Adult Education at Kol Haverim is founded on our commitment to the mitzvah of lifelong learning. Our broad and varied Adult learning program includes occasional Sunday Brunch/Lectures, Adult Hebrew Classes, a Book Club, and additional special programs and events. New in 2012-2013: Subscription to 92 St Y Simulcasts of Panel Discussions and Interviews LIVE from New York!
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Members: Sandi and Lee Bassow, Beth Breinan, Carol Fishman, Judy Kulick, Marty Levine, Ryan Simon, Rabbi Sarah Bracha Gershuny.
Description of Activities
Life Long Learning at Congregation Kol Haverim offers a wide variety of opportunities for adults. The committee offers opportunities to additional members who have ideas for exciting events.
Our programs and activities consist of Adult Hebrew lessons offered for a nominal fee during two semesters per year, a Book Club which meets in member's homes. At least 5 books are discussed throughout the year. Speaker/Brunches have been offered on a regular basis on Sunday mornings. Kol Haverim has hosted college professors, Holocaust survivors, Israeli emissaries, A.D.L. representatives, and Scholars-in-Residence from the Hartford Seminary and the Greenberg Center, University of Hartford, to name a few. Free baby-sitting is also offered.
Collaborative efforts with the Hebrew School, Sisterhood and Brotherhood have also been a focus of the Adult Education Committee. Fourth grade students have participated in the annual Israel Independence Day and Adult Education Oneg Shabbat by creating posters and giving presentations to the congregation about the study of Israel. Adults provide "tastes" of the Middle East at that oneg.
Another important collaborative effort has been the Distinguished Author Series at Kol Haverim. We have hosted such authors as Anne Roiphe, Harold Kushner, Anita Diamant, Lawrence Kushner, Leonard Fein, and Daniel Asa Rose. The Brotherhood and Sisterhood assisted with these events.
Also, Adult Learning opportunities have been available through Kol Haverim's connection to the Greater Hartford community. Kol Haverim has been a sponsoring synagogue in the Annual Book Festival, the Annual Film Festival, at the Jewish Community Center in West Hartford. We are collaborating with Temple Sinai in Newington on some shared programming.