New Classes and Programs
Lunch & Learn: The Jewish Community of Venezuela:Congregants discuss growing up Jewish in Venezuela. They’ll also provide some background on the history and current situation of the Jewish community there. It’s part of our occasional series spotlighting congregants in our community who hail from other lands. Saturday, Jan. 11 over Kiddush following services.
How Do We Think about God? Explorations in Theology:Over the years, Cantor Cohen has shared his reflections on theology and prayer, expanding the possibilities of how we think about God, and how that affects the way we live our lives and experience the world. This class will continue the exploration with open conversation and text study of contemporary thinkers. Saturdays after Kiddush: Feb. 1, 8, 15, 29, and March 7.
Gadi Ezra on the Dilemmas of Modern Warfare:Selected by Forbes Magazine as one of the most influential leaders in Israel under the age of 30, Gadi Ezra holds an unparalleled perspective on war – as both a human rights attorney and a soldier in the Israeli Special Forces. Drawing from his personal experience as well as his background as a human rights lawyer, Gadi examines the complexities of applying the laws of warfare in actual combat, illustrating modern challenges using first-hand experiences. Gadi’s lecture exemplifies the difficult dilemmas soldiers face in modern warfare. Sunday, Feb. 2, following the World Wide Wrap (about 10 am).
Taking Care of Ageing Parents:How fortunate it is to have a parent who has survived to old age. But at the same time, it comes with special responsibilities and quandaries. Jill Schreibman, our social worker through the WJCS Partners in Care program, will lead us in discussing some of the issues we face and the group will decide whether to continue meeting as a support group. Wed. Feb. 26
Midrash Musings:Midrash is the process of interpretation by which the rabbis filled in “gaps” found in the Torah. These are stories that teach our values and give us our identity as a Jewish people. It helps us understand the characters of our text and strive to be better people. Why did Cain kill Abel? Did Sarah know that her husband planned to sacrifice Isaac? In this class, Rabbi Adam will share some of his favorite Midrashim and we’ll discuss how they explain aspects of Torah and serve as aspirational documents to help us improve our own lives. Thursdays, March 5 and 12 at 7:30 pm.
The Jewish Case for Reparations:The legacy of the evils and deprivations of slavery in America is glaringly still with us. Are reparations the answer? Rabbi Pamela Wax will lead us through Biblical, Rabbinic, and contemporary texts to highlight the Jewish context and response to this question. Rabbi Wax is the spiritual care coordinator at WJCS and a sought-after teacher on Musar and Jewish spiritual matters. Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Israeli Short Stories: We welcome back Rabbi Carl Astor to lead us in discussion of stories by Israeli authors. Some of the authors we will be looking at are S.Y. Agnon, Etgar Keret and Yossel Birstein. Readings distributed in advance. Thursdays, April 23, 30, May 14 and 21.
Bible with Rabbi Adam: We continue our journey through the Book of Kings, from the demise of King David, through the grandeur of King Solomon and the many Kings who follow. It’s an ancient lens to view modern problems, Judaism today and the perennial human condition. Newcomers welcome as we explore the stories, language and meaning of this book. Wednesdays, 9:45-10:45 am. See announcements and Shaareitikvah.org calendar for cancellations and updates.
Prayerbook Hebrew: Learn basic Hebrew with emphasis on the meaning of prayers. Led by Ellen Lewis. Newcomers welcome to join. Wednesdays, 10:45 am-noon. See announcements and ShaareiTikvah.org calendar for updates.
Tikkun Leil Shavuot: A perennial Shaarei Tikvah favorite. Join us as we take turns teaching on Jewish-related topics. You’ll be surprised at the topics we cover! Thursday, May 28 8-11 p.m.