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Adult Learning Intensive Workshop

November 13-14, 2011
Beth Emet, Evanston, IL; Lodging at the Hilton Garden Inn, Evanston, IL

$50 covers program, lodging and meals. Transportation not included.

For anyone interested in planning for adult learning and/or teaching adults in congregations,
perfect for volunteer teachers and committee chairs.

Online registration is now closed.
There are no more hotel rooms available. If you would like to come and commute to the event, call Wendy Grinberg at 212.452.6734 to find out if there is space available.

Thanks to a generous grant from the Covenant Foundation, the Union for Reform Judaism is able to offer this highly subsidized intensive workshop for providers of adult learning in our congregations. 

Join other congregational leaders committed to adult learning in exploring best practices in adult education, including: applying principles of adult learning, using different learning modalities with adult and marketing adult learning programs. Take an in-depth look at the new modules of the Adult Jewish Living and Learning Project and workshop the best way to make the curriculum succeed in your setting. The small group and intensive program will allow staff to address participants’ individual questions and concerns. Participation is limited to the first 30 people. No refunds will be given.

Tentative Schedule

Sunday, November 13
1 pm Arrival at Beth Emet (With your registration, we can coordinate travel from O'hare Airport to the synagogue.)
1-2 pm Welcome, mixer and lunch
2:15-4 pm Successful Adult Jewish Learning: Theory, Planning and Practice - Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz 
4-4:15 pm Break/snack 
4:30-6 pm If You Build It, Will They Come? Marketing Adult Education - Dr. Betsy Dolgin Katz 
6-6:30 pm Ma'ariv worship service 
6:30-7:30 pm Dinner 
7:30-9:45 pm Small group consultation, in-depth look at learning modules 
10 pm Return to hotel and check-in
Monday, November 14
Buffet breakfast at the hotel opens at 6:30 am. Check out of hotel.
8:20 am Shuttle from hotel to Beth Emet
8:30-10 am Shacharit worship service 
10 am-12:15 pm Art and Music: Using Different Modalities for Adult Learning - Rabbi Eric Siroka and artist Jerry Lidsky 
12:15-1:30 pm Lunch 
1:30-2:45 pm Open Space Program: Raise Your Concerns and Questions and Network 
2:45-3:15 pm Feedback and Next Steps 
3:15-3:30 pm Wrap-up 
Keynote Scholar

Dr. KatzDr. Betsy Dolgin Katz teaches in a variety of adult Jewish education settings. She leads seminars and consults in the areas of teacher development, adult education and educational planning. She is on the adjunct faculty of the Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies in Chicago and Gratz College in Philadelphia. In 2009, Betsy was awarded an Avi Chai Fellowship and is writing a book based on her experiences in Jewish education. She co-authored the Adult Jewish Education Handbook (Behrman House/ARE, 2004) and has written numerous other articles and books. The North American Director of the Florence Melton Adult Mini-School for twenty-three years, she worked prior to that at the Chicago Board of Jewish Education, the Community Foundation for Jewish Education and the Kohl Jewish Teacher Center.  

Guest Artists

Rabbi Eric SirokaRabbi Eric J. Siroka has been the spiritual leader of Temple Beth-El in South Bend, Indiana since July 2006. A native of Medfield, Massachusetts, holds a B.A. in History from American University and a master's degree and rabbinic ordination from the Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati. Throughout his career, Eric has employed cultural arts extensively in teaching Jewish values and cultivating Jewish identity. He has taught exotic Jewish cooking, conducted seminars on sacred architecture and also had a piece called The Melody (a niggun-based folk-tale) published in Three Times Chai: 54 Rabbis Tell Their Favorite Stories (Behrman House). Rabbi Siroka has had the great joy to teach such topics as “Prayer and Thanksgiving through Song” and “The Jazz of Jewish Worship” on the college level and with adults. He also served as rabbinical consultant for Requiem for the Innocent, a composition by Jorge Muniz commissioned and premiered by the South Bend Symphony Orchestra. Most recently, Eric launched Roomful of Jews, a congregational jam band that engages a broad number of community members in expressing Jewish involvement through music.


Jerry LidskyJerry Lidsky has been an art teacher, art therapist, psychotherapist and artist for more than 40 years. He has studied painting and printmaking and received his MS in Visual Design and Art Therapy from Illinois Institute of Technology. Currently Jerry is a Creative Art Specialist for Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital in Elk Grove, Illinois and is with Lakeside Psychology and Counseling in private practice, where he works with adolescents and adults with eating disorders and chemical dependency diagnoses. Jerry has been connected to the Jewish community for most of his adult life and has been a counselor and guide for numerous trips to Israel and Europe. In addition to having been a teacher in the Florence Melton Adult Mini School, he has taught confirmation class and adult Torah study at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield, Illinois for 25 years. He also worked many summers at OSRUI, as a program director in the early years and most recently as an art specialist. He had a one-man show in Tel Aviv and has participated in various juried shows in Northbrook and the Chicago area.
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