2020-2021 Educational Programs

Adult Education


Despite COVID-19, our congregants are, as always, ready to step up to the plate! As I write, baseball players are stepping up to the plate with no fans in the stands.  We hope that when our congregants step up, you’ll be “in the stands” on Zoom with us!


Because of the pandemic, we are making a few changes to adult ed. For the time being, it will have to be on Zoom, not in person.  We have found that it is difficult to sit for too long and concentrate on the Zoom screen, so here are the changes:


Hebrew class and Torah study with Rabbi Fuchs will continue to be on Saturday mornings at their usual time – Hebrew class from 9:00 to 9:30 a.m. and Torah Study from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.


Since that is enough “tuchas time” to sit and Zoom, the lay-led portion of adult education will be on Wednesdays from 11:00 a.m. to noon, the same time that “Coffee with the Rabbi” was.  And we will intersperse a few Coffees in that time slot so we can chat and enjoy each other’s company!

Here is the schedule for November and December of 2020:

November 4: “Tracing DNA Back over 1,000 Years in the Lembe Tribe in Africa” ~ Led by Alan Lessack

November 11: Virtual Coffee with the Rabbi

November 18: “Inner City Rugby and How It Inspires Vulnerable Children to Stay Out of Gangs and in High School” ~ Led by Stuart Krohn, introduced by Michael Hochschild

November 25: Thanksgiving break

December 2: “Thoughts about Haftarah Obadiah” ~ Led by Lew Schneider

December 9: “Irving, George, Richard – and More!” ~  Led by Sally Sacks and Allan Sacks

December 16: “What Am I Missing? Questions about Being Human” ~ Rabbi Joseph Edelheit discusses his latest book with Rabbi Fuchs

Rabbi Edelheit and Rabbi Fuchs, long-time friends, met as rabbinic students. Rabbi Edelheit has served congregations in Chicago and was the senior rabbi of Temple Israel in Minneapolis until he retired. He was Emeritus Professor of Religious and Jewish Studies in Chicago and Minneapolis. He lives in Rio de Janeiro, where he is one of eight founding rabbis of the Council of Reform Rabbis of Brazil.

December 23 and 30: Winter break (this gives congregants time to visit with their school-aged children and grandchildren).



On Thursdays, November 14 and 21 and December 5, from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m., Rabbi Fuchs will offer a three-session seminar in Fellowship Hall. The series is free and open to the public. Participants may attend any or all of the classes. Rabbi Fuchs suggests you bring to the class whatever Bible translation you have.


Topics are as follows: 

  • November 14: The Magnificent Story of Creation

  • November 21: Eden, a Nice Place to Visit, but Would You Want to Live There?

   •   December 5: Cain and Abel: “The Symbol Story of the Human Soul”