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Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Adult Learning
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-545-2913
Adult Learning Director: Jennifer Gray

Adath offers many adult learning opportunities, including Hebrew and prayer skills classes, informal study groups, a series for engaged and newly married couples, outreach to interfaith families, and exciting visiting scholars and community collaborations. Adath is pleased to be a community host for the Florence Melton Adult Jewish Education Program.  In 2016, our annual winter Jewish ethics Sunday brunch series will focus on Facing Racism. Mark your calendar for the annual community-wide Sampler of Jewish Culture on Jan. 23.


Adath Jeshurun Congregation — Older Adult/60’s-Plus Activities
10500 Hillside Ln. W.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-545-2913
Adult Learning Director: Jennifer Gray

Adath offers activities for older adults and people preparing for vibrant aging. Informal study and social groups led by Adath Rabbis and Rabbis’ Associate Jim Sherman, as well as havurot/friendship groups, engage senior members of the congregation and community.  A popular 60’s-Plus Getaway takes place in the fall every year, open to the community. In 2015-16 the congregation is focusing a new initiative on issues of aging with autonomy and dignity.


Bet Shalom Congregation — Adult Education
13613 Orchard Rd.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-933-3238
Contact: Jeff Thaler

Plans and presents educational programs for adults. Opportunities include Torah Study, Beyond Torah Study, Intro to Talmud, Basics of Judaism, Adult B’nai Mitzvah and Adult Hebrew.


Beth El Synagogue — Adult Education and Study Groups
5225 Barry St. W.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Rabbis: Alexander Davis and Avi S. Olitzky

Beth El offers a wide variety of adult education opportunities. From small study groups to larger, formal classes, and from traditional Torah texts to topics on current events, Beth El adult education programs invite participants to grab hold of the “tree of life.” Study groups meet at various times and newcomers are welcome. Please contact the rabbis for details.


Beth El Synagogue — Sacred Chanting
Cantor: Audrey Abrams

To be fully engaged in life, we need to activate and pay attention to mind, body and spirit. In Jewish life, these needs are often met through Torah study, community and worship. The latter, is arguably the hardest of the three. Traditional services meet the needs of some. But others find that contemplative practice speak more to the heart. Beth El offers a wide variety of practices grounded in Jewish tradition from Sacred Chanting, Art for the Heart, Meditation Circle, Middot Va’ad and Iyun Tefillah: Shabbat Morning Mindfulness Minyan. No previous experience. To be put on an email list, or for more information, please contact Cantor Abrams at


Beth Jacob Congregation — Adult Education
1179 Victoria Curve
Mendota Heights, MN 55118
Rabbi: Morris Allen
Assistant Rabbi: Tamar Grimm

There are many rich opportunities for adults to learn in the Beth Jacob community. Weekly and monthly offering include Torah and Talmud study, Jewish meditation and adult Hebrew. This year is the Year of Torah for Beth Jacob, in which we are restoring a beautiful scroll, and adding new and compelling educational opportunities related to that — including calligraphy, Minnesota Jewish history, learning Torah trope and adult beginner Hebrew. Please see our calendar for updates and details.


Congregation Darchei Noam — Shabbat Afternoon Classes
2950 Joppa Ave. S.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416

On Shabbat afternoon, between Mincha and Ma’ariv services, members of the congregation offer classes on a range of topics from Jewish philosophy and history to parsha-specific themes.


Congregation Darchei Noam — Weekly Gemarah Class
Director: Rob Portnoe

Darchei Noam offers a weekly Gemarah class on Sunday mornings. The class begins after morning services and offers in-depth analysis of specific topics in the Gemarah.


Hineni: Adult Jewish and Contemplative Practices – Talmud Torah of St. Paul
Marjorie Smith Hofman Educational Building
768 Hamline Ave. S.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Fax: 651-698-8912
Director: Sara Lynn Newberger,

Hineni believes that engaging with Jewish teachings and practices challenges the mind, inspires the imagination and touches the soul, enriching individuals, communities and the world. Wherever you stand in relation to Jewish tradition, you are invited to join Hineni’s dedicated instructors as together you explore the richness of Judaism and the sacred within and around us. Hineni offers an array of adult Jewish learning opportunities and contemplative practice experiences, many in collaboration with Twin Cities area synagogues and agencies.


Inward Bound
18 Orme Ct.
St. Paul, MN 55116
651-343-6068 (cell)
Director: Rabbi Moishe Kasowitz

Adult camping — four-day trips to the Boundary Waters Area providing four healthy and relaxing days of camping with Rabbi Kasowitz and a guest rabbi, allowing the participants to take a deep look into Judaism in their lives without distraction. Exotic adventure trips for couples — experience the beauty of the rainforest and learn Torah perspectives with Rabbi Manis Friedman.


Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest
Eloise and Elliot Kaplan Family Jewish History Center
4330 Cedar Lake Rd. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55416
Fax: 952-381-3361
(Cedar Lake Road offices are administrative only. Also see listing for the Berman Upper Midwest Jewish Archives.)

The Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest celebrates more than 30 years as the singular organization dedicated to collecting and telling the stories of Jewish migration and community building in the Upper Midwest. Materials are made available through programs, exhibits at major venues, high-quality publications and a dynamic Web presence at: The society encourages individuals to donate personal stories, documents, photographs and artifacts to its collections. JHSUM is a partner agency of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation and the Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul. Like us at:


Jewish Learning Institute
2845 Hedberg Dr.
Minnetonka, MN 55305
Fax: 952-545-0776
Director: Rabbi Shmuel Silberstein

The JLI offers university-level courses in Judaic studies in an innovative and academically rigorous, yet accessible, format. Geared to Jews of all backgrounds seeking a deeper understanding and appreciation of Jewish thought, heritage and tradition.


Lubavitch Rabbinical College of Minnesota/Lubavitch Yeshiva of Minnesota
1022 S. Fairview Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Fax: 651-917-9283
Dean: Rabbi Nachman Wilhelm

A yeshiva for postgraduate rabbinical students studying for smicha.


Minneapolis Community Kollel — Jewish Learning Center
2930 Inglewood Ave.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
Rosh Kollel (Dean): Rabbi Chaim Gibber
Menahel (Director): Rabbi Avigdor Goldberger

The Minneapolis Community Kollel is an organization created to connect Jews with their heritage and each other through Torah study. We offer classes and individual mentoring at every level — from introductory topics glimpsing into the range, depth and amazing relevancy of Torah, to focused, text-based Talmud study.


Mount Zion Temple Adult Learning — MaZAL
1300 Summit Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55105
Leader: Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker (for questions, contact Julie Beckman at:

Lifelong learning is a core value of Judaism and an integral part of Mount Zion Temple’s vision. Mount Zion offers many enriching choices during the year. Look on our Web site or contact the office to receive a listing of courses and events.


Or Emet — Adult Education and Programs
Adult Education Coordinator: Molly Wilbur-Cohen
Sunday Programs Coordinator: Don Larsson and David Zukor
Friday/Shabbat Programs Coordinator: Jane Katz  612 787 7812

Adult programs and discussions are held one Sunday morning and one Friday evening each month — on Sunday mornings at the Talmud Torah of St. Paul, 763 Hamline Ave. S., St. Paul, and on Friday evenings or Saturday mornings following our brief Humanistic Shabbat services at the Sabes JCC in St. Louis Park.  Additional adult education winter series meets monthly on Wednesday evenings.  For dates and times, go to Or Emet’s Website, Everyone is welcome. Programs are free and open to the public.


Partners in Torah
2930 Inglewood Ave.
St. Louis Park, MN 55416
732-569-8355 (call or text)
Coordinator: Rabbi Shlomo Rothstein

Study one-on-one with a knowledgeable partner on the Jewish topic of your choice throughout the year on Tuesday nights. Not a class, not a lecture — a partnership in learning. Call to arrange a partner and start learning more about Judaism in a lively environment for adults.


St. Paul JCC — Adult Learning
1375 St. Paul Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55116
Adult Program Coordinator: Beth Friend

The St. Paul JCC promotes Jewish literacy, learning, exploration and innovation through classes, workshops, lectures, literary programs and public forums. We challenge you to ask: “What is Jewish and what does it mean to me?” Jewish education is universal and we offer diverse opportunities for learning, engagement and exploration, which are open to all adults, children and families at every level of Jewish education and interests.


Temple of Aaron — Adult Education
616 S. Mississippi River Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55116

Join us for exciting “Thinking Jewishly” Adult Education. We provide a wide range of speakers and topics throughout the year. Sunday mornings feature our Infinity Series to promote life-long learning. Choose from our wide array of classes and engaging educators. Every Shabbat morning we offer Learning with Rabbi Strausberg, and follow many Shabbat services with speakers for our Lunch and Learn program. Our bima also has a new twist with our Visions Speaker Series as we bring in speakers from all over the country. In April, we feature a heated conversation between our rabbis in our three Shabbat morning experience titled “The Great Debate.” We have retained our traditional favorites:  Talmud and Bible study on Thursday evenings.


Temple Israel — Adult Education
2324 Emerson Ave. S.
Minneapolis, MN 55405
Fax: 612-377-6630
Rabbi: Sim Glaser
Adult Learning Coordinator: Wendy Schwartz, R.J.E.

Temple Israel offers adult Jewish learning opportunities that enable all learners to make informed Jewish choices in our daily lives, to establish and nurture community, to nourish our souls, and to inspire love for a vibrant, living, breathing Jewish life. Scholars, speakers, classes and workshops are open to the community. Contact Wendy Schwartz for more information.

(Updated 02.09.17)

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