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Lifelong Learning

The Merrick Jewish Centre aspires to be a learning center, a place where Jews can begin their education at a young age and look forward to a lifetime of learning.  The Lifelong Learning Committee provides opportunities for adults to continue to develop knowledge and skills in both the Judaic and secular worlds.

Jewish Knowledge and Skills - Classes are taught regularly in Hebrew reading, Jewish ethics, holiday and festival observance and prayer.  Rabbi Klein and Rabbi Dermer offer classes

on topics they think will engage our congregants.   Other rabbis and lecturers are invited to lead either individual or a series of workshops on a variety of subjects that are stimulating, informative and entertaining. In addition, we plan commemorative events for Kristallnacht and Yom Hashoah. 

Secular Learning - When congregants identify a topic of interest, the Lifelong Learning Committee attempts to organize informal learning.  To date, we have provided programs that have included

  • teaching computer skills to enable better use of technology

  • weekly Mah Jongg and Rummikub afternoons

  • Bridge lessons

  • MJC Reads! which provided us with the opportunity to read a book chosen by the congregation and then studied in depth

  • weekly craft club for knitting and crocheting

  • informative lectures on the world of movie entertainment

  • opportunities to experience Yiddish Theater and plays of Jewish interest

These programs are made available to both members and non-members and serve to provide a sense of community.

Lifelong learning is a basic Jewish concept. There is always more to learn and opportunities to grow and stimulate thinking. We encourage our members to challenge themselves throughout their lifetime and make new friends in the process.

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