Adult Jewish Engagement

Learn to Chant Torah

Cantor Fair is teaching a 12-week course in the art of Shabbat and Weekday Torah cantillation. Each student will be offered an opportunity to work on a Torah portion to be chanted during a Shabbat service.

Tuesdays from 6:15pm to 7:15pm:

  • January 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th, 31st
  • February 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • March 14th, 21st, 28th 

Please contact Cantor Fair at to register
Classes held at Congregation Ahavas Israel.

Introduction to Judaism Fall/Winter, 2022-23

Taught by Rabbi David Krishef
First Class: Monday, November 28, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Meets every Monday (except as noted on the syllabus) through March 20, 2021, 15 sessions.


  • $50/members and B’nai Noah affiliates
  • $75/non-members

A basic introduction to Jewish history, beliefs, rituals, holidays, and life cycle celebrations. The syllabus can be download here. Contact the Ahavas Israel office, 616-949-2840 or to register.

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism
Sundays from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Thousands of years after Abraham and Sarah set off on their Biblical journey, we, their descendants, are the inheritors of a Judaism which contains the four elements of Peoplehood, Practice, Faith, and Ethics. Parents and grandparents have a particular sacred responsibility to transmit a love of Judaism to their children and grandchildren. I want to invite you to spend time this year digging into this Judaism that we have inherited and chosen. I want to unpack the meaning of our rituals and practices, our ethics, our faith, and our sense of peoplehood.

Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism is a curriculum designed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, a highly regarded institute of Jewish thought and education serving Israel and North America. The curriculum is pluralistic and rigorous and thoughtful. The goal is to engage you and provoke you to think seriously about the big questions at the heart of Jewish tradition. Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism presents our customs in a way which will invite you to make considered choices for yourself.

Beginning, September 18, we’ll meet from 10:30 to 11:30 each Sunday morning that UJS is in session at Temple Emanuel (unless Rabbi Krishef indicates otherwise) in the second to last classroom on the left side of the hallway. Note: This is the same curriculum that Rabbi Krishef taught from last year, but we’ll cover a different set of topics and texts this year.