Adult Education

Welcome to our 2016-2017 Adult Education classes
Classes for adults of all ages

At our core there resides a single idea…simcha…joy!

The goal of the Kol Tikvah Adult Education program is to provide insight, understanding, and education regarding topics that touch on Jewish life. Our courses run the gauntlet from Torah study, to the place of Jews in society, Jewish cooking, and reading books with Jewish themes. We proudly present many different areas of study making Kol Tikvah a place of religious and educational growth. Over time we hope that members will meet their fellow congregants, and grow their network of personal and business relationships, making Kol Tikvah not just a temple but a true community center.

Glenn Rabney, Adult Education Board of Trustees

Carol Fischer, Temple President


For our list of offerings, please see below or CLICK HERE for the Adult Education Brochure-2016

You may also visit Kol Tikvah for a printed copy of our Kol Tikvah Adult Education Brochure, or see below:

Adult Education 2016-2017


Weekly Torah Study
Begins on October 10, 2016
Rabbi Jon Hanish
If there is one word that describes Rabbi Jon’sweekly Torah study it is “wrestling.” Like Jacob wrestling with the angel in hopes of personal
transformation, Rabbi Jon wants his students towrestle with the Biblical text in order to gain new insights that will affect their lives for the
better. The weekly parasha (Torah portion) is thefocus, though occasionally a Jewish holiday will be the lesson of the day. Rabbi Jon teaches the class October through June. In July and August, the class is congregant led. Feel free to bring your lunch. Coffee is provided.
All classes are on Mondays from 11:30 am – 12:30 pm. Cost: No fee and no registration required.

Kol Tikvah Book Club
Lisa Hanish
Please join us if you loved the book, couldn’t stand the book, or haven’t read the book! Members only. All meetings are on
Wednesdays from 7:30 pm – 9:00 pm. Cost: No fee. RSVP is required to Lisa at
Dates & Booklist
September 14, 2016:
The Secret Chord by Geraldine Brooks
November 9, 2016:
Unorthodox by Deborah Feldman
December 7, 2016:
The Hotel on Place Vendome by Tilar J. Mazzeo
January 11, 2017:
The 7 Good Years by Etgar Keret
February 8, 2017:
The Beautiful Possible by Amy Gottlieb
March 8, 2017:
The Beggar King and the Secret of Happiness by Joel Ben Izzy
May 10, 2017:
For Such A Time by Kate Breslin

Hebrew Lessons
Jackie Edery
Improve your fluency of prayer book Hebrew. By practicing letter and vowel combinations and learning to sight read common words like יהוה
(Adonai), your appreciation of prayer will deepen. Each class begins with a student volunteer providing snacks. Come hungry for food and
knowledge! All classes are held from 9:15 am -10:45 am. Cost & Registration: $150 members or $250 guests (includes materials). RSVP is required to Debbie at
Dates: Sunday, September 18, 2016
Sunday, September 25, 2016
Sunday, October 9, 2016
Sunday, October 16, 2016
Sunday, October 30, 2016
Sunday, November 6, 2016
Sunday, November 13, 2016
Sunday, November 20, 2016
Sunday, December 4, 2016
Sunday, December 11, 2016
Sunday, December 18, 2016


God, Gods and Heavenly Beings
Rabbi Jon Hanish
Weren’t we always monotheists? Starting the day we enter religious school, we are taught that Jews believe in the existence of only one
God. According to our Bible, this wasn’t always a Jewish belief. This class will focus on the Israelite journey through polytheism and
monolatry which led us to our monotheistic beliefs. Along this journey, we will find that God was not always alone. All classes are held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees.  Dates: Monday, November 14, 2016; Monday, November 21, 2016; Monday, November 28, 2016

The Book of Second Samuel
Rabbi Jon Hanish
Last year, Rabbi Jon taught us about the rise and fall of King Saul and the rise of King David as we studied the book of First Samuel. This year, we
will focus on the story of David as described in Second Samuel. If there is one king who left an impression on Judaism, it would be the charming,
intelligent, warrior-king David. We will delve into his life, looking at the ghosts that haunted him, the women he loved, and the family that tried to undermine his kingdom. Bagels and coffee will, of course, be provided. All classes are held from 9:00 am – 10:00 am.
Dates: Saturday, December 3, 2016, Saturday, January 7, 2017, Saturday, February 4, 2017; Saturday, March 4, 2017; Saturday, April 1, 2017
Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


All the Yiddish Every Mensch Should Know
Erin Faigin
The focus of this class is the story of Yiddish, from the old country to di goldene medina, plus a smattering of essential Yiddish vocabulary
to impress your friends and please your bubbe. Don’t be a shmendrik, kumt areyn! Come kibbitz and nosh with friends while learning a bissl; it’s worth the shlep! All classes are held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dates: Monday, December 5, 2016; Monday, December 12, 2016; Monday, December 19, 2016. Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


Introduction to Judaism
Rabbi Jon Hanish, Cantor Noa Shaashua and Education Staff
Through assigned readings, activities, lectures, and discussion, students will be immersed into the rich and complex set of beliefs and practices that have come to define and redefine what it means to be Jewish. The fundamentals of Jewish thought and practice will be explored through the lens of Reform Judaism. This class is an introspective look at Judaism as a religion and as a culture. All classes are held from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Cost & Registration: $180 members or $250 guests (includes materials). RSVP is required to Debbie at  Dates: Sunday, January 22, 2017, Sunday, January 29, 2017; Sunday, February 5, 2017; Sunday, February 12, 2017; Sunday, March 5, 2017; Sunday, March 12, 2017; Sunday, March 19, 2017; Sunday, April 2, 2017; Sunday, April 23, 2017; Sunday, April 30, 2017; Friday, May 12, 2017 – Class Shabbat Dinner and Graduation


I Can Do Standup Comedy, I’m a Jew
Glenn Rabney & Hannes Luth, Comedy Professionals
Kvetching, kvelling and comedy, it’s the birthright of all Jews and now it’s your chance to participate in your heritage.  Over the course of three classes, comedy professionals Glenn Rabney & Hannes Luth will work with the students to find their comedic voice and craft a five to 10 minute routine, which they’ll get to present to friends and family at our annual Club Kol Tikvah night.

All classes are held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dates: Monday, January 9, 2017; Monday, January 23, 2017; Monday, February 6, 2017; Comedy Showcase Night 2017 — Tuesday, February 21, 2017. Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


Jews in the Wild West
David Epstein
When you think about the old days of the wild west, you don’t automatically think Jews. On the contrary, Jewish pioneers were part of it in large numbers, and not just named Levi. Learn about how Jews were able to succeed so well in the old west by using Jewish values. Each participant will receive a copy of David Epstein’s book Why the Jews Were So Successful in the Wild West: and How to Tell Their Stories. All classes are held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dates: Monday, February 27, 2017; Monday, March 6, 2017; Monday, March 13, 2017. Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


Lore of the Rabbis
Rabbi Becky Hoffman
Join the fellowship of rabbinic heroes such as Rabbi Akiva, Hillel, and Shimon Bar Yochai. Each rabbi has a special skill – from gathering thousands of followers to shooting laser beams from their eyes (yes, that’s a real thing) – to leading us on a Jewish journey. Their epic stories and teachings will guide you to a deeper understanding and apprecipation of our Jewish tradition. All classes are held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dates: Monday, March 20, 2017; Monday, March 27, 2017; Monday, April 3, 2017. Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


How Jews Shaped the Music of the 60’s
Sid Jacobson
From Stoller & Leiber and Neil Sedaka to Carole King and Paul Simon, Jews helped shape the sound of popular music in the
50’s and 60’s. Sid Jacobson, was, among other things, a songwriter in the legendary Brill Building and shares his observations about how and why Jews were so responsible for shaping the sound of the new generation. Class held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Date: Monday, June 12, 2017
Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


A Writer’s Workshop: Reflections on Holiday and Holy Days
Rabbi Jon Hanish and Screenwriter Alex Litvak
This year’s writing class will focus on writing poems, short stories and prose that focus on our memories of holidays and High Holy Days. For many of us, our Judaism is defined by Chanukah, Passover, Sukkot, Rosh HaShanah, Yom Kippur, Purim, Shavuot, and Shabbat experiences. Class size is limited to 10. All classes are held from 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm. Dates: Monday, May 1, 2017 Monday, May 15, 2017; Monday, May 8, 2017 Monday, May 22, 2017. Cost & Registration: Please refer to Course Fees below.


2016-2017 Hartman Collaborative Lecture Series
The Shalom Hartman Institute features four lectures by world renowned scholars, followed by an optional dinner and discussion. The LA Collaborative Lecture Series is a program of the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America & is supported by a generous grant from the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles. The Jan. 22 lecture will start at 3:00 pm and there will be no post-lecture dinner. To RSVP for lectures/dinners:


Dates & Times, Scholars, Locations:
November 13, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Yehuda Kurtzer
Leo Baeck Temple


December 11, 2016 at 4:00 pm
Tal Becker
Stephen Wise Temple


January 22, 2017 at 3:00 pm
Micah Goodman
Valley Beth Shalom


March 5, 2017 at  4:00 pm
Elana Stein Hain
Temple Beth Am


Course Fees and Registration

Please register 7 days in advance, and note there is a five student minimum for each course.
Temple members: Advance RSVP $18 – Day of $36
Guests: Advance RSVP$36 -Day of $72
To register or for more information, contact Debbie Shayer
at 818.348.0670 x200 or


Classes held at Temple Kol Tikvah –  20400 Ventura Blvd., Woodland Hills, CA 91364
818.348.0670 |

If you have any questions, please contact Tiffiny at or 818-348-0670 ext. 214