Adult Engagement/Adult Learning

Overview

This past year has taught us how much we appreciate home, how essential it is to have a place we know we can go for safety, for shelter, to be with family, or just by ourselves, when the world overwhelms. But the year ahead brings a precious promise: it is time to come back to the congregation we call Home. What is Larchmont Temple, after all, if not a community of care, where we treat one another like family…a community of shared celebration/support, where we mark life’s moments together…a community of common cause, where we renew our commitment to repairing the world.

Anticipating actually being back in our building—sitting together in our Sanctuary, schmoozing in the social hall or in the front foyer, learning in the Grant Conference Center or in our KESHER classrooms, we can’t help but feel: it has been far too long. Yet our journey back is not alone to a place, but to a greater purpose. For what makes LT our Home is not the building, but rather all of us—the people who fill it…

Which is why this new Temple year, 5782, will be Our Year of Coming Home—exploring what it means to be part of this LT Community of Covenant. How the questions and concerns we voice, the hopes and heartaches we share, the commitments we aspire to make real together help us to create a congregation we can all call Home/that feels like Home.

Covenantally speaking, as our returning brings renewal, Larchmont Temple might mean more than we know. For as Home, LT is our foundation stone, the reference point that nurtures our Jewish lives, a place of memory and meaning that helps us remember who we are and inspires us to become all we can. LT as our sacred Home enables us to tell our story, recognizing that our own life-narrative is part of a transcendent tale, connecting us to one another. Our Temple-Home is the compass that guides us; a place filling us with sacred purpose, pointing towards a brighter tomorrow, accompanying us wherever we go.

With all we’ve been through, we feel blessed to join with you in a New Year we know will truly feel like new, a celebration of heart & hope that will lead us all back Home.

With sweetness for a 5782 filled with life,

Rabbi Jeffrey J. Sirkman
Cantor Tracey Scher
Rabbi Leora J. Frankel

Current Adult Classes

Chevrah Torah

Saturday Mornings Our Chevrah Torah is a transformational hour when the text comes to life through a round-the-table-sharing of the weekly portion’s key question [KOSHI] and the commentaries of the ages. It’s a time when congregants gather together to explore and gain insight from our sacred texts, and from one another.

Customarily led by Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, along with the many teachers who join us weekly, the best way to become part of the conversation, and discover the sacred wisdom that only Torah can bring, is to take a seat around our table!


Coming Home to the Holy One

Jan - May, 2022
Selected Thursdays, 7:30pm

Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman

How can we make sense of life in ways that “Let God in?”

Join any remaining class at any time. Each class is independent content and does not depend on previous classes.

Language of Home: Reading Prayerbook Hebrew

Mar - May, 2022
Tuesdays 7:30pm

Yaffa Zweig & Rabbi Frankel

A basics course in decoding to foster Hebrew prayer fluency.

Class has been filled.

Coming Home to Prayer: Finding Meaning & God’s Presence in our Prayer Book

Mar - Apr, 2022
Selected Thursdays, 7:30pm

Cantor Tracey Scher

A deep dive into why prayer presents so many roadblocks, and how we can create a sense of spiritual connection with new perspective.

Renovating Your Jewish Home

March, 2022
Selected Thursdays
Rabbinic Intern Lily Goldstein & Rabbi Leora Frankel.

A room by room spiritual remodeling approach: How your kitchen, living room, family room and child's bedroom can help bring Judaism to life! With Rabbinic Intern Goldstein & Leora Frankel.

Women's Study Group

Jan - May, 2022
Selected Fridays
Rabbi Leora Frankel & Rabbinic Intern Lily Goldstein.

Each meeting the group will explore a different Jewish theme or text with a feminist twist.
  • -- A. Bartlett Giamatti, “Baseball as Narrative,”  University of Michigan Law School, 1989
    "H-O-M-E…Is a concept, not a place; it is a state of mind where self-definition starts.  It is origins…wherein one first realizes s/he is an original, perhaps like others, especially those one loves, but distinct…HOME is where we first learn to be separate, ourselves, and it remains the place where reunion, if it ever were to occur, would happen…HOME is about restoration of the right relations---and going HOME is where that restoration occurs because that is where it matters most… To attempt to go HOME is to go the long way around, to stray in the hopes of finding completeness…in reintegration with those left behind…To truly go HOME may be impossible, but it is a driving necessity, our compelling dream."  
    -- A. Bartlett Giamatti, “Baseball as Narrative,” University of Michigan Law School, 1989