Joys of Jewish Learning

Welcome to another exciting and engaging year of adult learning at Temple Israel! We are very happy to present this year’s catalog, filled with fresh and thoughtful educational opportunities for adults who are eager to begin or continue their Jewish learning journey.

Celebrating Our Jewish Diversity: Many Stories. A Shared Faith.

This year’s Joys of Jewish Learning Program (JJL) is focused on the theme of Jewish cultural and ethnic diversity. Together, we will explore our ever-expanding Jewish community and congregation and discover one another in an authentic, meaningful way. Through the lenses of food, literature, poetry, film, theater, discussion, and scholarship, our minds and hearts will be opened, as we learn more about the diverse community in which we live.

We have been gifted a rich Jewish tradition, which has been and continues to be transformed and enriched by an ever-changing Jewish community. It is our hope that the classes and programs brought to you by the Temple Israel Joys of Jewish Learning program this year will allow all of us to better understand this splendid tradition and the beautiful ethnic and cultural tapestry which embraces it.

If you are new to our adult learning program, I invite you to join us at any point during the year. I am always glad to meet with you to provide any guidance. If you are a long-time supporter of the JJL program, we thank you for your ongoing participation and commitment to learning. Adult learning is self-motivated, and I encourage you to give yourself the gift of new knowledge and a deeper connection to Judaism’s beautiful way of life. And here at Temple Israel, adult education is an opportunity to make connections with others at the synagogue and beyond. Come and help us to build that community. Come and learn from one another.

Throughout the year, we will welcome many special guests to our community: chefs, scholars, artists, poets, professors, authors, linguists, and more. In addition, we will learn from some of our very own congregants, whose expertise and passion bring great excitement to our community and whose gifts are sincerely appreciated.

Enjoy this year’s Joys of Jewish Learning catalog and then please mark your calendars for the educational programs that are of interest to you and your family. Please feel free to extend an invitation to your friends as well. All are welcome to come and learn.

Please contact our Educator, Sharon Amster Brown for information.
Contact Information: or (562) 434-0996 ext. 115

JJL Catalog

Joys of Jewish Learning Catalog



Watch some of our recorded JJL Classes


269 Loma Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90803
(562) 434-0996