Lifelong learning is a traditional Jewish value that Temple Jeremiah joyfully embraces. Our innovative adult education program features outstanding secular and religious speakers, our own rabbis, timely discussion groups, and forums on current events. Engage in lively discussions on issues that matter most to you and our community.

WEEKLY TORAH STUDY

Saturdays at 9:30 a.m. on Zoom

Tune in Saturday mornings for an engaging discussion on the weekly Torah portion. Gain a deeper understanding of the meaning and significance of the text to enhance your perspective and strengthen your connection to other members of our temple community. Join every week or when your schedule permits.

The morning begins with Tefilah at 8:30 a.m. on this Zoom link, followed by Torah Study at 9:30 a.m. on this Zoom link.

Visit our calendar to see the weekly Torah portions or for the full listing of Torah and Haftarah chapters and verses, visit the URJ’s Torah Study page.

ADULT LEARNING EVENTS

We look forward to resuming in-person Adult Learning events as soon as it is safe to do so. Temple Jeremiah has always had a vibrant program featuring our own clergy,  Jewish educators, and local and visiting leaders on various topics. In the meantime, please join us for digital Adult Learning opportunities.

Sundays at 9:30 a.m. in person and on Zoom

Every week we will offer an opportunity to delve into an interesting topic, led by clergy and local educators as well as a variety of experts in multiaccess format.

See our calendar for upcoming Adult Learning events.

Scholar in Residence Weekend 2021 featuring Scott Fried

Scott Fried is a youth educator, international award-winning speaker, and writer. As a person living with HIV for more than three decades, he was part of and survived that 20th-century pandemic, where his HIV/AIDS support group became the inspiration for the Broadway musical “RENT.” Scott’s work spotlights the teenage years, shining a powerful message of love, responsibility, and self-respect.
Friday, November 5th at 6:30 p.m. – Kabbalat Shabbat Services: “I Raise My Cup of Rescue and Call on God’s Name”

In this initial talk that introduces Scott to our community, we will examine the different types of prayers that can bring us into a closer relationship with God. Together, we will learn a new prayer to help us through post-pandemic life.

Saturday, November 6th at 9:30 a.m. – Shabbat morning Torah Study Parasha Toledot: “AIDS, Covid and the Meaning of Life”

What can the AIDS pandemic teach us about living in a time of Covid? Using lessons learned from the many friends who died of AIDS at the height of that pandemic, Scott will take us on an important journey of survival and healing.

Saturday, November 6th, 4:00-5:30 p.m. – “Am I Enough? A Survival Guide for High School students”

Addressing teens’ feelings of vulnerability, isolation and loss, Scott will teach our teens how to grow through adversity and understand the meaning of being enough.

Sunday, November 7th, 9:00-10:30 a.m. – “How to talk to the Creature in your car: The ABCs of Gen Z Parenting”

Based on his most recent book for parents and grandparents of teens, Scott will offer us specific ideas and techniques on communicating and on parenting through this difficult time.

Sunday, November 7th, 11:00-11:45 a.m. – “When Life Hurts: A talk for 8th-10thgraders”

When Jacob wrestled with his angel, he exacted a blessing and was renamed. When Jonah ran away from God, he sat in the belly of the whale and learned from the darkness. In this session, we will explore how we might help teens to think through their faithful aches and learn how to find the meaning within.

Sunday, November 7th, 11:45 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. – “Tell Me Something True and Beautiful About You: A Talk for 6thand 7thgraders”

In this talk about kindness and self-esteem, Scott will help our pre-teens celebrate their positive attributes.

The Temple Jeremiah Scholar in Residence weekend is graciously supported by the Bill and Norma Brown Fund for Lifelong Learning.

STANLEY C. GOLDER INTERFAITH INITIATIVE

As a Reform congregation, Temple Jeremiah has always proudly welcomed interfaith couples and families as well as people choosing Judaism into our community.

The Stanley C. Golder Interfaith Initiative promotes understanding between faiths and embraces the unifying spirituality among all religions. Every year this outstanding program presents a prestigious speaker or group of speakers to address topics of religion, politics and international understanding. These programs are hosted in partnership with other local religious institutions including  Christ Church, Church of the Holy Comforter, Muslim Community Center, Muslim Education Center, New Trier Multifaith Alliance, Northfield Community Church, St. Philip the Apostle Church, U.S. Bahá’í National Center, Winnetka Congregational Church, Winnetka Covenant Church, and Winnetka Presbyterian Church.

We hope to resume this wonderful program in 2021! For more information about the Interfaith Initiative, please contact the temple office at 847.441.5760 or contact Dina.

ANTIRACISM PROGRAMMING

In response to the growing national conversation about racism and institutionalized inequality, Temple Jeremiah has created an antiracism resource guide and designed a schedule of antiracism programming for the coming year.

We invite you to attend our monthly antiracism programs and to join us in a temple-wide conversation about diversity, equality, and inclusion.

For questions, contact Dana Garbarski or Barb Miller.

ADULT B’NAI MITZVAH

We welcome all Temple Jeremiah members who have not previously had the opportunity to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah to our Adult B’nai Mitzvah Classes. The course will culminate with an Adult B’nai Mitzvah on a date selected in collaboration with those participating in the class. In preparation of the service, each person will be assigned a few verses of Torah to read from the Bimah, along with some prayers.

For more information on Adult B’nai Mitzvah, please contact Phyllis Burg, Executive Assistant to the Senior Rabbi, by phone at 847.441.5760 ext. 110 or email phyllis@templejeremiah.org.