Adult Education

Adult Learning and Reflection at Dorshei Tzedek, Fall 2015-Spring 2016

 All classes and programs take place at 60 Highland Street in West Newton, in the Second Church of Newton, and are open to the community unless otherwise indicated. A flyer listing all of these events is at the bottom of this page.

Seek Shalom and Pursue It: Jewish Approaches to Peace and War

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer and Larry Rosenwald
Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm, 2015: October 21 and 28, November 4, 11, and 18, December 2
(free for CDT members; $36 for non-members)

Is there a pacifist tradition in Judaism? How have Jewish teachers, activists, and thinkers responded to war in their time? How might Jewish texts and teachings help us navigate the violent world in which we live? Join Rabbi Toba Spitzer and guest teacher Larry Rosenwald, Professor of English at Wellesley College, Director of Wellesley’s Peace and Justice Studies Program and longtime pacifist and war tax resister, in an exploration of Jewish texts both ancient and modern, on the topics of nonviolence, war and the pursuit of peace.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
Saturdays, 8:45am
2015: October 17, November 14, December 19
2016: January 23, February 13, March 12, April 16, May 14, June 18

Each month before the Shabbat morning service, we will explore the parshat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion, through the lens of commentaries both traditional and contemporary. No prior experience in Torah study is necessary. Bring your own caffeinated beverage!

Reading Hebrew (and Liking It!)

with Michael Singer, CDT Member
Sunday afternoons, 2:30-4:00pm
October 11 - November 22, 2015
Cost: $130 (members); $180 (non-members)

This fall, expand your Hebrew knowledge in Michael Singer’s participatory, relaxed, and fun Hebrew reading course - back after a 6 year break. This class is primarily for adults at an advanced-beginner level of reading Hebrew (i.e., knowledge of the aleph-bet and the vowels, but little or no vocabulary knowledge). The goals of this course are: to strengthen students’ Hebrew reading fluency in prayerbook/rabbinic Hebrew, and to deepen students’ knowledge of Hebrew vocabulary, grammar, and verbs. (Please note: this is not a modern Hebrew course). The course book will be the engaging Aleph Isn’t Enough by Linda Motzkin (URJ Press, 2001). If you have any questions, please email msinger620 [at]

Michael Singer is a CDT member and life-long student of Hebrew and Judaic studies who holds an MA in Biblical and Hebrew Studies from Brandeis University. He has taught adult classes at CDT and in the greater Boston area.

Mindful Mornings

Thursday mornings, 8:30am-9:15am
Future meetings times may change; please check the CDT calendar

This weekly gathering combines guided and silent meditation to develop our capacity for mindful awareness, and to help us cultivate qualities of patience, gratitude, and compassion. On the first Thursday of each month, Karen Arnold will lead a meditation based on the weekly Torah portion. On the second Thursday of each month, Rabbi Toba Spitzer will incorporate chant (the singing of simple Hebrew
phrases from liturgy and biblical texts) as well as mindfulness meditation. At other sessions, Carole Slipowitz and other CDT members will facilitate the meditation. All are welcome, whether experienced in meditation or not.

No need to make a weekly commitment; join us when you’re able! For more information, please contact mindful-mornings [at]

Exploring the Bible

with Dr. Sanford Goldfless
Meets weekly through May at participants’ homes

In this class we get familiar with the Jewish Bible (the Tanach or Torah, Prophets, and Writings) by reading it in English and discussing large parts of it together. We often look at the biblical text from a historical perspective, and we always pay attention to the literary features of the text that are essential for conveying its meaning. We also enjoy conversation about the course of Jewish history and culture through the ages.

The class is very low key and interactive and is open to all Dorshei Tzedek members and their friends.

Cost: $15 per session (fee can be reduced to whatever you feel comfortable with)
Contact Stan Fleischman at: stanfma [at] or 617-332-5433 for more information.

Film Club

See more information about the film club here.

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