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.”


Shabbat Morning Torah Study

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer: April 12, May 3, June 14

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.

Rosh Chodesh

with the women of CDT
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.

May 3: Five Hours From Paris

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