Basic Judaism - March 26, 2015

March 26th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style.  Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy.  This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students.

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Jews and Jazz - March 24, 2015

March 24th, 2015

Taught by Chris Tackett 

Session II: Swing and Into the Modern Era, 1935-1955. We take the history of Jewish music and culture in jazz from the rise of the big bands in the middle thirties through the war and into the modern era and the start of modern jazz, the Dixieland revival, cool jazz and bebop, and the popular songs and singers of the fifties. Again, lots of recorded and live musical examples will be given and plenty of room will be allowed for argument, rebuttal, and discussion. 

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Practical Judaism - Model Seder - March 24, 2015

March 24th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Through mitzvot, sacred Jewish obligations, we can change our lives and elevate the ordinary into the extraordinary. Jewish ritual can sometimes seem complex, and the "how" of Judaism can feel like something that was taught on the day that we missed class. This class is all about how to do ritual mitzvot, and how to fulfill the ritual aspects of Judaism.  We will learn about mitzvot for the holidays and ways to make them meaningful and spiritual, from Shabbat to Passover to Hanukkah and more. We will explore the mitzvot for life cycle events such as weddings, funerals, brit milah, and baby naming. We will examine the mitzvah of tzedakah, charity. In each instance, we will be actively doing and practicing each of these mitzvot as we learn about them and the vocabulary that surrounds them.

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Basic Judaism - March 19, 2015

March 19th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

This year-long class presents a thematic introduction to Jewish ideas, texts, theology, history, and culture taught in an interactive and participatory discussion style. Learn all the basics, exploring the most important texts of Jewish tradition: Torah, Prophets, Writings, Mishnah, Gemara, Midrash, Codes, Philosophy, and Liturgy. This class is a prerequisite for the Adult B'nai Mitzvah program, Adult Confirmation, and for all conversion students. 
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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - March 19, 2015

March 19th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Sandy Seltzer

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language.  The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  

This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.

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Jews and Jazz - March 17, 2015

March 17th, 2015

Taught by Chris Tackett 

Session II: Swing and Into the Modern Era, 1935-1955. We take the history of Jewish music and culture in jazz from the rise of the big bands in the middle thirties through the war and into the modern era and the start of modern jazz, the Dixieland revival, cool jazz and bebop, and the popular songs and singers of the fifties. Again, lots of recorded and live musical examples will be given and plenty of room will be allowed for argument, rebuttal, and discussion. 


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Shmita: The Sabbatical Year - March 16, 2015

March 16th, 2015

In a recent interview in the Fall 2014 issue of Reform Judaism (http://www.reformjudaism.org/release-right-world), Rabbi Kevin M. Kleinman has called on the Reform Movement to "begin observance of Shmita this Rosh Hashannah in order to alleviate economic disparity, better steward the earth and champion social justice."

The Sabbatical year may be the fulfillment of the justice the Torah teaches us to practice on a daily basis, embracing our fellow human beings, the land and all life. But in our non-agrarian society, exactly how do we meet the challenges of the modern elements of Shmita: maintaining economic, environmental, and social balance in the world? How do they apply to our daily lives?

Community leaders and our rabbis will consider the above questions focusing on local food systems, economic resiliency and community empowerment.

Food for the Jewish Soul: How are our Food Choices Determined by Jewish Values/Towards Healthy Bodies in Today's World
Rabbi Sandy Seltzer and Michael Hewitt, Ph.D., Health and Wellness Expert from Canyon Ranch

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The Zohar, Soul-Text of Kabbalah - March 12, 2015

March 12th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer

The Zohar is the great medieval compendium of mysticism, myth, and esoteric teaching.  One of the most important bodies of religious texts of all times and places, it is also a lush literary celebration of love, expressed in sensuous religious language.  The Zohar's secret universe serves as the basis of Kabbalistic faith and is, at heart, a work of sacred fantasy.  
This remarkable work is explored using the new translation by Danny Matt, which enables even novice students of the Kabbalah to approach and understand the pivotal text.  In a guided exploration of this seminal work of mysticism, Rabbi Cohon helps open the "locked garden" of the Zohar in an interactive discussion class using both intellectual and meditation techniques.
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Intermediate Judaism - March 12, 2015

March 12th, 2015

Taught by Rabbi Sandy Seltzer

More advanced than Basic Judaism, this is a year-long study of the ideas, practices, and connections that make Judaism a vital and evolving religion today.  As a comprehensive exploration of the reality of today's Judaism, Intermediate Judaism focuses on the great ideas and trends of modern and contemporary Judaism: the origins and development of Reform, Conservative, and Modern Orthodox Judaism, Reconstructionist ideas, and other movements within modern Judaism.  This course will focus on themes of current importance and debate.
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Jews and Jazz - March 10, 2015

March 10th, 2015

Taught by Chris Tackett

Session II: Swing and Into the Modern Era, 1935-1955. We take the history of Jewish music and culture in jazz from the rise of the big bands in the middle thirties through the war and into the modern era and the start of modern jazz, the Dixieland revival, cool jazz and bebop, and the popular songs and singers of the fifties. Again, lots of recorded and live musical examples will be given and plenty of room will be allowed for argument, rebuttal, and discussion. 

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