A History of the Jews in America, Continued
Mondays, 12:00-1:30 pm, TBS
Jews have lived in what became the United States for 366 years. The contribution by American Jews to this nation has been extraordinary, in large part because of the freedom afforded to not only Jews but to other minority communities, as well. There has been a long-standing fear that Jews in America are doomed to assimilate, that they cannot survive in an environment of religious freedom and church-state separation. In the United States, where religion is totally voluntary, where religious diversity is the norm, where everyone is free to choose his or her own brand of Judaism—or no Judaism at all—many have assumed that sooner or later Judaism will disappear. And so, each generation has had to wrestle anew with the question of whether its own children and grandchildren would remain Jewish, whether Judaism as a faith would end and carry on as ancestral memory alone.
Judaism in the United States has not only survived but thrived. This course will look at why this is the case. How have America’s Jews adapted to living in a land of freedom? And, what has America’s Jewish community contributed to this, its home.
Please note that it is not necessary to have taken last semester's class to participate in this one. All are welcome.
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!