Raymond Arbetman Center for Adult Jewish Learning

Anshe Emet seeks to develop rich and diverse learning opportunities, making the congregation a center of Jewish study.

The Raymond Arbetman Center for Adult Jewish Education, winner of two Solomon Schechter Gold Awards for Synagogue Excellence in Adult Education, encourages adults to experience the excitement of Jewish study. We engage our membership and community at large by offering a variety of Jewish learning opportunities for beginning, intermediate and advanced students. Being ever mindful of changing needs, we continue to add new and innovative programs to respond to our membership and our community. In addition to Hebrew and text classes taught by our clergy and lay leaders we strive to bring in thought leaders from the Conservative movement and the Jewish community at large.

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Call Cantor Berke

Cantor Elizabeth (Liz) Berke
Interim Hazzan & Director of Continuing Education
eberke@ansheemet.org | 773.868.5117



Enhance your Jewish Learning with these great courses…


OMG, Can You Believe? with Tzivia Garfinkel

January 11, 2021 – February 22, 2021
7 pm – 8:30 pm

In this six-week exploratory course, we’ll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. 

Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present.  This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God-question” that confronts us throughout our lives.  This course will be led by Tzivia Garfinkel. There will be no class on 1/18.

Register here

Anshe Emet members receive $100 off with code AE100.
Members: $79
General Public: $179

This course is offered in conjunction with the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. For more information contact Jody Hyman jhyman@meltonschool.org.

Contact Hazzan Elizabeth Berke for more information: eberke@ansheemet.org

Let’s Talk About the Prophets with Professor Ken Seeskin

January 17, 2021 – February 21, 2021
10 am – 11:30 am

A six-week class on some of the most fascinating Prophets in our arsenal of study. 

Join Professor Ken Seeskin, Emeritus Professor of Philosophy and Emeritus Philip M. and Ethel Klutznick Professor of Jewish Civilization, from Northwestern University as he examines questions such as Does God experience emotion and Why Must God’s Chosen servant suffer and much more?

Specific Prophets highlighted will be Amos (1-9); Hosea (1-14); Isaiah (1-12), (53), (40-45); Jeremiah (31: 31-34), (1-20); Ezekiel (1-7, 11, 18).

Register here

Members: $50
Non-Members: $80

Zoom information will be provided upon registration.

Talmud Study with Rabbi Joel Goldstein

January 20, 2021 – February 24, 2021
7 pm – 8 pm

Join us as we study the eighth chapter of the Babylonian Talmud tractate chullin.

This chapter begins with the rules of separating milk and meat and how we react when the two are mixed together. Additionally, it will bring us to a discussion of other rituals around a person’s table. Texts will be provided in their original languages with a vocabulary guide and english translations for those who would like them. Previous Talmud experience is encouraged but not necessary. 

The class will be taught by Rabbi Joel Goldstein, Campus Rabbi at Syracuse Hillel and former Lakeview resident. 

Register here

Members: $50
Non-Members: $80

Zoom information will be provided upon registration.

Join any of our weekly Virtual drop-in classes

Text on Tuesday
7:45 AM with Dr. Gary Porton

Lerner’s of Torah
8:45 AM | Fridays with Rabbi Michael Siegel. Contact Antoinette Nunez  (anunez@ansheemet.org) to register.

Shabbat morning Parshah Study
9:00 AM | Saturdays with our Rabbis and guest presenters

1:00 PM | Mondays with our clergy and guest presenters.

To learn more about our courses and for help registering, contact Cantor Elizabeth (Liz) Berke, Interim Hazzan & Director of Continuing Education, at eberke@ansheemet.org | 773-868-5117.