Main Line Reform Temple is an inclusive learning community, committed to the shared practice of lifelong Jewish study that is nourishing to the mind, heart, and soul. Our goal is not only to gain Jewish knowledge, but to understand how Judaism can help us live better, more joyful, and purposeful lives.
Our vibrant and active program of Lifelong Learning responds to the diverse and changing interests of our members. One thing remains constant: a high standard of education that translates into interesting and engaging conversation and a deep understanding of our culture and our people.
Main Line Reform Temple offers classes for all ages and schedules, casual learning opportunities, and social gatherings for adults designed to bring Jewish values, culture, rituals, and texts into our everyday lives. We expand our social and cultural horizons with visiting Jewish scholars, professors, Jewish authors, political pundits, artists, journalists, rabbis, and more.
Main Line Reform Temple’s learning opportunities are designed to build relationships, helping us connect more deeply with our history, with the traditions of the Jewish people, and with one another. Learning at Main Line Reform Temple is structured as a journey that is both accessible and challenging, inviting those at every level to progress and grow in their Jewish knowledge and practice.
Classes, Studies, and Programs
KEEPING IT REEL
WITH RABBI NEWBURGE
Mondays at 8:00 pm on Zoom
🎞Monday, March 20 at 8:00 pm – The Pale Blue Eye (Netflix)
Veteran detective Augustus Landor investigates a series of grisly murders with the help of a young cadet who will eventually go on to become the world-famous author Edgar Allan Poe.
🎞Monday, April 3 at 8:00 pm – If Beale Street Could Talk (Netflix)
In early 1970s Harlem, daughter and wife-to-be Tish vividly recalls the passion, respect and trust that have connected her and her artist fiancé Alonzo Hunt, who goes by the nickname Fonny. Friends since childhood, the devoted couple dream of a future together, but their plans are derailed when Fonny is arrested for a crime he did not commit.
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LUNCH WITH THE RABBI
Mondays, March 27, April 24, and May 22 at 12:00 pm
Take a break for lunch while Rabbi Newburge leads a thoughtful conversation on Zoom and in person at MLRT.
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BERNIE KLEINMAN BOOK CLUB
Tuesday, April 25 at 7:30 pm in person and on Zoom
The book being discussed is The Undocumented Americans by Karla Cornejo Villavicencio. One of the first undocumented immigrants to graduate from Harvard reveals the hidden lives of her fellow undocumented Americans in this deeply personal and groundbreaking portrait of a nation.
Short Story Discussion Group
Thursday, March 9 | 12:00 pm at MLRT & on Zoom
On March 9, we will discuss “The Cost of Something Priceless” by Elizabeth Zelvin from an anthology, Jewish Noir II: Tales of Crime & Other Dark Deeds. The author is an award-winning poet, a psychotherapist, and a singer-songwriter. Join us as we explore “The Cost.”
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BROTHERHOOD SHABBAT WITH JOSH WEISS
Friday, March 24 | 8:00 pm at MLRT & online
MLRT ‘s Brotherhood will welcome Josh Weiss, a Philadelphia author who wrote Beat the Devils. This book explores time travel in an inventive crime thriller. Mr. Weiss is fascinated by the intersection of popular culture and Judaism. Brotherhood will participate in this annual service on Friday, March 24 at 8:00 pm.
Main Line Reform Temple is a member of the Jewish Book Council. This marvelous organization makes it possible for us to bring in Jewish writers to highlight their wonderful new books. We hope you will be able to meet and greet these diverse and interesting authors who have written about the many facets of our rich Jewish life.