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Dance, study, sing, think, ask. Judaism is for the total person. Judaism is to know yourself better: where you come from and where you might yet like to go. Here at Kol Ami, you can join this incomparable search with other wonderful people - in a community of learners – intellectually open, spiritually honest and joyful. As a community, our Temple seeks to help members grow spiritually to deepen their understanding of the Jewish Heritage, and to strengthen their connection to Jewish community.

You can learn Hebrew, have an adult B'nai Mitzvah, take a parenting or grandparenting class, learn to cook an exotic cuisine, listen to a lecture, study Torah, knit, sing, meditate, trace your family tree and so much more. All courses and details are listed in our brochure and our calendar lists courses meeting on specific dates. You can even download our adult ed calendar onto most e-calendar programs so you never miss an event. 

Download our 2013-2014 brochure

View our full year calendar.

Visit our Torah Study page for even more learning opportunities.

Class Descriptions 2013-2014 (Click on a class to learn more)

Sometimes dates change so please be sure to confirm your class dates by checking the calendar.
Administrative charges may be applied for selected programs and non-members.
These programs are indicated with an * in the listings.
For additional information about any of our offerings contact Ilene Miller at 949-4717 x111
or the Temple office at 949-4717.

Adolescent Parenting Workshops

Discussion of a range of parenting issues related to adolescence, including physical and emotional development, trust and control issues, and staying connected in the midst of the turmoil.
First & third Thursday of the month
First Thursday: 9:45 – 11:45 am Third Thursday: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Beginning Oct 3 Susan Davis, LCSW

Adult Bar and Bat Mitzvah - New Cycle

Make New Friends and Ask Great Questions
This course includes a study of Jewish beliefs and practices, a conceptual introduction to holidays and life cycles, rituals, new friendships and the art of asking good questions.
Tuesdays 8:00 - 9:30 pm Oct 15 & 29, Nov 12 & 26, Dec 10, Jan 14 & 28, Feb 11 & 25, Mar 11 & 25 Apr 29
Rabbi Shira Milgrom
First of a two year course*

Book Club

Meets the first Wednesday of every month throughout the year.
Come whether you’ve read the book or not; the discussion is always lively. 9:15 am Schulman Chapel in the Woods
For more information contact Doris Dingott at 289-0869 or Elaine Cohen at 725-0248.

Bridge Open to All: Experienced and Novice

Wednesdays at 11:30 am
Kol Ami Atrium
Resumes Wednesday Oct 2

Current Events with Beth and Gene Kava

Each session will provide the participants an opportunity to examine a current issue of the day in depth.
Each session will begin with an Overview of the issue.
Participants will examine issues, through various perspectives, using readings, video or a guest speaker.
Mondays, 11:00 am - 12:30 pm in Room 20
Oct 7 & 21, Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2 & 16 Jan 27, Feb 3 & 24, Mar 3 & 17Apr 7 & 28, May 5 & 19

Free University

Start a study group, discussion group or seminar at Kol Ami. Cover any topic that falls under the broad umbrella of Reform Judaism. Contact Paul Davis at paullawrencedavis@yahoo.com with your ideas for leading a study group or if you would like to join the currently planned study group on the prophets.

First Friends, an ECP program for Toddlers 13 - 22 months

(Accompanied by a parent or caregiver)
This program runs from October—December and January –April and provides a wonderful segue to our Early Childhood Program and to Kol Ami.
If you have a toddler and you’re looking to make some new friends what are you waiting for?
Maybe the time is right to think about joining us!
For more information and membership details please call Nan Blank, ECP Director at 949-4717x107

Grandparenting Workshops

Exploring intergenerational experience and Jewish wisdom as we share the challenges and opportunities of grandparenting.
First Monday of the month 9:15 - 10:45 am
Beginning Monday Oct 7
Susan Davis, LCSW

Hebrew Classes For Adults

Beginners Hebrew* with  Emily Fields
Sundays at 9:00 am
$175 per semester
Beginning Sept 29

Advanced Beginners Hebrew* with  Emily Fields
Sundays at 10:00 am
$175 per semester
Beginning Sept 29


Intermediate Hebrew* with Emily Fields
Sundays at 11:15 am
$175 per semester
Beginning Sept 29
Please contact Emily at efgraph@optonline.net if you require additional information.


Intermediate/Advanced with Alice Seidman
Conversational Hebrew, grammar, vocabulary, reading, and translating current Israeli publications. An informal learning environment.
Sundays at 9:30 am
(Contact Alice Seidman at 953-8455 for further information)
No charge

Introduction to the History of Israel from Joshua in Canaan to the Monarchy

A contextual study of Israel and the Middle East – then and now

Wednesday evenings
7:30 pm
Emily Fields
Beginning Oct 2

Israeli Folk Dance with Shmulik Gov-Ari*

Connect with the heart and soul of the Jewish story through dance.
Wednesdays, beginning Oct 2 7:30 – 8:15 pm
Beginners 8:15 – 10:00 pm
Open Dance Individual sessions
$10 members, $13 non-members
Shmulik Gov-Ari is a world renowned choreographer and teacher.

Jewish Ethics with Dr. Carol Daimont

10 Weeks, Wednesday Mornings
10:00 am -12:15 pm
Oct 9, 16, 23, & 30; Nov 6, 13, & 20; Dec 4, 11, 18
Offered by Westchester Adult Jewish Education

Jewish Mindfulness Meditation

Jewish contemplative practices for clearing the mind, softening the heart and opening to the One.
All Welcome.
No meditation experience necessary.
Thursday mornings, 9:15 - 10:30 am
Beginning Thurs, Oct 3 Schulman
Chapel in the Woods
Led by Ruth Rosenblum, LCSW, the new WJCS Partners-in-Caring clinician for Kol Ami

Lunch and learn with Rabbi Tom Weiner

Issues ancient and modern with texts, ancient and modern.
The rabbis of old help us understand our lives and issues today.
Fall, Winter and Spring session.
Dates and locations to be determined. Rabbi Tom Weiner

Mah Jongg Open to All: Experienced and Novice

Wednesdays at 11:30 am Kol Ami Atrium
Resumes Wednesday Oct 2
Email Wendy Roos to be added to the email distribution

Modern Jewish Perspectives on Judaism and Jewish Self-Identity

Focusing on specific Jewish political, theological, liturgical, and sociological texts, we will discuss what it has meant, and still means, to be a Jew in themodern (and post modern) world. How do the experiences of Jews from the early 19th century through the present differ from those of earlier generations? How has Judaism been shaped by surrounding cultures? How important has gender and gendered-language been in shaping Jewish self-identity? These and other questions will be explored through the writings of philosopher Moses Mendelssohn and his disciple David Friedlaender; German Reform Rabbi Abraham Geiger; Rabbi Samson Raphael Hirsch, founder of Modern Orthodoxy; American Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan; and contemporary theologian and liturgist Marcia Falk.
Sunday Mornings, 9:30 -11:00 am
March 9, 16 & 23
Schulman Chapel in the Woods
Dr. Ellen M. Umansky
Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies, Fairfield University, CT

Mussar Classes

Facilitated by Rabbi Pamela Wax, Spiritual Care Coordinator Westchester Jewish Community Services
Mondays, 12:30—2:00 pm
This workshop will introduce Mussar practice through tikkun middot (”repairing ourselves from the inside out”), so that we can act with greater compassion, kindness, and love in our homes, friendships and work.
Contact Rabbi Wax at pwax@wjcs.com or 914-761-0600 x149 to register.
10 Mondays Sept 16, Oct 14, Nov 11, Dec 9 Jan 13, Feb. 10, Mar 10, Apr 7, May 12, June 9
Cost: Suggested donation : $108— $144 (for the full year) for Kol Ami Members
Schulman Chapel in the Woods (EXCEPT for Oct 14, which will meet at WJCS)

Parenting with Dr. Joel Haber

Dr. Joel Haber is a Clinical Psychologist and nationally recognized parenting expert who has dedicated more that 20 years to the prevention of abusive behaviors in children and adults. Dr. Joel Haber is the author of the internationally acclaimed, Bullyproof Your Child for Life: Protect Your Child from Teasing, Taunting and Bullying for Good! and co-author of the new book The Resilience Formula, Proactive, Not Reactive Parenting! Sponsored by the ECP. Open to the entire community. Thursday, November 7th 7:00 pm

Parent Talk

Designed for Parents/Grandparents and Babies 2 - 12 months.
Topics will be related to parenting babies at this stage.
Meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of the month (coinciding with the ECP calendar)
Beginning Thursday Oct 10
9:00 - 10:30 am
Susan Davis, LCSW
Petschek Gallery
Please call Nan Blank in the ECP office at 949-4717 x107

Proverbs, Ruth/Esther/Song of Songs, Haggadah

Rabbi Jeffrey Selegman
12 Weeks, Wednesday Mornings 10:00 am-12:15 pm
Jan 15, 22, & 29; Feb 5, 12, & 26; Mar 5, 12, 19, & 26, Apr 2 & 9
Offered by Westchester Adult Jewish Education

Raising Resilient, Self Reliant Children

A morning discussion group for parents focusing on a variety of parenting Issues and stresses.
Meets the 1st Sunday of the month Beginning Oct 6
9:15 - 10:45 am
Susan Davis, LCSW

Weekly Torah Study: Parashat Hashavua

Friday mornings 10:00 – 11:30 am Led by Kol Ami Members

Winter Jewish Film Festival

Monday evenings 7:30 – 9:30 pm Nov 18, Dec 16, Jan 13, Feb 10 & Mar 17
Screening of Israeli films and films with Jewish content.
Moderated by Roger Seti

Wisdom of the Sages

Lively discussions of the world and our lives based on some of the most provocative and fascinating texts of Jewish learning.
All are welcome.
Tuesdays 12:00 noon – 1:00 pm
Beginning October 1 Rabbi Tom Weiner

Women’s Roundtable Breakfast*

Join Kol Ami’s remarkable, multigenerational women for learning and friendship.
Wednesdays, 7:45 – 9:00 am
Nov 6, Dec 4, Jan 8, Feb 5, Mar 5, Apr 2, & May 7
Rabbi Shira Milgrom

Women in Transition

Women in Transition Are you attempting an adjustment to a major life change?
Please join us in an Interactive Discussion Group
Topics to be discussed include but not limited to: retirement, widowhood, aging, Changing relationships with adult children, and other Life transitions (as desired).
The goal of the group is to offer mutual aid in personal adjustment to life transitions, including discussion of: positive & negative aspects of individual life transitions, individual grief reactions to life change, and options that can aid personal adjustment.
Meets the 2nd & 4th Tuesday of the month in the Conference Room. 11:30 am - 1:30 pm
Beginning Oct 8th
Conference Room Space is limited and original group members have priority.
Led by Ruth Rosenblum, CMSW
If you are interested in joining the group please contact Sheila Sturmer at sturmersheila@gmail.com or 914-723-7760

Women's Oasis At Home*

Women’s Relationships: Many & Varied — Carefree and Complex
How we relate to the people in our lives reflected through Torah teachings and women’s stories from the Bible.
Rabbi Shira Milgrom will take us on a journey of self to explore all the ways we connect with the people in our lives. She will be joined by Rabbi Pamela Wax, WJCS Spiritual Care Coordinator, and Dr. Ellen Umansky, the Carl and Dorothy Bennett Professor of Judaic Studies and Director of the Dorothy Bennett Center for Judaic Studies at Fairfield University, CT.

Women’s relationship to self – how our self-image is shaped by religious tradition.
Tuesday, October 22, 2013
7:30—9:30 p.m.
location to be announced
Women and their partners - who we love and how we love throughout our lives.
Sunday, December 15
9:15—11:00 a.m.
Schulman Chapel in the Woods
Women’s relationships as mothers and daughters – evolving through a lifetime.
Thursday, February 27
7:30—9:30 p.m.
location to be announced
Women’s friendships and sibling relationships – our allies and our rivals.
Sunday, April 27, 2014
9:15 -11:00 a.m.
Schulman Chapel in the Woods

Upcoming Events For Adult Ed

OCT
1

Wednesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Kol Ami Reads Book Club

OCT
2

Thursday 9:15am - 10:15am
Jewish Meditation

OCT
6

Monday 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Mussar class

OCT
10

Friday 10:00am - 11:30am
Torah Study: Portion of the Week

OCT
14

Tuesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm
adultB/Bm op

OCT
17

Friday 10:00am - 11:30am
Torah Study: Portion of the Week

OCT
20

Monday 11:00am - 12:00pm
Current events

OCT
21

Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wisdom of the Sages

OCT
21

7:30pm Tuesday - 8:30pm Tuesday
Oasis OP

OCT
22

Wednesday 9:45am - 10:45am
WAJE

OCT
23

Thursday 9:15am - 10:15am
Jewish Meditation

OCT
23

Thursday 11:15am - 12:15pm
Wise Aging

OCT
24

Friday 10:00am - 11:30am
Torah Study: Portion of the Week

OCT
28

Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wisdom of the Sages

OCT
28

Tuesday 8:00pm - 9:00pm
adult B/bm

OCT
29

Wednesday 9:45am - 10:45am
WAJE

OCT
30

Thursday 9:15am - 10:15am
Jewish Meditation

OCT
30

Thursday 11:15am - 12:15pm
Wise Aging

OCT
31

Friday 10:00am - 11:30am
Torah Study: Portion of the Week

NOV
3

Monday 11:00am - 12:00pm
Current events

NOV
4

Tuesday 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Wisdom of the Sages

NOV
5

Wednesday 9:00am - 10:30am
Kol Ami Reads Book Club

NOV
5

Wednesday 9:45am - 10:45am
WAJE

NOV
6

Thursday 9:15am - 10:15am
Jewish Meditation

NOV
6

Thursday 11:15am - 12:15pm
Wise aging