Adult Education

At NSTE, our Rabbis, special guests, and lay leaders provide meaningful formal and informal instruction to individuals of all ages and backgrounds. 

Over the past year, the adult education programs on offer have included:


  • Talmud Study Series with Rabbi Nicole 
  • Shaliach Tzibbur Course with Rabbi Fred
  • Israeli Literature Course with Melton Program
  • ‘Talking About Israel’ Course with NSW JBD
  • Sir Asher Joel Oration with Macquarie University


  • Tikkun Leil Shavuot
  • Tisha B’Av program
  • Selichot program
  • Parashat HaShavua
  • Boomers' Monday Forum
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Lay-led discussions (Boomers' Book Club, Hashkafah discussion group) 

In 2019, a few new initiatives will work within structures already in place, including a ‘Lunch and Learn’ Shabbat program that will enable us to expand our Adult Education offerings and an Adult B’nei Mitzvah program.

To find out more, contact the office on 9419 7011. 


Lunch and Learn series

March / April 2019

The topic for the upcoming (23/3, 30/3, and 6/4) Lunch & Learn series is REDEMPTION. Watch this space for further details.


See below for a report on the recent Sir Asher Joel Oration, an NSTE tradition coordinated by member Gil Davis:

Who knew rainbows weren’t always good?

Visiting Professor Wayne Horowitz from Hebrew University wowed the crowd with his lecture on rainbows held at North Shore Temple Emanuel on 25 September 2017. Wayne told an audience of about 50 people how the biblical story of the Flood had its origins in the misty Sumerian past, where rainbows more often than not portended disaster. He then linked the story with native traditions, such as the Gwich’in narrative of ‘The Boy in the Moon’ of Arctic Canada, where, curiously, they speak a language derived from Sumerian.

The talk was co-sponsored by Macquarie and Hebrew Universities. Dr Gil Davis, Director of Ancient Mediterranean Studies at Macquarie University, introduced Wayne and spoke a bit about the achievements of the Ancient Israel Program and the joint cooperation between the two universities. Robert Simeon, President of the Australian Friends of Hebrew University made a vote of thanks to Wayne and to the NSTE which is a frequent and welcoming host to such events under its President, Mark Ginsburg.

Many of the students in the audience will be taking part in courses that have been jointly set up by the two universities in Israel at Hebrew University over the coming summer break. These include a Biblical Archaeology course, an Ulpan, and a joint archaeological excavation between Hebrew and Macquarie Universities at the site of Khirbet el-Rai.

For more information contact Dr Gil Davis,