December Adult Learning

Talmud Study (in English)—Tuesdays at noon
December 6, 13, and 20 (off on December 27)
CABI Library
For beginners and veterans alike, led by Rabbi Dan.  We will discuss passages that touch on contemporary concerns, and learn more about the Talmud and why it continues to be the central text of our tradition.  You can bring a brown-bag lunch to these weekly sessions.

Lay Leader Training for Saturday morning services
Wednesdays 4:15-5:00 pm all through December
Location: CABI Library
We are practicing from the new red prayer book, Siddur Lev Shalem. Questions? Isabel Ringer: or 208-585-6395.
Torah Trope: How to Chant Torah (off on December 21, 28)
Wednesday evenings 6:40-7:10 pm. Rabbi Dan will teach how to chant Torah according to the traditional cantillation system. Participants who choose will be encouraged to put this skill into practice, leyning (chanting) from the weekly portion on selected Shabbat morning services. This is recommended for B’nai Mitzvah students. It is also highly recommended for CABI adult members who are able to read Hebrew phonetically (see prerequisite below). Rabbi Dan is very eager to build a badly needed communal corps of Torah readers. Prerequisite: one MUST be able to decode Hebrew proficiently in order to take this class; if one cannot read the Hebrew smoothly, it is too much to take on learning the musical notation.
Coming in January
  • Saturday, January 14—Feast of Torah All-Day Musical Shabbaton
  • Six sessions in January and February—Teaching the Holocaust, at College of Idaho in Caldwell, taught by Dr. Federica Francesconi, Assistant Professor of Judaic Studies and History and the Howard Berger-Ray Neilsen Chair in Judaic Studies. This is an educational series for teachers and for the general public about methods of teaching about the Holocaust, why we should teach the Holocaust, approaches to this subject matter, resources for class planning, and literature on the subject. Dr. Francesconi is a dynamic speaker and a recognized expert in her field. Questions? Contact Dr. Francesconi:

For information about other adult learning opportunities that are in the planning stages, or if you want to teach, please contact Adult Education Chair Sandy Berenter: