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Book Club: September

09/10/2023 10:49:19 AM


Our next book is Kantika by Elizabeth Graver. Our discussion will be September 27 at noon on Zoom.     A dazzling Sephardic multigenerational saga that moves from Istanbul to Barcelona, Havana, and New York, exploring displacement, endurance, and family as home.

A kaleidoscopic portrait of one family’s...

Book Club: August

07/26/2023 11:46:47 AM


We will be discussing How to Make a Life by Florence Reisse Kraut via Zoom on August 30th at 10:30 AM.



When Ida and her daughter Bessie flee a catastrophic pogrom in Ukraine for America in 1905, they believe their emigration will ensure that their children...Read more...

Book Club: July

07/19/2023 07:26:57 PM


We will be discussing Last Summer at the Golden Hotel by Elyssa Friedland.

The story revolves around a hotel in the Catskills and the two multigenerational families who own the once popular but now fading summer resort. Long buried secrets, intergenerational tensions emerge as a sell out...Read more...

Adult Ed: Messianism

05/31/2023 01:51:31 PM


Join us Saturday, June 3rd, after Shacharit as we open up the conversation on Jewish views of the Messiah.

Sundays, June 11th and 18th, will be taught by a special guest teacher with expertise on this subject.

Some pre-readings on the subject:

Jewish Virtual Library's brief explanation of historical views about the Messiah

My Jewish Learning's selection of verses and quotes specifically about the Messiah...Read more...

Book Club: June

05/31/2023 01:31:12 PM


Join us on Zoom at 10:30 the last Wednesday of every month. This month we are reading and discussing our next Book Club choice, The Thread Collectors by Shaunna Edwards and Alyson Richman.

The Thread Collectors: A Novel by [Shaunna J. Edwards, Alyson Richman]Read more...

Book Club: May

04/28/2023 10:09:25 AM


Troubled by anti-Semitic acts against Jews and massacres, Dara Horn addresses these problems in her book People Love Dead Jews. We will meet via Zoom to discuss this book on May 31st at 10:30 a.m.  

A startling and profound exploration of how Jewish history is exploited to comfort the living. Renowned and...Read more...

Book Club: April

03/29/2023 11:29:52 AM


On April 26th at 10:30 via Zoom we will meet to discuss The Ritual Bath by Faye Kellerman.










"Detective Peter Decker of the LAPD is stunned when he gets the report....Read more...

Adult Ed: Sexual Ethics

03/15/2023 12:32:40 PM


During class on Sunday, I kept searching for a citation in The Sacred Encounter and was having trouble finding it. After class, I found it in the chapter "Sex, Love, and the Androgynos" by Rabbi Elliot Kukla, who was the first openly transgender student to be ordained by Hebrew Union College.   Kukla starts his chapter with an excerpt from Mishnah Bikurim 4:1-2: An androgynos is in some respects legally equivalent to men, and in some...Read more...

Adult Ed: Sexual Ethics

03/08/2023 12:56:04 PM


This month, we are studying Jewish sexual ethics through a Reform Lens. Using the book Sacred Encounter: Jewish Perspectives on Sexuality by the CCAR Press, and it's study guide (though in an abbreviated form), we are looking at the issues of Marriage, LGBTQIA inclusion, Healthy Relationships, Modesty in the Modern World, and Sexual Desire.

While folks are certainly welcomed to try to read along with me, Sacred Encounter is a bit dry...Read more...

Book Club: March

02/22/2023 11:33:22 AM


Our next read will be All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, and we are meeting to discuss on March 29th at 10:30 via Zoom.


A controversial, award-winning story about the passionate but untenable affair between an Israeli woman and a Palestinian man, from one of...Read more...

Book Club: February

02/06/2023 01:13:43 PM


On the last Wednesday of February (the 22nd) we will be meeting at 10:30 am via Zoom to discuss our next book, Then She Found Me by Elinor Lipman.







Adult Ed: Crash Course in Jewish History

12/11/2022 02:39:50 PM


Join us for our final session of the NJOP Crash Course in Jewish History! We pick up where we left off last session, at the brink of WWII, and continue onward to today.

Lesson 5 PowerPoint

Lesson 5 Outline


Adult Ed: Crash Course in Jewish History

12/04/2022 02:27:33 PM


On December 11th we will meet for our 4th and penultimate class on Jewish History. We continue our timeline from the 1700s-1900s, focusing mostly on Enlightenment and Emancipation, and the beginning of Modernity.

Lesson 4 Timeline

Lesson 4 PowerPoint

Lesson 4 Outline


Book Club: December

11/30/2022 11:44:16 AM


Our "December" book club meeting is pushed back a week to accommodate our holiday travels! Join us this first Wednesday in January at 10:30 on Zoom to discuss In Memory of Memory by Maria Stepanova.

Shortlisted for the 2021 International Booker Prize, In Memory of Memory...Read more...

Adult Ed: Crash Course in Jewish History

11/20/2022 03:07:17 PM


We did not end up meeting on 11/27.

Please join us 12/3 for our third installment of Jewish History.

This class will pick up with the turn of the millennia (the tenth century) and bring us up to just before the Enlightenment.

Lesson 3 Outline

Lesson 3 Timeline

Lesson 3 PowerPoint


Adult Ed: Crash Course in Jewish History

11/14/2022 02:13:16 PM


This week's session on Jewish history covers the period of the united Israelite Kingdom through exiles and into the beginnings of our thriving diaspora community (approx 1000 BCE-1000 CE).

Lesson 2 Timeline

Lesson 2 Outline

Lesson 2 Powerpoint


Adult Ed: Crash Course in Jewish History

11/13/2022 11:56:19 AM


Throughout the next five weeks, we will be going through the NJOP's curriculum for a Crash Course in Jewish History: 4,000 years in five one-hour sessions.

This first week will focus on the Biblical period: creation to the First Temple.

Timeline for Lesson 1

Lesson 1 PowerPoint

Lesson 1 Outline



Book Club: November

10/26/2022 07:45:56 PM


11/30 10:30am Ner Shalom Book Club  will meet through Zoom to discuss    Eternal Life by Dara Horn. All are welcome to join us                                    Read more...

Book Club: October

09/28/2022 11:53:16 AM


Our Book Club will next meet on October 26th to discuss Nathan Englander's What We Talk About When We Talk About Anne Frank.



From Goodreads:

These eight new stories from the celebrated novelist and short-story writer Nathan Englander display a gifted...Read more...

Book Club: September

09/01/2022 02:53:40 PM


Join us on us on the last Wednesday of every month for our zoom book club meeting.

This month we are reading The Girl in the Middle: Growing Up Between Black and White, Rich and Poor
by Anais Granofsky

In this poignant and timely memoir--written with the searing power of Beautiful Struggle and Born a Crime--Degrassi Junior High star Anais Granofsky...Read more...

Book Club: August

08/17/2022 10:45:56 AM


We will meet on August 31 at 10 AM on Zoom to discuss this month's read: Maggie Anton's The Choice.


From Goodreads: A powerful love story with a purpose: to...Read more...

Book Club: July

06/30/2022 02:05:06 PM


We will meet on July 27, 2002 at 10:30 a.m. through Zoom to discuss The Yiddish Gangster's Daughter's by Joan Lipinsky Cochran.'s description of the book follows. Since separating from her philandering husband, Boca Raton writer Becks Ruchinsky has struggled to build a closer relationship with her quirky and contentious father, Tootsie, who lives in a retirement home. One evening, as she and her father are relaxing on the home’s...Read more...

Adult Ed: Talmud

06/19/2022 03:31:46 PM


Our last two weeks in this course (6/26 and 7/3) we will jump to Masechet Yevamot and check in a bit on what most other Talmud-studiers around the world are reading this week.

Here's a little primer on what to expect from Yevamot as a whole, and here is the text of Yevamot 107-108 (what we will be reading the next two weeks) from the indispensable

Please Note that the July 3rd, the class will meet at 11 AM rather...Read more...

Adult Ed: Intro to Talmud

06/08/2022 10:15:22 PM


This Sunday at 1 pm we are continuing our study of Talmud, this time diving into some text!

If you missed last week's class you can always go back and watch our recording, or check out the resources below:

Steinsaltz tells us "What is Talmud?"

My Jewish Learning breaks it down further

A Reform Perspective


Book Club: June

06/02/2022 07:48:14 PM


We will meet to discuss our next book on June 29, 2022 at 10:30 a.m. on Zoom. The book is The Rabbi's Wife, The Bishop's Wife: A Historical Novel by David Jacobson and Chayuta Deutsch.  


According to, the book is about: The moving story of Joana Halevi – one brave woman who was...Read more...

Shavuot Tikkun: How do Reform Jews decide which Mitzvot to follow?

05/23/2022 05:12:29 PM


On Leil Shavuot, we will discuss around the campfire the topics of Reform Judaism's relationship with mitzvot. Here are some links and talking points to prepare you for our communal discourse.

We often hear that there are "613 commandments." That's not quite true:

There is perhaps no...

Book Club: May

05/04/2022 08:45:55 PM


Our next meeting will be June 1 at 10:30 on Zoom to discuss the book, The Lost Shtetl by Max Gross.


What if there was a town that history missed?


For decades, the tiny Jewish shtetl of Kreskol existed in happy isolation, virtually untouched and unchanged. Spared by the Holocaust and the Cold War, its residents enjoyed remarkable peace. It missed out on cars, and electricity, and the internet, and indoor...Read more...

Book Club: April

04/06/2022 11:14:31 AM


Our next book club meeting will be on May 4, 2022 via Zoom beginning at 10:30 a.m. We will be discussing Everything is Illuminated by Jonathan Safran Foer. As compiled on     NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. Jonathan Safran Foer's debut—"a funny, moving...deeply felt novel about the dangers of confronting the past and the redemption that comes with laughing at it, even when that seems all but impossible."...Read more...

Adult Ed: Zohar

03/25/2022 08:33:46 AM


Sunday, March 27th, we are learning with and from Rabbi Justin Jaron Lewis ( as he guides us through a lesson about the Zohar - the most prominent book of Jewish mysticism.

Justin Jaron Lewis is a rabbi, Jewish Studies professor, and storyteller who loves the imagination and emotional richness of the Zohar. He is the author of Imagining Holiness: Classic Hasidic Tales in Modern Times and...Read more...

Jewish Baking

03/13/2022 09:47:21 AM


The Origins of Challah

American Challah: A People's History

Purim Cookies: Are they Haman's ears, pockets, or hat?

History of Hamantaschen

Mon, September 25 2023 10 Tishrei 5784