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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.

Introduction to Judaism Course begins October 11

This course is for all who wish to learn more about Judaism, or get a refresher on the basics. It is for Jews and non-Jews. The course can provide a foundation for those interested in conversion to Judaism, when accompanied with additional learning and practice as determined with your sponsoring rabbi.

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The Dead Sea Scrolls: An Introduction with Rabbi Rifat Sonsino

3 Thursdays in November, 7:30-8:30pm. November 1, 8, and 15

All are invited to join Rabbi Rifat Sonsino for a fascinating exploration of The Dead Sea Scrolls, what was found in them and what they teach us about the Jewish community of Qumran in the 1st century C.E. and more. Please sign up here.

Rabbi Sonsino is Rabbi Emeritus of Temple Beth Shalom of Needham. He is the author of several books, including 'Finding God', 'What Happens After I Die?' and 'Modern Judaism' He is also an Adjunct Professor at Framingham State University

Scientists in Synagogues Salon 2018-2019

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.

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. The group meets on Sunday mornings from 8:30-10am. Coffee and refreshments are served.

The 2018-19 dates for the interfaith family forum are TBD.

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.

Spirituality Offerings

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 Rabbi Gurevitz

Spiritual Journey Group dates 2018-19 (all 7:30-9pm): 

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 and you are encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch. Tea, coffee, soft drinks, and cookies are provided by The Willow.

2018-19 Lunch and Learn dates: 

Adult B’nai Mitzvah

2020 class dates: 

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Service: 2020

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.

This opportunity will next be offered in  May, 2020. Contact Rabbi Gurevitz if you have any questions.

Fri, November 16 2018 8 Kislev 5779