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 are 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 payment.
Monthly Lunch n' Learn in the Beit Midrash
First Saturdays (unless otherwise noted), 11:00am at 707 S 50th St
Join us for some nosh and a lively study of the week's torah portion. We will focus on one main story or narrative trope of the parsha (weekly portion) and go in-depth. No previous experience or particular background necessary—just bring a curious and open mind, and a Tanakh if you have one.
The Conversion Circle
with Rabbi Linda Holtzman
4th Thursday of every month, 5:45-6:45pm
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.
Judaism for Everyone: An Introductory Class
Judaism for Everyone will return in Fall 2019. Stay tuned!
Fall '18 & Winter '19 Adult Education Classes
Tuesdays, Oct 9, Oct 16, Oct 23, Oct 30, Nov 6, & Nov 13
Taught by Rabbi Michelle Greenfield
It's time to learn the Alef-Bet! This class will give the skills to decode (sound out) Hebrew words, and unlock the ancient words of sacred texts and prayer. No experience is necessary as we will work our way through each of the Hebrew letters and vowels. $108 for members, $180 for non-members, including book and other materials.
Klezmer Master Class
with Philadelphia Folklore Project
Wed, Oct 24, 6:30-9:00pm, $10/person
Join in a community klezmer master class for musicians of all levels, taught by twelve remarkable women. And then get your tickets to their concert, Soul Songs: Inspiring Women of Klezmer, on Sunday, October 28 at the Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts.
Teen Torah Study with Rabbi Ari Lev
Sat, 10/20 & Sat, 12/15 ~12:30pm
Study Pirkei Avot during lunch on Shabbat for Everyone
Death and Mourning: Jewish Roots and Contemporary Ritual
Taught by Rabbi Linda Holtzman
Six Thursdays (Oct 25 - Dec 6) from 7:00-9:00pm & one Sunday (Dec 16) from 2:00-4:00pm
This class will explore a range of beliefs and practices surrounding death and burial. We will explore the values that underlie Jewish death traditions and will look at ways that we can use those values to reclaim traditional practices and create new means of marking the deaths of those we have lost and of thinking through what we want for ourselves. $80 for members, $120 for non members.
Hanukkah Shtetl Skills: DIY Gelt
with Jewish Farm School
Sun, Dec 2, 12:00-3:00pm
Come join the Jewish Farm School and Kol Tzedek for a DIY Hanukkah gelt-making workshop, just in time for the first night! Alex, current JFS Program Coordinator and former professional chocolate maker, will guide us through the chocolate-making process and through the interesting history of this holiday.
Theology and Mechanics of Prayer: A Learner's Minyan
Taught by Rabbi Ari Lev Fornari
Tuesdays, Jan 8, Jan 15, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb 5, Feb 12, & Feb 19
This class is an in-depth exploration of prayer, one of Judaism’s core spiritual practices. We will be asking what, how and why pray? This class will include theological discussion, close reading, choreography and practice. The goal of this class is to make prayer more accessible and meaningful.
Preparing for Passover
with Rabbi Sheila Weinberg
Mon, April 15, 7:00pm
Tuesdays, Mar 5 (CRASH), Mar 12, Mar 19, Mar 26, Apr 2, Apr 9, Apr 16
Last Friday of the month, Oct-May, 9:30-11:30am