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Jewish Learning Project - 5780 Sunday Schedule

Year Long Classes Begin September 8th!

Rabbi Danny Horwitz

Pirkei Avot | 10:00-11:00am | Year-long Course

Jewish Wisdom from the past made relevant for today. Our Sages of 2,000 years ago lived at a time of great social upheaval. Greek philosophy had become part of the culture of most of the world. In the wake of the destruction of the Temple, the Jewish world was dealing with crises of faith and morality. Pirkei Avot is a collection of jewels of wisdom from our Sages of that time. Rabbi Horwitz will lead a discussion that will demonstrate their relevance for us today.

Where Heaven Meets Earth | 11:00am-12:00pm | Year-long Course

An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism. Jewish mystics throughout the centuries yearned to come ever closer to our Creator, to penetrate the great mysteries of our world and the meaning of our existence. Using Rabbi Horwitz’s engaging new book, he will explore the various methods and opinions that the mystics uncovered in their quest for Ultimate Truth. Highly recommended to buy Rabbi Horwitz’s book: A Kabbalah and Jewish Mysticism Reader (JPS, 2016).

Rabbi Steven Morgen

Invitation to Judaism | 9:00-10:00am |Year-Long Course

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.

UnOrthodox Jewish Beliefs About God, Torah and Revelation |11:00am-12:00pm | November 3, 10, 17, 24 

Did God really speak to the Prophets? Does God still talk to us today? Does God hear our prayers? Using traditional and modern sources, Rabbi Morgen will lead a discussion about theses basic questions of faith.

Talking to God | 10:00-11:00am | February 23, March 1, 15, 22, 29

This class will focus on our desire to talk with God and how that led to the development of Jewish prayers. The prayerbook is filled with words written centuries ago. They often seem difficult to understand. But once we know how the prayerbook developed, and what the purpose of the basic prayers are supposed to be, we can pray these ancient words with our own thoughts and feelings.

Cantor Diane Dorf

Learning to sing and lead Shabbat prayers | 9:00-10:00am | Year-long Course

If you have always wanted to learn the Shabbat morning prayers, this is your opportunity! Whether you just wish to sing along or possibly lead a service, Cantor Dorf will teach you the words, the melodies and the meaning of the Shabbat morning prayers.

Introduction to Hebrew | 10:00-11:00am | Year-long Course

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.

Nahum Footnick, D.A., L.AC

Book of Genesis | 10:00-11:00am | Year-long Course

Nahum Footnick continues his close reading of the Book of Genesis, a popular class dedicated to learning valuable lessons from the Torah, verse by verse.

Melissa Weininger

Antisemitism and White Supremacy in America | 10:00-11:00am | September 8, 15, 22

Christian Anti-Judaism This class will discuss the differences between anti-Judaism and antisemitism, and detail a brief history of Christian anti-Judaism as well as its contemporary manifestations.

Antisemitism in America In this class we will discuss racial antisemitism and detail a brief history of antisemitic violence in America.

Antisemitism and White Supremacy In this class we will focus on antisemitic canards and look at the ways that those tropes continue to be employed in America. We will also discuss the connections between antisemitism and other forms of white supremacist ideologies in the U.S.

Avner Ramu

Puzzling Texts in the Hebrew Bible | 11:00am-12:00pm | September 15, 22; November 3, 10, 17, 24; January 5, 12, 19; February 2, 9, 23; March 1, 15, 22

The Biblical text was copied by scribes over centuries. Errors in transmission have inevitably occurred. This class will look at various examples of these errors and try to restore the original language and meaning.

Rabbi Rosen

Four of the Strangest Stories in the Bible | 10:00-11:00am | November 3, 10, 17, 24

The Torah is replete with stories that inspire and uplift, but it also includes stories that can only be described as strange, if not outright weird. In our four-part series, we will look at four of them: Adam and Eve and the talking serpent; Balaam and the talking mule; Jonah and the whale; and the stories where Abraham saves his life by telling Pharaoh his wife is actually his sister! While the stories may seem bizarre, each one made it into the Torah for a reason, which Rabbi Rosen and the class will discuss and try to resolve!

Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe, Executive Director of TORCH

Mussar | 11:00am-12:00pm | Year-long Course

Mussar is a Jewish ethical and spiritual discipline designed to improve our personal character traits. Rabbi Wolbe teaches several Mussar classes every week in various communities in Greater Houston. His passion for Mussar started at young age, while developing a close relationship with his legendary grandfather, Mussar Master, Rabbi Shlomo Wolbe, Z"L. Much of his teachings are based on the writings, words and lessons from his grandfather.

Caryn Tamber-Rosenau

Gender and Violence in the Ancient Jewish Book of Judith | 11:00am-12:00pm | February 2, 9

Come explore Biblical and Post-Biblical stories of gender and violence, including the Book of Judith, an ancient Jewish text that didn't make it into our Tanakh – that can tell us a lot about Judaism in the ancient world.

Tue, February 18 2020 23 Shevat 5780