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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 Ari Saks, 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.

JEWISH PUBLIC AFFAIRS FORUM PRESENTS“Challenges & Opportunities for Israel in a Changing Middle East,” Wed., April 25, 8:00PM, with Kenneth Bob.  Ken Bob recently returned from a Jewish leadership mission to the United Arab Emirates, Jordan and Israel and will report on his meetings with royal family members, government ministers, business leaders, security officials and civil society activists. Is there an interest in the Arab Gulf for closer relations with Israel? What does Russian and Iranian involvement in Syria mean for Israel? Are there hopes for progress towards peace with the Palestinians? Ken will address these questions and more at the session.   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.  RSVP to  or call 631-427-1089

CHAI ADULT EDUCATION INSTITUTE Spring, 2018 Mondays, April 16, 23, 30 and May 7 & 14, 7:30 pm at the Dix Hills Jewish Center.   The multi-congregation Community Adult Education Institute of Suffolk continues the partnership with the Jewish Theological Seminary Herald Institute for Jewish Studies and the Jewish Book Council and its Authors on Tour Network for five contemporary, relevant and riveting programs. Local clergy will each teach a class followed by the Guest Scholar/Author presentation.

Monday, April 23 – 8:30 pm – Ezra Glinter “Have I Got A Story For You – More Than a Century of Fiction from the Forward”

Cost is $36/pp. For the full schedule, brochures are available in the Main Office.

GREAT THINKERS, KEY IDEAS – 8 week Learning Program with Rabbi Saks  Join Rabbi Saks and delve deeply into key ideas of great MODERN Jewish thinkers. Classes will be offered two-three times a day, once a week for 8 weeks, using different structures of teaching (discussion, text learning, and lecture) to learn about these thinkers and ideas that are very relevant to Jewish life today. All classes are taught by Rabbi Saks on Thursdays in the HJC Library unless otherwise indicated. CLICK HERE for complete program details and the full list of class topics.
Thursday, April 12: ELIE WIESEL – NEVER AGAIN (in honor of Yom Hashoa) Morning Coffee Talk (9:30 – 10 am), Afternoon Lunch’n Learn (1 – 2 pm). There will be no evening lecture on this date.

WISE AGING WORKSHOPS, beginning April 10.  Building on past success at HJC and across the US, Wise Aging Workshop will begin April 10, 2018.  Are you an empty nester? Are you about to retire, or have you recently retired? If so, please read on…  As our main focus of caring for children and/or maintaining a career has shifted, many of us wonder: Now what? Will I still be needed? What will be my purpose? How do I deal with providing needed support to adult children and aging parents? Wise Aging discussions help in reframing our perspectives of this period of life, highlighting our amazing potential of growing in mindfulness, insight, and satisfying relationships, and of experiencing this stage of life with wisdom and creativity. There will be 6 evening sessions from 7:30-9 pm at HJC for 8-12 participants. Start date is tentatively April 10. If interested or you have questions, contact Elaine Kleinmann.

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! (


FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE– 6:00 pm in the Kiddush Lounge  TBA; Service Leaders: Rabbi Saks 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 Saks and Cantor Gordan. Services are accessible and designed to be a positive family experience.

   Friday Night Family ECC Services & Dinner –  TBA,  Service Leaders: Rabbi Saks and Cantor Gordan.  This brief service for younger children includes singing, a PJ Library story.  Shabbat Dinner follows each service.

   Shabbat Morning ECC Family Services – TBA, Service Leader: Cantor Gordan.  Services include family participation, physical movement, a PJ Library book, and a Kiddush Lunch following services.

   Family Havdalah – TBA,  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!

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