Wednesday Morning Minyan Study Session with Bethany Slater

Congregants have the opportunity to do some learning over bagels with Bethany Slater on Wednesday mornings after Minyan, which is held at 7 am. These discussions focus on Jewish ethics. What does Jewish law have to teach us about ethical behavior? Join Bethany and the TBE Minyannaires for the exploration of Judaism through a halakhic lens.

Beit Midrash: Interpreting Torah with Rabbi Stephen

Class began Oct. 11 and meets from noon to 1 pm on Thursdays.

Do you want to take your Jewish learning to the next level? Do you want to understand the reasons for rabbinic thought and decision making? This course will examine such topics as:

What does Judaism teach about the afterlife, and what do I believe? Is theology important for a thriving Jewish life? How do I relate to Jewish law, Halakha? What makes food kosher, and why is cheese sensitive? Why are screens, phones, and electricity forbidden on Shabbat? Based on a study of historical documents, we will examine: Where are we in the arc of Jewish history? How can I do Judaism at Home with my family? Are free speech and fair speech incompatible? What is the status of women in Jewish law and in the Conservative movement? What does Talmud study have to do with a spiritual life? How should we understand Midrash, the highly creative rabbinic commentary on the Torah? Can religion help us be better people? What kind of community should we build as Jews in Birmingham?

Together we will explore these questions. Through study of primary sources, this class will focus on building your sense of competence

Intro to Judaism Class with Bethany Slater

Class began Oct. 16 and occurs from 7:30 pm to 9 pm on Tuesdays.

Jewish education never ends. It is a lifelong act of worship. But it must have a beginning. This course is designed to introduce Jewish wisdom, history and culture. Through reading, experiential learning, and discussion we will engage the living tradition that forms the stories that Jews live today. This course is appropriate for anyone looking to learn more about Judaism, the curious and the already committed.

Contact Rabbi Stephen with questions.

Odekah with the Slaters

10-11 am, Select Sundays listed below at the home of Bethany & Rabbi Stephen

Worship of the heart is the work of this time. You are invited to come and sing short songs and niggunim, wordless melodies, at the home of Bethany & Rabbi Stephen. Come explore Jewish spiritual practice of prayer in a new context. Meetings occur Dec. 9, Jan. 20, Feb. 10, March 10, April 28 and May 26. The first meeting, held Nov. 11, was a great success. Here are few of the songs they sang:

Shochen Ad Niggun

Hinei Ani

Adam vs’Shamaim

Havdala Small Study Group with Rabbi Stephen

Saturday evenings weekly

Before we release the sweet embrace of Shabbas by lighting the Havdala flame, a small group gathers to pray and study Torah in greater depth each week. If you wish you could linger over the insights of Torah, or pose your difficulty with the text, this is the forum for deeper engagement with the Torah. Meeting approximately, 1 hour before sunset for prayer and study, we pour some le’chayim, and have nosh available. This is really the sweetest point of the week for the Rabbi. If you want to learn in a more intimate, less academic context, this is the study session for you. It is so good that Barry Dreayer, the man who wrote the book on football, says that its worth missing football to come learn and make Havdala together.

Torah Reading and Discussion with Rabbi Stephen

Saturdays morning services weekly

Each week we read from the Torah scroll. But do you understand what we are reading? In order to help more of us understand what we are reading, Rabbi Stephen asks questions before select Aliyot in order to guide your reading of the text while the Hebrew scroll is being read. Sometimes, there are even opportunities to answer a question during the Torah reading. His sermon attempts to draw some insight or inspiration for life from the questions that we open up during the reading of the Torah. That means in order to get the full impact of the sermon (11:15-ish am), you really need to arrive in time for the reading of the Torah (10:30 am).

Share Your Birmingham – Walking tours with Rabbi Stephen

Rabbi Stephen is new to town. He would like to experience some of the historical sites together with the Jewish community this year. We will be scheduling visits to the following and more: Red Mountain museum, Sloss Furnace National Park, Vulcan Park and Museum, Kelly Ingram Park and Birmingham Civil Rights Institute. Dates to follow. Come and share your understanding of our special city, and its history with the Rabbi.

To view additional education programs during Religious School, click here.

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