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Eating Jewishly: An Introduction to Jewish Food Justice

with Rabbi Laura Abrasley
For many people, the system that embodies Jewish tradition’s deep concern for how we relate to the environment and our food –keeping kosher – has been reduced to a bizarre set of rules. No wonder it is difficult to understand how ethics connect with what we grow in the ground, how we fill our grocery carts and what is sitting on our plate. Join Rabbi Abrasley as we explore some of key ideas about Jewish food, beginning with the foundational laws of on kashrut, the act of blessing our food and our obligation to care for the earth. Over our course, we will connect these ideas with contemporary secular sources about modern food production, consumption and the values that encourage us to promote equal access to good food for all.

Tuesdays December 1, 8, and 15 from 7:00 to 8:15 PM on Zoom. This course is free. 

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Zoom in on Israel: A Virtual Tour of the Old City of Jerusalem for Adults

Sunday, December 6 from 10:30 to 11:30 AM on Zoom

Explore the magical Old City of Jerusalem, virtually! We will walk through the markets and alleyways of the Old City and visit the Western Wall, Holy Sepulcher, Temple Mount, Ramparts, City of David, and more. The tour will  be led by the extraordinary Israeli guide, Moshe Gold. 

This tour is designed for adults who have been to Israel before, exploring new aspects of Jerusalem, as well as those who have never been. At each stop, we will learn about the history and religious context of the site and have time for questions from participants. The virtual tour will use maps, text, music, photos, and Google street view.  This tour is free and you need to pre-register.

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Temple Shalom Book Club

Sunday, December 20 from 7:30 PM on Zoom

Temple Shalom’s Book Club will be meeting in December to discuss the book, Pogrom: Kishinev and the Tilt of History, by Steven J. Zipperstein. Separating historical fact from fantasy, distinguished Stanford University history professor Steven J. Zipperstein retells the story of Kishinev, a riot that transformed the course of twentieth-century Jewish history.

Temple Shalom’s Book Club meetings are open to all Temple members. If you are interested in joining our December discussion, please reach out to Richard Morrison at so that you can be added to our list.

Writing Your Spiritual Narrative

with Betty Morningstar
In this workshop, we will begin writing our spiritual narrative; the story of our spiritual path, a spiritual autobiography, or memoir. Using a series of questions as prompts, we can access experiences of “the divine,” of inspirational figures in our lives, of struggle, of ambiguity, of clarity, of peace. As we zero in on a particular memory or memories, a story will emerge that can be deepened and broadened by putting it into words and then by sharing it with others in the group. You can take this as far as you want. It doesn’t have to be a full-length opus, and there is no right or wrong way to proceed. No formal writing experience is necessary. Just be open to discovery, surprise, paradox . . . Sharing isn’t required but can enhance the experience. 

Mondays January 4, 11, 18, and 25 from 4:00-5:30 PM on Zoom. This course is free. 

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Introduction to Torah Study

with Allison Berry
If you haven’t studied Torah as an adult before, it can be intimidating. What exactly is Torah commentary? Midrash? Why does Hebrew grammar change how we interpret the text? And, most importantly, why study Torah at all? Join Rabbi Berry and guests for this four week class, designed for anyone who would like to learn about the art and beauty of Torah study. No prior experience studying Torah or knowledge of Hebrew language required. Bring your lunch, curiosity and your questions! Our class will culminate on a Saturday morning as we join our weekly Torah study group for a celebration and chance to learn together. It’s ok if you can’t attend every session – join us when you can!

Wednesdays January 13 & 27 and February 10 & 24 from 12:00-1:15 PM.  Saturday, February 27 from 9:45-11 AM. On Zoom. This course is free. 

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Stories of Music

with Cantor Leah Shafritz
Have you always wanted to know more about the music you hear and sing at synagogue? Join Cantor Shafritz for three sessions of “Stories of Music,” a program of the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music. Join for one or join for all and broaden your knowledge of the history and continuous transformation of synagogue music.

February 4th, 12:00-1:30 PM – Jewish Music 101: What is Jewish Music
February 18th, 12:00-1:30 PM – The Art of Prayer: Western Art Music as Synagogue Sound
March 4th, 12:00-1:30 PM – The Times They Are A-Changin’: Trends and Innovations in Jewish Music

This course is free and on Zoom. 

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The Journey Toward Redemption: An exploration of how our biblical narrative shapes our understanding of freedom

with Kim Bodemer
Every year at the beginning of the Passover seder we proclaim, “Now we are slaves. Next year we will be free.” The Haggadah challenges us to think deeply about slavery, not only as our shared collective story but also the ways in which we remain enslaved. We do this even as we know that slavey continues in many forms. This course will explore slavery in ancient Egypt and how Judaism dealt with this issue in Biblical times. We’ll explore the notion of freedom from the perspective of the Israelites, our American forefathers and ourselves. In the final session, we’ll consider how to incorporate our learning into creating meaningful seder experiences.

Mondays March 8, 15, and 22 from 12:00 – 1:15 PM on Zoom. This course is free. 

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Open Your Eyes Mosaic

Supported by the Anita Winer Open Your Eyes Fund for the Arts, our breathtaking entryway tile mosaic  celebrates the generations who established, nurtured, and sustained our Temple Shalom community since its its founding in 1950.  Entitled Open Your Eyes, the mosaic lovingly represents Temple Shalom’s core values of inclusion, community, and tikkun olam (repairing the world). 

Take a Virtual Tour of the Mosiac and Watch a Talk with the Artist

Fri, November 27 2020 11 Kislev 5781