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Adult Education


Adult Education is an important part of Temple life. Programming includes both one-of-a-kind events and on-going learning opportunities such as the following:


Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Take your seat at the table and join the great Jewish
conversation. Are you looking for a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish?

The Melton School sets a high standard for interactive, text-based Jewish learning. Temple Shalom is entering its third year of offering these inspiring classes for learners of all knowledge levels and backgrounds. Registration is now open.

Please visit for more information and to register for classes.

Melton Class Year 1 - 10:00am
December 5th, 12th, 19th
January 9th, 16th, 23rd 30th
February 6th, 13th, 20th 27th
March 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
Melton Elective Class - 2:00pm
December 3rd, 10th, 17th
January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th
Melton Class Year 3 - 10:00am
December 3rd, 10th, 17th
January 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
February 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th
March 3rd, 10th, 17th, 24th

Is Adult Hebrew School For You?

Have you always wanted to learn the letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet? Do you wish you could read many of the essential Hebrew blessings and prayers? 
If you plan to enroll in Temple Shalom’s Beginning Adult Hebrew Class, “shalom” is one of the first words you will learn to read in Hebrew. The class will teach all the letters and vowels of the Hebrew alphabet. Prayer book excerpts and words from Jewish life will be introduced, too.
Beginning Hebrew for Adults will be held on Wednesday afternoons at Temple Shalom
Beginning October 23rd from 3:30pm – 4:30pm
Twelve Classes are Planned - Sign up deadline is October 15th
$36.00/person covers cost of the textbook and other materials.
October 23rd and 30th
November 6th, 13th and 20th
December 4th, 11th and 18th
January 8th, 15th, 22nd and 29th

Click here to register for Adult Hebrew Class


Torah Talk

A lay-led discussion of the weekly Torah portion. Torah Talk takes place on the first Saturday of every month in the Board room.

8:15am – coffee, juice and bagels
8:30am – discussion

All are welcome!


Beyond Wise Aging 2019-2020 

If you are unable to make the Fall Session there will be another Session in May 2020.
These sessions are for those who have already taken Wise Aging Year One.

Beyond Wise Aging Fall Session 2019
October 3rd, 10th, 17th & 24th
Beyond Wise Aging Spring  Session 2020
May 14th, 21st, 28th and June 1st
More information to come.....


Wise Aging:Sacred Living 2019-2020

(Wise Aging Year 1)
A groundbreaking program specifically designed to meet the social, emotional and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering second adulthood.

Facilitated by Rabbi Adam Miller and Missy Balsam
Meets bi-weekly/Alternating Thursdays from January to April
Beginning January 9th, 2020
From 1:00pm to 3:00pm
Space is limited.
January 9th & 23rd
February 6th & 20th
March 5th & 19th
April 2nd, 16th & 30th

More information to come......

Jewish Spirituality

Temple Shalom member and yoga teacher, Missy Balsam will lead this class that will focus on tikkun middot (spiritual and ethical traits), meditation and other mindfulness practices.

Every other Thursday beginning January 16th, 2020
1:00pm to 3:00pm
8 sessions - Space is limited

January 16th, 30th
February 13th, 27th
March 12th, 26th
April 23rd
May 7th
More information to come......

Israel Book and Discussion Club

The Adult Education Committee is pleased to offer an Israel Book and Discussion club. Open to all Temple Shalom members, the Club will mee monthly in the Perman Library to discuss a selected fiction or nonfiction book about Israel, and to relate what we learn from it to more current events regarding Israel.

If you have any questions, please contact Michael Rubner at or (239) 594-9793.

The Rabbi James and Jane Perman Library at Temple Shalom

Right here at Temple Shalom you will find the only comprehensive Judaica library in Collier County. Come on in, have a cup of coffee and peruse the shelves. We’re also looking for a volunteer or two to help with reshelving books and cataloging new ones. Let us know if you can help out. Contact Ana Maria Tamargo, Membership Engagement Coordinator at 239-455-3030


Did you know…? is a great resource for information on the Jewish holidays, social justice, Jewish life and practice as well as Israel and learning opportunities. Parents can find age appropriate resources for children such as Shaboom! videos which teach children about Jewish values like visiting the sick, tzedakah and asking forgiveness. There are recipes for the holidays, links to Jewish music, information on lifecycle events and rituals and more.

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