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 8-12 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.

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Classes & Lectures

Beginners’ Talmud Study

Throughout the ages, the meanings of the Torah and Jewish law have been extensively debated by the Rabbis. The Talmud is a compilation of some of the first discussions and argumentations (known as “sugyiot”). It is comprised of two books, the Mishnah (dated from around the year 200) and the Gemara (dated from about 500 CE).  The Kehillah’s Adult Education Committee is immensely pleased to announce a new beginner’s Talmud class (no Hebrew required) that will be starting this August. The class will be taught by a Michal Bigman, an experienced teacher who has an MA in Talmud from Bar Ilan University in Israel. We will focus on Rabbinic discussions of the Jewish holidays, to help enrich our understandings of the historical, social, and ethical concerns that have helped form Jewish practice over the years.

The class will be held periodically throughout the year, organized as a series of 2-3 sessions before or during major Jewish holidays. The first set of sessions will focus on Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and Sukkot, the “Tishrei Holidays” (named for the Hebrew month of Tishrei when they take place).

Preparing for Rosh Hashanah: Living in Vulnerable times

Rabbi Mordecai Liebling
Sunday, September 15, 1:00-4:00 pm
Kehillah Sanctuary

Antisemitism is on the rise. We will examine what the history and function of antisemitism is and why it is arising now.  We will, also, explore our personal experiences of and responses to antisemitism. This will prepare us to discerning how and when to act.

Profiles of Hope in Israel

Michele Rivkin-Fish
Sunday, November 3, 9:30-11:00 am
Kehillah Chapel EmanuEl

Interested in knowing more about movements for democracy, pluralism, and social justice in Israeli society? Come here Michele Rivkin-Fish tell about some of the organizations she became acquainted with during her recent spring semester sabbatical in Israel.

Conversation on Judaism

Wednesday, November 9, 7:00 pm
Chapel Hill Library, Meeting Room B 

Let’s talk about the many facets of Judaism with the following panel: Jewish Observance-Rabbi Jen Feldman and Rabbi Laura Lieber, Culture-Marcie Cohen Ferris, Engagement-Debbie Goldstein and History/Politics-Jeff Spinner-Halev.

Growing up Jewish: Stories from beyond America

Marion Robboy, Faye Rapp, Ziggy Rivkin-Fish & Henry Fuchs
Sunday, December 8, 9:30-11:00
Kehillah Sanctuary

Listen to the fascinating stories of their lives as Jewish children in Morocco, Switzerland, Denmark and Hungary. 

Lunch & Learn with Rabbi Jen: A Window or a Wall? 

Rabbi Jen Feldman
Wednesdays, December 11, January 8, February 12 & March 25, 12:00pm-1:00 pm
Chapel Hill Public Library

Does Judaism have anything to say about the afterlife? In fact, the Jewish mystics developed rich ideas about what happens after we die. For them, the connection between ourselves and the deceased is more of a window than a wall. Join Rabbi Jen as we delve into some of these teachings and consider how they can impact our own lives and pathways of mourning. 

Can We Talk?

Sundays, January 5, February 2 & March 15, 9:30-11:00
Kehillah Chapel EmanuEl

Rules of civil discourse encourage one to broach a topic with an open mind and to actively listen to another. In a world that is increasingly divided, is this possible? Join us for a 2-part series as we learn the tools of civil discourse. We will actually practice using those tools while in conversation with someone who shares a different opinion than yours.

Adult Beginner’s Hebrew

Kehillah Library
Wednesdays, January 8 – February 5, 7:00-8:30 

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

Passover Food: More than just Matzah Balls!

Kelly Alexander
Wednesday, March 18, 7:00 pm
Kehillah Kitchen

Kelly Alexander, Kehillah member, writer, anthropologist and previous editor of Saveur magazine, will be doing what she loves best-talking about food! Join us as we explore Passover foods and go home with some new recipes!

Simone & Martin Lipman Scholar in Residence Weekend

March 27-29, 2020

Martin & Simone valued learning & community. Let’s come together for the 4th Scholar in Residence Weekend as we honor these two beloved founders of Kehillah.

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Social Action

Racial Equity Team

First Sundays of each month in congregant homes. More information: info AT