L’shana tova! Happy Jewish New Year!
I’m in the process of putting things in order on this website for the upcoming year. The syllabi will be up soon, but in the meantime, here are descriptions of the classes I’m teaching at Temple Isaiah this year:
This course is a year-long exploration of the history, beliefs, traditions, and practices of the Jewish people. “Exploring Judaism” will be interesting and meaningful whether you are becoming an adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah, you are just beginning to explore Jewish studies, you are considering choosing Judaism, you are in an interfaith relationship, or you are simply looking for a deeper and more mature understanding of Jewish history and tradition. Students are encouraged to expand their Jewish literacy by taking this course in conjunction with Beginning Hebrew.
9:00-10:00am Sept. 29, 2013 – Apr. 27, 2014 (23 sessions)
Tuition: $100/members; $250/non-members for the year
If you would like to sign up for 1 or more blocks of Exploring Judaism (instead of registering for the whole year), we welcome you to do so. Tuition is $30 per block for members; $65 per block for non-members.
- Jewish Calendar / Holidays (i.e. Jewish “public time”): 9/29, 10/6, 10/13, 10/20, 10/27, 11/3, 2013
- Jewish Lifecycle & Home (i.e. Jewish “private time”): 11/10, 11/17, 11/24, 12/8, 12/15, 2013
- Jewish Text & History: 1/5, 1/12, 1/26, 2/2, 2/9, 2/23, 2014
- Jewish Thought, Prayer, and Music: 3/2, 3/9, 3/23, 4/6, 4/13, 4/27, 2014
Fall 2013 – 10:10-11:10am, Sundays Sept 29-Dec 15, 2013 (except 12/1) – 11 sessions
Money & The Mensch: A Jewish Ethics of Personal Finance
The Jewish tradition offers rich resources for making ethical decisions about money. Judaism does not regard wealth itself as good or bad – the question is, what do we do with it? And how do we deal with the lack of it? In this class, we will first learn a little about Jewish ethics in general and then proceed to look at texts that can inform our decisions about tzedakah [charity], consumption, savings, and investment.
Winter-Spring 2014 – 10:10-11:10am, Sundays Jan 5 – Apr 27, 2014 (except 1/19, 2/16, 3/16, 3/30, 4/20) – 12 sessions
Pirkei Avot: Wisdom from the Early Sages
Sometime before the year 200 of the common era, the rabbis assembled a collection of sayings about living the good life and included it in the Mishnah. Those sayings have come down to us in the text “Pirkei Avot,” which may be translated, “Verses of the Fathers” or simply “Fundamentals.” This semester we’ll read from this collection of proverbs and short tales and ponder together what it means to be a mensch.
Required textbook (available for purchase the first day of class, or you can purchase on your own): Pirkei Avot: A Modern Commentary on Jewish Ethics by Leonard Kravitz and Kerry M. Olitzky
To register for any of these classes, and for more information, look at the Temple Isaiah Adult Education website.
- Ten Things to Know About the Jewish Days of Awe (coffeeshoprabbi.com)