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Adult Learning Programs

Weekly Lessons of Life: Torah Study

Rabbi Steinberg and Rabbi DePaolo
Saturdays at 8:30 am

Each week our Torah portion invites us to search our souls for meaning, memories, mitzvah, and lessons on how to be a mentsch. We read the Torah over and over again each year, increasing our insight into its depth. Study the weekly Torah portion with the Rabbis and gain inspiration that will nourish your soul. You will have food for thought that will nourish your soul. Weekly study is an essential part of Jewish life.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

Taught by Rabbi Steinberg
Sundays at 9:45–10:45 am

This year-long intensive course is designed for students who wish to learn Hebrew, basic Judaism, and read Torah at the conclusion of the class. Be part of the great mitzvah of lifelong learning. The classes require a commitment of time, energy, and devotion. No prior Judaic or Hebrew knowledge is required, although, knowledge of the letters is helpful. No fee for the class (a $20 book is required and can be purchased from the temple office) however registration is appreciated. Register online or by calling the temple office.

October 15 (class starts), 22, 29
November 5, 12
December 3, 10, 17
January 7, 21, 28
February 4, 11, 25
March 11, 25
April 8, 15, 22, 29
May 6, 20

Listen to our Orange County Leaders

Rabbi Steinberg will interview these fascinating people about their careers, their views and their thoughts about the future of our County.  There will be time for questions and answers as well.  Bring your lunch and schmooze with the people who make a difference in our lives. Unless noted, events will be held at the Kraut Education Center on the SHM Campus, Irvine.

Rusty Kennedy, CEO OC Human Relations Council
Thursday, January 4th at 11:30 am

Responding to the need for proactive approaches to the intolerance, discrimination, and intergroup conflict in Orange County, Rusty built a wide collaborative of key stakeholders in business, education, faith, law enforcement and neighborhood communities, creating the nonprofit “OC Human Relations Council” in 1991. He developed an inclusive, multi-generational, multi-ethnic, skilled board and staff to support this nonprofit’s mission, crafted in his vision to unite and empower communities and promote positive change in Orange County.

Chief David Maggard
Sunday, March 11th at 11:30 am

David L. Maggard, Jr., a distinguished 30-year law enforcement veteran, was announced in 2016 as the next Chief of Airport Police Division (APD). Maggard joined Los Angeles World Airports—LAWA—in November 2015 as Assistant Airport Police Chief for Operations after 13 years as Chief of Police and Director of Public Safety for the City of Irvine, CA, where he led 450 public safety professionals, implemented an innovative personnel deployment model known as Geographic Based Policing which serves as a model for other jurisdictions, and created a nationally acclaimed Area Traffic Officer program. At VNY, he recently worked with tenants to improve security at the general aviation airport—by addressing safety concerns while enhancing relationships with local law enforcement partners.

Lifelong Learning

with Rabbi Steinberg and

Rabbi DePaolo

Join us for one or all of these sessions with our rabbis. Bring your lunch (or dinner in the case of 12/13/17) and relax and learn.

October 18th at 12:00 pm 
“The Struggle Between the Brain and the Heart” with Rabbi Steinberg

Our mortality is a twofold matter—a wrestling match often between the brain and the heart. Judaism offers us a pathway.

December 13th at 7:00 pm
“What is Chanukah?” with Rabbi DePaolo 

It may be one of the most popular and recognizable of the Jewish holidays, but where and when does this beloved holiday come from?  We’ll study the texts that inform our understanding of Chanukah, and what it celebrates.

February 14th at 12:00 pm
“Love Jewish Style”

with Rabbi DePaolo 

February 14th is not the Valentine’s Day in Judaism, although Judaism has much to say about marriage, love and relationships. Join us for this thoughtful session.

April 11th at 12:00 pm
“Stories that Inspire”

with Rabbi Steinberg 

The Holocaust is forever in our heart. Come learn of the inspirational stories that derived from pain and suffering. These stories will lift your spirit and inspire you.

Living Room Learning

led by Rabbi Steinberg and

Rabbi DePaolo

This program, designed for women, will cover issues, concerns and topics in a safe, intimate and warm environment. This year are evening meetings as well as mornings.

October 11th at 10:00 am 
“Who is Eve?” with Rabbi DePaolo at the home of Jane Fischel

December 6th at 7:00 pm 
“Seeking Out Wisdom” with Rabbi DePaolo at the home of Rachel Harman

February 7th at 7:00 pm
“What Do You Mean Moses’ Wife was not Jewish?” with Rabbi DePaolo at the home of Hara Waldman

April 26th at 7:00 pm
“Are You Who You Want to Be?” with Rabbi Steinberg at the home of Harriet Malmon


June 6th at 10:00 am
“Getting What I Want” with Rabbi Steinberg at the home of Arlene Taslitz

Shabbat Service with Dr. Rachel Korazim 
Friday, April 13th at 7:30 pm

As a teacher at some of Israel’s most distinguished education institutions, Dr. Korazim will bring her incredible insights on early Zionism, the Holocaust and Israeli poetry. Born in Israel, Dr. Korazim is a graduate of Haifa University with a Ph.D. in Jewish Education and has vast experience in Jewish education and curriculum development, both in Israel and the Diaspora.

Movie Mondays at 11:30 am

Forget the theater – come to Temple to watch the best Jewish themed movies.  Eat your lunch, watch the movie with friends and then join in an active discussion about the movies’ themes, meanings and insights led by Rabbi Steinberg

April 2nd: Deli Man

At last, the deli documentary you’ve been waiting for! Erik Greenberg Anjou’s film explores Jewish culture as it reflects the heart of a vital ethnic history. Indulge in the deli foods you love and learn about the traditions that make deli one of America’s great cuisines.



June 25th: Crimes & Misdemeanors

Judah is a philandering eye doctor who wants to preserve his marriage. Twinned with Judah’s tale is that of Cliff Stern, a documentary filmmaker whose problems, which involve love and art, are tame but funny.


Sat, August 18 2018 7 Elul 5778