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Adult Education

Beyond Dispute: Debates That Shape Jewish Life (curriculum produced by the Jewish Theological Seminary)

Taught by Rabbi Peltz, Rabbi Wexler, and Rabbi Lindemann
Debates—philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural—are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change based on context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion?... and more! In this class, we will look at how these debates have been manifested over the course of Jewish history, and discuss their continued resonance for contemporary Jewish life.
Thursdays at 7:00 PM, December 3, 17

 

Tuesday Night Talmud: Tractate Arakhin — Valuing Life

Led by Rabbi Lindemann
This tractate takes its name from the Hebrew word Erekh—Valuation. Its impetus is the last section of the Book of Leviticus (27:1-8), which deals with vows to dedicate the value of a person to the sanctuary. Clearly, assessing the value of a life has great relevance in this time of COVID and Black Lives Matter. But in evaluating a life, the text also considers such matters as gender, profession, and disability. The tractate goes on to additional issues, such as Lashon HaRa—literally, the evil tongue—speaking ill of people in gossip or slander and the impact of sin and forgiveness upon an individual’s psyche and soul. All interesting topics for study and discussion.
Tuesdays at 8:15 PM, December 8, 22, January 5, 19, February 2, 16, March 2, 16, April 6, 20, May 4, 25 Registration Fee: $70, includes text and additional materials.

 

Soul Sisters

Led by Cantor Cohen
Join us as we explore the stories, laws, and role of women in the Tanakh through a lively discussion of the parasha of the week.
Wednesdays at 12:30 PM, December 9, January 13, 27

 

Parenting During the COVID-19 Pandemic

This monthly discussion, led by Rabbi Wexler, is for parents of young children. We will use the book, When the World Feels Like a Scary Place: Essential Conversations for Anxious Parents and Worried Kids by Abigail Gewirtz PhD as the text for our conversations and will be joined throughout the year by guest experts as we share, provide support to one another, and navigate parenting through this pandemic together.
8:00 PM December 9, January 13

 

Tuesday Lunch & Learn Live from Israel!

Each week a different guest from Israel will Zoom in to discuss issues in Israeli society, politics, history and Judaism.  We hope you will join us for this wonderful opportunity to dialogue with some old friends and new.  You bring the lunch and we bring the learn!
12:30 PM December 1, 8, 15

Live from Israel Encore!
12:30 PM January 14, 28, February 11, March 4

View past recordings

October 13 - Welcome to Israel: Live Visit to Youth Futures (Israel's Program for Youth at Risk) with Danielle Mor, Vice President, Jewish Agency for Israel - led by Rabbi Lindemann

November 10 - A View from Israel on the U.S. Elections with Haviv Rettig Gur, Senior Political Analyst at the Times of Israel - led by Rabbi Peltz

November 17 - The Mishkan of COVID with Rabbi Arie Hasit: On Building Mobile, Virtual, and Physical but Distant Communications in Israel - led by Rabbi Peltz

December 1 - Ethiopian Aliyah: On-Going Efforts and Challenges with Danielle Mor, VP, JAFI - led by Rabbi Lindemann

 

The Whole Megillah A 7 session Exploration of Megillat Esther

Join the clergy for an in-depth study of the text and themes of the Scroll of Esther and the holiday of Purim.

12:30 PM January 12, 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23

 

Community Beit Midrash

“iEngage: Together and Apart” is a program from the Hartman Institute in Jerusalem to consider what it means to be a member of the Jewish people, the core values that animate Jewish peoplehood, and the contemporary challenges to Jewish unity. Rabbi Peltz, Rabbi Wexler and Rabbi Lindemann, along with other community Conservative rabbis, will lead the conversations. Registration is $25. Contact Laura Padersky.
Class begins on January 18

 

Jews Who Inspire: How Their Values Teach Us to Behave in a Modern World

Led by Gilah Lewis Sietz
Join Gilah to learn about some great Jewish men and women who have shaped our glorious Jewish history. Their unique lives and values became their legacy, thus enabling all who follow to aspire to be the best of who we are. All are welcome to share in a lively discussion complete with humor and a little nosh.
7:00 PM January 7

 

Goodblatt Academy

The Rabbi Morris Goodblatt Academy is an Introduction to Judaism course sponsored by the Philadelphia Region of the Rabbinical Assembly, which represents Conservative Jewish rabbis in Greater Philadelphia, Southern New Jersey and Delaware. Adults interested in converting to Judaism can enroll in the Goodblatt Academy, with one of our rabbis serving as your sponsor. Contact Rabbi Peltz for more details.

 

Zoom Tu B’Shevat Seder

Join Rabbi Wexler, Roy Levinson, Val Yasner and members of the TBS Sustainability Committee as we celebrate Tu B’Shevat together! There will be learning, singing, delicious fruits and nuts (we will send the shopping list in advance) and discussions about sustainability and taking care of our world.
7:00 PM January 27

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781