Sign In Forgot Password

COVID-19 Update:

Temple Shalom Educational programming response to the COVID-19 pandemic will reflect the protocols determined by the Board of Directors, and consideration of recommendations by the CDC, state and local health organizations.

Please see the HOME page updates for current status and protocols.  If you have questions or concerns, contact: 

Ellie Emerich, Education Coordinator, education or Elayna Rathmann, Executive Director 

This is an evolving situation that is being monitored and managed accordingly.

Adult Education: Sunday learning sessions are facilitated by Rabbi Jay Sherwood. Courses that explore in-depth content and subject matter are facilitated  by Kobi Chumash and are typically offered on Tuesday or Wednesday evenings.

Adult Education

Beyond Borders: The History of the Arab-Israeli Conflict

Details/Registration   Description

Classes are being added to the schedule frequently; please check back for new offerings. 

Community PartnerBoca Bnai Torah Congregation

Temple Shalom
1523 E. Monument Street
Colorado Springs, CO 80909


DirectorKobi Chumash was born in Israel and moved to the United States in 2003, where he has been part of adult education at Temple Shalom for more than 15 years. He has taught numerous Melton courses. He and his wife Sharon live in Colorado Springs with their two sons. They established Effective Communications LLC, which is committed to improving communication around the globe. Their areas of expertise range from language instruction, translation, and interpretation to cross-cultural training programs and all topics related to Israel. He serves on the Board of the Colorado Springs Charter Academy and is Board President of the Greenberg Center for Learning and Tolerance.  

DirectorElayna Rathmann, Executive Director, is an educator and lifelong learner in the field – committed to bringing wonderful educational opportunities, like Melton School to Temple Shalom Colorado Springs.


Assistant Director

DirectorEllie Emerich-Hart, Education Coordinator, has been a Religious School and Preschool Teacher here at Temple Shalom since 2018.  She served as Secretary on the 2020 and 2021 Temple Shalom Board of Directors. She currently serves the dual role as Education Coordinator for Temple Shalom and Lead Teacher for the Temple Shalom Preschool. Ellie holds a degree in Early Childhood Education and is a licensed Early Childhood Education Teacher and Kindermusik Instructor. She has been a Lead Teacher in Preschool, Kindergarten, First Grade and Fifth Grade since 2005. Seven of those years were in The Alfred and Adele Davis Academy, a Reform Jewish Day School. Another seven were working with the refugee community in a secular preschool. Ellie served Congregation Bet Haverim of Atlanta, Georgia as Interim Education Director for two years as the congregation searched for an Education Rabbi. Ellie enjoys camping, knitting, textile arts of all kinds, and singing. She is featured on 8 Choral CDs (7 Jewish and 1 secular) recorded in Atlanta. Ellie would love to organize a Temple Shalom Choir! She lives with her husband Alec Hart and sons Daniel and Peter.

Contact Details

 +1-719-634-5311, ext. 13

Advisory Board
Kobi Chumash, Carolyn Geiser, Rabbi Jay Sherwood, David and Jo’Ann Supperstein


Temple Shalom encourages and invites participation with life-long learning experiences. We offer a range of adult education opportunities for congregants and non-members that utilize internally developed curriculum, as well as courses from reputable Jewish educators and national institutions. Program schedules are published in anticipation of classes being offered for fall/winter and winter/spring learning sessions. Classes are offered on the basis of instructor availability, conversion education expectations, response to contemporary issues and general interest expressed by congregants. Examples of the adult programs frequently offered include:

  • Crash Course in Hebrew
  • Crash Course in Jewish History
  • Siddur “GPS” (Navigating the Shabbat morning service)
  • "They Never Taught Me That in Hebrew School!"
  • Introduction to Judaism
  • Introduction to Kabbalah
  • “The Anti-Semitism Equation”
  • Ethics courses
  • Examining Contemporary Social Issues Through a Jewish Lens
  • Jewish Theological Seminary Education Curriculum Courses  
  • Torah Study - Tuesday mornings - 9:30 am.  The study is progressive, ongoing and extensive, but is not specific for the Torah Portion of each week. Open to Members of Temple Shalom, only.
  • Other programs announced throughout the year (join our weekly mailing list to be informed)

Member and non-member pricing is available for all educational classes.

Have an Educational Program Idea?

Congregants frequently suggest topics of special interest. In fact, past adult education programs such as, "Why Do We Say Things In The Liturgy That We Don't Mean?" and Empowering the Family: Confronting Anti-Semitism came to us through a suggestion from a Temple member.

Suggest your idea here.

Wed, October 20 2021 14 Cheshvan 5782