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Adult Education

Glen Rock Jewish Center seeks to provide enriching programs that touch upon a variety of topics.  We warmly welcome synagogue members and members of the greater community to participate.
 
Torah on Tap, June 2021
 
Torah on Tap
Please join GRJC’s Rabbinic Intern Stefanie Gedan, along with other community members,  for Torah study in a relaxed atmosphere.   Meetings are currently held indoors.  RSVP to rabbistefanie@grjc.org.
 
Sisterhood Book Group
The GRJC Sisterhood holds several book group meetings throughout the year.  Books discussed generally have a Jewish theme with a wide audience appeal.  For more information contact Randi Asher.
 
Men's Club Breakfasts
Our Men's Club holds occasional Sunday morning minyan breakfasts with a speaker of interest.  On October 3, 2021, they hosted Chasing the Ghost: Nobelist Fred Reines and the Neutrino by Leonard Cole.  Long-time GRJC member Leonard Cole led a virtual discussion, followed by Q&A.  The book, a mixture of memoir and biography, tells a deeply human story.  For questions about Men's Club contact Bill Newberry.
 
Even a pandemic will not stop our efforts to educate and enlighten!  We have recently held the following in-person and hybrid programs:
 
Holocaust Remembrance (January 27, 2022): Our community gathered virtually for prayer and candle lighting in observance of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.  After the service, GRJC member Yvonne Steinberg shared how her family escaped Vienna, Austria, during the war and eventually met-up in Luxembourg, where she was born.
 
Ethical Will Writing Workshop (December 9, 2021): Our Jewish tradition teaches us that this is a moment to document an enduring written legacy for your family.  The creation of an ethical will, a document sharing your stories, values and hopes for your family can be meaningful for both the writer and those reading it after you pass.  Rabbi Schlosberg led us in a discussion on how to write an ethical will for your family.
 
Estate Planning (November 17, 2021): This was an informative presentation regarding how to protect your assets and ensure they stay in your family. Attendees learned how to minimize tax exposure​​​​​ and maximize the impact of charitable giving. This program was led by Jennifer Lota, an associate in the Tax, Trusts & Estates Department of Cole Schotz P.C.
 
The Nazi Spy from Bergen County (November 9, 2021): Community members joined us for this Kristallnacht Commemoration with speaker James Calaski.   While researching his masters thesis topic (the German American Bund) Calaski came across documents regarding a Glen Rock resident named Carl Schiphirst.  Schiphorst resided in Glen Rock during the 1940s and was a leader of the Bergen County Unit of the Bund, as well as the target of a 145-page FBI investigation suspecting Schiphorst of being a Nazi agent.  For more than five years, D/Sgt. Calaski has been researching Schiphorst, his investigation, internment and ultimate repatriation to Germany, a story which illustrates the plight of thousands of German families during WWII. 

9/11 Twenty Years Later (September 11, 2021): Attendees heard the powerful story of GRJC member Eric Hutner, who escaped from the North Tower on 9/11 and miraculously survived, only to experience medical difficulties years later as a result.  We joined together in song and prayer to commemorate this historic day. 
 
Torah Lifting class (2017)
 
 
Mon, May 16 2022 15 Iyyar 5782