A Virtual Tisch: A Interesting Idea in Adult Education
Sh'ma magazine is a long-standing journal of Jewish intellectual commentary that is highly-regarded and read amongst the Jewish intelligentsia. The quality of their literary discussion is always superior. Recently they announced a great idea for an experiment that I encourge local adult learners to enjoy: A Virtual Tisch. A Tisch is a Yiddish word for "table" around which one focuses on learning and discussion as well as refreshments and singing. Many synagogues regularly have a Rabbi's Tisch on Shabbat to pass the afternoon hours in community, and they are traditionally held right before a wedding too to keep the groom (and often the bride in these modern times) distracted so they don't get nervous before the ceremony. Sh'ma has decided to try something new with a virtual tisch where some great teachers will have open discussion among the participants and the teacher. It will be held this Sunday, March 25, starting at 8 PM EST. I can personally vouch for the diversity and creativity of their featured teachers and I can anticipate that the debate among the participants will be lively! It is free to anyone (but you have to register) so if you are looking for what promises to be an engaging adult education experience on-line, I recommend experimenting along with them!