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Please note! Due to the current Coronavirus Pandemic
our classes are only being taught via Zoom

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The Temple Israel of Albany Jewish Learning Center (JLC) is the manifestation of our dedication to being a Beit Hamidrash (House of Study). The goal of the JLC is to instill Jewish values and learning through cutting edge Judaic educational coursework that enhances the Jewish experience in the Capital Region. The JLC strives to strengthen the Albany Jewish community by engaging all generations and facilitating interactions between them in order to fulfill the ultimate mitzvah of learning. Our overarching goal is to maximize and transform your Jewish experience by reinforcing the reality of the Jewish people as an extended family of learners.

The JLC features local Judaic scholars teaching courses which revolve around classic and modern Judaic themes in our society. The prestigious faculty are skilled in teaching diverse populations at all levels to meet the needs of their students and are dedicated to the concept of lifelong learning for people of the Jewish community. Our wide variety of subjects is specially designed to bring a well-rounded education to anyone who registers.

We look forward to seeing you in our classrooms soon!


Learn from the Best, Brought to you by the Jewish Learning Center

Look here for lectures and classes available to you from amongst the leading institutions of Jewish scholarship including the Jewish Theological Seminary, American Jewish University, and the Schechter Institutes, fountainheads of the Conservative Movement.   There are many cultural Jewish experiences as well--music and dance for example. You will find these opportunities here.  
Some of these lectures and presentations are free of charge – a gift of Jewish learning from these remarkable institutions of Jewish scholarship. Others are free to you as members of Temple Israel with associated costs absorbed by the congregation and our Jewish Learning Center, recognizing the unique opportunity to learn from some of the foremost scholars in their fields of Jewish study. Lastly, some of the learning opportunities shared here have a cost which helps support the sponsoring institution and sustains their abiding commitment to Jewish learning at the highest level.

From the President of the
Board of Trustees

Temple Israel has been a community leader on offering exciting, informative, and thought-provoking adult education courses. The Jewish Learning Center is a continuation of that leadership and a bold initiative to better serve our Synagogue members and the greater Albany Jewish Community. Our educators, including our clergy, have developed outstanding courses that participants will find enriching and meaningful.

I thank the Synagogue’s Adult Education Committee Chair Gail Sacco, the professional staff, and all of the volunteers who help the Jewish Learning Center grow and develop. I encourage everyone to review the many different courses available through the Jewish Learning Center and to reach out to us with suggestions for topics and courses that you would like to see the Jewish Learning Center pursue. Thanks to terrific programs like the Jewish Learning Center, Temple Israel will continue to go from strength to strength and generation to generation.

Gary Ginsburg
From the Chair of the
Adult Education Committee

The Jewish people are known as the “people of the book.” We love to learn and argue, discuss and explore. In fact, many of our jokes celebrate this. (When two Jews get together…) Here, at Temple Israel, there are many ways to enrich your understanding of our religion, our history, and our lives in contemporary times. Add enjoyment to your spring with new ideas!

Many thanks go to the Adult Education committee members for their efforts with the spring programming. Abraham Anolik, Victor Asal, Daniel Grossberg, Rabbi Eligberg, Steve Huz, and Sandy Schuman. Federica Francesconi, PhD, Director of the Program and Assistant Professor of History at SUNY Albany, supports us with her expertise. Finally, I would be remiss not to mention our hardworking synagogue staff members including Rachael Schertzer, Jenn Trippany, Jody Shlomo, and Deb Lambert.

Gail Sacco
Chair, Adult Education Committee
Steering Committee

Abraham Anolik
Rabbi David Eligberg
Professor Victor Asal
Professor Frederica Francesconi
Cantor Rogerio Marx
Professor Daniel Grossberg
Dr. Steve Huz
Dr. Sandor Schuman
Gail Sacco
Tue, May 17 2022 16 Iyyar 5782