Summer and Fall '18 Adult Education Classes
Mussar for Elul
Tuesdays August 4, 21, & 28 and September 4 from 6:30-8:30 pm
In Jewish tradition, the month of Elul is a time for reflection, repentance, and deep preparation for the High Holidays, a perfect opportunity to take on a practice to support the process of introspection and evaluation of your work, social justice activism, relationships, habits, and your spiritual progress. Mussar – the Jewish ethical tradition – is a daily practice that supports you through daily journal writing, group learning and accountability, and 13 middot (virtues) that help frame an ethical life. Each class builds on each other, but it is OK if you can't make it to all 4 sessions. $18 for members, $36 for non-members.
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 Street. Please contact us at email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or the course organizer if you would like to discuss payment.
Monthly Lunch n’ Learn in the Beit Midrash
First Saturdays (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
11am at 707 S 50th Street
Join us for some nash 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 into depth. No previous experience or particular background necessary—just bring a curious and open mind, and a Tanakh if you have one.
8 week sessions (1 hour/session) begin on a rolling basis. $225
Using the Hebrew Hevruta model that has been successful for our Torah School students, we invite adults of all Hebrew levels to enroll in Hevruta (partnered learning). Tutors will work with students in groups of 2 or 3 to learn the alphabet, develop reading and prayer fluency, and learn to read Torah (leyning). Students will be matched based on Hebrew level and schedule and a Hevruta can begin at any time during the year. For more information contact Rabbi Michelle at email@example.com
Judaism for Everyone: An Introductory Class
Taught by Rabbi Linda Holtzman
20 Thursday nights, October 19 - June 7 @ 7-8:50 pm
$360 members, $500 non-members
This is a twenty week class explores many facets of Jewish tradition and life. Whether you are Jewish or not, this class could be for you if you want to learn the nuts and bolts of Jewish tradition. What does it mean to eat Jewishly? Do you have to believe in God to be Jewish? Can you be Jewish if you don’t identify as a Zionist? What are the major Jewish holidays and how can you celebrate them? Can you celebrate Shabbat if you need to work on Saturday? What are the parts of a Jewish wedding? Have these and many more of your questions answered. During the year, the class will have a shabbat meal and a few scheduled field trips: to synagogues for a variety of services and to the National Museum of American Jewish History.
Linda Holtzman is a Reconstructionist rabbi and lifelong Philadelphian. She is the rabbi of the Tikkun Olam Chavurah and is on the faculty of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College.