Shir Tikvah Lifelong Learning Programs for 5779 (2018-19)
Our Vision for Lifelong Learning
Shir Tikvah will be a welcoming, sacred Jewish community of learners of every age, ability, perspective, and background. Learners will engage in holy conversations about Torah, concepts of God, Judaism, Israel, and relevant issues of today's world in all their exhilarating, challenging, and profound forms. We will encounter innovative and flexible learning models in rhythm with Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, and Shabbat. Our learning will cultivate Jewish identity, build community and inspire us to live in harmony with our Jewish ethics.
Ongoing Lifelong Learning Opportunities
3rd Thursday of the month at 6:30 pm: 4/18, 5/16
Join Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg for a monthly exploration of the language and music of our kabbalat shabbat (Friday night) service. Spend time learning a single psalm/poem, digging into its language and mystical resonance, and opening our hearts in song in multiple musical arrangements of the language. Whether you’re wanting to get more oriented to the basic structure of the Shir Tikvah service or you’re seeking to deepen your relationship to the poetry and meaning of our prayers, you will find something in this space! Bring instruments if you feel so inclined! Lechu N’ranena! Come, let’s sing together and deepen our relationship to Shabbat!
Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi David Thomas
Second Saturday of the month, 9:00-10:15 am, April 13
Torah Study: An Exodus Journey
2nd & 4th Fridays of the month 12:15pm-1:30pm
Word by word, phrase by phrase, each month we explore approximately 12-14 verses of Torah. Join us as we complete our journey through the book of Exodus. To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle Zoffer. All are welcome to participate.
Multi-Week Lifelong Learning Opportunities
What follows are multi-week courses during which participants experience both deep learning and developing meaningful relationships.
Please register in advance with your time and financial commitment. Fees listed are suggested; no one will be turned away for financial reasons; we simply ask that you commit what you are able.
Mondays, 6:30-7:45 pm Held at Shir Tikvah. Taught by the Shir Tikvah clergy team
Sliding scale $36 - $180 per unit
Inside every Jew, the Rabbis teach, is a n’kudah tovah – a spark of holiness, goodness – a unique gift that no one else in the world has. The mystics explain that this is a spark of divine holiness, the chamber of our souls. What are those sparks inside us that animate Jewish life? How can our Jewish traditions nourish those sparks in our daily lives and work in the world?
Shir Tikvah’s Sparks series is designed for people of all backgrounds who want to dig deeply into Jewish heritage and contemporary relevance - whether you grew up Jewish or are exploring conversion. Each session has at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeply into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today.
This year, we are thrilled to offer three Sparks units: God, Torah, and Israel. In articulating Judaism to the modern world, Abraham Joshua Heschel explained, “Judaism revolves around three sacred entities: God, Torah, and Israel.”
Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan articulated a parallel notion, that there are three interrelated modalities of expressing Jewish identity: Belonging (Israel), behaving (Torah), believing (God). Units may be taken together or separately.
Sparks of Israel: Who are the Jews of the world? Spring 2019: April 1- April 22
How did the Jewish people become who we are today? Explore key themes in the evolution of the Israelites of the Torah into the Jewish people of today. What happened when our people encountered the enlightenment and nationalism?
How and why did the various Movements develop? What issues unite and divide us? What’s at stake?
April 1: From Israelites to Jews: beginnings of Jewishness
April 8: Sepharadim & the Spanish Expulsion
April 15: European Jews encounter modernity
April 22: Response to Modernity: Evolution of the Movements
Beginning or Refreshing: Prayerbook Hebrew
Hebrew is the language with which we talk to God! If you are new to Hebrew, and/or interested in an adult b’nei-mitzvah, this class is for you.* Learn with b’nei mitzvah tutor and experienced teachers Gayle Zoffer & Steve Greenberg.
Spring 2019: Read Hebrew from the Siddur and Haggadah!, April 8 - May 20 (7 sessions) $70
*If you know your letters and vowels, you may join in the winter or spring session or you may want to learn Hebrew at the college level on Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hineni