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  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, April 24, 2014 - 8:15am to 9:00am

    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

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  • Exploring the Bible with Dr. Sanford Goldfless

    Will meet at participants’ homes
    Monday, April 28, 2014 - 3:30pm

    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. This class will meet weekly through May, at participants’ homes.

    Cost: $15 per session (fee can be reduced to whatever you feel comfortable with)

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  • Sha'arim: Gateways to Jewish Life and Thought, with Rabbi Adam Lavitt

    First Unitarian Church in Newton: New classroom downstairs
    Monday, April 28, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    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!

    Class will meet without Rabbi Adam

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  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 8:15am to 9:00am

    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

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  • Jewish Approaches to Death & Mourning: A Practical Exploration, with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

    60 Highland Street: Room 111
    Thursday, May 1, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    What might it mean to imagine–and plan for–our own care at the end of our lives?  What does Judaism have to say about end-of-life decision-making?  What does taharah, the traditional Jewish preparation for burial, entail?  Whether you are wrestling with your own mortality or caring for others as they near death, this class is an opportunity for learning and discussion in the context of the CDT community.  Drawing on Jewish texts and traditions, and new local resources including a Jewish hospice center and community chevrah kaddisha (burial society), we will delve into Jewish approaches to end-of-life decisions, burial and mourning practices, and what it means to care for ourselves and others at times of grief.

    Classes are as follows - April 10: Jewish Approaches to Dying and End-of-life Decisions; April 17: Jewish Burial Traditions - Caring for Body and Soul; May 1: The Wisdom and Practice of Jewish Mourning.

  • Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Saturday, May 3, 2014 - 8:45am to 9:40am

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

  • Exploring the Bible with Dr. Sanford Goldfless

    Will meet at participants’ homes
    Monday, May 5, 2014 - 3:30pm

    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. This class will meet weekly through May, at participants’ homes.

    Cost: $15 per session (fee can be reduced to whatever you feel comfortable with)

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  • Sha'arim: Gateways to Jewish Life and Thought, with Rabbi Adam Lavitt

    First Unitarian Church in Newton: New classroom downstairs
    Monday, May 5, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    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!

    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.”

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  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, May 8, 2014 - 8:15am to 9:00am

    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

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  • Exploring the Bible with Dr. Sanford Goldfless

    Will meet at participants’ homes
    Monday, May 12, 2014 - 3:30pm

    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. This class will meet weekly through May, at participants’ homes.

    Cost: $15 per session (fee can be reduced to whatever you feel comfortable with)

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  • Sha'arim: Gateways to Jewish Life and Thought, with Rabbi Adam Lavitt

    First Unitarian Church in Newton: New classroom downstairs
    Monday, May 12, 2014 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

    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!

    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.”

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  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, May 15, 2014 - 8:15am to 9:00am

    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

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