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

Introduction to Judaism

Wednesdays Beginning October 17 7:00PM | 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. Individuals: $435 (members)/$660 (non-members); Couples: $650 (members)$980 (non-members). Please contact Billie with questions.
* There will be no class on November 21

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Everyday Ethics with Rabbi Adina Lewittes

Wednesdays starting October 17 | 7:00-8:30PM | Reception Room

Ethical questions of war and peace, global warming, immigration, and healthcare can be overwhelming. And yet, consciously or not, we answer critical ethical questions every day as we order our coffee, pay our workers, dine with our friends, and even shop online.
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Monday Meditation Minyan

Mondays, beginning October 15 | 6:30-7:00PM | Chapel
Whether you have a deep meditation practice or are interested in exploring mindfulness for the first time, we invite you to join us for Monday Meditation Minyan, led by Yael Shy. Each session will begin with wisdom from the Jewish tradition, followed by focused meditation (with some guidance), a short discussion, and an opportunity for community members to recite Mourner’s Kaddish. No experience necessary; all are welcome.

Monday Meditation Minyan meets weekly, with the exception of national and Jewish holidays. To get a glimpse of what you can experience in-person, check out the live stream of this season’s first session.

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"Soul Food" Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Felicia Sol

Reading Torah

Tuesdays, October 16-December 18 | 12:30-1:45PM | 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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“Wiki-Torah: Genesis” Weekly Torah Study with BJ Rabbinic Fellow Tobias Divack Moss

Saturdays, November 10, 24; December 8, 22 Following Shabbat Morning Services | Location TBD

Spend a few minutes at Kiddush, grab a plate of food, and come join a conversation about the weekly Torah portion. We encourage first-time participants to sign up below.

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

Embedded Gateways. Photo: Karoly Lorentey

Thursdays, November 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.

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Learners' Minyan

First Saturday of Each Month, Beginning October 6 | 9:30AM | Frankel Hall
Join Rabbinic Fellow Margo Hughes-Robinson for a Shabbat morning learners’ minyan. This minyan is open to newcomers and regulars alike looking for a deeper understanding of the meaning of the prayers, the liturgical arc of the service, and a more intimate prayer experience and discussion. We will dive into the Shaharit service together and join the rest of the congregation for Torah service and Musaf.

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The Spiritual State of Being a Woman in America

Torah text. Photo: Max Orenstein

Thursday, December 13; January 10; February 7 | 7:00-8:30PM | Community House

With the emergence of #metoo movement, the Kavanaugh hearings, and misogyny voiced from the highest office in the country, what does this mean for women? How can we turn to religious life for support, while also acknowledging the patriarchy that exists in religious texts and spaces?  Join Rabbi Felicia Sol for an exploration of these questions through experiences, textual learning, and conversations with guest speakers. The first session will be for those who identify as women only, and the following two sessions will be open for all.

December 13 – Open to those who identify as women

January 10* – With Reverend Amy Butler, Senior Pastor of Riverside Church

February 7* – TBD

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Ritual Lab: Emerging from a Year of Mourning

Mondays January 28-February 11 | 7:00-8:30PM | Middle Room
Become a member of the next Ritual Lab cohort, delving into the experience of mourners completing a year of saying Kaddish for a loved one. The daily action of saying Kaddish is among the most powerful of Jewish rituals, and yet there can be an additional sense of loss when the year of mourning concludes. Join Cantor David Mintz for an opportunity to explore the wisdom of our tradition, broaden our understanding of Jewish ritual, and together, co-create a new ritual to mark the act of emerging beyond the year of mourning.

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