Adult Education

Adult Learning and Reflection at Dorshei Tzedek, Fall 2014-Spring 2015

All classes and programs take place at 60 Highland Street in West Newton, in the Second Church of Newton, and are open to the community unless otherwise indicated.

NEW CLASS! Fire, Stone, Cloud: God in Metaphor

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer Wednesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm, 2014: October 29, November 5, 12, 19, December 3

This class is a continuing exploration, begun two years ago, of different ways that we can conceptualize and experience the sacred. Do traditional God concepts turn you off? Confuse you? Make you want to learn more? Grounded in new thinking about how fundamental metaphor is to human thought, the class will explore ancient metaphors for the Divine in order to “reconstruct” them for our lives today. Whether you took the first class in 2013 or are new to the topic, all are welcome! No particular belief or lack thereof required.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer Saturdays, 8:45am, 2014: October 18, November 15, December 20, 2015: January 10, February 14, March 14, April 11, May 16, June 13

Each month 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, 8:45am-9:30am

This weekly gathering combines guided and silent meditation to develop our capacity for mindful awareness and to cultivate qualities of patience, gratitude, and compassion. On the first Thursday of each month, Karen Arnold will lead a meditation based on the weekly Torah portion (a long-time participant in Mindful Mornings, Karen is currently participating in the Jewish Mindfulness Teacher Training Program).

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 8:45am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.) For more information please email mindful-mornings [at]

CDT Book Club

Shabbat afternoons, November 1 & 15, 12:45pm-2:15pm

With facilitation by participants in Rabbi Toba’s “Israel and Us” class, CDT members and friends are invited to discuss Israeli author Ari Shavit’s My Promised Land: The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel. Named one of the best books of the year by the  New York Times  and The Economist, it is a deeply personal narrative history of the State of Israel by one of the most influential journalists writing about the Middle East today. Shavit offers a unique and personal history of Israel, which articulates an unusual honesty about both its foundation and its accomplishments.  Please be sure to have read Chapters 1 through 8 by the November 1st meeting!

Exploring the Bible

with Dr. Sanford Goldfless: Meets weekly at participants’ homes (day & time to be determined)

In this class we get familiar with the Jewish Bible (the Tanach or Torah, Prophets, and Writings) by reading it in English and discussing large parts of it together. We often look at the biblical text from a historical perspective, and we always pay attention to the literary features of the text that are essential for conveying its meaning. We also enjoy conversation about the course of Jewish history and culture through the ages.

The class is open to all Dorshei Tzedek members and their friends. Last year we met Monday afternoons at 3:30pm through May, at participant’s homes, but the group is flexible. Cost: $15 per session (fee can be reduced to whatever you feel comfortable with).

Contact: Stan Fleischman at: stanfma [at] or 617-332-5433 for more information.

Rosh Chodesh

with the women of CDT: 2014: October 23. 2015: January 22, March 23, May 20, July 17, 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 Margo Michaels for more information at rosh-chodesh [at]

Film Club

See more information about the film club here.

5775 Adult Education flyer267.19 KB