Lifelong Learning

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

In order to provide a safer environment for our Temple family, backpacks and large bags are prohibited at our services or programs. Medically necessary items will be allowed in after an inspection by a member of our security team. Thank you for understanding.

Mondays at 8:00 pm on Zoom
🎞 Monday, December 5 at 8:00 pm – Sorry to Bother You (Netflix)
This surrealist-urban fantasy-science fiction-black comedy film follows a young black telemarketer who adopts a white accent to succeed at his job. Swept into a corporate conspiracy, he must choose between profit and joining his activist friends to organize labor.

Click here to join the discussions.

Take a break for lunch while Rabbi Newburge leads a thoughtful conversation on Zoom and in person at MLRT.
Join the Zoom here.

Sunday, December 4, starting at 9:30 am
MLRT & Gratz College are offering two CLE courses on fascinating and timely constitutional topics on December 4: Chabad Menorahs and the American Public Square with Rabbi Zev Eleff and Dobbs and Beyond with Professor Mitchell Berman. This program is free*, open to the community and attorneys alike, and offered in person and by Zoom. Attorneys who register for CLE credit are eligible to receive one substantive credit hour per course.
Attendees seeking CLE credit can register here.

Wednesday, December 14 at 7:30 pm
Use the holiday season to explore what Jewish tradition has taught about Jesus – to understand better what we share with our Christian friends (and often extended family), and wherein our traditions differ about such ideas as the Messiah, the Trinity and monotheism, and miraculous birth stories. Rabbi Hirsh will be teaching over Zoom.

Short Story Discussion Group
Thursday, December 8 | 12:00 pm at MLRT & on Zoom
December 8 is our discussion of “Bontsha the Silent” by I.L. Peretz. The eminent author Isaac Leib Peretz depicts the world of Eastern European Jews. In this story, he recounts the tragic life of one of his best-known protaganists. I.L Peretz is considered by many to be the outstanding genius of Yiddish literature.

Join the Zoom discussion here.

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.