Adult Classes

Welcome in 5779 by opening the mind, stretching the soul and connecting in community.

This year our limud (learning programs) will offer ways to:

Gain basic skills to participate more deeply in prayer services and holidays.

Stretch your Soul and create pathways of opening the texts and prayers of our tradition to awaken our own spiritual longings and challenge us to search for our purpose.

Dive Deep to create intensive experiences to not only explore prayer and spirituality but connect deeply in community in mini retreats.

Join us for one or all of these enlightening classes!

 

Class List

The Five "W"s of Prayer: Who/What/When/Where/Why

Prayer shawl. Photo: Oren Hayon

Mondays, October 8-November 5 | 7:00-8:00PM | BJ Community House

Whether you have a committed prayer practice, find yourself lost in the siddur, or consider yourself somewhere in between, join Rabbinic Fellow Abi Weber for this five-part series as we explore the five W’s of prayer. Why do we pray? What are the components of prayer? When do we pray? Where do we pray? To whom do we pray? God? Ourselves? The community? By delving into ancient texts and contemporary conversations looking at the large theological questions of prayer, as well as its everyday practicalities, we will gain a deeper understanding of this Jewish spiritual practice. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. 

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesdays, October 16-December 18 | 12:30-1:45PM | BJ Middle Room

Bring a bag lunch and open up your soul to the nourishment and challenge of the Hassidic rabbis. Join Rabbi Felicia Sol as we imagine old world wisdom for everyday life. Each class will stand alone, so new participants are always welcome. No prior knowledge is expected. This series is free of charge.

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"In the Mirror" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Roly Matalon

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursdays, October 18, 25; November 1, 29; December 6, 13, 20; January 10, 17, 24; March 7, 14, 28; April 4, 11| 12:30-1:30PM | Location Provided Upon Registration

We will continue our close reading of short stories about the lives, struggles, and concerns of the Talmudic rabbis, in order to uncover deeper layers of our own selves and to become better equipped to wrestle with our human nature. No knowledge of Hebrew is required; you are welcome to bring your own lunch to class. This series is free of charge, but open to BJ members only. Read more »

Jewish Museum Vienna—Combating Antisemitism and Xenophobia

Tuesday, October 23 | 7:00PM | BJ Community House

The Jewish Museum Vienna combats antisemitism and xenophobia. Hear CEO Dr. Danielle Spera talk about the extremely valuable work their education department does with pupils, adolescents, and refugees from the Middle East who came to Austria in recent years, especially from Syria and Afghanistan.

They will tell stories about flight, exile, survival, and remembrance, and discuss what concepts such as “home” and “identity” mean for these individuals. The Jewish Museum Vienna education programs are a crucial part of the mission to counter anti-Semitism in Vienna and Austria.

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Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays October 17, 2018 through May 8, 2019 7:00PM | BJ Community House
This course offers an overview of the core beliefs, practices, and history of Judaism and the Jewish people. We hope to deepen the understanding of those just beginning to explore Jewish life as well as of those who would like to participate more fully in the life of the Jewish community. No prior knowledge or experience necessary. Registration required. Individuals: $435 (members) / $660 (non-members); Couples: $650 (members) /$980 (non-members).
Please contact Billie with questions.