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Ongoing Classes

Beit Midrash

Most Tuesdays after 7pm evening davening, enjoy classes on a variety of themes from diverse teachers. Most classes are on Zoom. All are welome - no charge.

January, 2022: What Does the Bible Say About Love?

The word “love” has so many meanings that it seems impossible to talk in general about it without first asking: what kind of love?  That is also true for the use of the word and view of love in the Bible. In this course we will review biblical attitude towards different types of love: Love of parents to their children, man’s love of women and women’s love of men, love of a person to another person, God’s love of us and, our love of God.  We will review the Bible’s views and if time allows will look also at Christian Scriptures' views highlighting similarities and differences. Facilitated by Gideon Amir.

December, 2021: Jewish Genealogy Exploration 

Long time member and recognized Genealogist Yefim Kogan will be  leading a two session class introducing students to the many sources for collecting documents and facts about Jewish ancestors from Eastern Europe. 

November, 2021: Did the Sages Write Judah the Maccabee out of Jewish History?  

October, 2021: The Pandemic & Jewish Life 

Thursday Morning Class: Dynamic Judaism

Jewish observance always takes place in a wider social context. When that context changes over time, Jewish leaders - and the Jewish religion - must respond. This class explores moments in which the Conservative Movement has confronted such changes, focusing on both content and process. Topics will include translating Jewish teaching into political statements in an American context, issues of personal status and relationships (egalitarianism, same-sex weddings, gender spectrum, marriage), and shabbat.

Introduction to Judaism

Join fellow students and dynamic teachers for classes on a wide range of Jewish themes, offered at an introductory level for both Jews and non-Jews. No prerequisites or prior knowledge required. Offered once every 2-3 years - to express interest, please contact the synagogue office.

Rabbi's Thursday Class
2021-22 (current): Dynamic Judaism (original course by Rabbi Weiner)
2021: Beyond Dispute (Jewish Theological Seminary)
2020: Together and Apart (Shalom Hartman Institute)
2019-20: Arguing as Jews, an original course by Rabbi Weiner about arguments among the sages of the classical rabbinic era
2018-19: Walking with Justice (American Jewish University)
2017-18: The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in the Age of Choice (Jewish Theological Seminary)
2016-17: The Book of Deuteronomy
2015-16: The Books of Samuel and Kings
Previous Years: The Path of the Just; Maimonides Mishne Torah; Artson, God of Relationship and Becoming

Shabbat Minha-Maariv
Saturday afternoons, 15-30 minutes before sundown, from Labor Day until seder
Participate in ancient conversations about our most important stories, struggles and ultimate questions.

2019-20: Judaism, Nationalism, Globalism (based on Hartman Institute materials)
2018-19: Haggadah
2017-18: Tanhuma Shemot
2016-17: Babylonian Talmud Masechet Rosh Hashana
2015-16: Pesikta deRav Kahana
Previous topics: Eicha Rabbah, Bereshit Rabbah, The Book of Psalms, Hasidic interpretations of the Torah portion

 

Mon, January 24 2022 22 Shevat 5782