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Adult Education at Temple Sinai invites learners at all stages, novice to “seasoned,” to forge connections through group exploration of Jewish texts and topics.

The Adult Education Committee supports programming that has precedent at Temple Sinai (e.g., Hebrew classes, Torah study, and other clergy-led explorations), as well as programs to whet appetites and uncover as yet undiscovered audiences. Please join us in our explorations!

Upcoming Events 


SAVE THE DATE! Scholar in Residence Weekend 2024

December 13th-15th 2024
Rabbi Joshua D. Garroway, Ph.D.
The weekend will be devoted to the topic:
"Jews and Christians Throughout the Years: Conflicts and Confluence"
Rabbi Garroway grew up in Rochester and at Temple Sinai. He is currently the Sol and Arlene Bronstein Professor of Judeo-Christian Studies at Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion.



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Torah Study
Saturdays at 9:15 am - Conference Room A

Torah study at Temple Sinai takes an unusual approach: we review a verse as slowly or as fast as we choose, then go on to the next. We read from different English translations and consult a variety of commentaries. There is plenty of room for comments and questions by participants. Our group truly enjoys our weekly meetings and appreciates the different approaches of our rabbi and cantor, who alternate leading the study sessions. We welcome you to our Torah study whether you wish to participate in lively discussions, read aloud the current passage, or simply listen. 
A supply of Torahs is available.
Coffee served 
We finish in time for the morning Shabbat service, which begins at 10:30. 

For more information, email Cantor Braun

Torah Chanting Club
Thursdays at 12:00 pm

The Temple Sinai AdultED program offers an exciting learning opportunity and experience! Chanting Torah has been an enduring way of transmitting our tradition.  Understanding trope empowers a person to chant Torah, lending its pronunciation musicality and phrasing.  The TORAH CHANTING Club introduces participants to the essentials of using trope to chant Torah.  While musical talent per se is not a prerequisite, basic facility with reading Hebrew is. The group meets once a week via Zoom and chants from Torah and Haftarah during Shabbat and Holiday services.

For more information, email Cantor Braun

Adult Education Presents:  The Holocaust on Film

As we must remember, the Holocaust stands as one of the darkest chapters in human history, a genocide that saw millions of European Jews systematically murdered by Nazi Germany. Cinema has grappled with depicting this incomprehensible event in both documentary and narrative forms over the decades.  These works show the progression from prejudice and denial, to industrialized genocide, to the pursuit of justice and lifelong psychological damage and healing. The series explores how such an atrocity occurred, the resilience of the human spirit, and the imperative to ensuring "Never Again."

Each film will be introduced and will have a discussion session following the screening.  Mark your calendar for these dates.
The Garden of the Finzi-Continis (1970)
Tuesday, September 17, 2024  7:00 PM
Introduced and discussed by Ann Leonard

We will begin in the years leading up to World War II with Vittorio De Sica’s masterpiece, "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis", which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film. This drama depicts an extremely wealthy Jewish family in 1930’s Italy unable or unwilling to recognize the coming danger.  It can’t happen to them, but of course, it does.
Schindler’s List (1993)
Tuesday, October 18, 2024  7:00 PM
Introduced and discussed by Victor Poleshuck

Liam Neeson stars as Oskar Schindler, a greedy German factory owner made rich by exploiting cheap Jewish labor.  But as World War II unfolds, he becomes an unlikely humanitarian, spending his entire fortune to help save 1100 Jews from Auschwitz.  Steven Spielberg’s masterpiece was nominated for 12 and won 7 Academy Awards including Best Picture and Best Director.
The Pianist (2002)
Tuesday, November 12, 2024  7:00 PM
Introduced and discussed by Jamie Spiller

Famed Polish concert pianist Wladyslaw Szpilman (Adrien Brody) struggles to survive the onslaught of Nazi tyranny during World War II in this Roman Polanski-directed drama based on Szpilman's memoirs.  Szpilman spends several years holed up in Warsaw, barely alive and subsisting on scraps until salvation comes in the form of a German officer.  Nominated for 7 Academy Awards, and won 3 including Best Actor.


Judgement at Nuremberg (1961)
Tuesday, December 17, 2024
Introduced and discussed by Dan Kinel

This film by Stanley Kramer stars Spencer Tracy as American judge Dan Haywood, who's chosen to guide a 1948 tribunal that's trying Germans suspected of engaging in atrocities during World War II.  Maximilian Schell co-stars in performance as defense counsel for the Nazi prisoners which won him the Best Actor Academy Award.  The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won 3.
The Pawnbroker (1964) 
Tuesday, January 14, 2025
Introduced and discussed by Ellen Poleshuck

In Nazi Germany, Sol Nazerman, played by Rod Steiger, is a German-Jewish university professor, who is sent to a concentration camp along with his family. He witnesses his two children and his wife die.  Twenty-five years later, Nazerman is haunted by his memories; he operates a pawnshop in an East Harlem slum.  Numbed and alienated by his experiences, he has trained himself not to show emotion.  Steiger was nominated for the Best Actor Academy Award and won the British equivalent.

These works show the progression from prejudice and denial, to industrialized genocide, to the pursuit of justice and lifelong psychological damage and healing. The series is an exploration of how such an atrocity occurred, the resilience of the human spirit, and the imperative to ensuring "Never Again."



“A Taste of Talmud” and
A Bite of Breakfast!
Feb. 25, March 3, 10, & 17

Mon, June 17 2024 11 Sivan 5784