Adult Education Classes Focusing on Jewish Diversity  

Oct 19, 2016

Congregation Sha’arey Ha’yam announces a series of adult education programs titled “More Than One Way to Be Jewish: An Exploration of Diversity of Modern Jewish Identity.” The classes are open to the public and free of charge.

Programs will be held at the Lutheran Church of the Holy Spirit in Manahawkin, where the Friday evening Shabbat services are held twice a month. Rabbi Josh Goldstein will lead the classes, which will be held on five Tuesdays from 1 to 2 p.m.

The opening program is Oct. 25, which is titled “The Coming Reinvention of Reform Judaism: Are We Ready?” Other classes are “Conservative Judaism: You Can Go Home,” Nov. 8; “Chasidism: Our Love/Hate Relationship,” Nov. 22;“Zionism: Can Love for Israel be an Authentic Jewish Movement,” Dec. 6; and “A Potpourri of Issues Facing Other Issues,” Dec. 20.

“In each program, I’ll speak for 30 to 40 minutes and then take questions,” said Goldstein, who took over as rabbi last July.

Prior to coming to Sha’arey Ha’yam,  Goldstein served as the rabbi for Temple Sha’arey Shalom in Springfield for 30 years, retiring in 2012. He then became rabbi emeritus, a position he still holds.

“When I came to Manahawkin, I wanted to do more than conduct services twice a month,” he said, “so I developed a series of talks about different facets of Judaism, and what being Jewish means.”

 For more information, contact Cyndy Friedland, congregation founder, at  609-698-4459. —E.E.

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