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Weekly Schedule

Wednesday, January 20
12:30-1:30 pm - The David Saga with Rabbi Kirzane (NOTE NEW TIME)
King David is one of the most significant figures in Jewish history and scripture. The biblical texts about King David (1 & 2 Samuel) rival epics around the world for their richness, depth, and spiritual meaning. Join us for this new weekly text study class where we’ll walk through these ancient passages, discovering new insights into our religious tradition.

Thursday, January 21
10-10:15 am - Morning Meditation with Lisa Lombard
1-3 pm - STAR: For retirees and older people to learn and connect

This week: Attorney John Sullivan will join us to discuss the topic of  "Civil and Criminal Law in the Face of Covid-19.”
7-8 pm - Expanding Our Libraries: Sharing Books on Grief while Caring for One Another with JUF (see below for registration)
Have you discovered a book about grief that has been meaningful to you in your grief journey? Whether your loss is recent or several years ago, we invite you to share a title or author whose work has spoken to you. Or ask about one you’ve been considering. It can be fiction, nonfiction, poetry or prose. The discussion will be co-led by Marsha Raynes, Program Manager, Adoption, Infertility and Bereavement Support; and Carol Brumer Gliksman, Chaplaincy Coordinator/Community Educator. Register online for Zoom link here.

Friday, January 22
9-10 am - Torah Study: Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Kirzane
Read this week’s Torah portion online: Bo.
6:30-7:30 pm - Shabbat services

Saturday, January 23
8:30-9:30 am - Talmud Study with Rabbi Weiss. Note the link here.
10-11:30 am - Shabbat services

Sunday, January 24
9-9:45 am - Minyan (weekday morning services; all are welcome)
10-11:30 am - Torah Study: 1 Kings
5-6 pm - Great Books Discussion Group: Aristotle’s Politics

All are welcome as our low-key, high-wisdom group continues our study of Aristotle’s Politics. Newcomers are encouraged to join!
7-9 pm - (Re)Introduction to Judaism (see registration link below)
Explore a modern take on Jewish life. Engage with Jewish values, celebrations, and spirituality. Voice your questions, discover multiple perspectives, and find what could be meaningful to you in liberal Judaism. Open to all, this course is perfect for interfaith couples, those raising Jewish children, spiritual seekers, individuals considering conversion, and Jews who want a meaningful adult Jewish learning experience. Learn more and register online here.
7:30-8:30 pm - Jewish Theology: The Obligated Self (Session 04) with Rabbi Kirzane
“Before I created you in the womb, I knew you” (Jeremiah 1:5); “I will betroth you unto Me forever” (Hosea 2:19). Judaism has always imagined God as both transcendent and immanent, a limitless Creator who has a relationship with Creation. This five-part series will explore fundamental topics in Jewish theology drawing on Mara Benjamin's The Obligated Self: Maternal Subjectivity in and Jewish Thought. (No advance reading required). This is the second series in our year-long Anshe Mitzah (adult b’nai mitzvah) program. This series will run each Sunday in January. You do not need to be in the Anshe Mitzvah program to attend this course on its own.

Weekly Classes with the Rabbis

Sundays @ 7:30 pm - The History and Meaning of Jewish Prayer with Rabbi Weiss: Part of our Anshe Mitzvah Class 
We launch our Anshe Mitzvah program, which includes a series of Sunday evening classes on a variety of topics. Learners who commit to the year join a cohort of “adult b’nai mitzvah” students. Also, each series is standalone without the year-long commitment. 

Mondays @ 1:30 pm - Explorations in Jewish History with Rabbi Weiss
Join the conversation as we explore the backwaters and byways of Jewish history using first-hand accounts. We will examine some of Judaism’s forgotten histories and legends.

Wednesdays @ 1:30 pm - Reform Judaism: History, Theology, and Society with Rabbi Kirzane
A series focusing on Judaism’s oldest formal denomination.  Each class will focus on a different aspect of the history, philosophy, and sociology of Reform.

Fridays @ 9 am - Weekly Torah Study with Rabbi Kirzane
Each week we explore the history behind and meanings that emerge out of our most sacred text.

Saturdays @ 8:30 am - Talmud Study with Rabbi Weiss
A deep dive into the text of the Talmud, our class moves page-by-page through Masechet B’rachot.

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Shabbat Shalom and stay healthy.

Please know that should you need anything, even to talk, you can reach out to us by email; Rabbi WeissRabbi Kirzane, or Cantor Green.

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