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.  

Israel: History, Culture and Identity
Thursdays from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm

Take a walk through history as we explore the Land of Israel. Through history, culture, music, literature and Jewish texts, we'll travel from antiquity through the time of the rabbis, into the Middle Ages, arriving at the Israel of today. We'll study the origins of Zionism, the creation of the State of Israel, and the complexities and nuances of the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict. Prepare to have your eyes opened as you create a new and deeper relationship with Israel, the place, the people, the idea. Come open minded and ready to "wrestle," for that is what it means to be Israel.

LIVING WITH LOSS: Jewish Support Group
Six session, meeting monthly on the 2nd Tuesday of each month, 4:00-5:30 pm
Starting November 10, 2015

One of the most challenging aspects of living is losing someone you love. Or even someone with whom you have had a difficult relationship. Or both. The loss might have come suddenly, or incrementally over many years¹ time. In whatever way, it requires of us an adjustment. In this group, we will learn some common human reactions to loss, and we will use our Jewish stories and the support of each other to guide us in navigating a hopeful path.

Facilitated by Rabbis Meirah Susan Iliinsky, MSW & Hugh Seid-Valencia

Modern Conversational Hebrew with Rina Shapira
Dates: Tuesday evenings in November, December, and January
Times: 7:30-8:30 pm
Tuition: $10 per class (materials included), class duration will last 10-12 sessions depending on interest.

Come get acquainted with Modern Hebrew as spoken Israel! No previous speaking or reading experience is required. We will working on speaking and listening in a relaxed and enjoyable environment. The class will put emphasis on basic oral skills. Learn how to hold basic conversations, order at restaurants, meet new people, and get to know Israeli culture! Class is taught by local and experienced modern Hebrew teacher, Rina Shapira. Bruchim hab'im--welcome to Modern Hebrew!

This is a great class to take to learn or refresh your Hebrew, especially if you are coming to Israel on the PSC trip in March 2016.

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 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