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 5781

DateParshaFacilitator(s)
8/1/2020Va’etchannanSteve Chervin
8/8/2020EkevAndy Zangwill
8/15/2020Re’ehDavid Joffe
8/22/2020Shof’timJoe Citron
8/29/2020Ki TetzeRabbi Neil Sandler
9/5/2020Ki TavoLinda Lippitt
9/12/20 – SelichotNitzavim and VayelechBarbara Feinberg
9/19/2020 – 1st Day Rosh HashanahJudy Marx
9/20/2020 – 2nd Day Rosh HashanahAndy Zangwill
9/26/20 – Shabbat ShuvahHa’azinu
9/28/20 – Yom KippurSteve Chervin
10/3/2020 – 1st Day SukkotDoug Ander
10/10/2020 – Shemini Atzeret
10/17/2020BereisheetRabbi Sam Blustin
10/24/2020NoahRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
10/31/2020Lech L’chaJudy Marx
11/7/2020VayeraPaul Feldman
11/14/2020Chayei SarahAndy Zangwill
11/21/2020ToledotLinda Lippitt
11/28/2020VayetzeArthur Povlot
12/5/2020VayishlachJudy Marx
12/12/20 – 3rd Day of ChanukahVayeshevJerry Greenberg
12/19/2020Mikketz
12/26/2020Vayiggash
1/2/2021VayechiLinda Lippitt
1/9/2021Shemot
1/16/2021Vaera
1/23/2021BoStan Cristol
1/30/2021BeshallahRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
2/6/2021YitroAndy Zangwill
2/13/21 – Shabbat SkekalimMishpatimArthur Povlot
2/20/21 – Shabbat ZachorTerumahJudy Marx
2/27/2021Tetzaveh
3/6/21 – Shabbat ParahKi TissaStanley Cristol
3/13/21 – Shabbat HaChodeshVayakhel and Pekudei
3/20/2021VayikraJudy Marx
3/27/21 – Shabbat HagadolTzav
4/3/2021 – 7th Day Pesach
4/10/2021Shemini
4/17/2021Tazria and Metzora
4/24/2021Achrei Mot and KedoshimRabbi Sam Blustin
5/1/2021EmorJudy Marx
5/8/2021Behar and BehukkotaiAndy Zangwill
5/15/2021Bemidbar
5/22/2021Naso
5/29/2021Beha’a lotchaRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
6/5/2021Sh’lach
6/12/2021Korah
6/19/2021Chukkat
6/26/2021Balak
7/3/2021Pinchus
7/10/2021Mattot and Masei
7/17/21 – Shabbat ChazonDevarimAndy Zangwill
7/24/21 – Shabbat NachamuVaetchanan
7/31/2021Eikev

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