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Weekly Torah Study
Saturday at 8:45am - in person and on Zoom
II Kings and Isaiah

Wise Aging 
A program designed to meet the social, emotional, and spiritual needs of Jewish seekers entering second adulthood.
Monthly from 2:30 - 4:30pm on Thursdays:  Jan 18, Feb 15, Mar 7 & 21, Apr 18, May 16, Jun 20

You will be guided through reflective work that enables you to come to new understandings about your life, self, values, and Jewish practices.  Learning modes include text study, active listening, mindfulness meditation, mindful movement, reflection, and journaling. We will learn, share experiences, and acquire skills for making changes in our lives that will lead to a deeper sense of well-being.
Please register here.

Lunch and Learn: Jewish Answers to Very Human Questions
Dave Mollen
Tuesdays at 12 noon March 5, 12, 19
In person with Zoom option - Click here (Password: LUNCH)
 
March 5 -- Does God Intervene?
March 12 -- How to Get Into Heaven and Do You Care?
March 19 -- Faith

Psalms: Songs of Praise, Thanksgiving, and Lament
Rabbi Erin Glazer

Tuesdays at 12 noon April 2, 9, 16
In person with Zoom option - Click here (Password: 666943)
 
Join Rabbi Glazer for a three session series on the Book of Psalms, an ancient anthology of 150 poetic prayers included in the Hebrew Bible. We will approach the psalms from various perspectives including literary criticism, biblical commentary and spiritual practice. Explore what contemporary Bible scholars and medieval commentators have to say about the psalms and discover what these poems of praise, anger, fear, joy, grief and gratitude might offer us today.

Artist-in-Residence: Rabbi Josh Warshawsky
May 3-5, 2024

2023-24 PAST CLASSES

Jewish Goddess: An Exploration of the Divine Feminine in Jewish Texts
Guest Instructor Rabbi Rachael Pass

Wednesdays at 7:30pm, October 18, 25, November 1
Please register here.

We’ll examine goddess figures, such as the Canaanite Goddess Asherah; the Kabbalistic goddess-figure of Chochmah, Lady Wisdom; and the most well-known feminine aspect of God in Jewish tradition, Shechinah. Together we’ll learn more about our knowable God and the divinity within ourselves.

Cooper-Bernstein Scholar In Residence 
November 19
Join acclaimed author Dara Horn for a discussion of her award-winning essay collection, People Love Dead Jews
2:30pm - Book Signing 
3:00pm - Book Talk and Q & A
4:00pm - Dessert Reception

Hanukkah: A Struggle For Identity
Rabbi Shira Gluck

evening option: Mondays at 7:30pm November 27, December 4 and 11
daytime option: Tuesdays at noon November 28, December 5 and 12
Please register here.

The events of the 2nd century BCE in Judea, as commemorated in the holiday of Hanukkah, are steeped in political and cultural turmoil both internal and external. The Maccabees rebelled against the Seleucid Empire after Jewish religious practice was proscribed. But their Hasmonean dynasty later waged a civil war against Hellenized Jews. Join us in examining Hanukkah as a struggle for identity and its resonance for Reform Jews in the modern world.

Sisterhood Book Group discussion WITH the author
"Babylon" by Michelle
Cameron
Monday, January 8 at 7:30pm                                                                                    
In Person or Zoom. The author will be joining us in person. 

A multi-generational biblical saga of captivity, romance, faith, and redemption, set against the Judean exile in Babylon.

Everything changes for Sarah the day Nebuchadnezzar’s army storms Jerusalem. In an instant, her peaceful life on the farm is ripped away: her city sacked, her temple desecrated, her people enslaved. Marched across unforgiving desert sands to Babylon, Sarah and the remaining Judean people must find a way to keep their faith alive in a new and unforgiving home.

Displaced within an empire of strange gods and unimaginable wealth, Sarah and her descendants bear witness to palace intrigue, betrayal, brutal sacrifice, regicide, and a new war brewing in the east. Through every trial, the Hebrew people attempt to preserve their religion. Uri, Sarah’s son, transcribes incredible stories of prophets and visions, Creation and Exodus—stories that establish the central tenets of the Hebrew faith.

The Sounds of Eretz Israel
Cantor Marina Shemesh

Tuesdays at 12 noon January 23, 30, and February 6
In person with Zoom option - Click here (Password: ISRAEL)                                                                                                                                                        Please register here.
 
In this three-session course we will explore authentic Israeli musical forms and examine how Israeli music navigated the ongoing relationship between American Jews and Zionism and Israel. This course will help us understand how Israeli music served as a primary means through which American Jews were exposed to Israeli culture and Zionism in the 20th century, and how it helps us remain connected to Eretz Yisrael today.

Tu biShvat Seder and Learning
January 28, 5:00pm


2022-23

Brotherhood Torah on Tap - Wednesdays at 7:30pm: November 30 & March 1

Lunch and Learn - Tuesdays:
12:00 - 12:30pm - Bring your own lunch
12:30 - 1:30pm - Learning begins

Rabbi Joseph A. Skloot, Ph.D. is the Rabbi Aaron D. Panken Assistant Professor of Modern Jewish Intellectual History at HUC-JIR/New York. He is an historian of Jewish culture and religious thought, and the author of First Impressions: Sefer Hasidim and Early Modern Hebrew Printing (Brandeis University Press, 2023).

 

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