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.
Current and Upcoming Lifelong Learning Opportunities:
Budding and Blossoming: Spring Holidays Sparks
Nourish your inner Jewish sparks with some deep learning about our spring holidays and their contemporary relevance: Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. This is for all levels of learners; participants will prepare for class sessions with reading assignments.
Taught by the Shir Tikvah clergy team. 6:30-8:00 pm on the following seven Monday nights:
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19. Register Here
Counting the Omer: The Dance of Kabbalah and Mussar
According to the Jewish mystics, each day of the Omer (the counting from liberation at Pesach to the Torah at Shavuot) has a particular soul energy, and when we consciously tend to those qualities we are pure and ready to receive Torah at Shavuot. Each week’s mystical quality also corresponds to a Mussar quality (Middah) which we can cultivate with compassion. Join a seven-week series in which we’ll work at the soul level with seven qualities of the seven weeks of the Omer.
Open to all who have had some prior exposure to Mussar practices.
Taught by Rabbi Debra Rappaport
6:30-8:00 pm on Monday nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm
April 2 - May 14; culminates in Tikkun Leil-Shavuot May 19. Register Here
Cultivating Inner Qualities for Leadership (IQ for Leadership): An Introductory Mussar / Tikkun Middot working group
Facilitator: Julie Dean
Mussar offers a Jewish pathway into leading a more meaningful, spiritually fulfilled life. Mussar is a treasury of Jewish teachings and practices that have evolved over the past thousand years. This spiritual practice is aimed at elevating one’s character and providing guidance for our life journey.This Fall, leaders from Shir Tikvah are invited to join the Tikkun Middot Leadership Va'ad where we will experience how Mussar practices, teachings, reflection and study can help each of us live with more intention, awareness and fulfillment. Through facilitated sessions on middot (soul traits) each person will apply the learning to their own lives, leadership roles and our collective vision of Shir Tikvah. Please make sure that you can attend all of the sessions and commit to a 20 minute conversation with another group member every other week. To deepen our learning, participants will also be asked to maintain a personal journal during the course.
Julie Dean has been a professional facilitator of group dynamics for 24 years, has a Master's degree in experiential education and has been a local leader in Mussar study with five Jewish congregations in the Twin Cities area. Julie seeks to provide experiences where people can learn about themselves and one another through engaging dialogue, holy listening, and personal introspection. She invites participants to co-create a dynamic that is emotionally safe, non-judgmental, supportive, and meaningful.
Dates: 12:00-1:30 on the following ten Thursdays: October 26, November 2, 16 and 30, December 14, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 8.
Class is Full - Registration Closed
Ongoing & Free Learning Activities:
Morning Minyan Every Thursday at 7:45 am
Torah Study: An Exodus Journey: Second Fridays 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.
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