Adult Education Classes for 5778 (2017-2018)
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.
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
The Qur’an as Biography with Imam Malik Mubashshir
Co-Sponsored by the Calvary Faith Communities
6 Thursdays, 10/19, 10/26, 11/6, 11/2, 11/9, 11/16, 11/30
Together, as Muslim, Jewish and Christian neighbors, we will study the text of Bruce Lawrence's The Qur'an: A Biography. Discussion will look at the historicity of interpreting a sacred text and how context shapes and allows interpretation. Space is limited. For more info and to sign up, email Kari: email@example.com
Cursed is the Ground for Your Sake:
An Introduction to Jewish Food Justice
Nov. 28, Dec 5, Dec 12. 7:00-8:30
$18 for KT members; $36 for non KT members for all three classes. Join Jewish Farm School and Kol Tzedek for a 3-part adult learning series exploring the Jewish agricultural traditions that serve as a blueprint for a just, sustainable, and equitable food system. Through text study and discussion, we'll delve into Judaism's perspectives on food and farming and its response to the inherent injustices embedded in agricultural societies. We'll then use this as a foundation for addressing contemporary food justice issues connected to racism, worker's rights, and environmental sustainability. Each class will build on the previous, so please try to come to all three.
Queer Talmud Beit Midrash
7 Tuesdays in January and February, 6:30-9:00 pm
CRASH: Tuesday, Jan. 9th
Jan. 16th, Jan. 23rd, Jan. 30th, Feb. 6th, Feb. 13th, Feb 20th
$120 for members, $180 for non-members
Come experience the magic of the Talmud in a super-supportive, love-fest atmosphere. All texts are taught in the original Hebrew/Aramaic. An ability to decode the Hebrew alphabet (sound out the letters without comprehension) is the only requirement. The SVARA Beit Midrash welcomes total beginners and veteran students alike. We strive to create a space in which folks historically excluded from the tradition can engage in intimate and intense conversation with it—and each other—through serious text study and dialogue. For this first round we are capping the class at 30 students to maintain an intimate learning environment so sign up now!
Bonus: "There are two available class fairy slots. These people can learn in the class free of charge in exchange for helping with set-up, clean up and a other class logisitics, as needed." Please email Rabbi@kol-tzedek.org to inquire.
Kol Tzedek is a place for people to explore, question, and engage with Torah and Jewish tradition. We believe that torah, in all its manifestations, is a valued resource in this world, offering ethical values by which we can live our lives and spiritual practices that infuse our lives with meaning. We believe that one of the best aspects of Jewish tradition is the fact that so many different people over so many different generations have pored over our texts, sought to understand them, struggled with them, and offered their own interpretations and insights. We believe that is it our obligation to continue this sacred work.
All classes held at Kol Tzedek are wheelchair accessible via the lift entrance on 48th street, and we will do our best to support accessibility for other locations. 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 Beit Midrash
First Saturdays (UNLESS OTHERWISE NOTED)
10am at Calvary, in a downstairs classroom
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.
Torah Trope Basics
Dec 4, 11, 18 @ 7:30-8:30 pm
Join Rabbi Michelle to learn the basics of Torah Trope, the musical system used for chanting from the Torah! In this 3 week class, you'll gain the skills to chant Torah and learn about tools that are available to help you. You must be able to decode (sound out) Hebrew to participate. This class is free, but please let Rabbi Michelle (firstname.lastname@example.org) know if you're planning to attend.
Classes for Torah School Parents and Grandparents
Teach your children what?!
3 Sundays in November 11/5, 11/12, 11/19, 3:30-5:15 pm at the Children’s Community School
We are instructed in the Shema that we should teach “them” to our (grand)children. Judaism is a spiritual practice that is intended to be transmitted through practice. What are we obligated to transmit? What happens if we don’t feel qualified to teach Judaism to our children? Take this leap and together we will all learn a little more about Judaism and how best to teach it to our little ones.
Big Questions We Don’t Have Answers To
3 Sundays in 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 3:30-5:15 pm at the Children’s Community School
Kids are full of questions. And can inspire us to spend time with some big questions of our own. In preparation for Passover and in the spirit of spiritual curiosity, together we will ask and reflect on some of life’s core questions, including God, Death and Suffering.