The Great Books of the People of the Book
Mondays, 12:00-1:30 pm, TBS
We Jews call ourselves the "people of the book." One can say without much hesitation that Torah and its study has been the central religious preoccupation throughout the history of Judaism, at least until modern times, and for many even now. The fact is that Torah is more than a single book. " Torah" is the entire activity of Jewish study throughout the generations. Out of the study of Torah arose a wide variety of texts, the names of which sound very familiar: Mishnah, Midrash, Talmud, Bible commentaries, etc.
The goal of this course is to look at the great books of the Jewish tradition: what they are and how to read them. We will discuss together passages from the Bible itself, as well as Talmud, Midrash, Medieval Bible Commentaries, the prayerbook and others. No prior knowledge is needed. All texts will be in English. All that is needed is a desire to learn and, hopefully, understand these timeless books.
Israeli Dance with Emily Perlman
Mondays, 7:00-8:00 pm, TBS
Join Emily Perlman for a wonderful Israeli dance experience. Israeli dance is a great way to engage the culture of Israel and the Jewish people through music and movement. This is an intermediate level class for those who have some Israeli dance experience. Those who are willing to learn by watching others are also encouraged to attend. The tuition is $5 per session, which is paid when you come. To participate, please contact Emily Perlman.
Fridays, 9:00-10:00 am
Step into Shabbat with a yoga practice. Led every Friday morning by Stephanie Javaheri. Yoga is all about the inside and not the pretty or bendy postures that we see on the outside. It’s about self inquiry, observation and awareness of your body, breath and mind to help feel more grounded. Set aside preconceived yogic notions and come experience an hour of bliss with slow mindful movement. No experience necessary. Just an open mind. To view previously recorded sessions, click here.
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
Saturdays, 9:00 am
Join Rabbi Jay Perlman, Rabbi Todd Markley, or Rabbi Julie Bressler for an exploration of the week’s Torah portion as we connect ancient text to modern life. No previous experience with Torah study is required...just an open mind and a desire to learn more! Feel free to join at after services if that's your preference!
Finding Our Jewish Values in the Torah
Saturdays, 9:15-10:15 am
Each week we will focus upon a single Jewish moral or ethical value found in that week's parashah (Torah portion). These will include, but not be limited to: Justice, Compassion, Environmental Ethics, Business Ethics. A variety of rabbinic sources will enrich our exploration as we seek to apply each week’s value to our lives today. Led by Rabbi Bob Orkand.
Torah Study Is Great, but What Happens in the REST of the Hebrew Bible?
Saturdays, 10:30-11:30 am, the first Shabbat of the month
Have you ever wondered where the Biblical stories of our ancestors go after Moses' death at the end of the Book of Deuteronomy? Our Torah-study cycle allows us to spend a lot of time on the five books of Torah, but what about the rest of what appears in the Hebrew Bible? Taught by Rabbi Bob Orkand. No prior knowledge is needed. All are welcome!