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)
JFGI is launching a new monthly learning opportunity for educators who currently (or may in the future) work in Jewish settings. Even if you are a teacher, you can still be a learner! We want...
Come during your lunch to learn about the holiday of Sukkot! We will be discussing the customs of Sukkot while eating delicious traditional holiday food.
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...
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)
The Viability of the Two State Solution, from the Ground Up - The Israel Policy Forum works to shape the discourse and mobilize support among American Jewish leaders and U.S. policymakers for the...
Join us for as we prepare for the Jewish New Year by listening to a variety of Jewish podcasts and joining in global conversations about new beginnings. The program will include an introduction t...
For Jewish 20-somethings in the Indianapolis area:
How do I explain my connection to the Jewish People? How do I understand others' connection to the Jewish people?
Join for dinner & lively dis...
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.
Chef Dina will demo unique, delicious ideas for your Rosh Hashana table.
Laikin Auditorium, JCC
Join Friends and Family for the Mezuzah Dedication Ceremony and educational program for the newly renovated Hooverwood and opening of Kraft Commons. We will be affixing 200 mezuzzot to the doorpo...
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
Learn how to decode Hebrew in one day! 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. Sunday, October 6, 9:30am-2:00pm (lunch included)
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