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 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.
Ongoing Learning Opportunities
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
Spring '18 Adult Education Classes
Tuesdays March 13, 20, 27 from 7-9 pm
This 3-part series will be an in depth exploration of the story of Exodus, including rabbinic commentary and interpretations. As part of the class, we will be writing our own midrashim (interpretive stories), giving voice to the yet revealed truths embedding in our mythic liberation narrative. No previous experience required. Taught by Rabbi Ari Lev, this class is being offered without a fee.
Chanting as a Spiritual Practice
Class dates: Wednesdays, April 11, April 25, May 9 from 7:00 - 8:30pm
Judaism has a strong orientation towards text, but sometimes the volume of words to explore can be a barrier. Chanting offers one pathway for us to slow down. The sung repetition of specific phrases can help us focus our intention, shift our consciousness to experience the Divine, or simply make our connection as a group tangible. In this class we'll cover chants that help us ground in our personal energetic field, cultivate joy and interconnection within the group, and help us send energetic protection to communities in crisis. We'll take time to explore different pathways for cultivating our intention through the chant, including some mechanics of how we are producing sound. The chants we cover will be a powerful support for engaging with activism. Taught by Rachel Brown. Donations will be accepted.
Make your own Tallit
Sunday April 15th 10-1 pm
Have you always wanted to make your own tallit? Do you want to learn the ancient art of Jewish knot-tying? Come to this DIY Tallit Workshop. Please bring your own fabric (any material that is not a mixture of linen and wool). RSVP’s requested. For questions about the fabric, please email email@example.com. Suggested Donation: $18
Judaism as a Spiritual Practice
Tuesdays May 1, 8, 15, 22, 7-9 pm
Join Rabbi Ari Lev as we explore meaningful, practical and creative ways to integrate Judaism into our lives. This 4-week module will focus on tangible and embodied experiences like fasting, mikveh and laying Tefillin (leather amulets). Together we will increase our capacity to participate in the awesomeness that is Judaism. From seekers to seasoned Jews, absolutely everyone welcome! $72 non-members, $36 members, but no one will be turned away for lack of funds. For more info, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Pirkei in the Park
Saturdays, April 14, 28, and May 12 4pm-5:30pm
Cedar Park (at 707 S 50th if rain)
Pirkei Avot - the most accessible and widest read Rabbinic text-- has enchanted and inspired generations. Traditionally read between Pesach and Rosh Hashana, Pirke Avot translates to "Chapters" or "Ethics of the Fathers." Emphasizing the process of learning and character development, Avot connects the liberation from Egypt to the revelation of Torah at Mt. Sinai, and beyond. Avot asks: What is freedom for? How do we receive and transmit wisdom? For learners of all levels. Taught by Scott Dinsmore. Donations will be accepted.