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Adult Learning

“It is a Tree of Life (Eitz Chayim) to those who hold it fast, and all who cling to it find happiness. Its ways are ways of pleasantness, and all its paths are peace.”–  Proverbs 3:17-18

Lifelong Jewish learning is the best way of applying the Jewish values in our lives. Learning is about the knowledge we gain and how it guides our actions. Study enables us to think and to act in larger and deeper ways.

 

 

 

Jewish Superstitions: Their role in ritual and the Jewish psyche

A two-part mini series, December 5 and 19, 7:30-9pm. Led by Rabbi Gurevitz

A two part mini-course on the role of superstition in many familiar Jewish rituals and prayers. We'll learn about their origins, and the human experiences and psychological needs that such early superstitions played in the lives of our ancestors.

Please register for this course here.

A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path (6 part series)

 Dates: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27. 7:30-9pm. Led by Rabbi Gurevitz and Rabbi Eiduson

Join Rabbi Gurevitz and Rabbi Eiduson in an exploration of contemporary Reform Judaism. Using the book by the same title, edited by Rabbi Dana Kaplan (and available in paperback or digital copy), each week we will explore the ways that Reform Judaism offers a perspective on many aspects of faith, practice, and community today. Advance purchase of the book, along with registration for the course, will open after the High Holy Days here.

 

Scientists in Synagogues Salon 2019-2020

In 2016-17 we were one of ten congregations nationwide to have been selected as the first cohort to bring ‘Scientists in Synagogues’ to our community. Scientists in Synagogues is a grass-roots program to offer Jews opportunities to explore the most interesting and pressing questions surrounding Judaism and science. Our program was a great success and led to this ongoing, occasional 'Salon' series led by members of our congregation in partnership with Rabbi Gurevitz. Future Salon events will be announced in our weekly emails and on our calendar as scheduled.

 

 

Torah and Tefilah

Every Shabbat morning 8-9:30 am

All are welcome to join us for our weekly Torah study discussion group. Beginning the first Shabbat after Simchat Torah we will begin a new cycle of study, reading the weekly haftarot that draw from the books of prophets. All texts are studied in English. This study group takes the text as its starting point, but much of our conversation focuses on making connections to lived experiences and current affairs. We open with the opening blessings of a morning service to help foster and attitude of gratitude, and close with a prayer for healing and mourner’s kaddish.

Spiritual Journey Group

This offering meet monthly. Spiritual Journey Group is led by Rabbi Gurevitz and provides a forum to study Jewish sources that offer pathways into Jewish spiritual mindfulness practice (including Mussar, Jewish mysticism, meditation). We reflect and discuss how to apply these mindfulness practices to our everyday lives. To receive email reminders of upcoming Spiritual Journey Group sessions, contact the temple office and request to be added to this group

Spiritual Journey Group dates 2019-20 (all 7:30-9pm): September 10, October 17, November 12, December 17 (no January meeting), February 11, March 10, April 14, May 19.

Chai Mitzvah for Women

All women are invited to join us for a 10 month  Chai Mitzvah program sponsored by the Women of Reform Judaism. We meet each month for a themed study and discussion session. Additionally, each member of the group commits to something new that they would like to learn and practice from Jewish tradition, in consultation with Rabbi Gurevitz. There is a $36 registration fee to cover the cost of materials for this program. Sign up here by September 12.

 

 

Lunch and Learn

Rabbi Gurevitz leads these learning sessions four times a year at The Willows on Lyman Street in a program that is open to all in the congregation and wider community to attend. The programs run from 12-1.30 pm (except where indicated below) and you are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and cookies are provided by The Willow.

2019-20 Lunch and Learn dates:

9/26, 3pm  High Holy Day Preparation

12/24 12pm Hanukkah

2/20 12pm Lunch and Learn program

4/16 12pm Song of Songs lunch and learn program

6/4 12pm Lunch and Learn program

Interfaith Family Forum

This occasional series provides an opportunity for our families with one adult who is of another faith or heritage background to meet to learn together or discuss topics of shared interest. Rabbi Gurevitz facilitates these gatherings.

Adult B’nai Mitzvah 

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Service: TBD

What is an adult bar or bat mitzvah? It is an opportunity to mark a commitment to learn something new and develop your Jewish literacy as an adult. It is especially for those who never had an opportunity to be called to the Torah at the age of 13. You will learn more about the structure and content of a prayer service, learn how to make meaning from Torah and use commentaries, and other ways to make more meaning out of your participation in Jewish life and practice.

Contact Rabbi Gurevitz if you have any questions.

Fri, November 15 2019 17 Cheshvan 5780