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Thursdays 8:45 - 10:00 a.m. on the following dates: 1/4, 2/1, 3/1, 4/5, 5/3, 6/7
The Torah ends with the statement: “Never again did there arise in Israel a prophet like Moses---whom the Eternal singled out, face to face…” (Deuteronomy 34:10). Many, many years later, other prophets would arise to face new and different challenges. We will explore three of the early prophets: Nathan, Elijah, and Elisha. Their stories are intertwined with the nascent monarchies and the lives of those who surrounded them. We will encounter treachery, deceit, boldness, and kindness. We will explore and delve into the various levels of the text, always with an eye toward context and worldview as we bring forward modern and ancient midrash as a lens for understanding and contemplation.
Sundays, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m. on the following dates: Oct 15, Nov 11, Dec 3, Jan 7, Feb 11, Mar 11, Apr 8, May 6
Join us to explore the roots of Jewish learning! Each session will focus on a Hebrew root word, exploring the diversity of ways it shows up in Jewish prayer, holiday celebrations, and Jewish thought. In this class, you will gain basic Hebrew reading skills and vocabulary, study themes of our most essential prayers, and enjoy engaging conversations about Jewish ideas. This class is for all learners - no prior Hebrew experience or Jewish knowledge necessary
Tuesdays, 8:00-9:00 a.m. beginning Feb 6
Join us as we swim through the meaningful sea of the Babylonian Talmud, dive into the minds of the Talmudic rabbis, and learn important text skills. We will study the Talmud in translation, while building our Hebrew vocabulary and learning to read pieces in the original Hebrew and Aramaic. No prior experience necessary.
Monday's 7-8:30PM 1/29, 2/5, 12, 26
Learning one's history and preserving family stories is the greatest gift you can give to yourself and to future generations. But, it is a creative craft and a tedious one at that. Some choose to record and save their stories through photographs and others through oral narratives and written accounts. There is also research that involve family trees, official documents and compiled archives from sources such as Ellis Island or the Family History Library. This course will give students the tools to begin exploring their family history and also provide a chance to share stories, research methods and discuss ethical questions regarding documenting personal history.
Monday's 7-8:30PM 1/29, 2/12, 26, 3/12, 26, 4/9, 30, 5/14
Have you ever wondered how you might become more mindful and self-aware? Do you sometimes feel you could better direct your reactions and impulses? Do you seek stronger, healthier relationships with others in your life, work and community? Then, you are ready to examine how to fulfill the commandment, "You shall be holy." You are ready to explore the inner light that exists within you and help it to shine more brightly out to the world through the lens of Mussar. Mussar, a centuries-old framework for Jewish spiritual learning and practice, can guide you to develop inner awareness, and bring about transformation of the traits of the soul, in order to become the finest version of yourself. Through group learning sessions and personal practice, we will delve into Mussar using methods drawn from the Mussar Institute, www.mussarinstitute.org, and Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis. This cohort will be led by Rabbi Jen Gubitz.
Tuesday's 6:30 - 8PM 2/6, 13, 27, 3/6, 3/13
In today's America, how can a faith community engage civic life? How can we enact the values we uphold to pursue justice in our society? This is an intensive course on Power, Broad-Based Organizing, and Leadership. Content will include simulated exercises and role-play combined with lecture and discussion. Storytelling, going behind the scenes of GBIO and Metro IAFs biggest successes and challenges, will be woven throughout to bring the concept to life. Course will be taught by GBIO/Metro IAF organizer Kathleen Patron along with guest GBIO leaders.
Thursdays, 7:00-9:30 p.m., 2/15, 3/8, 15, 29, 4/12, 26, 5/3, 10, 17, 24
Join us on a culinary tour of the history of Jewish food in America. Jews have in many ways contributed greatly to the American food experience and Jewish food is becoming more and more popular and trendy. This class focuses on both the Jewish history of American Jewish food and offer a “hands on’ cooking component. We will explore the astonishing stories behind a range of beloved foods from brisket and rugelach to couscous and pickles.
Monday's 7-8:30PM 3/5, 19, 26
Jewish women have been at the forefront of social movements throughout American history. Who were these bold leaders, what drove their commitment to social justice, and how have their contributions shaped our world? What can we learn from them as we face the challenges and opportunities of the 21st century? Join Judith Rosenbaum, Executive Director of the Jewish Women’s Archive, to encounter the women on whose shoulders we stand.
Monday's 7-8:30PM 4/23, 30, 5/7
Through listening to lots of recordings, this class will look at what klezmer, the traditional instrumental music of Eastern European Jews, was like in the old country; what happened to it when the musicians migrated to America in the early 1900s and how the music has continued to evolve through the Big Band era, the dawn of the LP and into the 21st century.
Tuesday's 6:30 - 8PM 4/24, 5/1, 8, 15
From the very beginning of Hebrew literacy, Jewish writers have created myths and stories of paradise as a desired destination, a blissful place of perfection and sometimes a figment filled with an ironic admixture of hope and despair, faith and doubt. How have these tales created by the Biblical authors, rabbis of the Midrash, Mystics, Philosophers and Modern writers framed and formed the Jewish psyche from antiquity to modernity? Readings will include traditional texts in translation as well as writings of Agnon, Kafka and others.