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: October 7, 14 & 21 | November 11 | December 2, 9 & 16
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.
Exploring Judaism Beit Midrash: Martin Buber and The Way of Man
Select Sunday mornings, 10:15 - 11:25, Library
Fall 2018: October 7, 14, 21 & 28 | November 11 | December 2, 9 & 16
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.
Raising a Mensch: A Toolkit for Parenting Teens
Taught by Rabbis Stacy Friedman and Lara Regev
4 Wednesday Nights during Midrasha (6:15-7:45 pm), held in Rabbi Stacy's study
October 3 & 17, November 7 & 28
Parenting has never been easy - but in a culture that encourages more screen time than face time, how can you make sure that your teens stay connected to what really matters in life? Join Rabbis Stacy Friedman and Lara Regev as we explore Jewish wisdom on parenting with topics ranging from raising a mensch and fostering resilience, to navigating technology, boundaries, gender, sexuality and more. This program also provides an opportunity to meet other parents of teens for conversation and parenting community.
Hope to see you there!
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. Check out the Mussar Circles (that are forming in October 2018, and sign up for the one that appeals to you. If you have any questions or ideas for additional Kehillah Groups, contact Moji Javid 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: Why Synagogues Matter
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 (2nd floor of the JCC)
Whether you are a Torah veteran, or completely new to Torah, all are welcome!
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.