7-9 pm beginning Oct. 30, Temple Beth-El; note class will not be meeting Dec. 25 or Jan. 1. Class will resume Jan. 8, 2020.
Join Rebbitzen Bethany Slater for our Judaism 101 class that meets weekly on Wednesday nights from 7 – 9 pm. The course began on Oct. 30 and lasts for 20 weeks. In this class we explore the major narratives, history, practices, theology and values of Judaism. You can expect that the learning will happen with curiosity and open mindedness, respecting one another’s boundaries and beliefs. This course is open to anyone who is curious. There is an option to participate over the Internet via Zoom if you do not live locally. Sign up here.
Beit Midrash 2.0 with Rabbi Stephen
Noon-1 pm beginning Nov. 7, Temple Beth-El; note class will not be meeting Jan. 2, 2020.
Rabbi Stephen will continue the hit lunch and learn series (brown bag) that meets from noon to 1 pm most Thursdays after the High Holidays. Using all new materials from Project Zug, Rabbi will lead us in exploring: Rumors of Revelation, Can I Believe It: What God Prophecy and Free Will can Mean to us Today, and Midrash Master Class: How to Learn Midrash. Beginners are welcome. Extensive use of a chevruta will support students at all levels, as they deepen their understanding of Judaism and skills in reading Jewish sacred texts.
Can’t make it on Thursdays at lunch? Don’t worry. You can still participate by studying course materials from Project Zug that have been designated for this purpose with a study partner. Materials will be available in the office after each class.
Wednesday Morning Minyan Study Session with Bethany Slater
Wednesday mornings following Minyan at 7 am, Temple Beth-El
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 Minyanaires for the exploration of Judaism through a halakhic lens.
Havdala Small Study Group with Joshua Richman
Saturday evenings weekly just prior to Havdala
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 an intimate, less academic context, this is the study session for you. 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).