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If not now, then when?

If not now, then when?

The great Jewish sage Hillel, who famously wrote (in Pirkei Avot / The Ethics of the Fathers) “If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, then when?” could well have been talking about Jewish learning. There’s never a bad time to begin learning about something Jewish that speaks to you.

Have children at home? Perhaps you want to learn how to make Judaism come alive on the holidays and Shabbat. We’ve got it covered with Foundations of Jewish Family Living, a program sponsored by Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit and housed right here at Adat Shalom Synagogue. Taught by master Jewish educator Ruth Bergman, the class meets on ten Sunday mornings throughout the year — and includes bagels too.

Perhaps the Torah portion speaks to you each week. You might want to check out our weekly Torah Study, every Saturday morning at 9:45 a.m. Taught by clergy and educators, this engaging class is an opportunity to share your thoughts and learn something new. New participants are always warmly welcome, and you don’t need to read or understand Hebrew to come. You also don’t need to wear a suit!

If you have a long lunch break, take advantage of Lunchtime Learning at Adat Shalom throughout the year. Rabbi Bergman kicks off the season with a three-part series on Conversion and Intermarriage on October 13, 20, and 27. The program is free and we provide drinks and dessert to go alongside your parve or dairy lunch.

There is so much more – with new programs and classes being offered all the time. Check out our Adult Education page for more details, and keep checking back for monthly highlights.