As we strive to become the kind of place where every Jew can find something to refresh their soul on Shabbat, we have created new opportunities to connect with God, Torah and yourself. During the first two hours of Shabbat, we have a combination of either a study opportunity or a different parallel service. Every Shabbat will open with an opportunity to hang out and say “Shabbat Shalom” to friends and family over cold brew coffee or hot tea, made available from 9:15 am and throughout the morning. Then it’s your choice.
- a) Join us for our Shabbat Service held in the Sanctuary OR
- b) Come study with us during our Torah Conversations held from 9:30 to 10:15 am. See descriptions below.
We will all join together for the sermon at 11:15 am, followed by an exciting Musaf service.
By Kiddush luncheon, we hope you are hungry for food and good conversation, as sharing time together is an essential piece of Shabbat, ‘the day for delight.’
Torah Conversations: Every Shabbat 9:30-10:15 am
“Torah Conversations” is a new initiative formed here at Beth-El to encourage small group, interactive study of various Jewish topics each Shabbat. It began on Aug. 17. Each class addresses a topic in a five to ten week curriculum and encourages study, through an interactive exchange of ideas. Expect to see this list expand and change over the year. If the current class doesn’t match your interests, don’t worry. There will be other opportunities. Participants are asked to sign up so the facilitator knows how many to expect.
We began our second 10-week series on Nov. 9 and are focusing on “Judaism: Identity, Pluralism and Peoplehood.”
This series covers topics like:
- Is Judaism primarily an ethnic or religious identity?
- How do we work with Jews with whom we disagree?
- How can I maintain my ideological integrity while understanding other Jews’ perspectives also?
In this course, we will investigate the boundaries and definitions of Jewish peoplehood and the delicate balance between our responsibilities to ourselves and to all other Jews. Each of these learning sessions stands on its own but coming to the whole course will deepen your understanding in a whole new way. To help us keep track of who all this course is reaching, please sign up, even if you can’t make it to all the meetings! Sign up here.
“The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent” is another Torah Conversation that will happen once a month over the course of the year and will be facilitated by Dalia Abrams. From 9:30-10:15 am, we will reflect together about parenting, its joys and challenges, and learn skills rooted in Jewish values to grow our parenting tool box and build a nurturing family environment. You can expect a warm, safe and genuine atmosphere. Children are welcome to come with their parents. Child care available if you prefer.