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Dedicated to offering meaningful programs that will enhance Jewish education for the adults of our congregation; it is our goal to bring new and innovative ideas that will excite and stimulate the mind and spirit, while encouraging participation at a level unique to each individual. There is always a warm greeting, a cup of coffee (usually a nosh) and the chance to learn with your temple family. Please join us. Questions? Please contact Laura Perpinyal, Director of Congregational Learning at 847-537-1771 x228 or lperpinyal@templechai.org.

Sunday School For Grown Ups

Who said Sunday School was just for kids? Join us for Temple Chai's Sunday School For Grown Ups series!
These programs meet on Sunday mornings 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m. on the dates listed below.

For more information please contact Ed Nickow at ed@nickow.com.


March 12th

April 9th

May 14th

Mini Mester Lunch 'n Learn

Sign Up For Our Monthly Mini-Mesters Taught By Temple Chai Clergly and Educators!

Mini Mesters are always the first 3 weeks of the months, on a Tuesday or a Wednesday, depending on the presenter, January through May from noon to 1:00 p.m.  unless noted.

Please bring your lunch and join us for a great chance for learning and discussion.


Pirkei Avot: Learning from the Wisdom of our Sages

Wednesday, January 4th, 11th and 18th    presenter          Rabbi Ilana Baden

Pirkei Avot is a treasure trove of our ancient sages' ethical teachings and counsel.  In this course, Rabbi Baden will walk us through a variety of its texts as we explore issues of personal character, human relationships, and the importance of taking action.


Women of Valor and Nasty Women

Tuesday, February 7th, 14th and 21st     presenter  Laura Perpinyal, Director of Congregational Learning

We'll explore women in Jewish text, explore their narratives and try to discern if they are "women of valor" or "nasty women".  Both titles come with responsibly and power. We will debate how the women and men in our Jewish text use these titles to teach us something about ourselves?


Jewish Messianism    

Wednesday, March  8th , 15th  and 22nd   presenter         Rabbi Stephen Hart

“ Who is going to save us?” Join us for an insightful discussion and conversation about what Judaism teaches us about the Messiah and our views of the 'end of days'. 


Judaism and the Wilderness

Wednesday, April 5th, 12th and 19th presenter   Scott Goode, Assistant Director of Youth and Engagement     New time!! 12:30-1:30 p.m.

Judaism in the Wilderness – Much of today’s Judaism is practiced indoors, from the sanctuary serving as the center of our worship space during holidays and life cycle events, to our religious and Hebrew school happing in our class rooms – we are the people of the book. But is there a place for wilderness in Judaism? Is there a necessity for it? Come find out!


Historical Highlights of Jewish Music

Tuesdays, May 2nd, 9th and 16th   presenter   Cantor Scott Simon

From the Temple Mount to the 19th Century we’ll “enjoy a sonic journey across the centuries as we deepen our understanding of culture and heritage and highlight important musical influences from within and outside the Jewish Musical world."