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.

For more information, please contact the temple office at 847.441.5760.

WEEKLY TORAH STUDY

Saturdays, 9:30 a.m.

Join Temple Jeremiah for bagels and coffee while discussing 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. Come every week or drop in when your schedule permits.

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

For our weekly Torah portion, verses and Haftarah verses, see our Torah Study schedule (PDF) or visit our calendar to see the upcoming studies.

For the full listing of Torah and Haftarah chapters and verses, visit the URJ’s Torah Study page.

ADULT LEARNING EVENTS

At various scheduled times during the week, congregants and community members come together to listen to speakers and discuss relevant topics. We learn from clergy and Jewish educators about Torah, Israel, current events, political issues, Hebrew and more. Classes range from one-time offerings to multiple sessions.

See our calendar for upcoming Adult Learning events.

LUNCH & LEARN IN CHICAGO

Take a break from work and join your fellow Temple Jeremiah members for a special fun and thought-provoking lunchtime discussion series. These sessions require no special skills or knowledge. Participate as much or as little as you wish. Each Lunch & Learn topic stands alone, so you can drop in when you can. Guests are welcome whether they belong to Temple Jeremiah or not – please include names of all attendees in your RSVP.

For more information, call the Temple at 847.441.5760.

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. We are affiliated with the national Reform movement through the Union for Reform Judaism.

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 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.

For more information about the Interfaith Initiative, please contact the Temple office at 847.441.5760.

SCHOLAR-IN-RESIDENCE

Temple Jeremiah hosts a Scholar-in-Residence weekend each year. This exciting annual program is generously funded by the Bill and Norma Brown Fund for Lifelong Learning.

Scholar-in-Residence Featuring Cantor Evan Cohen

December 6-8, 2019

Join us for a weekend of exploration through the eyes of one of Israel’s only Reform Cantors. Cantor Evan Cohen will join us for Kabbalat Shabbat worship on Friday evening focusing on the themes in the Torah portion in Jacob’s encounters with God and for Tefilah & Torah Study on Saturday morning. Then enjoy a special concert titled Chanukah Around the World on Saturday evening, followed by A Family Chanukah Concert on Sunday morning.
“Surely the Eternal is in this place, and I didn’t know it”
(Genesis 28:16)
Friday, December 6, 2019, 6:30 p.m. (during Kabbalat Shabbat Worship)
For a growing number of Israelis in recent years, “this place” is Reform communities in Israel. Cantor Cohen will share personal stories of how Israelis of all walks of life are finding a spiritual home at Kehilat Har-El in Jerusalem.
“Israeli Musical Midrash and More in Parashat Vayetze”
Saturday, December 7, 2019 during Tefilah & Torah Study
Worship at 8:30 a.m.; Study and Program at 9:30 a.m.
In our study of this week’s Torah portion, together with Cantor Cohen we’ll study (and then sing!) two Israeli classic songs influenced by Parashat Vayetze. We’ll learn about one of the angels from Jacob’s ladder in Malach Misulam Yaacov and discover who Jacob really was in love with in Ani Ohev Otah Leah.
“Chanukah Around the World”
Saturday, December 7, 2019
Wine and Cheese Reception at 6:30 p.m.; Concert at 7:30 p.m.
North Shore Senior Center, 161 Northfield Road, Northfield
Cantors Susie Lewis Friedman and Evan Cohen, along with Cantors Rayna Green and Jay O’Brien, take us on a trip around the world to experience the music of Chanukah. Each of the eight candles represents the music of a country around the globe and we will laugh, sing, and dance to each culture’s songs and melodies. We kindly ask that you register for this program here.
“Spread the Light: A Family Chanukah Concert”
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 10:00 a.m.
Join Cantors Susie Lewis Friedman and Evan Cohen with Don Cagen and Shir Joy, Temple Jeremiah’s Youth Choir, as we sing our most popular Chanukah songs with a few surprises sprinkled in. You’ll be singing along and feeling the light. This multi-generational event is open to the whole family!

For more information, call the temple at 847.441.5760.

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. Our class is generally held every Tuesday from 7:00 – 8:30 p.m., beginning in May through the end of October. The class covers both Judaic and Hebrew learning and is taught by Rabbi Paul Cohen, Rabbi Rachel Heaps, Cantor Susan Friedman and Dr. Anne Lidsky. The course culminates 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.