Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm at Shir Tikvah
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. Details on the Shir Tikvah website.
Taught by Rabbis Latz and Rappaport.
Mondays, 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Unit 1 SPARKS OF TIME & SOUL (Fall 2015) October 26, November 2, 9, 16, 30, December 7, 14
Unit 2 SPARKS OF PEOPLEHOOD (Winter 2016) Feb 1, 8, 22, 29; March 7, 14, 21
Unit 3 SPARKS OF HISTORY, PAIN, & JUSTICE (Spring 2016) April 4, 11, 18, May 2, 9, 16, 23
Unit 4 SPARKS OF REDEMPTION & RENEWAL (Fall 2016) September 12, 19, 26, October 10, 17, 24, 31