facilitator, ex-Adat Day School librarian, and retired director of the Sperber Jewish Community Library at AJU.

Click here to register for the series.

Story for Session #1 on April 29:  The Jewbird  by Bernard Malamud (Click here for text)

This allegorical story by famed Jewish writer Bernard Malamud follows the journey of a crow named Schwartz, nicknamed “Jewbird,” who escapes persecution by anti-Semitic birds and attempts assimilation by finding a home with a New York City family, at his own risk. 

Adult Education

CURRENT CLASSES                                                         

Two Rabbis Walk into a Bar 
With Rabbi Bernhard and Rabbi Yarkin

Join us on the second Sunday of each month at 8:00pm for a lively discussion and "ask the rabbis" session. Grab an adult beverage and enjoy this great opportunity to engage with our clergy each week.
This offering will resume on November 8.  Click here to join.  (Class cancelled on April 11.)

Mishnah Monday- 12:00pm - 12:30pm
Taught by Rabbi Bernhard

A weekly half hour exploration of Chagigah.  This tractate of the mishnah deals with the three pilgrimage festivals, ritual purity, and early Jewish mystical reflections. Only open mind. 

This class begins on October 26. Click here to join.

Torah on Tuesday- 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Taught by Rabbi Bernhard

A weekly discussion using traditional commentaries on the Torah portion for that week. Only open mind and a willingness to listen before talking. 

This class begins on October 27.  Click here to join.

Song Session with Cantor Aranoff- 4:30pm
Taught by Cantor Aranoff
Join Cantor Aranoff on  the first Monday of each month at 4:30pm for a fun mix of classic and contemporary Hebrew & English music. 
Class will resume on Monday, December 7.
 Click here to join.

Multi-Interest Day (MID)- 10:00am-12:00pm
Taught by Rabbi Jonathan Bernhard and Rabbi Mark Goodman
MID is live again in the midst of our international health crises.  Our superlative teachers, Rabbi Jonathan Bernhard and Rabbi Mark Goodman, will continue their upbeat and insightful teaching about King David and Books which didn't make it into our Bible, respectively, through Zoom.  Classes are scheduled at 10:00am and at 11:00am.
Every Wednesday starting October 14. Click here to join, and enter password  197026 if/when prompted. 


Meditation Minyan- 7:30pm - 8:45pm
Taught by Diego Gesualdi
Diego Gesualdi will lead us in weekly sessions on Wednesday evenings. Sessions will include a brief introduction, a discussion regarding a topic of the day, meditation, and conclude with an opportunity for questions and comments.

Every Wednesday. Click here to join, and enter password 183403 if/when prompted. 

Tue, May 11 2021 29 Iyyar 5781