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Adult Education, Special Services & Family Services

Neil Kurshan, Rabbi, Israel Gordan, Cantor,  Allison Reiver, President

 The Huntington Jewish Center will offer a wide variety of adult education programs and services during the coming year. Courses will range from a Saturday Night Film Series on the theme of Aging Wisely to a Jewish Public Affairs Forum. Adult education faculty will include Rabbi Neil Kurshan, Cantor Israel Gordan, and Ken Bob. We are also reviving the CHAI Adult Education Institute, a regional adult education program co-sponsored by five western Suffolk Conservative synagogues. All courses and services are open to our membership and their guests. No prior experience or background is necessary for our offerings. Please return the registration form on the back of the brochure to the synagogue office. We hope these courses and services will enable you to connect with Jewish tradition and with our synagogue community during the coming year.



Thursday, October 15, 22, Monday, October 26, Thursday, November 5,  8:00 PM Instructor: Rabbi Neil Kurshan with the faculty from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem

Do I have to believe in God to be a good Jew? Does Judaism make any sense without a belief in God? If I live Jewishly and act ethically, why do I need faith? Does religious faith belong in the public square? What happens to faith when it operates in the world of political compromise? Can Jewish religious claims to the land of Israel be reconciled with Palestinian nationalism? What are the qualities of a person of faith?

Each session will begin with a video presentation by a scholar from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem. Rabbi Kurshan will then lead a discussion about the presentation incorporating traditional and contemporary Jewish texts. All are welcome for Rabbi Kurshan’s final adult education series at HJC.


Tuesday, December 1, 2015  8:00 PM– The American Jewish Community after the Iran Agreement

Tuesday, May 10, 2016 – TBA

Instructor: Ken Bob.

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.

The conventional wisdom in Washington and the American Jewish community has always been that Israel is a bipartisan issue. However, the debate over the Iran Nuclear Agreement found the American Jewish community and the U.S. political world deeply divided. In this session we will discuss what was said, why this happened, how it has impacted the community going forward and what can be done to rebuild unity.


Romance in Jewish Films – 7:30pm, Discussion Leader: Rabbi Neil Kurshan

Saturday, November 7 (The Apartment ), December 5 (Crossing Delancey ), January 9 (Casablanca)

In this final film series with Rabbi Kurshan, we will watch three beautiful and critically acclaimed successful films that focus on the theme of romance as it intersects with Jewish values and traditions. Each film portrays a different dimension of the Jewish understanding of love. “The Apartment” starring Jack Lemmon, “Crossing Delancey” with Amy Irving & Peter Riegert and “Casablanca” (Rabbi Kurshan’s favorite movie) starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman. Refreshments will be served. BYOKB (Bring Your Own Kosher Bottle). Each movie will be followed by a discussion with Rabbi Kurshan


Tuesday, October 13, 20, Thursday, October 29, November 3, 10, 17,  Facilitator: Elaine Kleinmann. The group is open to 8 -12 participants.

This workshop provides a remarkable opportunity to address issues that affect the lives and the quality of lives of people in their 50’s, 60’s and early 70’s, who may be empty nesters, or may be at or near retirement. With its innovative curriculum, the session discussions help in reframing our perspectives of this period of life, highlighting our amazing potential for growth and insight. Wise Aging opens us to the possibilities of growing in mindfulness, insight, and satisfying relationships, and of experiencing this stage of life with wisdom and creativity. The sessions are participatory, using Jewish spiritual wisdom and secular texts to bear on topics including: exploration of this stage of life, re-discovering our authentic selves, cultivating nourishing relationships, interdependency of adult children and aging parents, forgiveness and reconciliation, living with loss, and cultivating gratitude, patience, joy and equanimity.


Monday, October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16, 23 at the Dix Hills Jewish Center

The Chai Adult Education Institute is a regional adult education program sponsored by six western Suffolk synagogues including the Huntington Jewish Center. Each evening begins with classes taught by synagogue rabbis followed by a lecture given by a professor from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Lecturers for the Fall semester include Amy Kalmanofsky, Benjamin Gampel, Jonathan Milgram, Bernard Wollschlaeger, David Wachtel, and Nancy Sinkoff. Topics range from “From Mishnah to Microsoft” to “Religious Piety Confronts Sensual Pleasure”. Consult the Chai Adult Education brochure or contact the HJC Main Office for additional details.

Monday, October 19th, 7:30 pm – Dix Hills Jewish Center:    Religious Piety Confronts Sensual Pleasure:

Images of Sepharad and Jerusalem in Golden Age Poetry, with Dr. Benjamin Gampel

Among the most well-known periods of Jewish history is the Golden Age of Spanish Jewry. The Jews of the Muslim Iberian kingdom of al-Andalus enjoyed economic and political success even as they created a robust and generative religious culture. But were the values of Judaism somehow compromised in this new environment? In this session we will learn how the poets of the Golden Age attempted to reconcile a life of worldly sophistication and material pleasure with their traditional attachment to ritual observance and theological piety, and discover how they were torn between their attachment to Sepharad and their longing for Jerusalem.

Benjamin Gampel is known as a stimulating teacher and delightful lecturer on the whole range of Jewish history. He has addressed synagogue and lay groups, organizations of all stripes and scholarly conclaves. Truly an energetic scholar and teacher, Dr. Gampel is among a small group of educators dedicated to bringing the history of the Jews to a wide public audience.

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE– 6:00 pm in the Kiddush Lounge  TBA

Service Leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

These spirited services in the round include community singing, spontaneous dancing (sometimes), and instru-mental music (in the Spring). Services are followed by a congregational Friday night dinner at which teenagers help to look after the younger children.


HJC conducts a full program of services for families with ECC and Religious School age children led by Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan. Services are accessible and designed to be a positive family experience.


Service Leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

This brief service for younger children includes sing-ing, a PJ Library story, and all children are invited to the Bimah for Kiddush. Either a Shabbat Dinner or small Oneg follows each service.


Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

Services include family participation, physical movement, a PJ Library book, and a Kiddush Lunch follow-ing services.


Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

This special, family learner’s style services will include explanations of prayers, interesting games and activities, and the learning of tunes both new and old.

A Kiddush Lunch follows the service.


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! (


Service leaders: Rabbi Kurshan and Cantor Gordan

Each service will be preceded by a Shabbat dinner at 6:15 pm. The service will encourage family participation


Service Leader: Cantor Gordan

Services are participatory and include family presentations of a Dvar Torah and a give and take discussion. A Kiddush Lunch follows services.

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