Teaching

Rabbi Adam offers workshops, and scholar-in-residence weekends on a variety of topics. Here is a sample of offerings:

  • Poetry & Conversation (Orchard Cove, Hebrew SeniorLife, Canton, MA, 2019): Please join us to read, reflect, respond and rest in the words of a selection of amazing poets. As we listen to these poems with the “ear of our hearts,” we will enter into the deeper meaning of these words as a way to reflect on our own lives, in conversation with each other.

  • Intro to Judaism: A Reconstructionist Approach (Congregation Dorshei Tzedek, Newton, MA, 2019): If you are beginning to explore Jewish life and practice, or seeking to fill the gaps in your Jewish education, this class is for you! Class sessions will address the foundations of Jewish living, key concepts in Judaism and offer a taste of the wide variety of Jewish texts. Come join us on a journey toward meaningful engagement in the riches that Jewish tradition has to offer.

  • LGBTQ Inclusion Training (Jewish Alliance of Rhode Island, 2019): Because Keshet looks for opportunities to expand inclusivity within the Jewish community, and through a Jewish lens, summit participants will develop a solid understanding of the core concepts of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation; a better grasp on how Jewish values integrate with LGBTQ inclusion; and, a range of appropriate tools and resources to support those in our community who may approach you for assistance.

  • “A Space Between” (Jewish Studio Project, Berkeley, CA, 2019): What does it mean to call out to the Divine? How can we remember we are part of something larger than ourselves, both in time of ease, and times of hardship? In this session we will explore poetry that allows us to reflect on these questions.

  • “Tapping into the Creative Source(Thrive Rhode Island, 2018): Through this contemplative process, you will access the potential of the Creative Source as you tap into your own creativity. Using drawing as a technology of the sacred, we will create from a place of freedom and experimentation, allowing the image to lead us by following its energy. Reconnect with your own creativity while making art alongside others, free of all comment and critique. All are welcome -- no art experience necessary!

  • Judaism and Justice (Swarthmore College, Swarthmore, PA, 2017): How can Judaism guide us in our pursuit of justice? What does Jewish tradition say about resistance, advocacy, coalition building, civil disobedience and collective action? Explore how Jewish wisdom can guide us in loving the stranger and creating an alternative to Egypt.

  • Hineini ("I am Present!") (Tufts University, Somerville, MA, 2014)Drawing on Jewish contemplative traditions, and mindfulness meditation, we will practice directing our attention to our moment-to-moment experience. Through learning, practice, and discussion, we will learn how to live with greater awareness, and a deeper sense of connection.

  • Movement Minyan (Various locations, 2009-2013): What can the tools of movement improvisation teach us about cultivating a practice of letting the Divine in to our lives? Through movement we increase our comfort with the unknown, open new paths and cultivate curiosity and playfulness.

Testimonials

Rabbi Adam’s presence with us came at a time of challenges around political issues on campus and in our nation, and his pastoral presence was vital to many students, faculty and staff. He introduced a number of study programs, including Judaism and Justice, Jewish Meditation, and Torah and Tea. He was an active partner with the other religious advisors as part of the Interfaith team, and collaborated in a number of initiatives with the Intercultural Center, the Women’s Resource Center, and the Black Cultural Center.
— Dean of Diversity and Inclusion, Director of Religious Life
Adam has left an indelible mark at and on our synagogue and all of us who have the pleasure to learn with and from him. I particularly enjoyed the learning sessions he led for parents, on Saturday mornings, during Hebrew School. They were always very thoughtful and never failed to get some very animated conversations going. More often than not, the parents in the discussions would take the conversation far away from the originally-planned route, but we always learned a lot, from each other, from him and from the text.
— Synagogue parent
Moving with Adina and Adam was deep and gentle. They work in tandem and hold participants with delicate deliberacy, creating spacious freedom for individual spiritual expression inside a vessel of trust. If you’ve been looking for a whole-body prayerful exhale and a return to the basics, move with these rabbis awhile.
— Arielle