Our classes are eclectic,interesting and fun. Come for one session or many – you’re sure to learn something new. Check happenings on the home page or call the office for updated listings and times. (Please check back in late August for 2017-18 program listing).
Talking Torah with Rabbi Baldachin:
The week’s Torah portion from a variety of perspectives, always with a lively discussion. The class uncovers the many ways the Torah still speaks to us in the 21st century. Wednesdays, 11-noon, starting Sept 21
Shabbat Lunch and Learns:
What better way to spend Shabbat then to sit with friends over lunch and learn something new from our clergy, congregant or guest speaker. No topic is off limits, just so long as it’s even vaguely connected to something Jewish. Monthly with first session by Rabbi Baldachin on Sept. 10. “The Meaning of Atonement,” See calendar for updates.
Prayerbook Hebrew: Come sharpen your Hebrew reading skills with Ellen Lewis. Learn the meaning of the prayers. This is a continuation of the beginner class and new students are welcome. Wednesdays, 9:30 -10:45 a.m. on the following dates: March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, and April 5
iEngage: Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship
This curriculum, developed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, names and works through the various values that influence different political views. Join the many communities and thousands of concerned individuals in establishing a new narrative of Jewish values and ideas that encourages Jews to engage with Israel and to act on a vision of what they believe can and ought to shape the modern Jewish nation and its policies. Class will be led by Rabbi Baldachin and guest speakers. Sundays: Nov. 20, Dec. 11, Jan. 15, Feb. 12, March 19 and April 2.
Who Wrote the Bible? Why do We Care? What does it Mean to us as Conservative Jews?
Rabbi Baldachin will explore the latest thinking on these issues, drawing on contemporary scholarship. It will also include Traditional commentaries as well as academic perspectives and the theological and philosophical implications of those perspectives. Through text study and discussion we will encounter the core text of the Jewish people and use it to help define for ourselves who we are and what we believe. Wednesdays Feb 1 and Feb 8 from 8-9:30 pm.
How to Lead a Shivah Minyan:
Cantor Cohen will teach the basics so more of us can be available to the community in times of need. Basic reading knowledge of Hebrew required. January, after Shabbat services.
Jazz up your Seder:
Educational Director Sara Birnbaum will discuss creative ways to engage kids and adults in your Passover seder so participants won’t be asking the fifth question: When do we eat? Thursday March 16 at 8pm
Modern Jewish Philosophy:
Educational Director Sara Birnbaum will explore some of the giants of modern Jewish thought from Heschel to Soloveitchik and discuss their impact on our Jewish lives today.
Lunch and Learn with SSTTE: Occasional Wednesdays through the year.