Lifelong Learning for Adults

The Shir Tikvah Vision for Lifelong Learning: Shir Tikvah will be a welcoming, sacred Jewish community of learners of every age, ability, perspective, and background. Learners will engage in holy conversations about Torah, concepts of God, Judaism, Israel, and relevant issues of today's world in all their exhilarating, challenging, and profound forms. We will encounter innovative and flexible learning models in rhythm with Jewish holidays, life cycle events, and Shabbat. Our learning will cultivate Jewish identity, build community and inspire us to live in harmony with our Jewish ethics.

Upcoming Lifelong Learning Opportunities:

Learn to chant Torah!  This is part of the Adult B’nei Mitzvah program, but anyone is welcome to take the course.  You must be able to read basic Hebrew (knowing your letters and vowels), but you do not have to be a great Hebrew reader.  Taught by Wendy Goldberg, this course will help you improve your Hebrew reading skills as well as teach you how to chant from the Torah.  Everyone in the class will have an opportunity to chant Torah in the coming year. Mondays at 6:30 - 8 pm beginning on November 7 - January 23. $118 includes the Trope text and CD.  Questions? Contact Wendy  Register here 

Exploring Jewish Prayer - Learn the What's, How's and Why's of Jewish prayer with Rabbi Debra Rappaport. An hour of learning followed by a one-hour Shabbat service. No charge; donations appreciated. Saturdays at 9:30am, Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, April 8. November, December, and January sessions will also have a potluck lunch and discussion following the service. Register Here

iEngage: Jewish Values - Israel & Palestine Conflict - Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, Rabbi Michael A Latz will lead our exploration of the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences. $150* registration fee includes materials. Sunday mornings, 9:45-11:15 am, November 13 and 20, December 4 and 11, January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26. Register Here

Mussar is a traditional Jewish set of practices to encourage ethical and spiritual growth. Through group discussion, text study, and journaling/reflection, group members will explore middot (qualities of the soul) with the explicit goal of applying them in our lives. Hope Melton will facilitate the cohort, using the Tikkun Middot curriculum from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality. $150* registration fee includes materials. Mondays evenings, 6:30-8:30 pm, November 14 and 28, December 12, January 2, 16, 30, February 13 and 27, March 13 and 27, April 17, May 1. Register Here

BIO FOR MUSSAR FACILITATION, Hope Melton comes to Mussar facilitation as a spiritual director with 3 years of Mussar study and practice.  Spiritual direction compliments Mussar with one-to-one counseling that helps individuals discover their unique soul curriculum and spiritual path.  Hope’s 40-year professional career teaching post-secondary and adult learning students, and her work as an urban planner with inner-city neighborhoods and communities, afforded her extensive experience with group facilitation.  Hope believes that Tikkun Middot is essential to, and intimately connected with, Tikkun Ha’Olam.

Wise Aging - The Wise Aging program is about intentionally living one's later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom. New cohort begins November 14 and will meet two Monday afternoons per month. Topics include: exploring this stage of life; becoming one’s authentic self; a life review; relationship with one’s body; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; cultivating qualities of the soul (middot); practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss, change, and death; creating relevant rituals, cultivating wisdom, and leaving a legacy.  Contact Rabbi Rappaport if interested at or call the office at 612-822-1440.

Beloved Conversations - KAVOD, Shir Tikvah’s Racial Justice Leadership Minyan, continues to engage in important conversations about race, racism, and racial justice in our world. Beloved Conversations is a program developed by Dr. Mark Hicks that invites members of churches and synagogues to explore the spiritual and moral issues around racism that impact us all and help us develop trust and skills to dismantle racism. This year’s cohort is focused on board, staff, and congregational leadership. If you’re interested in joining, please contact Weekend of December 10th and subsequent Thursday evenings. 

End-of-Life Decision Making - Program series beginnin in Spring 2017

Save the Date: June 10, 2017 Adult B'nei Mitzvah - Celebrate the culmination of two years' intensive study! New Cohort will begin in Fall 2017.

Ongoing & Free Learning Activities:

Morning Minyan Every Thursday at 7:45 am
Start your Thursdays with a rich and meaningful weekday service. Learn about and go deeper into prayer.

Torah Study: An Exodus Journey:  Second Wednesdays of the month from 12:15pm-1:30pm.  Word by word, phrase by phrase, each month we explore approximately 12-14 verses of Torah. Join us as we journey through the book of Exodus.To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle. All are welcome to participate.

Petach libi: Second Shabbat morning of the month, 9:30-10:30 AM. Open your Heart to the Power of Jewish Prayer: Join Rabbi Latz as we dive deeper into Jewish prayer. This ongoing monthly project seeks to open up our Siddur and make Jewish spirituality more accessible to all. 

Ten Minutes of Torah We are delighted to partner with the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) to bring Jewish study right to your inbox. Five days a week, the URJ publishes Ten Minutes of Torah, a daily email providing opportunities to study a commentary on the week’s Torah portion, read about a significant moment in Jewish history, connect with life in Israel, or learn about an upcoming holiday. In just ten minutes, you can add to your Jewish knowledge. You can even read Ten Minutes of Torah on the go with your smart phone or tablet.Sign up today for this special version of Ten Minutes of Torah. It only takes 10 minutes a day to get started on a lifetime of Jewish learning. Begin today!

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