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Lifelong Jewish Learning

Limmud La-ad: Lifelong Jewish Learning at Sinai

Limmud La-ad is Congregation Sinai’s Committee for Lifelong Jewish Learning. Our goals are to:

  • Create opportunities for intellectual, spiritual and practical Jewish learning at Congregation Sinai for adults of all ages.

  • Empower Sinai members to participate meaningfully in synagogue services, Jewish home observances, and the communal life of the synagogue.

  • Engage Sinai members in the study of Torah and other Jewish texts – both classical and contemporary – through the auspices of the synagogue.

  • Provide classes and workshops, host guest speakers, and create resources that support our congregants’ lifelong Jewish learning as well as Congregation Sinai’s mission.

Contact us to share your ideas, or join us on a regular basis and become part of our dedicated, dynamic team. You can reach us at [email protected], or by leaving a message in the office, 408-264-8542.


Rabbi Avi Novis Deutsch, "The Changing Face of Religious Leadership in Israel"

Thursday, April 12, 7:30 pm in the Mirkin Chapel
Although struggles continue, Masorti and liberal Judaism have made major inroads in Israeli society.  What does a rabbi look like in Israel today? See how Jewish leadership has evolved from Talmudic times to today with a special focus on the innovative work that Schechter graduates are doing throughout Israel.
All community members welcome.  Free.  No RSVP necessary.
For information, please contact Michelle Taylor, [email protected] 

Author Abigail Pogrebin presents My Jewish Year: 18 Holidays One Wondering Jew.

Tuesday, April 24, 7:00 – 9:00 pm in the Mirkin Chapel
Can a 50-something neophyte glean meaning about herself and the world from observing all 18 annual Jewish holidays in a year of personal exploration? Pogrebin finds out.
All community members welcome. Books will be available to purchase.Tickets $12 ($8 for Congregation Sinai and South Bay Institute partner members)*
Get tickets at www.apjcc.org/speakers (or at the door)
This event is part of the South Bay Institute Speakers Series, organized by the APJCC in partnership with Congregation Beth David, Congregation Shir Hadash, Congregation Sinai, Temple Emanu-El, the Community Relations Council of the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, the Digital Filmmaking Program at Santa Clara University, the Silicon Valley Holocaust Survivors Association, and Yavneh Day School.

Ongoing Programs

Silicon Valley Beit Midrash

Thursdays, 9:30 am - 11:00 am in the Mirkin Chapel.

Join Rabbi Josh Berkenwald for in-depth study of Jewish thought, belief, and practice. No fee; drop-ins are welcome; no experience necessary. Schedule subject to change. Please check the calendar for up-to-date information about meeting times and topics.

Torah Trope

For adults and post-B'nei Mitzvah teens
If you can read Hebrew and can carry a simple tune, you can learn to chant Torah. A six-session class and learn (or re-learn) the basics of Torah cantillation. Open to all Sinai members. Materials fee: $15. For information, please contact Michelle Taylor, [email protected] 

Living Room Torah

Sinai members host adult education experiences in their homes, taught by Rabbi Berkenwald.  Hosts choose a topic of Jewish learning that interests them, invite their friends and welcome additional guests from the Sinai community. To host a session, contact Limmud La-ad or the Sinai office. See the Sinai calendar for details about attending upcoming sessions.

Silicon Valley Introduction to Judaism (SVITJ)

Tuesdays, Beginning November 1
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm

This course provides an overview of the Jewish life-cycle, holidays, and other ritual celebrations. During the course of the year, students will also gain an understanding of Jewish belief, history, and calendar and gain exposure to important Jewish books including the Hebrew Bible and Talmud. $180. This class is taught by our Rabbi Josh Berkenwald, along with Rabbi Dana Magat of Temple Emanu-El, Rabbi Melanie Aron of Shir Hadash, and Rabbi Philip Ohriner of Congregation Beth David.  Please note that the location of the class will change according to who is teaching on that particular night. Register at http://www.apjcc.org/jewishlife/classes-from-the-jcc-s-center-for-jewish-life-and-learning/

Tutoring for Adults and Post-B’nei Mitzvah Teens

Do you want to learn how to lead prayers for Shabbat, weekdays or holidays? How to chant Torah, Haftarah or a Megillah? Other liturgical skills? Limmud La-ad can match you with a mentor for personalized tutoring and ongoing support. For information, contact Alisa at [email protected].