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:
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
Monday nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm
April 2 - May 14; culminates in Tikkun Leil-Shavuot May 19.
Sparks of Jewish Life Cycle with Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman
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? How are our sparks ignited through the precious moments of transition in a human life? This course will explore these key Jewish ritual moments: naming and bringing a child into the covenant, weddings, divorce, death and mourning, conversion, b’nei-mitzvah, and time-permitting some more contemporary rituals.
Sparks of Jewish Life Cycle is 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.
Taught by Rabbi Emma Kippley-Ogman
Monday nights at 7:30pm
April 9 - May 14
Ongoing & Free Learning Activities:
Morning Minyan Every Thursday at 7:45 am
Torah Study: An Exodus Journey: Second and fourth 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.