Lectures & Courses

At Central Synagogue

Adult Engagement Programming


Click here to view a complete list of Fall 2018 Adult Engagement Events and Courses.

Interested in presenting at Central Synagogue? Please contact Lauren Dickel, Adult Engagement Program Manager, at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

Upcoming Lectures and Courses:


Learning with Rabbi Peter Rubinstein

Wednesdays, October 24, November 28, December 19, 5:00 pm | Community House
Taught by Rabbi Peter Rubinstein

Oct. 24: “Jewish Superstition”; Nov. 28: “Heaven, Hell, and Resurrection in Reform Judaism, True or False?”; Dec. 19: “Biblical Stories of Abuse: Dinah, Tamar and Bathsheba”

Join fellow members and Rabbi Emeritus Rabbi Peter Rubinstein for engaging and challenging learning sessions.

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Lunch & Learn: Great Jewish Opera Singers, Part 1

Monday, January 28 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Join Conductor Cesare Civetta as he presents an intriguing collection of rare photos, recordings, and footage about legendary Opera singers, including Leonard Warren, Joseph Schmidt, Roberta Peters, Robert Merrill, Beverly Sills, Jan Peerce, and Richard Tucker. We will take a trip down musical memory lane as we hear iconic pieces ranging from The Barber of Seville and Danny Boy to Roberto Devereux and Kol Nidre, among others.

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Lunch & Learn: Meeting Places: Poems and Songs from Persian and Jewish Mystical Traditions

Monday, February 11 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Vocalist and poet Haleh Liza Gafori and oud musician Rabbi Zach Fredman will share gems from the mystical traditions of their ancestors. Through an exploration of texts by Persian mystics Rumi and Hafez, and Jewish kabbalist Yisrael Najara, engage in a poetic and musical dialogue exploring themes of love and liberation as communicated through these powerful traditions.

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Lunch & Learn: Tasting the Best Chocolate with Rabbi Debbie Prinz

Monday, March 11 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

How do Jewish principles relate to a love of chocolate? Rabbi Debbie Prinz will explore the complexities that arise when measuring our food values against our chocolate choices and consumption. Lunch and chocolate will be served.

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Lunch & Learn: Art as a Bridge to Israel’s Past and Beyond

Monday, April 15 at 12:30 pm | Lindenbaum Pavilion

Join artist and educator Michal Nachmany as she discusses the link art creates between past and present, and between viewers. Drawing upon childhood memories growing up in Israel and her years exhibiting in New York and around the world, Nachmany discusses her own artistic journey and experiences bringing communities together to connect over works of art.

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Ongoing Classes

No registration required.