The Rabbi Arnold & Rae Goodman Learning Institute

The Goodman Institute (est. 2002) makes it possible for every member of the Ahavath Achim community to travel his/her own path to Jewish learning. We offer a wide variety of programs (mostly free of charge) designed to serve the needs of beginning learners, advanced learners and everyone in between. Our scope includes the fundamental texts of Conservative Judaism, Jewish history, Zionism and Israel, religious beliefs, practices and rituals, Jewish philosophy, Hebrew language and all aspects of Jewish culture, including literature, music, art and drama.

We believe adult learning fosters a lifelong commitment to personal spiritual growth, expanding Jewish intellectual society, and passing Jewish literacy and learning from generation to generation. Ahavath Achim offers adult education opportunities throughout the year with regularly scheduled classes, special programming, guest speakers, and special events.

Talmud Class with Rabbi Sandler


Every Thursday | 8:30 am | Cavalier Room

Join Rabbi Sandler for this study group following Morning Minyan. For more information, contact Rabbi Neil Sandler at nsandler@aasynagogue.org or 404.603.5740.

Talmud Class with Rabbi Rosenthal


Every Wednesday | 5 pm (4:30 pm after Daylight Saving Time ends) | Koplin Borochoff Library

Join Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal as we dive into the minds of our rabbis and the Rabbinic tradition. Explore the central text (the Talmud) of our Jewish life as we learn the basic structure of this amazing and impactful spiritual book. This year we will be exploring the Talmud Tractate Megillah, Chapter 3. No previous experience with Talmud is necessary. For more information, contact Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal at lrosenthal@aasynagogue.org.

Tuesdays at AA


Every Tuesday | 10 am – 12 pm | Fishman Conference Room

Join the Rabbis and fellow congregants for an educational experience about current events and the Bible.

Torah Study


Every Saturday | 10 – 11 am | Cavalier Room

AA is committed to providing a community of adult Jewish learning. We believe adult learning fosters a lifelong commitment to personal spiritual growth, expanding Jewish intellectual society, passing Jewish literacy, and learning from generation to generation. Torah Study sessions are facilitated by congregant volunteers who lead lively discussions. For more information, contact Andy Zangwill at andrew.zangwill@physics.gatech.edu

Torah Study Schedule 5780

DateParshaFacilitator(s)
8/3/2019Mattot and MaseiDavid Joffe
8/10/2019DevarimLinda Lippitt
8/17/19 SHABBAT NACHAMUVa’etchannanPaul Feldman
8/24/2019EkevJoe Citron
8/31/2019Re’ehAndy Zangwill
9/7/2019Shof’timPaul Feldman
9/14/2019Ki TetzeSteve Grossman
9/21/19 SELICHOTKi TavoStan Cristol
9/28/2019NitzavimSonia Fishkin
10/5/19 SHABBAT SHUVAHVayelechAndy Zangwill
10/12/2019Ha’azinuBarbara Feinberg
10/19/19 CHOL HAMOED SUKKOTKi TissaBill Caritj
10/26/2019BereisheetJudy Marx
11/2/2019NoahJoe Citron
11/9/2019Lech L’chaNo Session – Rosenthal Bar Mitzvah
11/16/2019VayeraDoug Ander
11/23/2019Chaye SarahRabbi Neil Sandler
11/30/2019ToledotJudy Marx
12/7/2019VayetzeJoe Marcus
12/14/2019VayishlachRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
12/21/2019VayeshevDavid Joffe
12/28/19 DAY 6 OF CHANUKAHMikketz
1/4/2020VayiggashLinda Lippitt
1/11/2020VayechiArthur Povlot
1/18/2020Shemot
1/25/2020VaeraRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
2/1/2020BoRabbi Neil Sandler
2/8/2020BeshallahShelly Dollar
2/15/2020YitroJudy Marx
2/22/20 SHABBAT SKEKALIMMishpatimPaul Feldman
2/29/2020Terumah
3/7/20 SHABBAT ZACHORTetzavehArthur Povlot
3/14/20 SHABBAT PARAHKi TissaStanley Cristol
3/21/20 SHABBAT HACHODESHVayakhel and PekudeiJudy Marx
3/28/2020VayikraRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
4/4/20 SHABBAT HAGADOLTzavPaul Feldman
4/11/20 CHOL HAMOED PESACHBrooke Rosenthal
4/18/2020SheminiBarbara Feinberg
4/25/2020Tazria and MetzoraRabbi Neil Sandler
5/2/2020Achrei Mot and KedoshimJudy Marx
5/9/2020EmorRabbi Chaim Listfield
5/16/2020Behar and BehukkotaiLinda Lippitt
5/23/2020BemidbarJim Dricker
5/30/2020
6/6/2020NasoBrooke Rosenthal
6/13/2020Beha’a lotcha
6/20/2020Sh’lach
6/27/2020KorahAndy Zangwill
7/4/2020Chukkat and Balak
7/11/2020Pinchus
7/18/20 SHABBAT HACHODESHMattot and Masei
7/25/2020DevarimLinda Lippitt

Piedmont Study Group


Every Second Wednesday of the Month | 2:30 – 3:30 pm | The Piedmont at Buckhead – 650 Phipps Boulevard NE, Atlanta, GA 30326

Learning and discussion with the Rabbis.

Lunch and Learn


Every Third Wednesday of the Month | 12 – 1 pm | Offices of Birnbrey, Minsk, Minsk, and Perling – 1801 Peachtree Street NW #300, Atlanta, GA 30309

Join the rabbis for lunch and learning. To RSVP or pre-order lunch, contact Jill Rosner at jrosner@aasynagogue.org or 404.603.5741.

Introduction to Biblical Hebrew


For adult students who can read Hebrew words but do not know what they mean, this course provides an introduction to the Hebrew grammar and vocabulary found in the Torah and Siddur. Using the self-paced text, Prayerbook Hebrew the Easy Way, Third Edition (EKS Publishing), this course is suitable for beginning and intermediate students. The course will meet Wednesday evenings in Fishman Conference Room from 7 – 8:30 pm over the course of two semesters of 11 weeks each.

Tuition: $50 for members; $65 for non-members; and $75 for couples. Books must be purchased separately. For additional information, contact Rabbi Neil Sandler at 404.603.5740 or nsandler@aasynagogue.org.

First Semester: October 3, 10, 17, 24, 31; November 7, 14, 21, 28; and December 5

Second Semester: January 9, 16, 23, 30; February 6, 13, 20, 27; March 6, 13, 27