Adult Education

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2016-2017 schedule



Study with the Rabbi

Weekly Shabbat Study Sessions

These discussions of the parashah of the week are a lively analysis by those attending Saturday services of the Torah reading. The participants are finding important connections that help all find the Torah’s relevance to our contemporary lives.

Lunch and Learn

Meets each Tuesday from noon to 1:00 p.m. in the social hall, except for holidays. The topic this year under discussion will be The Reform Judaism prayer book.

The Rabbi's New Class 

Join Rabbi Gardner on Tuesday evenings between 6-7 pm in the social hall.  It will meet for 13 sessions starting on November 29

Topic:   The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict.  

Cantor Sharett-Singer's Classes

 See details aboaut the Cantor's Torah trope class and her Adult Hebrew Lanaguage Class in the submenu item, Cantor Sharett-Singer's Classes


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The  YIVO Jewish Culture Series launched four years ago is an educational outreach program in partnership with the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research ( It is designed to integrate various aspects of Ashkenazic culture and history to the public. We believe that by connecting us more deeply to our cultural heritage, this program helps us to strengthen our identity as Jewish Americans.

The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute. The YIVO Institute is headquartered in New York City and is the world's premier academic institute devoted to teaching and the study of East European Jewish history, language and culture and its influence in the United States. Riverdale Temple is proud to be affiliated with this prestigious institution.
The Adult Education Committee remains open to input from the congregation for course offerings.

yidisheThe Yivo Jewish Culture Series programs focus on Yiddish literature, culture, history, language and Jewish heritage. They are presented several times across the course of the year on Sunday afternoons at 2 PM and take place in Riverdale Temple's sanctuary. Their speakers and subject matter experts draw manypeople in attendance for this popular event. 

The faculty for the series draws on the extensive network of scholars affiliated with the YIVO Institute. The events are open to the broader community. 

SAVE THE DATES FOR YIVO EVENTS THE 2016-2017 PROGRAM YEAR   November 13, January 29, April 2, June 11

 See the details about the current  lectures in the sub menu, YIVO Culture Lecture Series




haverimChavurah, which means "friends" in Hebrew, is a lay-led discussion group that meets once a month after the Saturday morning service.. We read that week's parashah in its entirety and engage in an open discussion of its meaning, in its time, and today. Before our Torah study,At the kiddush we share a potluck pareve lunch. You are welcome to bring a dish to share with the group, but don't be deterred if you cannot, or decide to drop in at the last minute. There is always enough food to go around.