Adult ed

Here, we offer a variety of ways to learn and evolve.

You’ll find social clubs meeting in homes, serious study groups grappling with heavy topics, or larger gatherings involved in social action.

Learn to read and understand Hebrew—mastering the language of the Jewish people. Or, attend scholarly lectures by acclaimed intellectuals about current global issues.

At Kehillah, you’ll find multiple ways to connect with, and make a difference, in your community. From that comes the best part: enduring friendships.

Adult Ed Opportunities:

Cultural Events

REEL Israel Film Series

March 7-11, 2021 at the Chelsea Theater

Through five incredible documentary films, Duke Associate Professor Shai Ginsburg will take participants on a unique tour of Israel. Several film screenings will be followed by evocative, honest discussions. Tugging at your heart and your mind, these films are not to be missed.

Classes & Lectures

Introduction to Judaism

Levin JCC
Wednesdays, September 2, 2020 – January 27, 2021 7-8:30 PM

Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about joining the Tribe? This class, using the Miller Program, is an open and engaging 18-week experience geared towards both Jews and non-Jews who want to learn more. Bring your questions and explore the wisdom, depth, and joy of Jewish living. No classes will be held on 9/23, 11/25, 12/23, and 12/30. Makeup dates reserved on 2/3 and 2/10. Follow this link for more information or to register.

Adult Beginner’s Hebrew

Via Zoom
Wednesdays, January 6 –  February 3, 2021 7:00-8:30PM

Want to learn Hebrew? Kehillah is offering a 5 week crash course for $54. We must have 5 students to offer the course.

Heart Mind & Soul Series

Remotely with Zoom
July 14 & August 11, 7:30PM

John and Joy Kasson, retired professors of American Studies at UNC, will present two sessions examining the development of the Broadway musical in the twentieth century and highlighting the achievement of Jewish composers, writers, and performers. We will consider the historical significance, and theatrical context of two enduring musicals: Jerome Kern and Oscar Hammerstein II’s Show Boat (1927) on July 14 at 7:30, and Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick’s Fiddler on the Roof (1964) on August 11 at 7:30. The Zoom presentations will include a Powerpoint presentation and film clips. Click here for a more detailed statement of our approach and themes, as well as suggestions for viewing and listening. To join the conversation email sherri@kehillahsynagogue.org.

Owning Up to Our History and Facing Our Future: A Covenant of Anti-Racism (open to Kehillah members only)

While we often describe our town as progressive, we know that racial injustices of disparity in educational opportunity, health, employment, income, housing and criminal justice persist in Chapel Hill and Orange County. We know, also, that in order to do the work of being anti-racist, we need to know and to own the history that brought us here.

Since early March, Rabbi Jen has been meeting weekly with an interfaith, interracial group of ministers to jointly plan responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This same group is seeking ways for our communities to work together to confront racism and work toward racial justice. This minister forum will be meeting weekly for six weeks with scholar Chris Faison to learn the histories of race and racism in Chapel Hill that shape our present moment. Then each faith community will gather to watch and discuss these 6 recorded sessions. At the conclusion of the six sessions, we’ll join across our faith communities to meet with Chris Faison and forge future actions. The six sessions are listed below.

Session 1: Town Founding – Civil War, 6/25

This introductory session will start by discussing the concept of individual racism during the town’s beginnings, while acknowledging the Indigenous American populations through the end of the Civil War.

Session 2: Reconstruction – Pre-World War I, 7/2

The second session will consider the idea of interpersonal racism during the Reconstruction era through the lead up to World War I.

Special Session: Conversation with local student activist, 7/9

Session 3: World War I – Pre-Brown v. Board of Education, 7/16

The third session will account for the abstraction of institutional racism from the World War I epoch through the time frame ahead of the landmark Brown decision.

Session 4: Modern Civil Rights Movement, 7/23

The fourth session will look upon the notion of structural racism in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.

Session 5: Multiculturalism 7/30

The fifth session will regard the impression of antiracism in the 1980s and 1990s.

Session 6: Post-racialism in 21st Century 8/6

The sixth and final session will imagine the thought of being an antiracist from 2000 to present.

Session 7: Interfaith discussion across our communities TBD

All faith communities come together for a moderated ZOOM discussion with Chris and to plan next steps.

For more information about our engaging Adult Education programs contact: sherri AT kehillahsynagogue.org