Lifelong Learning

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 

Exploring Judaism: An Introduction
Select Sunday mornings, 9:15 - 10:15 am, Library
Fall 2018 DATES: October 7, 14 & 21 | November 4 & 11 | December 9 & 16
Winter/Spring 2019 DATES: January 6, 13 & 27 | February 3, 10 & 24 | March 10, 17, 24 & 31 | April 14
This course is organized around the three pillars of Judaism mentioned in the Mishnah: Torah, Prayer, and Acts of Loving Kindness/Social Justice. Through this lens we also cover the Jewish calendar, Shabbat practice, and holidays. This class welcomes learners of all ages and levels looking to (re-)ground themselves in the basics of Judaism.

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Exploring Judaism Beit Midrash: Martin Buber and The Way of Man
Select Sunday mornings, 10:15 - 11:25, Library
Fall 2018 DATES: October 7, 14 & 21 | November 4 & 11 | December 9 & 16 
Winter/Spring 2019 DATES: January 6, 13 & 27 | February 3, 10 & 24 | March 10, 17, 24 & 31 | April 14
In this course we will study Martin Buber’s philosophy through his work, The Way of Man. Told through stories of imagination and spirit, The Way of Man offers us a life-enhancing method for understanding ourselves and our place in the world. 

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Beginning Hebrew with Alona Rafael
Ten Consecutive Wednesdays starting October 17, 6:00 - 7:00 pm, Brandeis classroom
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 10 weeks, work towards a reading-level understanding of our prayer book. 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.

There is a fee of $150 for this series of 10 classes, plus a book fee. Feel free to invite your friends!

Adult B'nai Mitzvah Class with Cantor David Margules
Thursdays, beginning October 25, 6:00 - 7:30 pm
We will study texts, prayers, and music, culminating in a community Shabbat service where you will be called to the Torah as a bar/bat mitzvah. The Torah portion will be based on your individual birth date. We will chant from many parts of the Bible and learn from a variety of Biblical stories.
The fee is $500 and includes all study materials. Financial assistance is available for members of Rodef Sholom.

New this Fall! Kehillah Groups
Kehillah groups are intentional, lay-led communities whose members meet on a regular basis with the understanding that Jewish tradition and deep personal relationships add meaning to our lives. Whether casting for fish, taking photos, or sharing stories, Kehillah groups will provide space for reflection, discussion, and communal celebration. This fall we’re offering Wise Aging and Mussar circles. Have an idea for a group or want to join? Contact Moji at [email protected].

Morning Altars with Day Schildkret
Wednesday, October 24, 6:15 pm, Rodef Sholom Sanctuary
Calling all people who love the earth and want to make beauty with her. Morning Altars is a hands-on practice that is part creative expression, part mindfulness, and part nature connection. Each step offers an innovative way to slow down, open to wonder and curiosity, and listen to the language of the land. Explore the steps in creating art from nature with beloved fire circle teacher Day Schildkret.

URJ President Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Thursday, November 8, 6:00 pm dinner
President of the Union for Reform Judaism, Rabbi Jacobs is dedicated to global social justice issues, Rabbi Jacobs was part of a delegation that assessed disaster response following Haiti’s earthquake in 2010;  he observed the plight of Darfur refugees as part of an international humanitarian mission to the Chad-Darfur border area in 2005, and participated in an annual conference of Muslim and Christian leaders designed to build understanding between the West and the Muslim world. Dinner is free of charge, but an RSVP is required.

Torah with Soul
Most Saturdays (with the exception of the third Saturday of the month), 9:00 am, Library
Whether you are a Torah veteran, or completely new to Torah, all are welcome. Starting on October 6, Torah with Soul will move from 9:15 am in the Conference Room to 9:00 am in the Library (2nd floor of the JCC).
Torah on the Trails
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.
Click the link below to be added to the email list for Torah with Soul and/or Torah on the Trails.