Adult Education

Here at CPC we celebrate that we are on a lifelong faith journey where we are always growing and changing. God calls us to learn new things and to teach the things we know well, so we respond to this call by offering Adult Education classes and programs. Some classes run for several months while some programs are once a year. For more information about upcoming Adult Education programs at CPC, check out our Bulletins and Facebook page!

Fall 2021 Schedule:

September 12: Amos Group

September 19: No Adult Ed

September 26: Bible Study with Pastor Beth

October 3: Bible Study with Robin Randall

October 10, 17 and 24  Evolution of Jewish Interpretation. Professor Malka Z. Simkovich, Catholic Theological Union

October 31, November 7,14 and 21 Evolution of Jewish Interpretation. Rabbi Steven Bob

CE-A Committee Geoff Silver, chair, Kathy Florence, secretary, Kelly Bufton, Cyndi Frost, Ann Hamman, Gregg Morton, Susan Tindall, staff 

Current Adult Ed:

Sundays, October 10, 17, 24

Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich

Sunday's October 31, November 7, 14, 21 

Rabbi Steven Bob

10:45-11:45 am

"Evolution of Jewish Scriptural Practice"


Adult Education is proud to offer a seven-week class on THE EVOLUTION OF JEWISH SCRIPTURAL INTERPRETATION, taught by two eminent scholars.  Classes will be Sunday mornings, after worship and will be one hour long with plenty of opportunity for discussion, questions and interaction.  Classes will be offered in a hybrid format so those wishing to avoid group gatherings may still participate.


Oct. 10, 17 and 24  Professor Malka Z. Simkovich, Catholic Theological Union


Dr. Malka Z. Simkovich is the Crown-Ryan Chair of Jewish Studies and the director of the Catholic-Jewish Studies program at CTU. She is the author of The Making of Jewish Universalism: From Exile to Alexandria (2016), and Discovering Second Temple Literature: The Scriptures and Stories That Shaped Early Judaism (2018), which received the 2019 AJL Judaica Reference Honor Award. Simkovich’s articles have been published in journals such as the Harvard Theological Review and the Journal for the Study of Judaism, as well as on online forums such as The Lehrhaus,, and the Times of Israel. She is involved in numerous local and international interreligious dialogue projects which help to increase understanding and friendship between Christians and Jews.


Class 1, October 10:

History of the Second Temple period; the making of a canon; broad strokes re: how biblical interpretations begin to take shape

Handout Class 1: History of Second Temple Period

Class 1 Recording


Class 2 October 17:

The focus of the second session will be on the history of the Second Temple period and also discuss the view of the Jewish religion by the Greeks and Romans of this time period.

Biblical Interpretation in Qumran (Dead Sea Scrolls)

       Primary Texts: Genesis Apocryphon, Pesher documents, Jubilees

Biblical Interpretation in Alexandria 

       Primary Texts:  Joseph and Aseneth

Biblical Interpretation in non-sectarian Judea

       Primary Texts: Greek Esther

Handout Class 2: Biblical Interpretation

Class 2 Recording


Class 3 October 24: 

The World of Rabbinic Midrash

       What is Midrash?

       Primary Texts: Midrashic stories about Abraham; Midrashic stories about Daniel 

Handout Class 3: Rabbinic Midrash


Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14 and 21  Rabbi Steven Bob


Rabbi Steven M. Bob served as Senior Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim in Lombard for 35 years. Rabbi Bob has been very involved in a broad range of interfaith activities. Currently, he teaches at Wheaton College and Elmhurst University. He is the author of two books: “Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives,” (JPS 2016) and “Go to Nineveh” (Wimpf and Stock 2013). He is currently writing a new book on Ezra/Nehemiah.


Jews never read the Biblical text by itself. We always turn to the commentaries to help study the text. Over the four weeks, we will explore how five major figures: Rashi, Abraham Ibn Ezra, David Kimchi, Isaac Abarbanel and Malbim, interpret the biblical text. The earliest Rashi lived in the 11th  century. Malbim the latest lived in the 19th century. We will look at examples of their efforts to explain the Book of Jonah. We will see that they uncover hidden meanings in the text. Until a few years ago these commentaries only existed in the original Hebrew

Dr. Malka Simkovich

Presbyterian Women Bible Study Circles

Horizen's Bible Study: "Into the Light: Finding Hope Through Prayers of Lament"

NEW PW 2021-22 FALL GUIDE: What My Grandmothers Taught Me Tamar, Rahab, Ruth, Bathsheba, and Mary—Matthew names these women for a reason. How might Jesus have heard the stories of his grandmothers? What might the young Jesus have felt as he heard about his family? What might the stories have added to his sense of identity, as part of a particular family in a particular time and place? Have you thought about Jesus’ grandmothers? What can these Grandmothers-of-the-Faith teach us? Their stories lead us into the gospel, the good news about Jesus Christ. By exploring their stories, we will gain a richer idea of what the good news is.

All women of the CPC community are invited to participate in the Presbyterian Women’s Bible study for 2021-22. CPC has three groups that meet monthly for study and fellowship, generally on the fourth Tuesday.

And if you have been thinking of joining a Circle, this is a perfect time to do so.


Three Circles are available: one in the morning, one in the afternoon, and one at night. Call Linda Cirillo to get started and to order your copy of "Into the Light"!


Past Adult Ed Resources 2021-22

Amos Group Presents: Anti-Racism Study and Discussion

Fall 2021
See the Amos Group page for details and resources for this Adult Ed series


Men's Breakfast Fellowship and Discussion

(Currently not meeting due to Covid 19)

The Men’s Breakfast Fellowship

The Men’s Discussion Group is held in the Parlor every Tuesday at 7:00-8 a.m.  All men from the church are invited to a “Bring Your Own Coffee” setting for discussion and fellowship.  Currently, they are studying Tired of Apologizing for a Church I Don't Belong To by Lillian Daniel.

Contact Bob Parsons or the office at