Upcoming Education Events

  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, June 2, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am

    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 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org

  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am

    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 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org

  • All-Ages Erev Shabbat Service / Potluck

    60 Highland Street: Kitchen, Fellowship Hall, Sanctuary
    Friday, June 10, 2016 - 6:00pm
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Friday, June 10, 2016 - 5:30pm

    6 pm - Candle lighting and dinner;
    6:45 pm - Service

    Once a month, we gather for a potluck vegetarian dinner followed by a musical, all-ages erev Shabbat service. Join us for this fun, musical erev Shabbat experience appropriate for adults and kids of all ages (especially kids in pre-school through 4th grade).  We’ll end at 7:30 pm with Oneg Shabbat (dessert).

    Please bring a vegetarian/dairy main dish to share - enough for 15-20 people.

  • Tot Shabbat

    60 Highland Street: Room 111
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 10:45am to 12:00pm

    Tot Shabbat is a monthly Shabbat morning program, led by CDT members and educators Susan Moser and Tal Shalom-Kobi, for children age 5 and under and their parents. Join us in celebrating Shabbat with songs, stories, crafts and other fun activities!

  • Shavuot with Congregation Dorshei Tzedek

    60 Highland Street: sanctuary, kitchen, living room, room 212
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 8:00pm to Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 12:00am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Saturday, June 11, 2016 - 7:30pm to Sunday, June 12, 2016 - 12:30am

    Co-sponsored by Temple Hillel Bnai Torah

    This year, as we celebrate the mythic moment of receiving Torah on Mount Sinai, we will dedicate our learning to the memory of beloved CDT rebbetzin Gina Fried, zichronah l’vracha. It is traditional to usher in the holiday of Shavuot with all-night Torah study, and this evening we will both honor Gina’s gifts as a teacher and celebrate the rabbinic ordination of our Director of Congregational Learning, Shahar Colt!  So come learn with us.

    8:00pm

    Keynote talk with Fran Malino, director of Jewish Studies at Wellesley College. “Jewish Sisters in Muslim Lands: The Teachers of the Alliance Israélite Universelle.”  The Alliance Israélite Universelle, an international Jewish organization established in 1860, created a network of schools to educate Jewish girls and boys living in North Africa and the Middle East.  Fran will explore the goals, self-identity, struggles and accomplishments of the young women who founded and directed these schools.

    8:50pm

    Havdallah and champagne toast to Shahar!

    Session One: 9:15pm-10:00pm

    Harlot or Heroine? with Susie Tanchel.  The Book of Ruth, traditionally associated with Shavuot, focuses on Ruth’s actions and choice. This evening, through a close exploration of Genesis 38, we will look at another biblical woman’s choices and actions and her impact on our history. (This session is rated PG-13!) Susie is a Bible scholar and Head of School at the Jewish Community Day School.

    The Torah of Blintzes - Join the Okun/Lieberman family to learn how to make cheese blintzes, the iconic food for celebrating Shavuot!  The blintzes will be enjoyed later in the evening.

    Session Two: 10:10-10:55pm

    Hasidic Teachings on Song with Elaine Pollack.  Through the teachings of Reb Pinhas of Koretz, we discover the power of song in building community and relationship, so that prayer has the power to reach up to the divine.  Each teaching is matched to a song or prayer from our siddur, Kol HaNeshamah.  Elaine is a founder of CDT and was ordained at the Rabbinical School of Hebrew College in 2008, as part of its first class.  

    The Poetry of Mountains with Lisa Schneier.  We will explore what the mountain setting gives to the Revelation story through a group experience of poetry that brings us into a variety of human encounters with mountains.  CDT member Lisa Schneier is a lover of poetry, a former high school English teacher, and currently a professor of education.

    Blintz Break: 10:55-11:15!

    Session Three:  11:15-midnight   

    The Courage To Teach, with Jethro Berkman.  In this session we’ll explore the nature of teaching and learning through the lens of a classic rabbinic text and a modern Israeli poem.  CDT member Rabbi Jethro Berkman is the Dean of Jewish Education at Gann Academy.

    The Torah of Yoga: From Liberation to Revelation with Esther Kohn.  As we practice simple poses to free our bodies, minds, and spirits from everyday stress and constriction, we’ll discover how yoga can help us tune into the teachings and themes of Shavuot.  Esther is a devoted member of Congregation Dorshei Tzedek and an educator who has been practicing yoga for over twenty years.

    Midnight

    When the Heavens Open – We will come together at midnight for a brief closing teaching and meditation with Rabbi Toba Spitzer, at the time when, traditionally, the heavens open and the Torah (teaching) meant especially for each of us is most accessible.

  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, June 16, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am

    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 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org

  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, June 23, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am

    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 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org

  • Mindful Mornings

    60 Highland Street: Library
    Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am
    Booking Date/Time: 
    Thursday, June 30, 2016 - 8:30am to 9:15am

    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 8:30am, in order not to disrupt the session once we’ve started.)

    For more information, please email mindful-mornings [at] dorsheitzedek.org