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Temple Israel of Scranton

Temple Israel of Scranton

An Egalitarian, Conservative Jewish Congregation – Be A Part of Us!

918 East Gibson Street, Scranton, PA 18510
(570) 342-0350 | Email Us

Adult Education

Fall Adult Education Opportunities

Rabbi Spitzer’s Fall Class

Connections: discussions about Judaism

  • Wednesdays, October 13th – December 22nd,  12:00-1:15. Hybrid: live and zoom. 
  • Primary Text: Here All Along, by Sarah Hurwitz.
  • Who is this class for?
    • For those who have been attending services and/or “doing Jewish” for all these years and want to talk about why we do it and what it is about 
    • For those who stopped attending services and/or “doing Jewish” years ago because we were not getting out of it what we wanted
    • For those who are new to Judaism and want to explore more
    • For the curious and the seeking
    • Older adults, younger adults, college students, high school students. 
  • Who is this class not for?
    • It is not for those who have all the Jewish answers and no Jewish questions. 
  • Topics will include: Talking about God; Israel; lifecycle; kashrut and food ethics; mitzvah; covenant; peoplehood; challenges in our Jewish (and not so Jewish) families; the exodus from Egypt and Jewish social justice; the here and the hereafter; lifecycle; differences between Jewish denominations; 

The Scranton Area Ministerium in collaboration with the
Greater Scranton Martin Luther King Commission

Working Together for Change: How to Advocate for Racial Justice

This multi-session workshop will feature speakers and facilitators Itzel Hayward and Kathy Simon from Attuned Living to discuss how to be an effective ally, learn non-violent communication, and advocate for racial justice.

This is a unique opportunity to come together across religious traditions, cultures, and experiences to:

– Step out of our comfortable silos, come together as Scranton faith communities
– Challenge everyday biases in ways that encourage conversation
– Talk about deeply charged topics with openness and clarity

– Step into your power to create a more just world

Registration and donations will offset the cost of the program.
When: Thursdays, October 14 – Nov. 11
Time: 7:30 pm – 8:45 pm
Cost/Donation: $25.00/screen
Where: via ZOOM ( in person on Nov. 11)
Register here

JTS Community Learning

Beginning October 4, Mondays 2:00-3:30 pm, followed by an open Zoom session for our congregation to reflect on the lecture with each other and with Rabbi Spitzer when she is available.

ScholarStream 5782 

Free for our members; ask for the unique link for Temple Israel Scranton 

  • Cultivating Our Relationships 
    • Series #1: Torah Relationships: Wednesdays, October 6, 13, 20, 27 at 8 PM
    • Series #2: Ethics: Tuesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 at 1 PM
  • Defining Our Sacred Spaces
    • Series #3: The Roots of Conservative Judaism: Tuesdays, December 7, 14, 21 at 8 PM
    • Series #4: The Other Within – Diversity, Inclusion, and Equity in a Pluralistic Movement: Wednesdays, January 19, 26, and February 2, 9 at 8 PM 
    • Series #5: Halakha – The Process Moving Forward & the Forward-Moving Process: Wednesdays, February 16, 23, and March 2, 9 at 8 PM
  • Renewing Our Resilience
    • Series #6: The Power of the Prophets: Tuesdays, March 22, 29, and April 5, 12 at 8 PM
    • Series #7: Liturgy of Miracles – Hanukkah, Purim, and Yom Haatzmaut: Tuesdays, May 3, 10, 17, 24 at 8 PM
    • Series #8: Israel – Models of Resilience: Wednesdays, May 11, 18, 25, and June 1 at 1 PM 

Online Courses

JTS offers online classes that create live, interactive opportunities for study with top-caliber scholars. Encounter compelling Jewish scholarship that brings the texts and wisdom of our tradition to bear on contemporary dilemmas. Courses delve deeply into specific areas of Jewish text, history, philosophy, religion, arts, and literature. Learn more

 Public Events and Lectures 

JTS’s public lectures and events articulate a vision of what Judaism in North America is and might become. They feature engaging personalities—scholars, writers, artists, and community leaders who bring contemporary issues into dialogue with Jewish texts, values, traditions, and themes. Learn more