Jews are often called "The People of the Book." These Text & Thought adult education programs provide opportunities to deepen your knowledge of Jewish texts, values, and traditions. Offerings range from weekly Torah study groups to monthly Chai Mitzvah Learning Circles to lectures on Jewish topics. Learners of all backgrounds are welcome!
Featured Text & Thought:
Chai Mitzvah Learning Circles
Join community members for monthly, informal Jewish learning circles! Engage in meaningful Jewish learning, partake in social action opportunities, and find new (or renewed) meaning in Jewish rituals. Learning circles are open to anyone willing to commit to attending nine sessions over the course of the year.
Looking for Weekly Text Study?
Congregation B'nai Torah - Multiple Offerings: Monday Afternoon/Evenings, Wednesday Evenings, Saturday Afternoons (Check CBT Shabbos Announcements for Latest Updates)
Congregation Beth-El Zedeck - Torah Talk: Saturdays at 9:00 AM (Check BEZ Calendar for Latest Updates)
Congregation Shaarey Tefilla - Torah with the Rabbi: Wednesdays at 11:00 AM (Check CST Calendar for Latest Updates)
Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation - Tanakh Study: Saturdays at 9:00 AM (Check IHC Calendar for Latest Updates)
Our “Community Reads” New York Times best-selling author Ronald Balson will talk about his historical mystery novel, The Girl from Berlin, winner of the 2018 National Jewish Book Award for the ...
JFGI is pleased to be participating in the Western Galilee Partnership2Gether Book club, which will connect 16 Jewish communities in the USA, Budapest, Akko, and Matte Asher. The first book we wi...
The Jewish people have a long history that continues to influence our interactions in the world today. These learning opportunities provide insights into the impact Jews have made and continue to make in the broader world. They will also provide a forum to discuss key issues with which the Jewish community is currently wrestling.
Featured History, Politics, & Current Events:
Jewish Podcast Talks in Indy
JFGI is excited to invite everyone to join in broader conversations taking place throughout the world by listening to and talking about current Jewish podcasts. We will be hosting four podcast discussion series, each with a different focus and its own curator who will select the listening clips and facilitate conversation.
7:00pm-8:30pm in Room L109
JFGI Center for Jewish Engagement & Learning (CJEL)
6705 Hoover Road (Enter Door 1)
An Introduction to Jewish Podcasts & Preparing for the High HolyDays - facilitated by Debby Grant & Nina Price (Tuesday Sept. 10 & 17)
Grappling with Israel through the Promised Podcast - facilitated by Irwin Levin (Thursday October 10, 17, & 24)
Delving into issues of Jewish Identity through the Unorthodox Podcast - facilitated by Jeremy Price (Thursdays Nov 7, 14, & 21)
Exploring new trends in Judaism and Jewish life through the Judaism Unbound Podcast - facilitated by Brent Epstein (Tuesday - Jan. 14, 21, & 28)
How and why has the discussion around antisemitism in the U.S. become both polarized and politicized? Can a diverse Jewish community speak with one voice on immigration, efforts to boycott Israel, ...
The Promised Podcast, produced by TLV1, is "An inside view of how Israel can warm your heart and make your blood boil. It’s a show by a journalist, a professor and an NGO guy who live in and love...
Historian Deborah Lipstadt, an internationally-renowned expert on the Holocaust, will address the evolution of antisemitism as a paradigm for other forms of bigotry and hate. Copies of Dr. Lipstadt...
The spirit (ruach) of the Jewish people is reflected in our rich history of cultural and artistic expression. Through these Jewish Arts & Culture learning opportunities you can join with other adult learners to taste, see, and hear aspects of Jewish life while also gaining a deeper sense of multiple expressions of Jewish experience from the past to the present.
Featured Jewish Arts & Culture:
Twist & Shout: Challah Baking
Come learn the art and tradition of challah baking with friends, new and old, in time for the New Year!
Wine and appetizers will be provided throughout the evening program - facilitated by community leader Brent Epstein. We will be spening the evening in the Sablosky Pavillion behind the JCC Indianapolis.
* This program is generously supported through JFGI Education Innovation Grants.
Renowned saxophone player Rob Dixon leads a group of musicians in a jazz concert featuring music from the well-loved musical Fiddler on the Roof. In partnership with the Indy Jazz Fest and the Indi...
“Monkey Business: The Adventures of Curious George’s Creators” details the incredible adventures that inspired Hans and Margaret Rey to create everyone’s favorite little monkey. JFGI, in co...
Rabbi Sandy Sasso on “Through the Looking Glass: Writing for Kids About Spiritual Matters.” Sandy Sasso is the author of several nationally acclaimed children's books, including God's Paintbrus...
Hebrew does not need to feel like a foreign language! If you are interested in learning to read or speak in Hebrew, JFGI offers adult Hebrew classes for you! Classes will be held at the JFGI Center for Jewish Engagement & Learning on Sunday mornings from 9:45-11:15am and are open to all adult learners in the community. Classes will be taught by Sarit Linkon, a native Israeli with decades of experience teaching Hebrew. She currently works as the Hebrew language specialist at the Hasten Hebrew Academy of Indianapolis and is also a local artist. The fee for each course is $36, which includes all instructional materials and opportunities to receive individualized support in addition to 5 lessons.
Taste of Hebrew
This class is for people who are new to Hebrew and are interested in learning to decode the language. By the end of the class you will be able to put together basic multi-syllable words and Hebrew will no longer look entirely foreign.
Our 2019 class has already taken place. STAY TUNED FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT TASTE OF HEBREW IN 2020!
Conversational Hebrew 1
Make Hebrew come alive for you by learning conversational Hebrew! This class is for adults who already know how to read Hebrew and would like to use those skills to engage in Hebrew conversation.
DATES: 10/27, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, 11/24
Conversational Hebrew 2
Continue to strengthen your Hebrew skills with Conversational Hebrew 2! This class is for adults who already know how to read Hebrew and would like to use those skills to engage in Hebrew conversation.
DATES: 2/23, 3/1, 3/8, 3/15, 3/22