Temple Isaiah classes for adults exploring Jewish life, history, and practice.

Exploring Syllabus

Note:  Some learners find it helpful to read before class, some prefer to do readings after hearing about the topic in class.  Do what works for you.

PART 1:  JEWISH TIME : THE CYCLES OF HOLIDAYS

9/29 – Welcome!   The Jewish Calendar.  Read Settings of Silver, pp 77-85.

10/6– The High Holy Day Cycle.  Read Settings of Silver, [SoS] pp 137-152, 173-175.

10/13 – The Passover Cycle.  Read SoS, pp 153-172.

10/20 – The National Cycle.  Read SoS, pp 175-182.

10/27 – The Big Picture:  The Jewish Year.

11/03 – Do You Keep Shabbat, or Does It Keep You?  Read SoS, pp 124-136.

PART 2:  JEWISH TIME:  LIFE CYCLES AND JEWISH HOME LIFE

11/10 – What Makes a Home Jewish? (Reading will be given out in class.)

11/17 – Jewish Death and Mourning. Read SoS, pp 93-95, 110-116.

11/24 – B’nei Mitzvah & Jewish Weddings.  Read SoS, pp 86-87, 89-93.

12/8 – Brit Milah, Brit Bat, and Conversion. Read SoS, pp 85-89.

12/15 – Jews & Food Read SoS, pp 95-98.

PART 3:  JEWISH TEXTS & HISTORY

1/5 – Written Torah and Midrash. Read SoS, pp 10-12, 15-36.  Bring a Tanakh [Jewish Bible] to class.

1/12 – Oral Torah:  Jewish History from 70 until 700.  Read SoS, pp 185-232.

1/26 – The Middle Ages to Emancipation.  Read SoS, pp 233-335.

2/2 – Modernity, America, and Movements. Read SoS, pp 407-427.

2/9 – Anti-Semitism & Shoah.  Read SoS, pp 358-379.

2/23 – Medinat Yisrael:  The Modern State of Israel. Read SoS, pp 380-406.

PART 4:  JEWISH THOUGHT, JEWISH PRAYER, JEWISH MUSIC!

3/9 – Prayer: Why Do We Keep Repeating Ourselves? Read SoS, pp 99-109.

3/23 – The Synagogue Service:  Shacharit [Morning] and the Torah Service

4/6– Jews Thinking About God.  Read SoS, pp 37 – 52, 110-123.

4/13 – Music & Movement in the Service

4/27 – Hazak, Hazak:  Final Questions and Next Steps

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