Adult Education

Pine Brook Jewish Center offers a range of  learning opportunities for adults at all levels of skill and knowledge in an informal and friendly setting.  Classes in Jewish history and in synagogue skills are offered every year.

Presentation: Interpreting Biblical Images on Money by Robert Messing

Continuing our celebration of Pine Brook Jewish Center’s 120th Anniversary, more than sixty adult learners enjoyed a tasty breakfast at 10AM and saw a fascinating slide show and heard an interesting, wide-ranging lecture from 11:15AM until 12:15PM on Sunday, April 3, 2016 in Scheinman Hall.   The presentation Interpreting Biblical Images on Money was created and delivered by Robert Messing.

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Bob is discussing the Methuselah Date Palm tree grown from pits left behind by the Jewish defenders of Masada around 72CE.
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The attendees are examining the backs of dollar bills to see the Star of David and upside down menorah.

A big “thank you” from Adult Education Committee Chairman, Tom Tuvia Milkowski, to his lovely wife, Lorraine Leah Milkowski, for planning, buying and preparing all the food, including her delicious Blintze Souffle.  Lorraine was ably assisted by our dedicated caretakers, Marta and Leo.

For your information, here’s the detailed announcement of the presentation: Interpreting Biblical Images on Money

Rabbi’s Bar Mitzvah Class

Our Adult Bar & Bat Mitzvah classes run in a two-year cycle; the most recent class “graduated” March 1, 2014.

Adult B'nai Mitzvah at Pine Brook Jewish Center

Could Adult Bat or Bar Mitzvah Be In Your Future?
We tell each Bar and Bat Mitzvah that they have become an adult in the eyes of the Jewish community; but what about those who study for Bar/Bat Mitzvah as adults?  Our congregation holds classes for adults to come to the Bimah as a Bat or Bar Mitzvah. Rabbi Finkel has taught adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah classes to students whose ages have ranged from the 20’s to the 70’s.

Who can join the program?
Any Jew 13 years old or older can become Bar or Bat Mitzvah. In reality, once a Jewish person has reached the age of 13, they are already Bar or Bat Mitzvah. But not everyone has had the opportunity to study and master a text to allow them to do what most 13 year olds do at PBJC. Adult students would learn a selection from the Torah or from the Biblical prophets (Haftarah) to chant at the Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Students would also learn certain basic prayers, Jewish history, customs and ceremonies. Students need to be PBJC members. Why didn’t someone have a Bar/Bat Mitzvah at 13 years old? Perhaps one’s family wasn’t connected to a synagogue. Perhaps one grew up in an Orthodox synagogue that didn’t offer Bat Mitzvah. Perhaps it was a case of economics: one’s family could not afford it. In addition we are blessed in the contemporary Jewish community with Jews by Choice who have linked their destiny to that of the Jewish people. They joined the Jewish people as adults, but still want to enhance their Jewish lives with what many born Jews experience as teenagers.

Can I study if I have already been Bar/Bat Mitzvah?
Yes! Perhaps your first Bar or Bat Mitzvah was more parent driven. This time you bring a maturity to the learning process.

Cantor’s Class

Learn Hebrew in 5 Easy Lessons with Cantor Toren
Cantor Toren will teach Hebrew to learners of all ages. Whether you are an  adult wanting to learn Hebrew for the first time or relearn what you once knew in time for your child’s Bar/Bat Mitzvah, Cantor Toren is eager to help you sharpen your skills. Bar/Bat Mitzvah students who need brushing up or any age individual that wants to learn Hebrew is welcome. RSVP directly to the Cantor at


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