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Join us each Saturday morning in the SHS Social Hall, 9 AM–10 AM, for a lively analysis and discussion of the weekly Parashah, led by Rabbi Avi Winokur or Rabbi Marjorie Berman, before the regular 10AM Shabbat service in the Sanctuary. No background knowledge is required for this friendly and unintimidating class.
Dates: Wednesdays 11/8, 12/6, 1/10, 2/7, 3/7, 4/11, 5/9, & 6/6.
Time: 7:30 PM–9 PM.
Faculty: Rabbi Marjorie Berman.
Pirke Avot is often referred to as “The Sayings of the Fathers,” but an alternative translation is “A Statement of Principles.” It is a compilation of aphorisms and maxims attributed to the rabbis of the Mishnah, and its wide-ranging topics cover the ethics of everyday interactions, how to conduct a life of service, the significance of fair judgment, the importance of humility, the relationship between God and humanity, and more. Many of the best-known Jewish quotes are found in its pages, such as Hillel’s “If I am not for myself, who will be for me…” or “You are not obligated to complete the work, but neither are you free to desist from it.”
Using this central Jewish text, we will explore how to create lives of meaning and service, how to become more aware and present to our daily experiences, and how to find a greater sense of holiness in the everyday. We will meet one Wednesday each month, beginning in October. There is no charge for this course.
Dates: Saturdays 11/11, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, & 6/9.
Time: 10:15 AM.
Faculty: Rabbi Marjorie Berman.
Location: Social Hall.
Fee: $15 Members/$20 Non-Members.
Using commentary ranging from Biblical times to the present, we will explore nine archetypal Jewish women from Bible, Talmud, and Midrash.
While the women of the Bible and Talmud have often been ignored or overlooked, they have still found their way into commentaries and Midrash. In recent years, feminist scholars and poets alike have drawn our attention to both traditional sources and contemporary imaginings about the roles—powerful, subversive, paradoxical or mysterious—that these women play.
Join us to look at fascinating portraits of these women, drawn over centuries and continents, and to explore how they speak to our lives today. We will meet at 10:15 AM, on the second Saturday of each month, beginning in October.
Dates: Sundays 11/12, 12/3, 12/17, 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/11, 3/4, 3/25, 4/8, 4/22, & 5/6.
Time: 9:15 AM–11:15 AM.
Faculty: Rabbi Avi Winokur.
Location: Beit Midrash (2nd floor pre-K classroom).
Fee: $250 Members/ $300 Non-members.
Do you ever feel that you don’t know enough about Judaism? Maybe you became a Bar or Bat Mitzvah when you were young but you are still grappling with your spiritual heritage as an adult. Nuts & Bolts & Beyond, subtitled “A (Re)Introduction to Judaism,” an acclaimed 9-month class, is designed not just for those with little or no Jewish background but also for those with a Hebrew school background but no adult-level Jewish background.
How do you read the Bible as an adult? If God didn’t create the world in six days, is the Torah merely an important cultural artifact but no longer of spiritual significance? What if you don’t believe in the God of your childhood, but you have a spiritual sense. Is there a Jewish home for that spiritual sense? How do you contend with the idea of commandments if deep inside you don’t really believe in a commander?
This course will provide an overview of Jewish rituals and customs, Shabbat and holiday celebrations, and historical events. We will also have engaging discussions about anti-Semitism, the Holocaust, and Israel.