Adult Education Programs

Agudas Achim provides wide learning opportunities for people with many kinds of Jewish interests, both religious and secular. To see which Adult Education events are upcoming, please see each month’s Bulletin.

Special Adult Education events often take place on Sunday mornings at 10:30 a.m. in the informal style we call “Schmooze with Jews.” Others take place Friday evenings after Kabbalat Shabbat services in Oneg Shabbat style, or Saturday afternoon following Shabbat lunch.

Some upcoming events include:

Why Was Spinoza Excommunicated?, a talk by U. of Wisconsin philosophy professor Steve Nadler,

Jewish Women and the Iowa Women’s Archive, a “schmooze” with Jeannette Gabriel of the U. of Iowa Library on Sunday November 8, 2015, at 10:30 a.m.

The Torah of Nature, a discussion with Rabbi Barry Diamond and science outreach specialist Emily Schoerning, after Shabbat lunch on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in the Board Room

Community Issues of Worker Justice with Misty Rebeck of the Center for Worker Justice, an Oneg Friday evening January 15, 2016

The Rabbis and the Persian Empire with Professor Paul Dilley of the U. of Iowa Religious Studies Department: About the political world in which the Talmud grew, an Oneg, Friday evening January 22, 2016

A February Series on Jewish Business and Jewish Ethics:

Good Names and Bad Reputations: Jewish Scrap Dealers in Early 20th-Century America by Jonathan Pollak, Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies, Sunday morning, February 21, 2016 at 10:30 a.m.

Running an Ethics-Based Business by Iowa City lawyer Janie Braverman, Sunday morning, February 28, at 10:30 a.m.

Two presentations by the archaeologist Robert Cargill of the University of Iowa:

“Extracanonical” books of Jewish scripture, an Oneg, Evening of Friday, April 12, 2016

Cities that Wrote the Bible, Schmooze, Sunday morning, June 5, 2016, Thursday, May 5, 2016.

Musical and educational commemorations of Yom ha Shoah

We also offer recurrent affinity group meetings where we join to cultivate particular Jewish interests (and socialize):

Weekly Talmud Study Group (Sundays 8:30 a.m.) for learning halakha and aggada (law and tradition) in English.

Monthly meetings of the Mussar Study Group, dedicated to a Jewish tradition of ethical orientation in our world

Weekly meetings of the Book Group, which discusses modern Jewish works of fiction and memoir. Book Group meets Thursday at 8:30 a.m. at the synagogue.

A program of Basic Jewish Knowledge (“Jewish Literacy”) is in process of being formed. If you would like to join or take part in teaching such a program, please contact Rabbi Diamond This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or Agudas Achim secretary Em Zukin at (319) 337-3813 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.