Adult Learning at Dorshei Tzedek, Winter 2013 / 5772
More Adult Learning offerings will be updated as the year progresses.
God in Metaphor: An Exploration
with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
Wednesday evenings, February 6, 13 & 27, March 6 & 20 7:30-9pm
60 Highland Street
Free and open to the community
Do traditional God concepts confuse you? Turn you off? Make you want to learn more? This past Rosh Hashanah (available at http://dorsheitzedek.org/writings/god-metaphor), Rabbi Toba explored the idea that when we talk about “God,” we are speaking in metaphorical terms about some basic aspects of human experience—yet too often we forget these are metaphors! Drawing on new thinking about how fundamental metaphor is to human thought, in this class we will explore both ancient and new metaphors for the divine, drawn from Jewish tradition, in order to create a new vocabulary for how we might relate to the realm of the sacred. No particular belief or lack of belief required!
Shabbat Morning Torah Study
with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
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!
February 9, 2013
March 9, 2013
April 20, 2013
May 18, 2013
June 8, 2013
Exploring the Bible
with Dr. Sanford Goldfless
Mondays, 3:30 PM starting Oct 1. $15 per session (Sliding scale available as necessary.)
In this class we get familiar with the Jewish Bible (the “Tanakh” or “Torah, Prophets, and Writings”) by reading in English and discussing large parts of it together. We often look at the biblical text from a historical perspective; 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. Join us as we start the class anew in the new year!
This class will meet weekly through May, at participants’ homes. Contact Stan Fleischman at: stanfma [at] gmail [dot] com or 617-332-5433 for more information.
with the women of CDT
monthly (see calendar)
Join the women of CDT for 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!
8:15am-9:00am, beginning October 11th
This weekly meditation group is for both new and experienced meditators. Sessions will include guided meditations followed by a brief discussion time. 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 CDT member Carole Slipowitz at carole [at] slipowitz [dot] org.
CDT Film Club
Meets monthly in members’ homes
Potluck at 6:00pm, movie starts 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 is a monthly gathering to watch and then discuss moving and thought-provoking Jewish films from around the world. Many of the films have been featured in recent Jewish film festivals.
We start each evening with a potluck dinner at 6pm. 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!
Contact the co-chairs, Stan Fleischman and Emily Sper, at film-club [at] dorsheitzedek [dot] org, if you’d like to host a film.
February 9: The Secrets
March 9: The Strangers
April 6: Holy Land Hardball
May 4: Noodle