Jewish Life & Practice
Beyond Dispute: Debates That Shape Jewish Life
Select Wednesday Evenings
New class! Rabbi Ari Sunshine leads an exploration of the philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural disputes that are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change based on context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish or universal causes in our giving? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion? Go beyond conflicts to uncover essential questions and build a more inclusive view of the Jewish past, present, and future. Ongoing. RSVP to Theresa at email@example.com
Adult B'nei mitzvah Program
Missed out on a Bar or Bat Mitzvah ceremony when you were younger? Did you choose Judaism later in life? Want to update your shul skills and knowledge to the level your child will learn for his/her Bar/Bat Mitzvah? If you've never had the opportunity to celebrate becoming Bar or Bat Mitzvah, consider embarking on that path now at Shearith Israel!
Our Adult B’nei Mitzvah class includes training in Hebrew reading and ritual skills including Shacharit (the morning service), Torah reading, and (time permitting) Haftarah reading.The class will also feature a general Judaics component exploring key aspects of Jewish tradition in depth. The course will culminate with an Adult B’nei Mitzvah ceremony.
This two-year course meets select Sunday mornings, beginning November 3 running through May 10, from 9:30-11:30 am.
Class meets during the school year for 21 sessions each year. Teachers are our Klei Kodesh and Tamar Leventhal.
Please note the $360 course and materials fee.
Dates for year one, 2019 - 2020
November 3, 10, 17
December 8, 15, 22
January 12, 26
February 2, 9, 23
March 1, 8, 15, 29
April 5, 12, 19, 26
May 3, 10
Sign up HERE
INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM
Year-long class offers a transformative learning experience open to anyone — Jew or non-Jew — who wants to deepen Jewish knowledge or explore the possibility of conversion. Introduces the basics of Jewish thought, practice, holidays and history and basic Hebrew reading through lectures, discussions, hands-on experiences, readings and meaningful personal sharing along the way. Location will rotate.
$180 per person or $270 per couple, plus books.
Meets Tuesdays| 7 pm Beginning October 29
RSVP to Theresa at firstname.lastname@example.org
Learn Trope skills for reading Torah.
Tuesdays | 6:30 pm
Prerequisite: Solid Hebrew reading skills are a requirement.
RSVP to Avi at email@example.com. Future classes cover Haftarah, High Holidays Trope and Megillah Trope.
Socialize & Study
guys night out: spirited study
Shearith Israel Book Club
Join us in the Beit Midrash on select Shabbat afternoons, from 1 - 2 pm for fascinating discussions
about some of the most interesting nonfiction reads on Israel.