Chair: Barbara Turner
We continue to develop lifelong learning with a variety of opportunities for adults who wish to expand their knowledge of Judaism, current events, Israel, Hebrew, and Torah. Programs, classes or events may be led by the Congregation’s rabbis or lay leaders, by visiting rabbis or by other outside experts. These programs have included a series on Israel, adult Hebrew and B’nai Mitzvah classes, interfaith presentations, weekly Torah study, author talks, Artist-in-Residence and the Sophie and Jack Edwards Scholar-in-Residence weekends, to name a few. Beginning in the fall of 2015, Etz Chaim became a site for the international Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and the national Chai Mitzvah programs. Our diverse offerings span every day of the week, Sunday through Shabbat -- morning, afternoon, and evening times.
In collaboration with the Library Committee, Life Tree Cinema: Perspectives on the Jewish Experience is a well-established monthly evening of Jewish or Israeli themed films and discussions. With the Social Action Committee, we continue to provide opportunities for Interfaith Outreach.
In addition and open to all, Lunch ‘n Learn/Senior-Sponsored programs held monthly in the Etz Chaim social hall focus on the arts, history, and current events.
We also partner with outside organizations to offer programs such as Jewish genealogy, Spertus One Book/One Community, and the “Three Synagogue” annual event.
To learn more about the Lifelong Learning Committee (LLC), see our list of Programs and Events as well as read recaps of past programming. We meet one Monday a month at 6:30 PM, seven to eight months out of the year and begin with a potluck dinner. We welcome your participation!