The Goldring/Woldenberg Institute of Southern Jewish Life has begun a webinar series, to provide adult education opportunities to anyone with a computer.

Two webinars have been announced for each of the next two months. Information on the sessions and registration can be found at the Institute’s website,

The first February session will be “Full Exposure: A Revealing Picture of the Jewish Engagement with Tattooing,” on Feb. 8 at 7 p.m., with Rabbi Marshal Klaven, ISJL director of rabbinic services. The session will explore how tattoos have become more accepted in mainstream society, but the practice has more weighty issues in the Jewish world. Klaven will discuss tattooing practices from the ancient Israelites to modernity.

The second session, “Beyond Alef Bet: Tapping into the Intention of Tefillah” will be led by ISJL Director of Education Rachel Stern, and Education Fellow Mark Swick, on Feb. 20 at 12:30 p.m. The session will go beyond performance of prayers, and how to teach a level of meaning and a long-lasting relationship to Hebrew.

On March 8 at 7 p.m., ISJL History Department Director Stuart Rockoff leads “Not to be Taken Lightly: Paula Ackerman and Temple Beth Israel of Meridian, Mississippi.” Twenty years before women were ordained as rabbis, Ackerman became the leader of the Mississippi congregation, in the 1950s. She later led a congregation in her hometown of Pensacola.

On March 20 at 12:30 p.m., Associate Director of Education Jordan Magidson and Education Fellow Alex Glass present “It Is Not In The Heavens: The Text of Teaching.” Many are intimidated at the idea of studying texts. In this session, participants will explore the goals of text study and how to make it engaging for students.