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Life Long Learning 

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.  Programs include panel discussions and interviews from 92Y Live in New York City.

Chairperson: Brenda Auerbach,  Email:
Members: Sandi and Lee Bassow, Harriet Cutler, Janice Hoff, Marty Levine, and Blanche Meslin.

New members are always welcome!  Please join us if you have ideas you would like to share and help implement.

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, an evening Book Club which meets in member's homes and a daytime Book Club which meets at Kol Haverim. 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 occasionally collaborate with other area synagogues on some shared programming.

Life Long Learning - Calendar of Upcoming Events

Check out the new programs on Jan 10, April 16, and May 21. And the topics for Judaism’s great debates are listed below.

  • Jan 10, Tuesday, 92 Y program with Jonathon Sacks, “Not in Gods Name,” 6:30 pm, free.  Rabbi Lord Sacks provides an answer to those who claim religion is intrinsically a cause of violence in his new book.  He argues that a true understanding of religion will enable and inspire us to bring peace, not war.
  • Jan 22, Sunday Brunch, Rabbi Wylen presents: Midrash and Meaning, the hidden message of the Torah.  11:15-12:30 pm.  Hot drinks and Nosh provided.
  • Jan 25, Wednesday, Book Club, “Not in Gods Name” by Lord Rabbi Jonathon Sacks, 7:30 pm.  Janice Hoff and Paul Shapira moderating.


"Get yourself a partner and learn!"  Why a partner? To debate!   Judaism teaches that there is no learning without debate.  So join friends and add your perspective in our five session series with Rabbi Wylen this Winter/Spring as we review some of the great debates that shaped our Judaism.  All Kol Haverim members are welcome to one or all of these debates.  Time: 7:00 to 8:30 pm.  Refreshments provided.

  • Feb 9, Thursday, Judaism’s Great Debates:  Abraham Debates with God.
  • Feb 16, Thursday, Judaism’s Great Debates:  Hillel and Shammai debate the meaning of the Torah.
  • Feb 23, Thursday, Judaism’s Great Debates:  Ben Zakkai and the Zealots debate the path to Jewish survival.
  • March 2, Thursday, Judaism’s Great Debates:  The Vilna Gaon and the Baal Shem Tov debate the Jewish spiritual path.
  • March 9, Thursday, Judaism’s Great Debates:  Geiger, Hirsch and Frankel debate how to be Jewish in the Modern Era.


  • Feb 13, Monday, Book Club, “Night” by Ellie Weisel, 7:30 pm
  • March 16, Tuesday, Book Club, “The Jews in the Time of Jesus,” by Rabbi Wylen, 7:30 pm.
  • March 19 Sunday, “Fire Birds” JCC Film Fest, 4:30 pm at Spotlight Theatre. (sponsored by LifeLong Learning, Brotherhood and Sisterhood)
  • March 26 Making Challah with the Rabbi, 11:15-1:30pm, $10 fee, for families, babysitting available during lecture. Must pre-register so you will have supplies you will need to make Challah. 
  • April 16, Sunday Brunch, film, and discussion on “Jewish Farmers in Eastern CT, 10:00 am.
  • April 18, Tuesday, Book Club, “Mystery Midrash,” by Lawrence Raphael.
  • April 20, Thursday, Rabbi Wylen presents: Hillel, Jesus and the Commandment to Love your Neighbor, 7:00 – 8:00 pm.
  • May 21, Sunday Brunch, Rabbi Mark Dov Shapiro presents his research on “Do you Believe in God?”

(Please note: The book club is open to all congregants.  If you wish to be a member, please contact Brenda Auerbach at

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