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Jewish Learning Project - 5782

With this multi-faceted program of engagement in Jewish tradition we hope to inspire you to seek out the wisdom of our amazing history, faith, and culture. The Jewish Learning Project is especially designed to meet your needs and interests. Come as often as you wish and are able to do so. Choose from monthly, weekly, single-event, or short-term topics. Mix and match your own program so you can enrich your Jewish life. We are here to offer you guidance and encouragement in your Jewish growth and learning! - Rabbi Steven Morgen

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Limited Series

Midrash: The Book of Genesis | Sundays 10-11a | Limited Series

Instructor: Rabbi Barry Gelman
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Our tradition teaches us that the Torah has Seventy Faces (Shivim Panim L’Torah). The Rabbis relished turning the text over and over to find new insights that can teach us about living a good life. Join Rabbi Gelman in exploring this great treasure of wisdom.

Family Dynamics in Bereshit | Mondays 7-8p | Limited Series

Instructor: Gabi Gelman
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What can learn from the relationships of Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebecca, Jacob, Leah and Rachel, and Joseph and his brothers?

Year-Long Courses

Invitation to Judaism | 9-10a | Year-Long Course

Instructor: Rabbi Steven Morgen
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This class is open to anyone, but is especially designed for newcomers to Judaism to learn the basics of our way of life, our way of thinking about God, and our way of looking at the world. A separate syllabus outlines the class sessions and topics. Reading list includes Anita Diamant Choosing a Jewish Life, Harold Kushner To Life!, George Robinson Essential Judaism, and Joseph Telushkin Jewish Literacy.

Prayerbook Hebrew | 9-10a | Year-Long Course

Instructor: Cantor Diane Dorf
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The class will learn how to lead the Hebrew prayers for the Saturday morning service, and how to chant a few verses from the Torah. 

Introduction to Hebrew | 10-11a | Year-Long Course 

Instructor: Cantor Diane Dorf
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Learn to read Hebrew and recognize essential prayer vocabulary. No prior knowledge is necessary. This course is open to everyone, but is required for the Invitation to Judaism students.

Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict | 10-11a | Year-Long Course 

Instructor: Rabbi Danny Horwitz
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The Video Lecture Series Jewish Values and the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict explores one of the most divisive issues affecting the Jewish people today. Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the unpacking of the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, participants are invited to explore the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences.

Abraham Heschel’s The Prophets | 11a-12p | Year-Long Course 

Instructor: Rabbi Danny Horwitz
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Who were the prophets of Israel; what was their message and what does it bring us today? Abraham Joshua Heschel, perhaps the greatest Jewish thinker of the 20th century, gave us important and previously neglected insights about their teachings. His book THE PROPHETS is strongly recommended reading for students in this class.

Jewish Literacy | Tuesdays, 7:30-8:30p | Year-Long Course 

Instructor: Rabbi Danny Horwitz
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Over the course of the year we will explore: General Jewish history, Critical stories and themes in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh), Fundamental Jewish life behaviors, what they mean and what they teach, Jewish theology - What do we think about God, the afterlife and other big ideas.

Ongoing Learning Opportunities

JTS Fall Series - Jewish Perspectives on Work | Mondays 1p 

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Many of us spend more time at work than anywhere else over the course of our lives—but are we defined by what we do? In this text-based series, JTS scholars will explore ideas about the meaning of work and rest in Jewish tradition, Jewish labor movements, as well as the roles that gender, geography, and shifting economic and social circumstances have played in Jews’ professional paths and our understandings of the meaning and value of work.

ScholarStream | Wednesdays 7p

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Beginning in October and spanning all the way up to Shavuot, the Conservative Movement seminaries and institutions are partnering to offer eight series that will bring you face-to-face with the brightest and most engaging scholars our movement has to offer. 

Scholarstream 5782 features three distinct arcs of learning that stand alone or flow into each other. Cultivating Our Relationships (series 1 & 2), Defining Our Sacred Spaces (series 3, 4, and 5), and Renewing Our Resilience (series 6, 7, and 8) will offer an exploration of who we are, where we are in relation to others, and how we move forward in this complicated world.

Tue, August 16 2022 19 Av 5782