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Spirituality and Mental Health Discussion Group with Hadassah Margolis
Sponsored by the Temple Shalom Sisterhood through a grant from Women of Reform Judaism

Oct. 28, Nov. 4, 18, 25, Dec. 2; 7-8 p.m.

Maximum 10 Participants, Free.

How are spirituality and religion connected to mental health? Share how spirituality is (or is not) a part of your life, and learn side-by-side with others about how spirituality and mental health impact each other.


Hadassah Margolis, MSW, LICSW: Hadassah is a clinical social worker and the Lead Therapist at McLean’s Spirituality and Mental Health Department, where she has helped develop the hospital’s first-ever Spirituality and Treatment groups. She is also a staff clinician at the Brandeis Counseling Center. Hadassah, along with Kitty Dukakis, launched the Spirituality and Mental Health Discussion Series, which is supported by the Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project. Hadassah was nominated for the 2019 Brookline Woman of the Year and is a 2019 CJP Chai in the Hub honoree.



Mindful Parenting of Teens and Tweens with Amy Behrens

Oct. 27, Nov. 3, 17, 24; 10:30-11:45 a.m.
$99/ one parent or caregiver, $130 for two parents or caregivers

A dynamic four-part series designed to give parents and caregivers the tools they need to navigate the ups and downs of parenting.


Connecting Jewish Wisdom to 21st Century Living with Temple Shalom Staff and Clergy

Sunday mornings Oct. 6, Nov. 3, Dec. 8, Jan.5, Feb. 2, March 1, April 5; 10:15-11:45 a.m.

These monthly sessions will explore the lessons gleaned from Jewish text and tradition and consider their application to today’s world. Each session covers a different topic relevant to parenting, raising Jewish children and being a whole parent in a complex world. No registration required.


Agreeing to Disagree the Jewish Way: An Introduction to Disagreeing with Civility and Respect with Rabbis Abrasley and Berry

Same class. Two locations.
Downtown Boston: Nov. 14, Dec. 5, Jan. 23, Feb. 13, April 16; 12-1:30 p.m., $54
Temple Shalom: Nov. 21, Dec. 19, Jan. 30, Feb. 27, April 30; 12-1:30 p.m.. free

Today’s public discourse over heated ideological and political issues often seems impossible. Have we lost our way to really understand and engage in meaningful and constructive disagreement? Jewish tradition offers an excellent antidote for those who desire a different way to disagree more constructively. Rabbi Abrasley and Rabbi Berry will present the “how-to method” found at the core of all traditional Jewish study when study partners find themselves confronted with contradictory interpretations of Jewish texts.


Future of the Jewish State with Jonathan Golden of Gann Academy

Nov. 14, 21, Dec. 5, 12, 19; 7:30-9 p.m. $52/participant

Together, we will grapple with the big questions facing Israel in 2019. How can Israel best live out its mission as a Jewish democracy? What is the future of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and what are the possible paths for Israel to pursue? What should the relationship be between religion and state in Israel? Come explore and discuss key stances on these questions in preparation for the March 2020 Temple Shalom trip to Israel. Open to all Temple members and especially encouraged for March 2020 Israel Trip participants. 


Dr. Jonathan Golden is the Israel Curriculum Coordinator and a history teacher at Gann Academy, a pluralistic Jewish high school in Waltham where he has taught since 1999. As a member of a Conservative synagogue in his childhood, a Reform community in college, modern Orthodox synagogues in his 20s and the independent Temple Beth Zion today, Dr. Golden is interested in historical and contemporary questions of Jewish pluralism. A graduate of Princeton University, he received his M.J.Ed. from Hebrew College and Ph.D. from Brandeis University.




Progressive Judaism in Israel - what is it, who are we and how do we build a strong relationship with American Jews? An evening with Alona Nir-Keren, Rabbi of Kamatz in Mevasseret Zion, Israel 

Nov. 7, 2019, 7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Alona Nir-Keren was ordained at Hebrew Union College Jerusalem as a Reform Rabbi in 2016. As a sabra who understands and comes from the world view of secular Israeli society, she adds a new voice and dimension to the Reform Jewish community. She joined the community of Kehilat Mevasseret Zion in 2017. Having completed a masters from Hebrew University in conflict resolution, Alona has worked in the field of informal Jewish education for over 20 years both in Israel and abroad. Alona was introduced to the rich American Jewish community life during her work as a young emissary to Metro West Federation and nine years later, again as an emissary to the URJ. Today, she resides in Mevasseret Zion with her wife, Yael, their daughter, Ori, and son, Itamar.


Coming up this Winter and Spring 2020

Rothman Scholar in Residence - Dr. Susannah Heschel
December 6, 2019

Blessings of Community and Connection, Adult Kallah
January 10-12, 2020. Wylie Inn, Beverly, MA.

Adult Confirmation
Jan.14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19, 26  (16 sessions)
Confirmation will take place on Shavuot, May 28, 2020, $300/participant

7-8 p.m. Prayerbook Hebrew I or II (we will work with you to determine your level on the first evening of class)
8:15-9:15 p.m. Judaic Learning

Prayerbook Hebrew 1
Jan.14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19 (15 sessions), 7-8 p.m., $100/participant

Using the book Aleph Isn’t Enough as a base, students will study vocabulary, basic grammar and sentence structure in order to understand the meaning of select prayers. Practice reading and chanting prayers will round out the class time.

Prayerbook Hebrew 2
Jan.14, 21, 28, Feb. 4, 11, 25, March 3, 10, 17, 31, April 14, 28, May 5, 12, 19 (15 sessions), 7-8 p.m., $100/participant

Using the book Bet is for B’reishit as a base, students will increase their knowledge of vocabulary, grammar and Hebrew sentence structure working with select Torah texts. In-class reading practice will focus on Torah texts and not reading/chanting prayers.

Conversational Hebrew
Feb. 27, March 5, 12, 19 (4 sessions), 7:30-8:45 p.m., $52/participant, cap of 20 participants

Interested in expanding your Hebrew vocabulary? Hoping to order at a restaurant in Israel without shame? This class might be for you! With an emphasis on food, music, history and politics, this course is a great fit for those traveling to Israel with us and anyone who wishes to expand their knowledge.

2020 Altshuler Scholar in Residence, Dr. Reuven Firestone 
March 13-15, 2020

Dr. Reuven Firestone is the Regenstein Professor in Medieval Judaism and Islam at HUC-JIR in Los Angeles, California, and Affiliate Professor of Religion at the University of Southern California. Recipient of numerous research fellowships and university invitations, he is currently an Alexander von Humboldt Research Fellow in Berlin (summers, 2017-2019) and Sigi Feigel Visiting Professorship for Jewish Studies, University of Zürich (2018). Firestone has served as vice president of the Association for Jewish Studies (AJS) and president of the International Qur’anic Studies Association (IQSA) and has initiated and continues to be involved in numerous projects and initiatives which bring together Jews Muslims and Christians, Jews and Arabs, and Israelis and Palestinians. He received rabbinical ordination from HUC-JIR in 1982.

Jewish Men: Wisdom and Ethics - A Discussion Group with Josh Conescu
Breakfast 8-9:15 AM, March 24, 31, April 14, 28 Cost: $36

Jewish men have been in the news lately and not always for the right reasons. Bernie Madoff, Howard Weinstein and Jeffrey Epstein to name a few are triggering and controversial figures. In a world where things are increasingly uncertain, men of integrity, honesty and grit are needed more than ever. Together, we will study and discuss wisdom, law and stories from Jewish tradition to help us to understand and unpack what it means to be a Jewish man in 2020.

Modern Jewish Mysticism taught by Mary Jane Suzman.
Spring 2020. Dates and other information TBD.


Mon, September 23 2019 23 Elul 5779