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Adult Education

MJC welcomes all adults wherever they may be on their Jewish journey. In this Adult Education Brochure you will find a range of religious, educational, social, and cultural activities and events. We hope that these programs will inspire you to create deep connections with each other, Torah, God, the people and the State of Israel, and be an active member in our congregation. 

  2017-2017 Programs

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Koas 
Wednesday, February 28 at noon
Come enjoy a light, dairy lunch and learn about various topics of interest.  

habbat Morning Learning Service 
February 17, March 24

Have you ever wished you could understand more of the Shabbat morning service?  Do you ever wonder why we say the prayers we do, or what they mean?  Join Rabbi Pont and other like-minded members of the community as we pray and learn together.  

Learning about the Holidays with Rabbi Koas
Saturday, March 3, 9:15-10:00 am

Rabbi Koas will teach about the holidays.


Ancient Jewish Magic with Dr. Beth Banks Cohn 

Mondays, March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 7:00-8:00

Wait, What?!?!?  We know that the Torah specifically prohibits practicing magic, sorcery, witchcraft and related arts.  Yet, magic was actually practiced in Jewish society at least from the Second Temple period onward.  In this 6-week course we will explore how this was possible and what the magic actually looked like.  We’ll answer questions such as: What evidence do we have that Jews practiced magic?  How widespread was it? What kind of influence did the non-Jewish population have on Jewish magic, and vice versa?  Is “Jewish magic” really “Jewish”?  And did the ancient Rabbis practice magic?  Come join Dr. Beth Banks Cohn as we learn about this often overlooked and even specifically ignored topic.  No experience or knowledge of Hebrew required.


Introduction to Judaism Course 

Sundays starting October 29, 10:00 am - 12:30 pm

MJC main building

A twenty four session course, for those interested in learning more and/or in conversion. To register and for more info: to:


Yiddish Conversation Course 
Thursdays from 7:30-8:30 pm 

Come and learn Conversational Yiddish with Esther Kluge, starting in the spring.


NEW PROGRAM ♦ 2018 WITH DILLIES  PILEVSKY   Isaac Bashevis Singer — “From the Shtetl to His New World" - Brunch and Learn in the JWV Room 

Sundays, February 4 and 18 from 10:00-11:30 

  • Feb 4 - We will read and discuss "Gimpel the Fool". This is his first short story in English which launched his career to fame and fortune. Find out how and why?
  • Feb 18 - We will read and discuss" The Spinoza of Market Street” Singer’s, short story about shtetel life with an O. Henry twist! 

Make a human connection with the author, the short story and yourself. All are welcome!


Israel Night at the Movies -Sunday Nights at 7:30 pm in the Dining Room

February 11 • Epilogue

March 11 • Apples From The Desert

April 15  •  Wounded Land

May 6  •  Valley 

As always, FREE to MJC members with refreshments served and $7 at the door to others.  Dates might change based upon MJC activities.


Mondays at 8:30 pm, Jewish War Veterans’ Room 
with Rabbi Oratz

If you think of the Torah as Cliff Notes, this is the full explanation. No Hebrew needed, extremely interesting, keeps your brain active. Join lively discussion as we learn, beginners welcome. Our longest running class, since 1986!


Beginners Spoken Hebrew 
Wednesdays 6:45-7:30pm, Chai Building 

Learn Hebrew with Rabbi Koas when Religious School is in session.


MJC Book Club   
Tuesday, February  6, 
The book:  Homegoing by Yaa Giyasi

The MJC Book Club has been running for 40 years!  We’re always open to new members and we’d be pleased to have you join us.  If you are interested, please send your name and e-mail address to




Sunday, February 11, 10:00 am, Dining Room 

Terrie Polovsky will speak about the rich culture, history, and Jewish community of the Island. She has an MA from Columbia University in Spanish American Literature with a concentration on Cuba. Coffee and bagels will be served. 











Tue, January 16 2018 29 Tevet 5778