Adult Education

Adult Learning at Dorshei Tzedek, Fall 2013-Spring 2014

 More Adult Learning offerings will be updated as the year progresses.

Sha’arim: Gateways to Jewish Life & Thought

 with Rabbi Adam Lavitt Monday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm, starting September 30 Cost: For CDT members, sliding scale $180-$225; non-members $275

As Jewish adults, how can Jewish thought and practice support our personal journeys? This class will provide basics of Jewish education for those who feel they missed it growing up, including grounding in Torah study, the Shabbat morning service, and other fundamentals of Jewish life and practice. Through text study, discussion and personal reflection, the group will explore Jewish prayer and spiritual practices, learn how to study Torah, engage with the Jewish year cycle, converse with a variety of Jewish approaches to God, and deepen our understanding of the Jewish imperative of caring for others and our world. The class will culminate in a special Shabbat morning service in June 2014, led by participants! To register for the class, please go here.

Rabbi Adam Lavitt is a graduate of Hebrew College, with experience in Jewish experiential education, chaplaincy, meditation and circus arts. For the past two years, he has helped shape and lead CDT’s family education initiative, “Learning Outside the Box.”

Israel & Us: Creating a New Narrative

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer Wednesday evenings, 7:15-9:00pm October 23 & 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4 & 11

Once a distant dream of Jews longing for a homeland, the modern state of Israel has become a difficult and contentious topic in American Jewish life. There are many narratives that surround the Jewish state, both positive and negative, yet most fail to capture the fullness and complexity of one of the most significant developments in Jewish life of the past few hundred years. In this class, we will audaciously attempt to craft a new narrative, one that can move us beyond both confusion and hardened stances, to a place of inquiry and deeper understanding, one that can encompass all of us, in our variety of views. Whether you have lived in Israel or never visited, whatever your opinions (or lack thereof), you are invited to join us in an exploration of historical documents, traditional Jewish texts, contemporary Israeli and Palestinian narratives, personal reflections, and more. Nothing required but an open mind!

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer: September 28, October 19, November 23, December 14, April 12, May 3, June 14 while Rabbi Toba is on sabbatical, with Rabbi Adam Lavitt: January 25, February 22, March 22

Each month, at 8:45am before the Shabbat morning service, we will explore the parshat hashavua, the weekly Torah portion, through the lens of commentaries both traditional and contemporary. No prior experience in Torah study is necessary. Bring your own caffeinated beverage!

Mindful Mornings

Thursday mornings, 8:15am-9:00am Beginning October 3

This weekly gathering combines guided and silent meditation to develop our capacity for mindful awareness and to cultivate qualities of patience, gratitude, and compassion. All are welcome, whether experienced in meditation or not. The group is facilitated by CDT members with occasional participation by Rabbi Toba. No need to make a weekly commitment; join us when you’re able! (Please arrive no later than 8:15am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.) For more information contact Laya Steinberg or Carole Slipowitz at info [at] dorsheitzedek [dot] org.

Third Annual CDT Men’s Shabbaton

with Rabbi Adam Lavitt Friday, December 20, 6:00-8:00pm, in a member’s home Saturday, December 21, 9:00am-12:00noon & 1:00-6:00pm, at CDT

The men of CDT are invited to join Rabbi Adam, our Assistant Rabbi, for a spirited Men’s Shabbaton. Building on the success of the first two Shabbatons, we’ll start with a Friday night dinner at a member’s home. The next day will start with a meditative Shabbat morning service, followed by kiddush lunch with the congregation in Fellowship Hall. The afternoon will be filled with song, Torah exploration, movement, story sharing and learning - and the day will conclude with Havdallah. Whether you can make some or all of the Shabbaton, this is a wonderful opportunity for men in our community to connect with one another and do some learning and celebrating together. Stay tuned for more details and registration information! For more information or to help with the organizing, please contact Rabbi Adam at asst [dot] rabbi [at] dorsheitzedek [dot] org.

Rosh Chodesh

with the women of CDT
October 6, December 5, then bi-monthly, 7:30-9:00pm
Join the women of CDT for bi-monthly celebrations of the new moon. This is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages. Newcomers welcome! Contact Erica Streit-Kaplan for more information - ericastreitkaplan [at] yahoo [dot] com.

CDT Film Club — A members-only monthly event

Potluck dinner at 6:00pm, followed by the film at 7:00pm

Do you like movies? Do you enjoy watching and discussing Jewish films, but don’t always have the chance? The CDT Film Club gathers in members’ homes to watch and discuss moving and thought-provoking Jewish films from around the world. Many of the films have been featured in recent Jewish film festivals. Please bring a main dish, salad or dessert to share. Feel free to come for any part of the evening. We hope you can join us! Please note that dates and films are subject to change. Contact the co-chairs, Stan Fleischman and Emily Sper, at film-club [at] dorsheitzedek [dot] org, for more information or if you’d like to host a film.

Oct. 5: Yoo-Hoo Mrs. Goldberg Nov. 2: The Attack Dec. 7: Yossi Jan. 11: Turn Left at the End of the World Feb. 1: Fill the Void Mar. 1: The Other Son Apr. 5: The Ritchie Boys May 3: Five Hours From Paris

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