Adult Learning

ADULT LEARNING at CONGREGATION OR CHADASH 

January–May 2020

There is a minimum number of students for most classes to run.

So please RSVP to orchadashadmin@gmail.com.

 For questions, please contact Rabbi Kobey at RabbiKobey@gmail.com

Tikkun Middot: This class is a Jewish mindfulness class. It offers an opportunity to slow down and look inward, both in terms of breathing and in terms of Jewish thought. We would look at our breathing and have a few Jewish quotes to ponder and discuss as well. Tikkun Middot literally means “repairing measurements,” but it really means repairing ourselves. If you are able, you would physically come to temple. If you are at work or cannot get to temple, you can join the class virtually. We encourage you to participate in every class, but you would be welcome to attend even if you cannot attend every class.

Tuesdays, 11:45-12:30  

January 14, 28, February 11, 25, March 10, 31, April 21, May 5, 19.

RSVPs required.

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Torah Study: This is a drop-in class, so come whenever you can. Every week there is a weekly Torah portion for synagogues around the world. Discuss the weekly Torah portion and how it relates to modern life. While anyone is welcome, even last minute, many of the “regular attendees” read the material in advance. Bring your questions, comments, ideas, or just come and listen and participate as you wish.

Saturdays, weekly, regularly at 9:30am (10:30am on the first Saturday of the month). No Torah study on Feb. 29, Mar. 28, and May 30.

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Talmud Study: Talmud is a breadth of Jewish law and story that spans approximately 1000 years. Many of our laws, traditions, and rituals stem from the Talmud. This is a drop-in class, so come whenever you can. However, if you know that you might attend, please let Rabbi know so that she can give you the material. While anyone is welcome, even at the last minute, many of the “regular attendees” read the material in advance.

Saturdays, 11:00am unless otherwise noted:

January 4 (at 12:00pm), January 18, February 8, February 15, March 14, 

March 21, April 4 (at 12:00pm), April 18, May 9, May 23.

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Personal Relationships: Using Genesis and other Jewish sources as a backdrop, we will explore the relationships of parent/child, friends, couples, and siblings. The ideal for this class would be that you commit to all four sessions; however, if that is not possible, you are welcome to still attend the sessions you can. We do ask for RSVPs.

Tuesdays, 7:00-8:00pm:  

February 11, 25, March 3, 17.

RSVPs required.

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Life Cycle: Curious about Jewish life cycle and not sure where to begin? Know some basics but feel you need a refresher? Just want to further your knowledge? Join us in either or both sessions. We will explore traditions, customs, and Jewish law pertaining to Jewish life-cycle events. Session 1 focuses on birth and Bar/Bat Mitzvah, and we may begin to discuss weddings; session 2 will focus on weddings, divorces, and death.

Wednesdays, 7:00-8:30pm:

January 15, 29.

RSVPs required.

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LGBTQ+: Attend one, two, or all three sessions at this special interfaith program. We will be discussing gender and LGBTQ+ sexuality. Session 1 will focus on language and how we define or redefine LGBTQ+. Session 2 will focus on scriptural and religiously modern understandings and misunderstandings. Session 3 will focus on discrimination found within the LGBTQ+ community and our responsibilities as members within faith communities

Wednesdays, 7:30pm-9:00pm:

February 5 at Congregation Or Chadash.

February 19 at St. Anne’s Episcopal Church.

March 4 at Damascus United Methodist Church.

RSVPs requested, but not required.

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Beginning Adult Hebrew:  Always wanted to learn some basic Hebrew, but you weren’t sure how to go about it? Join our congregant Irwin Binder on Sunday mornings to learn the basics and feel more comfortable with Hebrew.

Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am:

Beginning January 5, 2020.

RSVPs required.

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Today’s “Hot” Topics Lecture Series: Another new opportunity to expand your Jewish knowledge and Jewish connectivity! From a Jewish perspective, we will discuss the issues of: animal testing, harmful behaviors, school violence, and ethical kosher.

Sundays, 9:30am-10:30am:

January 19, February 16, March 8, April 19.

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Where is God in Reform Judaism? This curriculum comes from Hebrew Union College and incorporate both video and discussion. Session 1 will focus on Biblical conceptions of God. Session 2 will focus on Rabbinical conceptions. Session 3 will focus on Medieval conceptions. And session 4 will focus on Modern conceptions. Series costs $25.00 per person. Please RSVP for this class. 

Fridays, 12:00pm-2:00pm:

April 17, May 1, May 22, and June 5.

RSVPs required.

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