OUR VISION for Jewish living & learning
Our Rodef Sholom community is immersed in lifelong, intergenerational learning. We explore texts and traditions, pushing for ways to see the relevance in our own modern lives. Our children and teens engage in stimulating, interactive learning; adult members tackle issues from many perspectives, stretching minds through the exchange of ideas and drawing on the profound richness of our heritage.
Just as it has throughout our history, Jewish learning today stands as the foundation of meaning and purpose in our lives.
adult learning opportunities - fall 2017
- Exploring Judaism Part One: An Introduction
- Exploring Judaism Part Two: Special Topics in the Study of Judaism
- Mindfulness and Social Justice: Connecting Personal Practice to Changing the World
- Jewish Meditation and Mindfulness
- Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class
- Beginning Hebrew
- Torah with Soul/Torah on the Trails
- Chevra Kadisha
- Fall Shabbat Speaker Series
Select Sunday mornings starting September 24, 9:15 - 10:15 am, Library
In this class, we will cover the three pillars of Judaism mentioned in the Mishnah: Torah, Prayer and Acts of Loving Kindness/Social Justice (Torah, Avodah, Gemilut Chasadim). Within these topics we cover history, the Jewish holidays, and deepend our ability to interpret and understand texts. This class welcomes learners of all ages and levels looking to ground themselves in the basics of Judaism. If you have not yet taken this course, we encourage you to take it before or concurrently with Exploring Judaism Part Two.
Select Sunday mornings starting September 24, 10:15 - 11:25, Library
During 2016-2017, Exploring Judaism Part Two covered a history of God and theology, the history of anti-Semitism, and Jewish texts on current issues: refugees, immigration, and relationship to the "other."
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class
Select Thursdays beginning October 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm
Have you never celebrated your own bar/bat mitzvah? Is it something you thought you would get to one day? Is your child beginning the process and you would like to make the experience richer and deeper for your entire family?
Want to be able to read the Hebrew of the prayers you know and love? Interested in developing a foundation for interpreting our sacred texts or in reading the street signs next time you travel to Israel? This class assumes a beginner level in reading, writing and comprehension. Alona will begin with the basics of the Hebrew alphabet, and over the course of ten weeks work towards a reading-level of our prayerbook. Along the way you will also learn to decipher some Hebrew roots, deepen your knowledge of our prayers, and develop a supportive community of Hebrew language learners.
Third Saturdays, 8:30 am
On the 3rd Saturday of each month, Torah with Soul takes to the trails! Weather permitting, join us for some soul-lifting Torah, Jewish camaraderie and a short hike.