Adult Education

The PJC offers Adult Learning with our Rabbi throughout the year. Our courses have included weekly Torah study (Hebrew Bible), the writings and widsom of our Sages (TaNaKh), Jewish philosophy and ethics. Our Rabbi encourages congregants to select topics of interest. We engage in open dialogue, debate and foster deepening friendships; all essential components of a rich, Jewish life.

Both the newcomer and the already knowledgeable are encouraged to explore the endless dimensions of Jewish culture, sacred texts, mysticism, current events, legend and lore, spirituality, theology and history. Once a month, after Shabbat services, we offer a Women’s Group for discussion and reflection, in an intimate setting.

Registration is required for all classes. There is no registration fee unless noted otherwise.

Big Ideas in Liberal Judaism

Tuesdays 4:30-6:00 PM at the PJC

October 10 to December 19th

$75 dollar Suggested Donation

Wednesday Lunch and Learn

Wednesdays, 12:00-1:00pm

October 10th to December 20th

Via Zoom

Chevrutah Learning with the Rabbi

Location TBD

Please contact the PJC for more information.

Book Group

Dates vary, please contact Barbara Saunders-Adams for up to date information.

Big Ideas In Liberal Judaism

Throughout the long arc of history, Jewish tradition has spoken in the language of mitzvah/obligation–moral obligation, ritual obligation, legal obligation, theological obligation and tribal obligation. Since the dawn of the 18th century European Enlightenment, however, Jews have been contending with the gifts and challenges of voluntarism–the ability to choose freely how and to what extent and if to engage with Jewish experience. How has this reality shaped Jewish thought and creativity over the past several hundred years? What do ancient (and modern) sources have to say about it? How do our choices affect lived Jewish experience today, both at the PJC and beyond? We’ll explore these major questions throughout the fall, focusing on a variety of core Jewish topics including Shabbat, holiness, chosenness, tribe, and Israel. 

Wednesday Lunch and Learn

Held via Zoom, topics will vary based on the interests of the group.

Chevrutah Learning with the Rabbi

Chevruta learning–paired learning with a friend–is among the most ancient and powerful ways to approach Jewish text. Rabbi Resnick is excited to learn in Chevruta with anyone–of any age!–throughout the year. Each Chevruta course will last three weeks. Scheduling is flexible and content is driven by the students’ interest. If you’re interested in studying one-on-one with Rabbi Resnick, please email Slots are somewhat limited. 

Book Club

The PJC Book Group meets monthly. Each month a congregant suggests a title to the group. When there is a consensus, we usually have three to four weeks to read the book. At the set date, there is a discussion — in person or on Zoom. We have had several guest authors join our meetings, including Matti Friedman who zoomed in from Israel, and our own authors, Gloria Goldreich (Horowitz), Karen Dukess, Jordan Salama and Efrem Sigel. The meeting’s host creates five to 10 questions to facilitate discussion. Then, participants can bring up whatever aspect of the book speaks to them. The one caveat is the selection must have either a Jewish theme or a Jewish author. The Book Group is open to all interested congregants.