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Upcoming Events

Introduction to Torah Study

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. 

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!

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Navigating Our Intersectionality: A Conversation with the ADL about anti-Racism, anti-Semitism, and Israel

Thursday, January 28 at 7:30 PM on Zoom

For many American Jews, this is a moment of challenge, raising the question of how they can best be both supporters of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the state of Israel. Join Eileen Hershenov, the Senior Vice-President of Policy at the Anti-Defamation League, and Aryeh Tuchman, the Associate Director of ADL's Center on Extremism, as they lead us in learning and in discussion about the relationship between Judaism, anti-Semitism, Zionism, intersectionality, and racism in America. Together, we will raise these topics with respect and civility and engage with experts in an open-minded exploration. This event is free and donations are greatly appreciated. 

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Fostering Wellness in the Midst of a Pandemic: Tips, Techniques & Resources to Promote Well-Being

Thursday, February 11 at 10:30 AM on Zoom

Since March, we have experienced being physically isolated from one another; we had had to find creative ways to support one another in our synagogue community! Please join us for an interactive conversation with Marji Sokoll, Director of the Betty Ann Greenbaum Miller Center for Jewish Healing at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, to learn more ways to stay connected to ourselves and to each other! We will discuss topics including the importance of community in Judaism, showing gratitude for small things, practicing self-compassion, and focusing on self-care. 
 

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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

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

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.

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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, January 22 2021 9 Sh'vat 5781