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.
For a free, introductory Hebrew course, please visit the Kamionkowski Bet Midrash's "Learn to Read Hebrew in Two Weeks!" self-paced, online course.
For other Jewish learning opportunities around Philadelphia, please visit the Center City Kehillah's Jewish Learning Calendar.
UPCOMING ADULT EDUCATION CLASSES (WINTER 2020)
Sing a Song of Shabbat: Exploring Zemirot
Thursdays 6:30pm-8:00pm, January 9, 16, 23, & 30
Taught by Rabbi Mónica Gomery
Zemirot are a large corpus of songs that are meant to enhance and expand our pleasure and presence on Shabbat. They are sung in Hebrew, Aramaic, Yiddish, Ladino, and other Jewish languages. They are joyful or contemplative, they are laden with poetry, and they shed light on the Jewish relationship to Shabbat throughout periods of our history. Join Rabbi Mónica for a workshop series in which we'll study and learn various zemirot and build our communal repertoire of sacred music. This class will also explore melodies for Birkat Hamazon, the series of prayers/blessings of gratitude after meals, and will include the opportunity to practice leading different versions of Birkat Hamazon, expanding the circle of leaders for after-meal singing at KT! We'll culminate in a Community Sing on Shabbat Shira, the Shabbat of Song, on February 1, where we'll share what we've learned in song with the wider KT community. $40 for members; $60 for non-members.
Chaos & Order: The Megillah & The Haggadah
Tuesdays 6:30pm-8:30pm, Feb 4, 11, 18, & 25 & March 3, 17, 24, & 31
Taught by Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
In this season when we journey from Purim to Passover, come study the sacred stories that are the spiritual foundations for our holiday cycle. Each is a portal into mythic and rabbinic imagination. In this eight-week class, we’ll spend four weeks studying the Book of Esther in preparation for Purim, and then four weeks studying the Haggadah in preparation for Passover. $120 for members; $180 for non-members.
ONGOING LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES
The Conversion Circle
with Rabbinic Intern Eli DeWitt
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 Eli 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. For more information, email Sarah Freeman at email@example.com.