The Forest Hills Jewish Center offers a variety of adult education programs. Our keynote events are:
An annual Scholar-in-Residence Program – We can bring in well-known scholars thanks to the generosity of a donation made annually in memory of Malcom Peace Sevin. The Scholar-in-Residence program brings in prominent journalists, authors, and academics for multi-day presentations to our congregation. Recent scholars have included Benjamin Sommer, Professor of Bible at The Jewish Theological Seminary of America and Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute, and noted journalist Yossi Klein Halevi (also Senior Fellow at the Shalom Hartman Institute.)
Our annual Shabbaton weekend has evolved into the “Shabbaton at Home”, a continuing series of seminars presented by members of our community with strong Jewish backgrounds. These lectures cover topics as diverse as “The Afterlife in Jewish Thought and Text” and “Who Was Haman Anyway?”.
The Hebrew Literature Group meets 5 to 8 times a year on Thursdays at 5:00PM on Zoom. They have discussed many genres of Hebrew literature. This year they will complete their examination of the Book of Job and then focus on the development of the Hebrew language in the Second Temple period.
Interviews with Jewish authors of note. Some are fiction writers and others are major Jewish scholars.
Nightly 30-minute Limud – When Covid forced us to close the daily minyan we shifted to zoom study every night to allow mourners and those observing yahrzeits to say Kaddish. We continue this at 7:30 PM on nights when there is no in-person minyan. Our Rabbi and Hazzan pick topics relating to Jewish law and religious practice and the associated music.