Basic Judaism - Class 2: October 25, 2018

November 2nd, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Shabbat

Basic Judaism: 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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Basic Judaism - Class 1: October 18, 2018

October 19th, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Basic Beliefs: God, Torah, Holiness, & Peoplehood

Basic Judaism: 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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Eight Questions of Faith - Part 1: March 27, 2018

August 24th, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Eight Questions of Faith - Part 1: Based on the book by Rabbi Niles Goldstein, Eight Questions of Faith: Biblical Challenges that Guide and Ground Our Lives, this class will use the questions in the book as a starting point for our discussions and exploration. Each chapter includes texts from the Hebrew scriptures, classic commentaries, as well as material from our rabbinic tradition and from our philosophers. Questions include: Why did I ever issue from the womb? Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh? Am I my brother’s keeper? What does the Lord your God demand of you?

 

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Basic Judaism - Class 10 Part Two: January 18, 2018

February 7th, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Creating a Jewish Theology

Basic Judaism: 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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Basic Judaism - Class 10 Part One: January 18, 2018

February 6th, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Creating a Jewish Theology

Basic Judaism: 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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Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class - Class 12: February 4, 2018

February 6th, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel
 
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class: The second-year course in the Temple Emanu-El Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Program, this eight-month long course leads to a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Students gain familiarity and comfort leading the liturgy for both Friday night and Saturday morning services, as well as the ability to chant from the Torah and Haftarah. In addition, a fundamental understanding of Jewish prayer and study concepts and techniques will be taught. This class culminates with a group Bar/Bat Mitzvah ceremony on Saturday, May 5th 2017, with class members leading the service and chanting from the Torah and Haftarah.
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Basic Judaism - Class 9: December 21, 2017

January 3rd, 2018

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of Jewish Life - Personal Calendar

Part 3: Death & Dying - continued

Basic Judaism: 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: December 14, 2017

December 18th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer 

The Zohar: Soul Text of Kabbalah: 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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Basic Judaism - Class 8: December 14, 2017

December 18th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel

Cycles of Jewish Life - Personal Calendar

Part 3: Death & Dying

Basic Judaism: 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: December 7, 2017

December 11th, 2017

Taught by Rabbi Sanford Seltzer 

The Zohar: Soul Text of Kabbalah: 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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