How do you get overscheduled suburbinites interested in taking some adult education classes.
I am the co-chair of adult learning at my temple. The senior Rabbi has this dream that Wednesday nights will become the time and the temple the place for study for all groups, where in every corner of the building there will be studying going on.
On Wednesday nights there over 120 teens that come to temple. Why won’t their parents come in to study? There are always programs on. So much of what I hear is that there are so many other things to do. Once the teen is dropped off there is quiet time. Time to do whatever the parent wants to do.
So the Rabbi asks “Why aren’t they in here studying?”
That is my challenge. Start the ball rolling and let’s get some new faces studying. We have a temple full of experts: masters and Phds in all sorts of fields however the knowledge of Judaism and Jewish history is still in 6th grade.
My goal is to change this. What do you think? How would you go about it?