Learning for Adults

The Rabbi Arnold and 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.

Two Mondays a Month | 10–11 a.m. | Via Zoom

Join mAAc members, fellow congregants, and Rabbi Neil Sandler twice a month for Rabbi Sandler's current events discussion group! Rabbi Sandler continues to keep us informed about current events affecting the Jewish Community. He teaches us not only to be aware of the current events but also to understand them.

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Every Thursday | 5–5:50 p.m. | Via Zoom

Have you ever found the siddur inaccessible and hard to comprehend, even in Hebrew? Dive deep into the biblical allusions of the siddur. Join our rabbi every Thursday for an hour of study and spiritual exploration as we delve into the intertextuality (biblical allusions) of our siddur and what the rabbis who composed the siddur might have been thinking about when praying these words. Each class will delve into a particular phrase of the Amidah or Shema, ending with a discussion about how we might pray these words knowing what we now know. Come in person and put your new knowledge into practice as we transition into our evening minyan service (6:00 p.m.).

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Every Wednesday | 5–6:00 p.m. | Via Zoom

Join Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal for a deep dive into the minds of our rabbis and the Rabbinic tradition. Explore the central text (the Talmud) of our Jewish life and 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. Questions? Contact Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal (lrosenthal@aasynagogue.org; 404.603.5744).

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Every Wednesday | 7:30–8:30 p.m. | Via Zoom

Join us every Wednesday for Biblical Hebrew Class, led by Hebrew instructor, Jim Dricker. In this class, we will cover all aspects of grammar and a well-rounded basic vocabulary. Students set the pace of the program, and we will proceed as fast or as slow as the majority of the class requests. We might take two years to complete… maybe more… perhaps less! The only prerequisite is the ability to sound out Hebrew words.Required textbook: The First Hebrew Primer: The Adult Beginner's Path to Biblical Hebrew, Third Edition by Simon, Resnikoff, and Motzkin (available on Amazon and other book sellers)

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Every Saturday | 10:30 a.m.–12 p.m. | Via Zoom

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 congregants who lead lively discussions. Questions? Contact Michael Miller (mgmiller@sloan.mit.edu).

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DateParshaFacilitator
8.5.23EikevSteve Grossman
8.12.23Re'ehSteve Chervin
8.19.23Shof'timAndy Zangwill
8.26.23Ki TetzeMark Budnitz
9.2.23Ki TavoSandro Gisler
9.9.23Nitzavim-VayelechMichael Miller
9.16.23 (9:30–10:30 a.m.; Ellman Chapel)Rosh Hashanah Day 1Michael Miller
9.23.23Ha'azinu ShuvahAllison Goldman
9.30.23Sukkot Day 1Paul Feldman
10.7.23Shemini AtzeretRabbi Sam Blustin
10.14.23BeresheetLinda Lippitt
10.21.23NoahMichael Miller
10.28.23Lech L'chaJudy Marx
11.4.23VayeraLinda Lippitt
11.11.23Chayei SarahLois Frank
11.18.23ToledotSteve Grossman
11.25.23VayetzeiDoug Ander
12.2.23 VayishlachLinda Lippitt
12.9.23VayeshevRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
12.16.23MikketzMichael Miller
12.23.23VayigashSandro Gisler
12.30.23VayechiJudy Marx
1.6.24ShemotRichard Friedman
1.13.24VaeraRichard Friedman
1.20.24BoAndy Zangwill
1.27.24Beshalach-ShirahJudy Marx
2.3.24YitroMichael Miller
2.10.24MishpatimRabbi Laurence Rosenthal
2.17.24TerumahDoug Ander
2.24.24 TetzavehSteve Chervin
3.2.24Ki TissaDavid Joffe
3.9.24Vayakhel-ShekalimLinda Lippitt
3.16.24PekudeBarbara Feinberg
3.23.24Vayikra ZachorAndy Zangwill
3.30.24Tzav ParahSandro Gisler
4.6.24Shemini HahodeshJudy Marx
4.13.24TazriaLinda Lippit
4.20.24 Metzora HaggadolJoe Citron
4.27.24Chol HaMoed PesachPaul Feldman
5.4.24AchreBrooke Rosenthal
5.11.24KedoshimJudy Marx
5.18.24Emor Rabbi Laurence Rosenthal
5.25.24BeharSteve Chervin
6.1.24BehukkotaiAndy Zangwill
6.8.24BemidbarSandro Gisler
6.15.24Naso
6.22.24Beha'alotchaJanet Schatten and Dick Friedman
6.29.24Shelah L'chaLinda Lippit
7.6.24KorachSteve Grossman
7.13.24ChukatSteve Nagler
7.20.24BalakDoug Ander
7.27.24Pinchas

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

Join the rabbi for lunch and learning. To RSVP or pre-order lunch, contact Jill Rosner (jrosner@aasynagogue.org; 404.603.5741).

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

Learning and discussion with the rabbi.

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