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.
Inside every Jew, the Rabbis teach, is a n’kudah tovah – a spark of holiness, goodness – a unique gift that no one else in the world has. The mystics explain that this is a spark of divine holiness, the chamber of our souls. What are those sparks in inside us that animate Jewish life? What are those words of our tradition that ignite hope and the call to justice? The spark that demands we confront fear with compassion, that we make our world a better place for our children and the creatures of the earth? Those of us who grew up in the liberal Jewish world may not have learned – or remembered – much about the richness of Jewish life, or how our Jewish traditions can nourish our daily lives and work in the world.
5 Mondays (August 15 & 29, September 12, 19, 26) 6:30 - 8 pm & 2 Sundays (October 16 , 23) 6 - 8 pm
Participants will do specified background readings before each session covering some of the foundations of Jewish literacy so that when we meet we can go deeper into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today.
Monday, August 15 – Tisha B’Av, Tu B’Av, and the Season of Turning Inward
Monday, August 29 – Teshuvah, the work of Elul
Monday, September 12 – Rosh HaShanah, the Jewish New Year
Monday, September 19 – the Ten Days of Awe
Monday, September 26 – Yom Kippur
Sunday, October 16 – Sukkot & Shmini Atzeret
Sunday, October 23 – Simchat Torah and Siyyum - ClosingRegister Here
Cost is $100, which includes all 7 classes of the Unit.
Adult B’nei Mitzvah - Two year program. Requires enrollment in Jewish Sparks class and Beginning Hebrew class (see above) as well as ongoing participation in services, rituals and in serving the needs of the Shir Tikvah community. For further details, contact Rabbi Rappaport
Beloved Conversations: Meditations on Race - Watch here for continuing programmingThoughtful Jewish Parenting - Currently on hold until further notice
Ongoing & Free Learning Activities:
Morning Minyan Every Thursday at 7:45 am
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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