Education and lifelong learning are significant tenets of Judaism. Union Temple offers a wide choice of creative and diverse programs geared to advancing Jewish learning. Our educational programs take on many forms, from weekly Torah Study to movies … and from guest lectures to day and overnight trips.
After a Friday night Shabbat service, or often as a special event, you may find Temple members and guests enjoying movies that highlight parts of Jewish heritage. Our selections have ranged from Chaim Potok’s The Chosen to Chariots of Fire to documentaries such as Soferet, about the first female Torah scribe. In conjunction with New York’s LGBT Pride weeks, we screen Gay-themed selections like Out in the Dark and Undressing Israel.
Rabbi Mark teaches on topics of Jewish interest. This year, his lectures include the miniseries Future Prospect: The History of and Outlook for Progressive Judaism in Prospect Heights and Park Slope—How We Got Here and Where We’re Going. See the calendar for dates and times.
Throughout the year, we host talks by authors, scholars, and clergy who address topics such as civil rights, Israeli and Arab relations, Torah studies, and other important matters. Among the noted speakers have been Dr. Rachel Korazim, Chief Educational Consultant for the Renovation of the Museum at Yad Vashem in Jerusalem, presenting Echoes of the Holocaust in Modern Israeli Literature … and Rev. Dr. Hope Johnson, Minister of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Central Nassau and Dr. Janice Marie Johnson, Multicultural Ministries and Leadership Director, Unitarian Universalist Association. who spoke in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Selma Voting Rights Campaign. A signature event each year is the Rabbi A. Stanley Dreyfus Memorial Lecture that presents renowned rabbinic scholars in honor of our late Rabbi Emeritus.
In a warm and open environment explore Jewish thought, prayer and practice. Learn about Jewish history and holidays, wrestle with inherited texts and contemporary issues, discuss Jewish views of God, ethics, life and death.
Join this 20-session course on Jewish life, thought and practice
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