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WINTER/SPRING 2020

The Mitzvah of Showing Up: A Shiva Minyan Leader Workshop
Sunday, March 1, 10:30 a.m.-noon OR Thursday, March 5, 7:30-9 p.m.
This workshop will familiarize participants with the fundamentals of leading a shiva minyan in the Temple Shalom community. We will explore the Reform movement’s prayerbook designed for a shiva minyan and discuss best practices to support mourners. The group will additionally consider the role of formal prayer, storytelling and reflection during shiva and how to create these meaningful moments. 

Running on Jewish Time: A Closer Look at the Calendar and Our Place Within It
Tuesday evenings 7-8:30 p.m, March 17, 24, 31. Cost: $18
A 3-part series on the Jewish calendar. We'll be exploring what makes "running on Jewish time" truly unique, and what the rabbis had in mind when they constructed the yearly, monthly, weekly, and daily cycles of Jewish life. 

Modern Jewish Mysticism
Tuesday afternoons, 2:00-3:30 p.m., March 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14
OR Monday evenings, 7:30-9:00 p.m., March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13.
During the 18th and 19th centuries, Hasidic masters spread Jewish mysticism throughout the Jewish communities of Eastern Europe. In this discussion class, we will first take a brief look at the main themes of that Hasidic tradition. Then we will proceed to study texts from modern sages who inherited and enlarged that mystic tradition for modern times. 

Telling Our Stories: The Art of The Spiritual Autobiography
Thursday afternoons, 2:30-4:00p.m., March 19, 26, April 2
In this mini course, 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. No formal writing experience neccessary.

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

What's Bothering Rashi? An Introduction to Reading Judaism's Greatest Commentator
Tuesday evenings 7-8:30 p.m., April 28, May 5, 12
In this mini-course, we will learn about Rashi, one of the most influential commentators in history. Countless generations have used his commentaries to elucidate the meaning of our most sacred stories. We’ll experiment together using his comments to enhance our own study as we consider how Torah’s teachings infuse our lives with meaning. 

2020 Altshuler Scholar in Residence
with Dr. Reuven Firestone

March 13-15

Shabbat Dinner, March 13 7:30 pm   $20/pp
"The Five Pillars of Islam & Judaism"

Shabbat Morning Text Study, March 14
"Torah Portion Ki Tissa and the Golden Calf ...as it appears in the Qur'an!"

Se'udat Shlishit, March 14  4:30 pm
"Islamophobia & Antisemitism: History & Possibility"

Sunday Morning Study, March 15 
"Whose Jerusalem?  The Holy City in Judaism, Christianity, and Islam"

Thu, February 27 2020 2 Adar 5780