Navigating Jewish Ritual, Thursdays 7-9pm
This adult learning series is open to everyone in the congregation and beyond. An opportunity to learn more and become familiar and comfortable with the ways that Jewish ritual enhances our lives at special times and seasons. Members of Congregation B’nai Shalom who are already Jewish can choose to use this course and some additional one-to-one study with Rabbi Gurevitz to prepare for an adult bar or bat mitzvah celebration on May 17. Those who are not Jewish but wanting to feel more at home participating in temple Shabbat and festival services, or celebrating with their families at home, will find some or all of these sessions a helpful introduction. Please feel free to come to the entire series or choose sessions of particular interest or relevance to you. To help us plan, please use the form below to indicate your intention to attend. Please also note that some programs have a separate link that will take you to another page, where there is additional registration and payment required to attend).
Please contact Rabbi Rachel Gurevitz with any questions.
Mar 1: The Function of ritual in Jewish life in the home and the community (suitable for all)
Mar 8: The Torah service: rituals, roles, hagba (the art of lifting the scroll) and the blessing over the reading of the Torah (coming up for an Aliyah) (suitable for all to come and learn; some roles in a Torah service, such as lifting the scroll and reciting a blessing over the Torah, are performed only by Jews)
March 15: Pre-passover – masterchef and wine-tasting evening (suitable for all; separate registration and cost for this joint program with Rabbis Gurevitz, Eiduson and Sobel)
March 22: Women’s Seder (suitable for all women. free of charge; separate advance sign-up required).
March 31: Community Seder (suitable for all – family friendly. separate registration and cost with advance sign-up required).
April 5: Yizkor at 6:30pm. Class at 7pm – Rituals for death and mourning (suitable for all)
April 12: Friday night at home and at the synagogue (suitable for all)
April 19: The rest of Shabbat (Saturday morning, creating Shabbat in your life, making Havdalah) (suitable for all)
April 26: Interpreting the Torah, part 1. (suitable for all)
May 3: Interpreting the Torah, part 2. (suitable for all)
May 10: Ritual lingo and other special times of year: get clued in on terms like oneg, Tu Bishvat, Sukkah, lulav and Etrog, Megilah, the real meaning of bar and bat mitzvah, tashlich, and more. (suitable for all)
Final rehearsal for those celebrating an adult bar or bat mitzvah tbd with participants