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Adult Learning

The goal of our adult learning is to help our members (and anyone who participates) be well-rounded people, rooted in Jewish identity while open to the world around us.

Our adult learning programs explore Jewish and general history, philosophy, comparative religion, current events, literature and science. All adult learning sessions are offered either exclusively online or both in-person and online.

2023 Adult Education Sessions

2100 Half Day Road, Deerfield and Zoom
All times Central U.S. 
Upcoming Adult Education oportunities:
All Events
  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  5 , 2024
    Adult Education: What is Zionism?

    Tuesday, Mar 5th 7:30p to 9:00p
    A political movement to create a Jewish state started in the late 19th century, in some circles today “Zionism” is reviled as ethno-nationalist racist colonialism (and other epithets). What are the origins, varieties, and meanings of Zionism (and anti-Zionism) in the 21st century?


  • Tuesday ,
    MarMarch  12 , 2024
    Adult Education: What is Diasporism?

    Tuesday, Mar 12th 7:30p to 9:00p
    Most of Jewish history has happened without an independent Jewish state. And most Jews have lived outside the land of Israel for over 2,000 years. Are non-Israeli Jews in “exile” or “diaspora,” or can they have an identity rooted in the lands where they live?


  • Tuesday ,
    AprApril  9 , 2024
    Adult Education: What Counts as Genocide?

    Tuesday, Apr 9th 7:30p to 9:00p
    The term “genocide” was coined during the Holocaust to describe the intentional attempt to destroy a national, racial, ethnic or religious group, and was ratified by a United Nations convention in 1948. In recent years, the accusation of committing genocide has been thrown at Russia and Israel, Sudan and China, Myanmar and the Islamic State. What does it take for tragedy to become “genocide?”


See these programs from earlier in 2023

Introduction to Secular Humanistic Judaism

In past years, Kol Hadash has run a three-year cycle exploring Jewish History, Jewish Culture and the Philosophy of Secular Humanistic Judaism. These classes have all been recorded and are now available on YouTube playlists. Feel free to watch particular topics or the entire series! If you would like a copy of the course packet of introductory essays and recommended readings for one or more of these courses, please contact our administrator, Jeremy Owens.

Introduction to Jewish History

Introduction to Jewish Culture

Philosophy of Secular Humanistic Judaism

Mon, March 4 2024 24 Adar I 5784