Adult Education

Weekly Torah Study on Monday evenings and featured classes throughout the year.

Classes are open to the greater community.

Registration is not required for featured classes, but will give us an idea of how many to expect.

Questions? Contact Marci Portal, Adult Education Chair

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Multifaith, Bilingual Bible Study: The Exodus


Pastor Daniel Velez Rivera of St. Gabriel's Episcopal Church in Leesburg joins Rabbi Tow to lead us in a multifaith, bilingual bible study


Thursdays in November, dates tbd at 7:00-8:30pm

In-person at St. James Episcopal Church, 8 Cornwall Street NW, Leesburg

and online via Zoom (link to be provided)


Please join us for a unique experience to study the Exodus story together, with learning in both Spanish and English.

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The Prophets and Social Justice


Rabbi Bruce Aft joins us again to lead a new class!


We will be studying the prophets and using as a guide, The Prophets by Abraham Joshua Heschel. We will look at the prophets as social justice warriors who were trying to create a better world.


We will look at parallel figures in our modern world and discuss how the prophetic tradition has informed their work.


Wednesday, November 2, 9, 16, and 30


All classes will be held on Zoom

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Our Conversational Hebrew class has switched formats! Join us monthly online via Duolingo!


Next session:

Wednesday, November 9, 11:00am


Duolingo accounts can be set up for free. Search the classes section for Hebrew conversation. You'll find Rabbi Tow's "Duolingo name," Niels, with the class. Then click and sign in.

Weekly Torah Study

Mondays 7:30pm - 8:45pm

Sha'are Shalom's weekly Torah study meets every week with the exception of Jewish holidays.

In Judaism, Torah study is actually a mitzvah. We have a life-long obligation to consider how our sacred texts relate to our lives, our relationships. our obligations, our families, our civic duties, and nearly every other essential aspect of our existence. One of the most important ways we can do this is to spend some time with the text that will be read in communal worship that week. A reason the Torah has continued to be significant for us is that it offers unlimited opportunities for interpretation and discussion. 


Our weekly study session will begin with a review of the parshah (section of the first five books that will be read on Shabbat) with general discussion encouraged, but limited. Following this, the leader will guide a focused consideration of a part of the parshah of particular interest. Participants will be encouraged (but in no way requied) to actively contribute to the discussion. No background of any kind is needed, and the leader will have the responsibility to explain topics, words, and concepts as necessary. No question will be too basic.


The selection of the parshah will follow the Conservative movements triennial pattern. It will be helpful if participants have access to a good English translation of the Torah for this to work. Online resources are perfectly acceptable. The leader will use the Jewish Publication Society's translation from the Etz Hayim Chumash. (A Chumash includes the Hebrew text of the Torah separated into its 54 constituent weekly Torah portions, together with the haftarah for each portion, and often, translation notes.)

We will continue to offer sponsorship opportunities to honor those significant in our lives. Sponsorships help us bring these high-quality programs to you and bring to the holy activity of Torah study the goodwill of those we care about and the blessings that we have experienced in our lives. We are offering sponsorships for $36 for one class and $72 for three (such a deal!). Support will be publicized and will be acknowledged at the beginning of each class. Each class may be supported by more than one sponsor to honor multiple blessings in our lives!