Shir Tikvah Lifelong Learning Programs for 5781 (2021)

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Multi-Week Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Summer 2021 / 5781

All offerings will take place via Zoom

What follows are multi-week courses during which participants experience both deep learning and developing meaningful relationships.

Please register in advance with your time and financial commitment; contact Alison Olig for questions about payment options.

Prayerbook Hebrew & Liturgy Practicum

with Steve Greenberg

6:00pm - 7:15pm every other Monday June 14 - August 23

If you can decode the Aleph-Bet and want to practice prayer Hebrew, while learning meanings and choreography, this is for you. Focus will be on Shabbat prayers and an introduction to High Holidays liturgy. We will use Mishkan T’filah for Shabbat as well as Mishkan HaNefesh. Online flip-books or purchase available at [HUC Press]


$36 course fee is subsidized by Shir Tikvah. Donations appreciated!

Adult B’nei-Mitzvah 

If you are interested in exploring an adult B’mitzvah, we are delighted to support you in this learning and process!

Please indicate your interest and intention by doing BOTH of the following:

  1. Send an email to Rabbi Rappaport.
  2. Register for and plan to take both Monday evening classes above, which begin October 19th (Soul of Jewish Living and Introductory Prayer Book Hebrew Classes).

These two classes are prerequisites for Shir Tikvah’s Adult B’Mitzvah program, and they are a chance for the cohort to begin to build a community together. If you have taken equivalent courses elsewhere, please let Rabbi Rappaport know.

Soulful Jewish Living 5781

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25 week course during which participants experience deep learning and develop meaningful relationships.

The cost for the year is $375 (=$15/session). 

Registration is closed online but please contact Rabbi Rappaport for more info

(Contact Alison Olig for questions about payment options. No one will be turned away for financial reasons)

How does living a Jewish life support us in bringing goodness into the world? How does participating in Jewish community help us support one another and hold each other accountable to our highest potential? 

What are the foundational teachings of Judaism, from the biblical era through the present? What are the key texts? Rituals? Community norms? How can I participate meaningfully in the unfolding of this tradition today? 

This course has been designed to help participants create a relationship with Jewish tradition and feel ownership of both the “how” and the “why” of Jewish practice. Additionally, this group, through learning together and sharing one another’s stories, will develop its own community.  As Jewish knowledge and engagement grows, participants can expect to feel more a part of the Jewish community at-large.

Free & Ongoing Lifelong Learning Opportunities

New! Monthly Caregivers Circle

Wednesday evenings, 6:30-8:00 pm

2nd Wednesday of the month, 11/11, 12/9, 1/13, 2/10, 3/10, 4/14, 5/12, 6/9

What are the metaphors and prayers from our tradition that support healing and wellbeing for caregivers? 

To be added to the email reminder list contact Nikolina. All are welcome to participate.

Inspiring Torah for Difficult Times

1st & 3rd Thursdays of the month, 1:00-2:00 pm 

Rabbi Rappaport leads learning pertinent to the weekly Torah portion, culling from numerous sources. To be added to the email reminder list contact Nikolina. All are welcome to participate.

Book Discussions

Shir Tikvah has a lay-led book group which meets approximately every six weeks on a Sunday morning. Participants choose the books. All are welcome! Upcoming book discussions are listed in the Shir Tikvah weekly Enews.  

Torah Study: A Numbers Journey 

2nd & 4th Fridays of the month 12:15pm-1:30pm

Word by word, phrase by phrase, each month join fellow congregants to explore approximately 15-20 verses of Torah as we make our way through the Five Books of Moses! This year, we continue with the fascinating stories in the Book of Numbers. To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle Zoffer. All are welcome to participate.

Morning Torah Study with Rabbi David Thomas

Rabbi David Thomas guides a lively conversation connected with the weekly Torah portion, through the mystical and highly-relevant-today teachings of the Sefat-Emet. Third Saturday of the month, 9:00-10:15 am, Oct 17, Nov 21, Dec 19, Jan 16, Feb 20, March 20, April 17, May 15

Email Nikolina if you'd like the Zoom link

Our 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, lifecycle events, and Shabbat. Our learning will cultivate Jewish identity, build community and inspire us to live in harmony with our Jewish ethics.

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