Class Schedule 5778 (Winter/Spring 2018)
- Is it ok to tell a bride she’s beautiful even if she’s not?
- How can Jews and Muslims establish a dialog?
- Where did the custom of 3 matzot on the seder plate come from?
- What evil things did the sons of Eli the Priest do?
You never know what’s going to come up at one of our Lifelong Learning classes. We’ve had a great start with more to come! Join us for:
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice – It’s not too late to join. The first three classes covered the ethics of food production, lying and fracking. The next will be on such subjects as torture and warfare, end-of-life care, and mass incarceration. Thursday evenings, Dec. 7, Jan 4, Feb 8. at 8pm. At private homes. Check announcements or call the office for location information.
Brush Up on Your Judaism – Whether you slept through religious school, were a star student, or never went in the first place, this class is an opportunity for those interested in re-engaging in the basics of Judaism! We’ll discuss various topics including the meaning and structure of Shaarei Tikvah’s Shabbat and holiday services, great Jewish texts, ritual practices and more – no question is off limits. This class is open to new and veteran members. Taught by Rabbi Adam, Alison Kellner and Sally Wittenberg on select Wednesdays from 8:15-9:30 pm. January 31, Feb 7, March 14, April 11, May 9.
Joyous Song – Learn more tunes from the Shabbat service and to harmonize as well. Come make beautiful Jewish music with Cantor Cohen and your fellow congregants! No need to have a great voice. Enthusiasm counts! Starting in February after Shabbat services.
Hebrew Literature in English – Rabbi Carl Astor will return this spring to teach 6 classes. Thursday evenings at 8, starting after Pesach (Stay tuned for exact dates.)
Lessons from the Book of Samuel – Rabbi Adam’s Wednesday morning class is focusing on the Book of Samuel and what it says about leadership and more. Wednesdays. 11am-noon. Check weekly announcements for updates. Rabbi Adam will also teach a few summary evening classes on Thursday evenings after the completion of the ethics classes. Stay tuned!
Prayer Book Hebrew – Learn to read from our prayer book with special focus on the meaning of prayers. Basic knowledge of Hebrew alphabet necessary. Newcomers welcome. Led by Ellen Lewis. Wednesdays 9:30-11. Check back for restart later this winter.
300 Ways to Enhance your Seder – guest speaker Murray Spiegel will share with us creative ways to make your Seder more interesting and meaningful. Thursday March 8 at 7:30.
For more information about classes, contact Rabbi Adam, Carol Mermey or Joel Weinberg via the office.