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Adult Education, Open to the Public


Adult Education, Special Services & Family Services

 The Huntington Jewish Center will offer a wide variety of adult education programs and services during the coming year.  Adult education faculty will include Rabbi David Barnett, Cantor Israel Gordan, and Ken Bob. We are also reviving the CHAI Adult Education Institute, a regional adult education program co-sponsored by eight Suffolk synagogues. All courses and services are open to our membership and their guests. No prior experience or background is necessary for our offerings.  We hope these courses and services will enable you to connect with Jewish tradition and with our synagogue community during the coming year.  Check back for additional courses that may be added from time to time. 

INTRODUCTORY HEBREW READING, with Rabbi David Barnett, All are invited!   Weekly classes* begin, Tuesday, November 22 @ 7:30 pm and will run through January 17, 2017

This class is designed to impart basic Hebrew prayer reading and deciphering skills to every participant, and is specifically targeted for those who have no previous background in Hebrew reading, or for those who wish to jumpstart their comfort level in following and participating in Jewish prayer. Created by a systems engineer, fluent in Hebrew, who was educated at the Hebrew University, this extremely efficient and easy method in my opinion is by far the best ever created for the specific and narrow focus intended.

The goal of such a class is to develop a basic comfort reading fluency level for the beginner within a two to three month timeline. Within this context, an additional orientation to the basic framework of Hebrew grammar will be included, allowing for the understanding of basic verb conjugation, root (cognate) recognition, and ensuing tools for vocabulary development. This class is not designed to develop conversational Hebrew fluency and functionality as a spoken language but it is truly a chance to grasp all of the basics that you’d like to have but have not been able to gain! Having had over twenty years of experience using this great and easy method, I’m looking forward to assisting as many learners as possible achieve personal breakthroughs previously unimagined!

*There will be no class on Tuesday, January 3, 2017

JEWISH PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM,  Instructor: Ken BobAdditional Dates, TBA,  Ken is a member of HJC who serves in a variety of Jewish organizational capacities. He is the current president of Ameinu, the national Zionist organization, and serves as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.

Jewish Public Affairs Forum, Wed., May 17, 8:00 PM, The American Jewish Community in the Age of Trump,   with Ken Bob.

We will explore this new reality in the context of issues that are resonating with many Jewish organizations, an orthodox son-in-law of the president in the White House, a rise in antisemitism and more.   We will look at which segments of the Jewish community are supportive of the president and which have vocally expressed their opposition. We will see how his election has impacted Israel thus far and what that means for us as American Jews. We will also discuss how everything that has happened has affected unity and disunity within our community. 

Ken Bob is a member of HJC who serves in a variety of Jewish organizational capacities. He is the current president of Ameinu, the national Zionist organization, and serves as a member of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations.  Ken will present a variety of topic periodically during the year.

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CHAI ADULT EDUCATION INSTITUTE  Classes: Mondays, Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, 28, Dec. 5  Location: Dix Hills Jewish Center, 7:30-8:15PM  (Class Session; 8:15-8:30 Break/Minyan; 8:30-9:45 JTS Scholar)  The multi-synagogue Adult Education Institute returns!  Courses are taught for the six-week semester by the clergy from the sponsoring congregations.  Following these classes and a short break for minyan and coffee, we join together to hear the scheduled guest scholar.  Please click here for FULL program details and registration.


FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE– 6:00 pm in the Kiddush Lounge  November 11, 2016 & April 28, 2017, Service Leaders: Rabbi Barnett and Cantor Gordan  These spirited services in the round include community singing, spontaneous dancing (sometimes), and instrumental music (in the Spring). Services are followed by a congregational Friday night dinner at which teenagers help to look after the younger children.

FAMILY SERVICES – PJ LBRARY BIM BAM SHABBAT PROGRAMS  HJC conducts a full program of services for families with ECC and Religious School age children led by Rabbi Barnett and Cantor Gordan. Services are accessible and designed to be a positive family experience.

   Friday Night Family ECC Services & Dinner –  November 18th, January 20th, March 3rd,  5:00 PM followed by dinner at 5:30,  Service Leaders: Rabbi Barnett and Cantor Gordan.  This brief service for younger children includes singing, a PJ Library story.  Shabbat Dinner follows each service.

   Shabbat Morning ECC Family ServicesFebruary 11, 2017, 10:30 AM,  Service Leader: Cantor Gordan.  Services include family participation, physical movement, a PJ Library book, and a Kiddush Lunch following services.

   Family Havdalah – December 10, 2017, 5:15 PM   Come together to say goodbye to Shabbat on the earliest Shabbat of the year!  We’ll be reading a PJ Library book, doing Havdalah together, eating a light dinner, and having tons of fun.  You won’t want to miss it!

SYNAGOGUE SKILLS  Instructor: Cantor Israel Gordan, Class hours to be worked out around schedules of participants.  Do you want to be more involved in services? Do you want to have a greater sense of ownership for what happens? Would you like to be on the Bimah leading services? Cantor Gordan is available for individual or group lessons in order to learn how to read Torah, chant a Haftarah or lead a part of the service. Simply call or email the Cantor with questions and to set up a time to meet! (

Huntington Jewish Center
510 Park Avenue
Huntington, NY 11743
Phone: 631.427.1089  Fax: 631.427.8118