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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 is an...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


Adult Ed: Mikveh

03/04/2022 08:47:12 AM


For One Class Only! 

3/6 1:00pm Everything you wanted to know about Mikvah but were afraid to ask

 Learn about the history, purpose, and modern potential of the mikveh with Rabbi Lizz! If there is interest in a follow up, and covid restrictions allow, we may take a "field trip" at a later date to the community (non-Orthodox) mikveh in DC. 


Source Sheets on Mikva'ot: 

The...

Book Club: March

02/28/2022 12:40:57 PM


Our next book club meeting will be March 30, 2022. We will be discussing The Prison Minyon by Jonathan Stone. A description from follows.   Welcome to America’s only Jewish prison . . . rugelach, blintzes, and a quest for vengeance from the highest tier of the US government

The scene is Otisville Prison, upstate New York. A crew of fraudsters, tax evaders, trigamists, and forgers discuss matters of right...Read more...

Adult Ed: Jewish Humor

01/27/2022 11:01:13 AM


Our fifth and final class on Jewish Humor will discuss contemporary Jewish comedy and where it looks like the future of American Jewish Comedy is headed.

Rachel Bloom is a musical theatre and literary nerd who embraces her Jewishness in a deep and very visible way with her songs such as Remember that We Suffered (with Patti LuPone and Tovah Feldshuh), The JAP Battle, and the JAP Battle Reprise.

Jessica Kirson, slightly older...

Book Club: February

01/27/2022 10:54:59 AM


Our next Book Club meeting will be February 23rd at 10:30 am on Zoom to discuss A Remarkable Kindness.

From the Jewish Book Council:

Diana Bletter’s excel­lent writ­ing makes the char­ac­ters of A Remark­able Kind­ness come alive in this mov­ing sto­ry about com­mu­ni­ty, fam­i­ly, per­son­al growth, and dif­fi­cult loss in Israel. All liv­ing in an Israeli vil­lage close to the bor­der with...Read more...

Adult Ed: Jewish Humor

01/21/2022 10:56:27 AM


This week we are looking at 19-20th century Jewish comedy, particular in the United States of America. 

Jackie Mason brings Borscht Belt Humor all the way to the end of the 20th century

What happened to the Borscht Belt?

An Hour Long Video from the Forward about the "Rise of American Jewish Comedy"

Rabbi Lizz's Notes on Jewish Humor by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin

A Parallel Story: Performing...

Adult Ed: Jewish Humor

01/14/2022 02:05:03 PM


This week we are looking at medieval and enlightenment-era humor. 

Examples of Medieval Sense of Humor

Jewish comedy in the medieval and early enlightenment periods were often fairly directed at the issues of antisemitism and assimilation. They tended to particularly poke fun at the idea of conversos ever truly believing in Christianity and at the attempts of the Christian-influenced humanists and deists of the...Read more...

Book Club: January

01/08/2022 02:16:20 PM


On January 26th we will meet via Zoom at 10:30 am to discuss The Matzah Ball by Jean Meltzer. 

From the author's website: 

Chron­i­cal­ly-ill Rachel Ruben­stein-Gold­blatt is a “nice Jew­ish girl‚” with a secret: she loves Christ­mas. As the best-sell­ing author of over twen­ty Christ­mas romance nov­els, and four made-for-TV movie spin-offs, she’s kept her stel­lar career secret from her...Read more...

Adult Ed: Jewish Humor

01/08/2022 02:02:25 PM


In our second class, we will start at the beginning. What are the Biblical roots of Jewish comedy, and how did Jews invent sarcasm in the Talmud? 

Rabbi Lizz's Outline of Jewish Comedy: A Serious History

Text Study of Biblical Laughs

Humor as an Act of Faith

Talmudic Comedy

Elijah Invented Sarcasm

Why Jews Laugh at Themselves

Alan King's Great Jewish Joke Book


Adult Ed: Jewish Humor

12/27/2021 11:12:40 AM


Each Sunday afternoon in January, we will be meeting on Zoom to discuss the history, purpose, and stylings of Jewish Humor. Reach out to or for the zoom links. 

Steve Allen called American comedy "a Jewish cottage industry", and attempts to define Jewish humor have come up short. Still we will try! Prepare for our first class by checking out some of these links:

My Jewish...

Book Club: December

12/01/2021 11:39:51 AM


We are now reading The Last Rose of Shanghai. We will meet on Zoom at 10:30 AM on December 29th to discuss.

From Goodreads:

In Japanese-occupied Shanghai, two people from different cultures are drawn together by fate and the freedom of music...

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