Adult Education

Limmud - PSC Learning Opportunities

Revealing the Torah One Verse at a Time
Fridays at 9:00 am - 10:00 am
Instructor: Rabbi Corey Helfand

A study of the weekly Torah portion, going line by line, verse by verse through the entire Torah (5 Books of Moses). We'll explore the intricacies of the Torah by looking at the Hebrew language, themes, authorship, and more. This is a great way to learn our tradition in a deep and meaningful way. All texts available in Hebrew and English. Open to all. No prior experience required. Join us for a beautiful way of accessing our sacred tradition.  


Jewish Denominations 101
Thursdays at 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Join Rabbi Corey Helfand for a new class as we explore the evolution of Jewish Denominations. What does it really mean to be an Orthodox, Conservative, Reform, Reconstructionist, Renewal, Post Denominational or Trans Denominational Jew? Why did movements emerge? Are they still important today? This will be the first in a series of short mini-mesters. Questions? Email Rabbi Helfand at rabbi@peninsulasinai.org.


Open Sources in PSC's Beit Midrash
Next class: February 1
9:30 am - 11:00 am


Join us to begin your own learning journey alongside the rest of the PSC community. We are partnering with Kevah, a Bay Area entrepreneurial organization that prides itself on high level learning by creating relational communities. Our primary focus of study will be about Jewish prayer: how we pray, why we pray, how do we connect with the liturgy, what are the origins of prayer and how do we find relevance in prayer in the 21st century. This is an opportunity to study in hevruta, with partners, using Jewish text to inform our own spiritual journeys. No experience necessary but those with experience will also be challenged. Just come with an open mind and an open heart.


Capital Punishment in the Talmud
Sundays at 11:15 am - 12:15 pm


Join us on Sunday mornings from 11:15 am to 12:15 pm as we delve into the Jewish perspective on Capital Punishment. We will explore the Talmudic passages that help guide us through the intricacies of criminal law in all generations, from the Biblical period through modernity. No experience necessary. All are welcome. All texts will be in Hebrew and English.


Meyer Lifschultz Memorial Yiddish Education Program,
sponsored by PSC

The program begins January 25th, and consists of six Yiddish language (educational, learning, conversational) sessions. It will be taught by the Honorable Rochelle Goldman, a leading local Yiddish scholar and educator. To see the syllabus, please click here.

To register, please download the attached registration form, and mail or bring your check for $60 to the PSC office. 


Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class to begin Spring 2015

Who: Are you an adult over the age of 13? Are you someone who never had a bar/bat mitzvah and would like to?

What: Join Rabbi Corey Helfand in a transformative experience to have your adult bar/bat mitzvah

Where: Classes to be held at PSC/people's homes

When: Beginning Spring 2015 (roughly a 2 year ongoing commitment)

Why: Why not? This is a great way to brush up on your Jewish knowledge, learn new skills (Torah reading, Hebrew, Jewish history/ritual), and connect with a wonderful community.

Questions? Please email rabbi@peninsulasinai.org with questions or to express interest. There will be an info session in the early spring with more details. Thinking about converting to Judaism? This is a great way to begin your exploration with other eager learners while being supported by the community. Please contact Rabbi Helfand for more details.


Peninsula Sinai Congregation is committed to providing a range of adult Jewish learning for the entire community. Classes and programs are open to all and take place at PSC. Our programs are free and subsidized by PSC. If you’d like to help plan adult educational programming at PSC, please contact Rabbi Corey Helfand at rabbi@peninsulasinai.org.