Shir Tikvah Lifelong Learning Programs for 5780 (2019-20)
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.
Multi-Week Lifelong Learning Opportunities
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.
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 inside us that animate Jewish life? How can our Jewish traditions nourish those sparks in our daily lives and work in the world?
Shir Tikvah’s Sparks series is designed for people of all backgrounds who want to dig deeply into Jewish heritage and contemporary relevance - whether you grew up Jewish or are exploring conversion. Each session has at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeply into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today.
2019-2020 Sparks of Jewish Time
Mondays, 6:00-7:20 pm
Judaism marks times in ways that are linear and cyclical.
The next series of courses explores Jewish time through the annual holidays and the unique moments we ritualize over our lifetimes.
Winter and Spring Holiday Sparks
Shir Tikvah Clergy
Learn the meanings and how-to’s of Jewish spring holidays through an environmental lens,
including our relationship with the lands in which Jews live.
February 24, March 2 (Purim); March 23, March 30, April 6 (Passover and Omer); April 20 (Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance); April 27 (Modern Israeli Holidays); May 11, May 18 (Shavuot); 9 sessions
Racial Justice Video and Book Club
Join the Shir Tikvah Racial Justice Task Force as we view and discuss Race: Power of an Illusion, a series of three hour-long videos developed by California Newsreel, which examine the origin of the concept of race, the “scientific” claims made about race in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the consequences of the race-based ideology in the present. The videos and conversation are designed to help you to improve your ability to talk about the concept of race and its consequences.
Tuesday, Feb. 25, Tuesday, March 3, & Tuesday March, 17. 7:00-9:00 p.m. Wolfe Lake Condominiums in St. Louis Park
Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology:
A Digital Book Club
THURSDAYS, FEBRUARY 20, 27 & MARCH 5, 7:30 PM
LOCATION: Virtually through a link sent to your home computer
Digital technology – a nes gadol, a great miracle.
Imagine being able to engage in significant Jewish learning comfortably from your own home in the middle of winter. No black ice or frigid temperatures, just the lightning of shared insights. Now imagine being able to use this gift of digital technology to do a deep dive into the relationship between Judaism and Technology. Read and discuss the contents of Text Me: Ancient Jewish Wisdom Meets Contemporary Technology with its author Rabbi Jeffrey Schein.
REGISTRATION: Purchase a book for $20 and indicate your desire to participate with Sheridan Zuther.
Registration is free to Hineni Supporters & Members of Mount Zion, Shir Tikvah, and Mayim Rabim.
2 Session Book Discussion: Sundays February 23 & March 1, 12:00 - 1:30 pm
Shir Tikvah Library
Wise people say that the Israeli Palestinian conflict will never be settled if each side cannot understand the other’s narrative: not sympathize or embrace but just understand. Yossi Klein Halevi’s Letters to My Palestinian Neighbors, 2nd ed., contains 10 letters from Yossi to his neighbors and some thoughtful replies from Palestinians that set out authentic Israeli and Palestinian narratives. Join Elaine Frankowski in looking at the Israeli Palestinian conflict through these letters and the replies in two Sunday morning sessions.
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Beginning or Refreshing: Prayerbook Hebrew*
Hebrew is the language with which we talk to God! If you are new to Hebrew, and/or interested in an adult b’nei-mitzvah, this class is for you.* Learn with b’nei mitzvah tutor and experienced teachers.
Winter/Spring 2020: Alef Isn’t Enough
February 24 - May 18 (11 sessions, no class 3/9, April 13)
Alef Isn’t Enough is for those who are familiar with the Aleph-Bet and are looking for some support putting the letters together, practicing prayers, and learning some root words.
$118 (Minimum 10 people)
*If you know your letters and vowels, you may join in the winter or spring session or you may want to learn Hebrew at the college level on Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hineni
Rabbi David Thomas
Co-sponsored with Hineni
Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm March 4 - April 1
Rabbi Thomas has collected dozens of wonderfully subversive, multi-vocal folktales from the Talmud mined from the work of Yonah Fraenkel and others. These tales cover a wide range of universal human questions which the rabbis felt safest embedding in stories, rather than in halachic (legal) discourse. Texts are in English and Hebrew and the teaching is interactive and discussion based. Topics include: Free-will vs. Predetermination, Miracles: Can’t live with em, Can’t live without em, Confronting mortality, and more.
$72; register here
Ongoing Lifelong Learning Opportunities
Torah Study: A Numbers Journey
2nd & 4th Fridays of the month 12:15pm-1:30pm
Word by word, phrase by phrase, each month we explore approximately 12-14 verses of Torah. Join us as we complete our journey through the book of Numbers. To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle Zoffer. All are welcome to participate.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi David Thomas
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00-10:15 am, resuming Fall 2019