Encompassing learning, prayer and other innovative experiences, our Center represents the multiple spiritual dimensions of Jewish living and tradition. Our Center is a place to call home, inside and outside walls, because of the many different paths that inspire us to build community, with a Lev Shalem (a full heart).
- Anna Simon, Director of Congregational Life
Programs & Events
Scholar-In-Residence: Professor Mary Boys
11/18: Thursday Night Panel: Countering Dangerous Religious Ideas, featuring Professor Mary Boys, Professor John Merkle, and Rabbi Barry Cytron (who will also serve as Moderator) • Watch Recording
Panel Discussion featuring panelists Professor Mary Boys (click for bio) of New York's Union Theological Seminary, Professor John Merkle (click for bio) of Saint John's University and the College of Saint Benedict and Director, Jay Phillips Center for Interfaith Learning at Saint John’s University, and Rabbi Barry Cytron, Adath's Senior Scholar, who will also moderate the discussion.
11/19: Friday Night Presentation at Shabbat Dinner: Inspired and Compelled by a Sacred Obligation. 7:45 pm, directly following services • Watch Recording
11/20: Shabbat Morning Services-D'var Torah: Questions that 'Touch on the Heart of our Faith': In What Ways Might Christians Be Allies in Countering Antisemitism? • Watch Recording (1:39:00)
11/20: Learn after Lunch: Who Knew? Jews and Christians Studying the New Testament Together • 12:45 pm • Watch Recording
11/21: Sunday Presentation: The Church's Post-Holocaust Reckonings: A Response to Mauricio Lasansky’s “Nazi Drawings”, 2 pm in the Adath Sanctuary • Watch recording
Rabbi Barry D. Cytron’s essay in the splendid catalogue from the Minnesota Institute of Art, Envisioning Evil, refers to efforts by scholars and clergy—Jewish and Christian—to “illumine the entangled relationship between religious teachings and the Nazi genocide” (p. 74). In this presentation, I will highlight advances in grappling with this “entangled relationship,” discuss contemporary challenges to building bridges of understanding, and propose possible new directions for American Christians in their relationship with Jews.
Professor Mary Boys Scholar in Residence is sponsored through the generous support of The Sandra and Irwin Mandel Fund of the Adath Jeshurun Congregation
To read Professor Boys' bio, click here.
• Visit the Minneapolis Institute of Art exhibit Envisioning Evil: "The Nazi Drawings" by Mauricio Lasansky
In 1961, coinciding with the televised trial of the Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann, Lasansky began a series of drawings to grapple with the Holocaust. Confronted with the atrocities, he said, “I was full of hate, poison, and I wanted to spit it out.” “The Nazi Drawings” are his visceral response to the horrors committed in Nazi concentration camps.)
Exhibit open October 16, 2021 - June 26, 2022
*We encourage everyone to visit the exhibit either before or after our Scholar-in-Residence weekend with Professor Mary Boys.
• Buy Lasansky's exhibit catalogue
The catalogue includes an essay on the international religious response to revelations about Nazi crimes and their relation to Lasansky’s art from Rabbi Barry Cytron, Adath's Senior Scholar.
• Watch the Virtual Gallery Talk on this exhibit given by Rabbi Barry Cytron, Adath Senior Scholar and Rachel McGarry, associate curator at Mia.
Recording from 10/20/2021.
A Partnership of the Conservative Movement • Free with Adath Discount Code: AdathJeshurun21 • Learn more and register
A full year (8 separate series) of online learning bringing you face-to-face with the most engaging scholars of our movement. Registration due by 9am Central time on the first day of each series. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Series #3: The Roots of Conservative Judaism: Tuesdays, 7pm Central, December 7, 14, 21
Series #4: The Other Within - Diversity, Inclusion & Equity in a Pluralistic Movement: Wednesdays, 7 pm Central, January 19, 26 and February 2, 9
Series #5: Halakha - The Process of Moving Forward & The Forward-Moving Process: Wednesdays, 7pm Central, February 16, 23 and March 2, 9
Series #6: The Power of the Prophets: Tuesdays, 7 pm Central, March 22, 29 and April 5, 12
Series #7: Liturgy of Miracles - Hanukkah, Purim, Yom Ha'atzmaut: Tuesdays, 7pm central, May 3, 10, 17, 24
Series #8: Israel - Models of Resilience: Wednesdays, 12 pm central, May 11, 18, 25 and June 1
Hillsiders Presents: Tel Gezer: At the Crossroads of Ancient History of the Land
Monday, December 6, 9:30-11 am on Zoom • Register for Zoom link
Join seasoned tour guide, Yoram Preminger for a virtual presentation of Israel...Tel Gezer is an archeological site located between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. What made Tel Gezer play such an important role in the land in ancient times? The Canaanites, King Solomon, The Maccabees, among others, controlled it. We’ll visit and explore remnants from those three periods. This will help us paint a picture of life and culture in Gezer in those times. We’ll see how some of the findings correspond with the Biblical text. As we celebrate Hanukah, we’ll also learn about the part of Gezer in the story of the Maccabees.
Classes & Study Groups
Tuesday Torah Study
With Adath Clergy, Staff & Guests • Every Tuesday • 12-1 pm • on Zoom
Passionate about Torah study? Join Adath clergy, staff and guest teachers as we study the weekly parsha (Torah portion).
Teaching schedule: 11/9 Hazzan Dulkin (Vayetze), 11/16 Jim Sherman (Vayishlach), 11/23 Susie Chalom (Vayeshev), 11/30 Susie Chalom (Mikketz - Shabbat Hanukkah), 12/7 Jim Sherman (Vayigash), 12/14 Hazzan Dulkin (Vayechi), more will be posted.
To join by phone, dial: 312.626.6799
Meeting ID: 953 845 093
Questions? Contact Anna at email@example.com
With Rabbi Kravitz, Heidi Schneider and Hope Melton • Browse all classes • Email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified when registration is available.
Dive into Mussar practice! Enrich your life by listening to your inner middot (soul traits). You'll explore a spiritual path of contemplative exercises and text study to help create personal transformations and deepen your connection with yourself, community, and God. Browse Classes.
Questions? Contact Anna Simon at email@example.com
Downtown Study Group
With Rabbi Harold Kravitz & Riv Ellen Prell • Alternating Tuesdays, 11:30 am-12:30 pm on Zoom • Register for Zoom link
Take a break from your busy day for our spirited lunch-hour study group. We will be reading Jack Wertheimer's The New American Judaism, Princeton University Press 2018. The book is especially useful for discussing, where, how, and why Judaism is practiced as it is today. Learn more.
Soul Sisters - a Feminist Beit Midrash
With Hazzan Joanna Dulkin • Monthly Thursdays, 10:30 am-12 pm on Zoom
Fearless women...tell me more! Explore the untold stories of our fearless biblical matriarchs. All genders welcome.
Click here for class materials
Class Dates: Dec 2, Jan 6, Feb 3, Mar 3, April 7, May 5
To join by phone, dial: 312.626.6799
Meeting ID: 870 1017 5289
Wondering what Soul Sisters is? Hear what Hazzan has to say here!
Intro to Judaism
With Adath, Beth El, and Sharei Chesed clergy • Tuesdays, 7:30-9 pm, at Beth El Synagogue • $50/individual, $75/couple for administrative costs • Full, registration will begin again in the spring, email firstname.lastname@example.org to be notified.
Open to Jews, non-Jews, people who grew up in interfaith families and those considering conversion. The rabbis of Adath Jeshurun, Beth El and Sharei Chesed Synagogues jointly offer this class. Every participant must have a sponsoring rabbi to meet with initially. A Hebrew Reading class focusing on phonetic Hebrew reading and home-based prayer skills began October 5 and runs through May 10 (Tuesdays, 7:30-9 pm). Registration required.
With Rachel Levitt • Tuesdays, 6:30-7:30 pm, October 19, 2021 - April 12, 2022 • $125/individual or $160/couple • Register
The class will teach phonetic Hebrew reading and home-based prayer skills (e.g., b’rakhot [blessings] for foods, Shabbat home rituals, reciting the Sh’ma, etc.), plus some frequently used modern Hebrew terms.
This class is part of the Intro to Judaism curriculum and is offered to the public via Zoom.
Bar/Bat Torah Class
With Lon Rosenfield • Mondays, 6:30-7:25 pm and/or 7:30-8:30 pm via Zoom • November 1-May 30 • $50 • Register
Want to enhance your experience at Shabbat services? Did you miss out on becoming a Bar/
Bat Mitzvah? This program will help you feel more comfortable participating in Shabbat prayer and Jewish activities. The program consists of two courses, “Finding Meaning in Shabbat Prayer,” and Biblical Hebrew (either beginning, or advanced). At the end of the year, on the second day of Shavuot, graduates will have the opportunity to help lead services, read from Torah, and/or deliver a d’var Torah. Read full description.
Biblical Hebrew 2.0: Reading the Hebrew Bible
With Lon Rosenfield on Zoom • Tuesdays, 7-8:30 pm (unless otherwise noted by a *), Nov 16 & 30, Dec 14 & 28, Jan 11 & 25, Feb 8 & 22, Mar 8 & 22, April 5 & 19, May 3, 17 & 31, June 7, 14, 21 & 28, July 5 • $50 • Register
This course is open to those who have completed at least one year of Biblical Hebrew or the equivalent. Participants translate approximately 25 verses for each session. We’ll talk about any interesting grammar or stylistic issues, as well as discuss the texts. This year we will read samplings from the Hebrew Bible’s many genres and styles, and use the appropriate chapter from Marc Brettler’s How to Read the Bible for a deeper understanding of the text’s background. While any Hebrew edition of the Tanach may be used, I recommend Biblia Hebraica Stuttgartensia: A Reader’s Edition, Vance, Sathas, Avrahami, Hendrickson, 2014.
Yoga for Yids
With Hazzan Dulkin • Sundays, December 5, February 6, April 3, 5:30-6:45 pm on Zoom • $18 suggested donation if you are not a member of Adath • Register for Zoom link
A Yoga practice for Rosh Hodesh. Real yoga for people in real bodies. Unapologetically Jewish. Follow @yoga4yids on Instagram.
Torah Reading Refresher Course
With Todd Werner • Begins February 2022 • Interested? Contact email@example.com
Refresher Torah reading course - geared towards beginning Torah readers. Lessons will resume in February. If interested, contact Anna Simon to get on our contact list.
Adult Haftarah Lessons
With Bev Fishman • Begins February 2022 • Interested? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Do you want to learn how to chant Haftarah or refresh your skills? Join Bev on Shabbat mornings to expand your knowledge and grow your skills. No prior training necessary. Zoom classes will be available. Contact Anna Simon to get on our contact list.
Etzion Study Group
With Reb Sherman
We are looking forward to being at Etzion together once our doors reopen at Adath.
Want to join the Etzion email list for updates on future programs? Contact Anna Simon at email@example.com
Social Groups & Clubs
Powered by young adults, Makom is everybody friendly. Makom, the Hebrew word for space, reanimates ancient Jewish wisdom for today. We're in the land of 10,000 lakes with 10,000 ways to create young Jewish community. Come as you are and ride the waves with us. If you have an idea, let's make it happen. Join our Facebook group.
Want to join our Makom email list to hear about future events? Contact Jenifer Robins, Director of Young Adult and Family Life at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Powered by adults, Atid is everybody friendly. Atid, the Hebrew word for future, is an open group for anyone who's looking for opportunities for deeper engagement through gatherings and events that take advantage of all the Twin Cities has to offer, as well as social, spiritual and educational opportunities at Adath.
Join our Facebook group.
Want to join the Atid email list for updates on future programs? Contact Anna Simon, Director of Congregational Life at email@example.com.
Powered by seniors, Hillsiders is everybody friendly.
Want to join the Hillsiders email list for updates on future programs? Contact Anna Simon, Director of Congregational Life, at firstname.lastname@example.org.