Ongoing Learning Opportunities
Kol Tzedek is a place for people to explore, question, and engage with Torah and Jewish tradition. We believe in Torat Hayyim, a living tradition, which is both relevant and revealing of deeper truths in the world. Throughout Jewish history, people have pored over sacred texts, sought to understand them, struggled with them, and offered their own interpretations and insights. And we are excited to keep this tradition alive. Join us!
All classes held at Kol Tzedek are wheelchair accessible in our new community space, 707 S 50th St. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org if you have accessibility needs.
Our course fees enable us to pay our teachers and purchase materials, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. Email email@example.com or the course organizer if you would like to discuss different payments.
The Conversion Circle
with Rabbi Linda Holtzman
4th Thursday of every month, 5:45pm-6:45pm
This monthly gathering is a chance for individuals to explore the process of conversion in community. There is time both for personal reflection as well as discussion about major theological and lived experiences that are specific to those exploring Judaism. The group is open to people in the process of and/or considering conversion with Rabbi Ari Lev at Kol Tzedek. For more information, email Rabbi Linda at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 50+ Havurah invites you to a monthly gathering on a topic of spiritual relevance. This year we will be alternating Sundays and Friday mornings. The first three events are Walking Tour of Old Jewish Philly (9/22), Harvest Songs in the Sukkah (10/15) and Sacred Grandparenting (11/22). For more information, email Sarah Freeman at email@example.com.
Upcoming Adult Education Classes (Fall 2019)
Wake Up Call: Preparing for the Days of Awe
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm, September 3, 10, 17, & 24
Taught by Eli DeWitt
This four-week workshop series will engage song, study, and art to find our way into the melodies, words, and themes of the High Holidays. And most importantly, to find our way home to our own hearts. Each week we will explore a different prayer from the High Holiday Machzor (prayer book), with a chance to get familiar with its sounds and meaning and, ultimately, to see where it touches us personally. We are excited to be adapting a methodology created by the Jewish Studio Project. All are welcome. $40 for members; $60 for non-members.
Interfaith Exploration of the Book of Jonah
Thursdays 6:00pm-7:30pm, September 5, 12, 19, & 26
Taught by Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari & Rev. Eric Goode of the People’s Baptist Church
Rev. Eric Goode and Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari will co-teach a class centered on a close study of the book of Jonah. We’ll study the four chapters over the course of four weeks in September. This will be an opportunity to learn and build relationships between members of Kol Tzedek and the People’s Baptist Church. Space will be limited as there will be an equal number of participants from each congregation, capped at 10 each. To sign up, please complete this form. FREE.
Judaism for Everyone: An Introductory Class
Wednesdays 7:00pm-9:00pm, November 2019 to June 2020
Taught by Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari and Rabbi Micah Weiss
This year-long course will meet roughly 2x/month for 24 sessions and will provide an in-depth introduction to the foundational ideas, rituals, holidays, histories, and traditions of the Jewish people(s). We’ll use reading, discussion, text study, field trips, and explorations of personal practice to dig deep into Jewish traditions. Our goal is to empower students to feel more comfortable in Jewish spaces, living in Jewish time, and practicing Jewish ritual. We hope that by engaging our learning with full hearts and minds Judaism may become more meaningful and relevant in our lives. This class is for folks interested in deepening their Jewish knowledge, whether you were raised Jewish or are considering conversion. All are welcome. $500 for members; $700 for non-members.
Note: Rabbi Ari Lev will teach the first two months of the class to lift off the year, and Rabbi Micah Weiss will pick up the course in January and continue teaching it through the 5781 High Holidays. See the syllabus here.
This course will not cover Hebrew language instruction. Students are encouraged to enroll in the Kamionkowski Beit Midrash online classes "Learn to Read the Hebrew Alphabet" and "Classical Hebrew Fundamentals" to begin developing Hebrew language skills.
Judaism for Everyone: High Holiday Intensive
Beginning the Jewish month before the High Holidays, Elul, Judaism for Everyone will meet every week and continue meeting weekly through the holiday of Sukkot. This portion of the class will be open to the larger KT community.
Community Talmud Class with Sarra Lev
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm, November 5,12, 19, & 26
Taught by Professor Sarra Lev
This four-week course is a rare opportunity to learn Talmud with a local rabbinic scholar and develop your Talmud skills in a new way. We will focus on the subject of shunning. What did it mean to the rabbis? Under what circumstances did they employ it? In what ways was it similar or different from what we experience today? And what can we learn from the rabbinic practice of shunning? Come join us! English translations will be available. $100 for members; $150 for non-members.
It Is a Tree of Life: Torah Service Skills Workshop
Saturdays at Calvary, 1:30pm-3:00pm, November 2, 9, 16, & 23
Taught by Rabbi Mónica Gomery
The Torah service: elaborate choreography, dazzling ritual objects, and blessings galore! As we transition to having services every Shabbat morning, we are looking to create a cohort of empowered Gabbaim (Torah service leaders) who can help lead us through this intricate ritual. This is an exciting opportunity for lay leadership! Join Rabbi Mónica for an in-depth study of the Torah service, its liturgy, structure, tunes, and roles. Topics will include: hagbah and gelilah, gabbai rishon and sheni, Hotza'at Hatorah and Hachnasat Hatorah, bentsching Gomel, and Mi Shebeirachs. If this list of known or unknown words is intriguing to you, join us! FREE.