Congregation Ohav Shalom

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Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning

Adult learning experiences are good for the mind, body and soul! According to Harvard Medical School, “scientists have found that brainy activities stimulate new connections between nerve cells and may even help the brain generate new cells, developing neurological ‘plasticity’ and building up a functional reserve that provides a hedge against future cell loss. Any mentally stimulating activity should help to build up your brain. Read, take courses…” Ohav has just the ticket for you to do this with our Lifelong Learning options!

Following a successful launch of the ScholarStream program in 5781, we are excited to announce the full year of ScholarStream learning in 5782! From October 2021 through May of 2022, the Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions are partnering to offer eight free series that will bring you face-to-face with the brightest and most engaging scholars our movement has to offer.
Scholarstream 5782 features three distinct arcs of learning that stand alone or flow into each other. Cultivating Our Relationships (series 1 & 2), Defining Our Sacred Spaces (series 3, 4, and 5), and Renewing Our Resilience (series 6, 7, and 8) will offer an exploration of who we are, where we are in relation to others, and how we move forward in this complicated world.
Series #4 The Other Within-Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in a Pluralistic Movement- Wednesday 19, 26 January and 2, 9 February 8PM
Jan. 19 Daniel S. Nevins & Lauren Tuchman- Removing the Stumbling Block; From Theory to Practice
Jan. 26 Pamela Barmash  & Naomi Brunlehrmann & Susan Cohen – Status of the Heresh and of Sign Language
Feb. 2 David Fishman- When Jews Made Fellow Jews “Other”: Hasidism and Its Opponents
Feb. 9 Gail Labovitz – From Kinyan to Brit: Options for Egalitarian Partnerships in Conservative Halakhah
Congregation Ohav Shalom Coupon Code OhavShalom21
Ohav Shalom is a sponsor of ScholarStream 5782 our congregants may enter this code in the “Event Fees” field of the registration form and click “Apply” to sign up for free.
ScholarStream 5782
Information about Series 2 through 8, click here.
Series #1 Torah Relationships – Wednesdays 6, 13, 20, 27 October at 8PM 
Series #2 Ethics – Tuesday 2, 9, 16, 23 November at 1PM
Series #3 The Roots of Conservative Judaism – Tuesday 7, 14, 21 December at 8PM
Series #4 The Other Within-Diversity, Inclusion and Equity in a Pluralistic Movement- Wednesday 19, 26 January and 2, 9 February 8PM
Series #5 Halakha – The Process Moving Forward & the Forward-Moving Process – Wednesdays 16, 23 February and 2, 9 March at 8PM
Series #6 The Power of the Prophets – Tuesdays 22, 29 March and 5, 12 April 8PM
Series #7 Liturgy of Miracles – Hanukkah, Purim and Yom Haatzmaut – Tuesdays 3, 10, 17, 24 May at 8PM
Series #8 Israel – Models of Resilience– Wednesday 11, 18, 25 May and 1 June at 1PM
If you have any questions, please email Nancy Pandolfo, Executive Director or Christine Aucoin at

Current Lifelong Learning Classes 

Turn It and Turn It: A Torah Study Circle led by Rabbi Rena Kieval

Through reading and conversation, we will study the basic content, the peshat, of each parsha, and explore its deeper teachings through traditional and contemporary commentary and our own thinking. We will use the Etz Chayim chumash as our text, and students are asked to purchase a copy, which can be done through the Ohav office at the time of registration.     

Thursdays at 11 a.m. on Zoom, Sept. through Dec. 2021:  

Currently, during the COVID19, all classes are conducted through Zoom

  • Instructor: Rabbi Rena Kieval
  • Thursday mornings 11 a.m. – 12:15 pm: 
  • Cost: $42 ~  optional charge of $65 to purchase Etz Chayim


Study Talmud  Fall 2021

The great text of Jewish tradition. Join us for this text exploration and skill building class. No prior knowledge of Hebrew or Talmud necessary. Led by Rabbi Ornstein.

March 6th Begins a new Chapter of the Talmud – Join at any time come as often as you can. Bring a friend and learn together.

Please bring a copy of the Schottenstein Babylonian Talmud, Tractate – Brakhot Volume 2.

Monday Mornings 11AM
Starting September ~ December
check online calendar for Mondays with no classes due to Holidays

Currently, during the COVID19, all classes are conducted through Zoom

Class Cost: Members $42

Lovers of Torah Study Group: Torah L’Shma – Please join us on alternate Wednesdays from 7:30 pm to 9:30 pm for adult, peer-led study and discussion about the weekly Torah portion, focused on how the Torah’s message is relevant for us today. Contact the Ohav Shalom Office for more information.