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.
If you know the letters but want to take it to the next level and learn some meanings, join the Adult Hebrew class "Alef Isn't Enough" beginning Wednesday January 20th. Amaze yourself with how quickly you can begin to understand the words of the siddur (prayer book). Taught by Matt Levitt.
The first class, January 20, will be a review of the letters and vowels. This first class is free and open to the community! Come check it out, review your Hebrew, and see if the class is right for you.
“Alef Isn’t Enough” will meet Wednesdays, 6:30-8 p.m.
January 20 and 27; February 3, 10, 17, 24; March 2, 6, 16 [no class on the 23rd or 30th]; April 6 and 13.
Cost: $125, including textbook.
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.
This survey course is appropriate for those who want to know more about their Jewish heritage and those exploring conversion. Each session will have at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeper into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today. The course will unfold over four 7-session units, each of which will cover some of the foundations of Jewish literacy. The series may be taken together or individually.
Taught by Rabbis Latz and Rappaport.
Unit 2: Sparks of Jewish Peoplehood and Mysticism
Starts February 1st
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. Here is a chance to feed those sparks, developing the flames within, letting our Jewish tradition nourish our souls.
This survey course is appropriate for those who want to know more about their Jewish heritage and those exploring conversion. Each session will have at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeper into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today.
This is the second of four 7-session units, each of which covers some of the foundations of Jewish literacy. The series may be taken together or individually.
February 1 Dying, Death and Mourning with Rabbi Rappaport
February 8 Weddings and Children with Rabbi Latz
February 15 (NO CLASS - PRESIDENTS' WEEKEND)
February 22 Mysticism 1: Kabbalah with Rabbi Rappaport
February 29 Mysticism 2: Hasidism and Neo-Hasidism with Rabbi Rappaport
March 7 Modernity and the Jews (History and its Implications) Rabbi Rappaport
March 14 Jewish Movements - 19th Century to Today and discussion of Halakhah Rabbi Rappaport
March 21 Purim: Turning the World Upside Down with Rabbi Latz
Register Here Cost is $125; there is an opportunity for reduced fees as-needed.
Unit 3 SPARKS OF HISTORY, PAIN, & JUSTICE (Spring 2016) April 4, 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16, 23 Register Here
Unit 4 SPARKS OF REDEMPTION & RENEWAL (Fall 2016) September 12, 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, 31 Register Here
Each Unit 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 - Register Here
KAVOD, Shir Tikvah’s Racial Justice Leadership Minyan, invites you to join us as we engage in an important conversation 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.
Information Session: Friday, October 30 after services
Retreat: Saturday, November 14, 5- 9 pm & Sunday, November 15, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Monday evenings 6:30-8:30pm: November 30, December 14, January 4 & 18, February 1, 15, & 29, March 14. Facilitated by Rabbi Michael A. Latz
Please note: Attendance at both days of the retreat is required in order to continue with the classes.
Cost: $36 (thanks to a generous grant from the Caryl Barnett Vision Fund) - includes retreat and classes
Sundays 9:30-11:30: November 1 & 15, December 6 & 13, January 24 & 31 (cancelled), February 7 & /21, March 20, April 3 & 10, May 1 & 8
In our Beit Midrash (literally “house of study”), we will have the opportunity to dive deeply into great Jewish texts with a teacher and with one another. Each session will include an introduction by the rabbi, followed by chavruta study (a special learning relationship, with a holy text and a partner) and a wrap-up at the end. Most of the session will be your own learning and pacing, in an environment with other learners. Come when you can; each session stands alone; for all levels of learning. Rabbis Latz, Rappaport, and occasional guests. FREE - All are welcome
Beginning September 17 at Shir Tikvah Congregation, co-sponsored with Hineni and Adath Jeshurun Congregation - Registration Closed
After our Community program on August 20th, those who want to devote themselves to a practice of Mussar are invited to join a Va’ad (community of practice) which will meet 7:00 -8:30 pm the third Thursday of the month, September through June (except April – 2nd Thursday). Support between meetings will also be provided. Cost TBD Facilitated by Rabbis Debra Rappaport and Amy Eilberg.“Mussar” (literally, “instruction”) is an ancient Jewish system of teachings and practices meant to develop character, elevate the soul, and invite Jews more deeply into righteous living. Mussar has undergone a revival in our day, as large numbers of Jewish leaders and community members have recognized the potential of Mussar to facilitate spiritual and moral growth. Through group discussion, text study, personal journaling, and spiritual exercises, group members will explore qualities of the soul such as humility, equanimity, responsibility, patience, and trust. The middot (qualities of the soul) will be studied and explored with the explicit goal of applying them in our lives.
Wise Aging - Currently the class is full
What is Wise Aging?
“Old age is not a defeat, but a victory, not a punishment but a privilege. The test of a people is how it behaves toward the old…mankind’s potential for change and growth is much greater than we are willing to admit, and old age can be regarded not as the age of stagnation but as the age of opportunities for inner growth.” – Abraham Joshua Heschel
“Wise Aging” refers to a vision of how we can grow in our later years with consciousness and joy, within a supportive community. During this session, facilitated by Rabbi Debra Rappaport, we will explore the question, “What is this stage of life?”
Shir Tikvah’s Wise Aging cohort will meet approximately twice per month from mid-October (after the High Holy Days) until mid-April (before Passover). Specific meeting times and dates will be determined by the availability of the majority of interested participants. A copy of the book will be included with registration fees; we ask that participants contribute a minimum of $60 ($5/session) and ideally $216 (equivalent to $18 or chai per session).
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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