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  • Community Scholar Program

    Brotherhood Synagogue Adult Education is now a partner of the Orange County Jewish Community Scholar Program (CSP).  Each month we’ll publish new class offerings.

    Click here to register for monthly CSP programs.

  • Judaism and Islam with Professor Elisha Russ-Fishbane

    Mondays: March 7, 14 & 21  at 7:00 pm

    • Jewish Reactions to the Rise of Islam

    • Coming to Terms with Islam and Its Prophet

    • Jewish Views of Islam, between Polemic and Praise

    The medieval encounter between Judaism and Islam had a profound impact on the identity and development of both traditions. In this class, we will take a deep dive into the sources to examine how each viewed and related to the other at critical stages in their historical encounter. We will read the original sources (in translation), learn their historical context, and consider their ongoing implications and repercussions in our day.  Please join us.

    Elisha Russ-Fishbane, Associate Professor of Hebrew and Judaic Studies at New York University, is a historian of Jewish culture in the medieval Islamic world and a scholar of medieval Jewish thought, law, and literature. His critically awarded published works include a study of Abraham Maimonides and Aging in Medieval Jewish Culture. He is currently working on a study of how Islam, both as religious rival and political power, was portrayed in medieval Jewish literature, as well as how Muslims were depicted in the daily documents of the Cairo Genizah.


  • Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class

    with Rabbi Daniel Alder and Cantor Isaac Yager

    Wednesdays at 7 pm beginning October 20

    It’s never too late to become a Bar or Bat Mitzvah! Whether you studied Hebrew years ago or are starting from scratch, whether you are a convert to Judaism or were born Jewish, this can be a very meaningful learning opportunity.

    Brotherhood Synagogue is excited to offer an adult B’nai Mitzvah program scheduled to begin this October. Guided by Rabbi Daniel Alder and Cantor Isaac Yager, this class will meet regularly over an 18-month period and will culminate in a Shabbat service led by members of the class.

    The curriculum will focus on learning to read Hebrew, chanting Torah and Haftorah, and discussing applicable Jewish laws and customs. The program also offers the opportunity for participants to develop close relationships with one another and to reflect on the role that Judaism can play in their lives today.

    The course will be tailored to fit individual ability levels, using a variety of materials and strategies. The group will progress toward its B’nai Mitzvah celebratory service — on a date determined by the group — to be shared with family and friends both within and beyond the Brotherhood Synagogue community. If you have any questions about the process, please contact Rabbi Alder.

  • Lunch & Learn: Torah Portion of the Week with Phil Rothman

    Lunch and Learn is on hiatus for the month of February.



** Please also check our Weekly Mail and Monthly Bulletin for the latest on Adult Ed classes we are offering and for registration details.

We invite you to experience Judaism on a new level. You can take a
year-long course or a single class, come to a three-session series or attend a once-a-month discussion group. Classes, lectures, concerts, and tours are all opportunities to deepen your connection to Judaism. We offer classes at all levels of learning. You are welcome to participate in any course or event no matter your prior Jewish educational background. Our clergy, teachers, and guest speakers are dedicated to helping you develop and strengthen your relationship to Judaism.

Adult Education Winter 2022**