Adult Education

There is something for everyone. Choose what interests you, bring a friend or two or come on your own. Enjoy learning with new and old friends.

ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES AND LECTURES 2018

  • Tikshoret (Connections): Welcome to Gates’ online adult education project, an opportunity to connect and learn with and from each other.

    • We begin with Section I. Being a Reform Jew (study guide p.67). Read it at your leisure. Then write your thoughts, ideas, impressions, questions, etc. on our online forum.
    • Once a month we will get together at different homes to continue sharing questions and answers with an eye towards creating personally meaningful Jewish experiences. 

    Study Guide Link: https://reformjudaismmag.org/rj-guide-reform-judaism-30-stories-discussion-study-guide

    Online Form Link: https://cgoh.createaforum.com/

    For more information, contact Arnie Rotenberg, Director of Congregational Jewish Living at arotenberg@cgoh.org or 518-374-8173.

  • Beginning Hebrew Reading In Only 6 Weeks
    With Michael Schulman
    Sundays beginning 9/16 at 10:00 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Have you always wanted to read Hebrew? Would you feel more comfortable at
    services knowing that you can read the Hebrew prayers? This course is for
    beginners and those who wish to brush up on their reading. Learn Hebrew in a
    contemporary and engaging format. No prior Hebrew knowledge required.

    Adult B’nai Mitzvah
    With Michael Schulman
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 11:00 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Do you remember your Bar/Bat Mitzvah? Would you like to renew your
    connection to the prayers and Torah text you learned? Or perhaps you never
    had a Bar/Bat Mitzvah and would like to. The Adult B’nai Mitzvah course
    prepares adults to comfortably access the texts and prayers of our tradition.
    This course will prepare you for a Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony in the spring.

    Kitah Aleph Hebrew
    With Lee Brice
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 9:30 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Prerequisite—knowledge of Hebrew Reading

    Prayer, Ritual, and Music
    With Lee Brice
    and guest teachers
    Rabbi Pearlman, Rabbi Matt, Arnie Rotenberg, and Student Cantor Stefano Iacono
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 10:30 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Prerequisite—knowledge of Hebrew Reading

    Kitah Bet Hebrew
    With Lee Brice
    Sundays beginning 9/16/18 at 11:30 a.m.
    Tuition: $75. Scholarships are available. Materials: $20
    Prerequisite—knowledge of Hebrew Reading

  • Beginning Hebrew Reading In Only 6 Weeks
    Wednesday: 10/10, 10/24, 11/7, 11/28, 12/12, 12/26 at 7:00 p.m.
    Have you always wanted to read Hebrew? Would you feel more comfortable in Synagogue knowing that you can read the Hebrew prayers? Do you want to brush up on your Hebrew reading skills? Do you know the difference between an Aleph and a Bet? 

    The course is targeted to beginners and those who wish to brush up on their reading. It will not cover comprehension or conversation. The course provides the perfect entry into the world of Jewish texts and prayer services. Learn Hebrew in a contemporary and engaging format. No prior Hebrew knowledge required.

    All Around Abraham
    With Brian Haak and Vered Hollander-Goldfarb
    Wednesdays: 10/17, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14, 12/5, 12/19 at 7:00 p.m.
    We all know Abraham, but how much thought have we given to the people that surround him?  These secondary characters can be fascinating in their own right.  They also give us a vivid sense of the environment that Abraham functioned in, the challenges he faced, the events that he shaped and that shaped him.

    Who was around Abraham?  The family he grew up in, Sarah his wife and Hagar – the other, Lot his nephew, the kings near and far, Ishmael, and his servant are all part of the world surrounding Abraham. We will spend a session on each one, but there will naturally be some overlap. Feel free to bring up any additional characters that might not be studied right then.

    Brian Haak is a member of Congregation Gates of Heaven and has served as Associate Counsel to the Majority and Home Rule Counsel for the New York State Assembly since January 2007. Brian is also a member of the Colonie Planning Board working on projects that included the West End Rezoning and the Boght Area traffic study

  • The first Thursday of each month(usually), from September-May from 7pm to 8 pm, we offer a free lecture series with various topics and speaker. Check the temple bulletin for details. 

    Here’s a look at our upcoming lineup:

    The Trial of Jonah: Was He A Real Prophet?
    Thursday, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. (Not the first Thursday)
    With temple members Bruce Feldman and Meg Levine as attorneys and Brian Haak as the judge.

    Guest Speaker Professor Richard Ognibene
    Thursday, November 1 at 7:00 p.m.
    Dr. Richard Ognibene, Professor Emeritus at Siena College, will discuss his
    newest book, Change in Early 19th Century In New York’s Capital District. Dr.
    Ognibene has been a professor emeritus of education since 2009. He also edited
    a Persistent Reformer: Jonathan Kozol’s Work to Promote Equality in America, and has written and lectured extensively in the area of education and social justice.

  • The Biblical History of Israel
    Thursdays: 10/11, 10/25, 11/8, 11/15, 11/29, 12/13, 12/27, 1/10, 1/24 From 7 pm to 8:30 pm

    As the birthplace of Judaism and Christianity, Israel is one of the most important regions in the world. With a rich history stretching back over 3,000 years, this area is a sacred land for three major faiths and the setting for defining events in religious history. But how did ancient Israel emerge? Who were the Israelites and where did they come from? What was it like to live in biblical Israel?

    Through a series of video lectures from The Great Courses by Professor Jodi Magness and Professor Cynthia R. Chapman followed by discussion, this 9-week course will add new dimensions to your understanding of the millennia-long narrative of this dynamic place.