Adult Education

Modern Musical Midrash (Zoom)

Tuesdays,  February 7, 21, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
with Rabbi Nathan Roller
In this twice monthly series, Rabbi Nathan Roller will lead us in examining biblical stories and themes through the music and lyrics of Alicia Jo Rabins. Each standalone lecture will focus on one biblical character or theme, deepening our connections to biblical characters, and enhancing our understanding of ancient texts. To connect with Zoom:, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 823 2743 3526, Passcode: 886859.

God Loves the Stranger (Beit Midrash)

Mondays, Feb 13, 27, 7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
with Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia
Rabbi Hugh Seid-Valencia will discusses finding peace and harmony in an unsettled world, by embracing the stranger that God loves.
The discussion will be based on the book, God Loves the Stranger, by Rabbi Sheila Peltz-Weinberg. Participants are encouraged to obtain a copy of the book and to read the chapters we will discuss in advance of each session.
In this collection of stories, poems, teachings, and meditation exercises, Rabbi Peltz-Weinberg provides a pathway to navigate today’s challenges with grace, spiritual fulfillment, and understanding. We can learn to love one another, create just societies, handle suffering in productive ways, and bring love and gratitude into our everyday lives. The reading assignment for the Feb 13 session is Parts III and IV (pages 69-126).

Jewish Book Discussion Group (Zoom)

Wednesday, February 22,  7:30 – 9:00 p.m.
Theory of Death: A Decker/Lazarus Novel 
by Faye Kellerman, 23rd in Decker/Lazarus series
Note: this event has been moved from Sunday 2/11 and is now on Zoom
Former LAPD lieutenant Peter Decker is relishing the quiet and slow pace of his new job with the Greenbury police department, when the body of a man is found deep within the woods, shattering Decker’s peace. Without any personal effects near the body, Decker must dig to uncover his identity. The investigation takes Decker and McAdams to Kneed Loft College, where they must penetrate the indecipherable upper echelons of mathematics and mathematical prodigies. To connect with Zoom:, To connect by phone, call (669) 900-6833, Meeting ID: 830 6504 7904, Passcode: 439471, The discussion will be led by Paul Freudenthal.

Enjoy Life!
A Message from Holocaust Survivor Max Garcia (Social Hall)

Sunday, February 19, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
Max Garcia triumphantly survived 5 concentration camps and later rebuilt his life after liberation, realizing his dreams of having a family and becoming a successful architect. Max’s daughter, Michelle Winner, will share the lasting impact of the Holocaust and Max’s experiences on their family, as well as Max’s willingness to use humor to make sense of the absurd. Copies of the book Auschwitz, Auschwitz…I Cannot Forget You as Long as I Remain Alive (2nd Ed. 2008), which documents Max’s life, will be on sale at the event for $20.00 payable by cash or check. Max also contributed to the book Honey Cake & Latkes. Masks required during this event except after the event, when snacks will be served in the Mercaz. RSVP here