Exploring Judaism is a series of monthly classes, held via zoom, beginning in January that will explore many topics in our rich canon of liturgy and literature. Over the course of 5 months, we will be taught by four different teachers from our local Jewish community. Each session will be three weeks long and you can join for one session or all five sessions! These classes will be open to all in our community–newbies, novices, people born Jewish and those exploring conversion. We hope you will sign up and join us!
- Classes will meet the first three Tuesday evenings of the month from 7:00-8:30pm beginning January 5th.
- The fourth Tuesday of every month will be reserved for the conversion cohort to meet alone with Rabbi Chabon. The conversion cohort is by invitation from Rabbi Chabon.
January: Unlocking the secrets of the prayer book with Rabbi Chabon
Dates: January 5th, 12th, 19th
Join Rabbi Chabon as we explore the liturgy and music of the Shabbat evening and morning services. We’ll compare translations of the psalms from Kabbalat Shabbat, uncover the hidden structure of the Friday evening service and learn the beauty of the morning climb to reach the Torah service on Shabbat morning.
February: Jewish History through Jewish Literature with Rabbi Harry Manhoff
Dates: February 2nd, 9th, 16th
Some of the greatest accomplishments of the Jewish people can be traced through our literature. In February we will discuss the TaNakh, Talmud and Midrash.
March: Cycles and Symbols of Passover with rabbinic intern Elizheva Hurvich
Dates: March 2nd, 9th, 16th
With song, stories and food, we will examine Passover, understanding its place in the annual Jewish calendar as well as its place in the ongoing narrative of the Jewish people.
April: Jewish History through Jewish Literature with Rabbi Harry Manhoff
Dates: April 6th, 13th, 20th
Some of the greatest accomplishments of the Jewish people can be traced through our literature. In April we will discuss the commentaries, Law Codes and Kabbalah
May: Modern Jewish Literature with Rabbi Raphael Asher
Dates: May 4th, 11th, 18th
This class will explore the modern period, including an exploration of Wissenschaft (through the work of Scholem), Modern Hebrew Literature (through Agnon), and the American Jewish experience (through Philip Roth).