Everyone is welcome regardless of ability to pay. All classes and events are held at Temple B’nai Brith except Torah at Panera and Reading with the Rabbi.
Payment for classes (with the exception of Me’ah Select) can be made online or by check mailed to 201 Central St Somerville, MA 02145. Please make checks out to Temple B’nai Brith and note the name of the class on the memo line.
High Holiday Learning
Song of the Heart: High Holidays Edition
led by Rabbi Eliana
7:30pm Tuesday, August 28
We will learn various melodies used in the High Holiday prayers and the meaning of the words attached to these melodies, in the hope of enriching our spiritual experience and infusing our High Holidays with meaning. These classes are for everyone, whether you come to services or not, and whether you think you can sing or not!
10:30pm Saturday, September 1
The month of Elul is a traditional time of self-reflection; an opportunity to look back on our actions over the last year, think of ways to do better in the coming year, ask forgiveness of those around us, and extend forgiveness to others. Join us for a study session on the theme of forgiveness, followed by the midnight service of S’lichot (forgiveness).
led by Rabbi Eliana
7pm Sunday, September 16
Join us for an evening of chanting as we try to capture the mood of holiness and introspection of the High Holidays, to create a bridge between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Rabbi Eliana will teach us S’lichot (penitential) chants in an environment that is supportive, forgiving and spiritually uplifting.
Learning in the Sukkah
with Rabbi Eliana
7:30pm Wednesday, September 26
Join us for an evening of learning in the TBB sukkah. We will take a look at selected verses from Ecclesiastes customarily studied on Sukkot. Please bring your own bagged dinner.
Reading with the Rabbi
7pm Wednesdays October 17, November 21, December 19
at Panera Porter Square
Join Rabbi Eliana for Jewish themed reading, again or for the first time. Our fall titles will be Bed-Stuy is Burning (October), The Amazing Adventures of Kevalier & Clay (November) and Without a Country (December). We will meet once to discuss each book. Read and join the conversation for as many or as few books as you like. Registration is preferred, but not required. Click here to RSVP (appreciated but not required).
Martin Buber’s Hasidism and Modern Man
taught by Darshan Phil Weiss
6 sessions, 9:30 – 11am Sundays
Oct 14, 21, 28; Nov 4, 11, 18
Martin Buber was a major Jewish existentialist philosopher, who had a significant influence on both Jewish and Christian theology in the 20th century. His thought was one of the central motivators of the Jewish renewal movement. His versions of Hasidic stories (and his theoretical presentations of Hasidism) emphasized the this-worldly and communal aspects of Hasidic life. Last year, we studied Buber’s seminal philosophical work I and Thou. This year, we’ll study Hasidism and Modern Man, one of his theoretical works on Hasidism (actually, a collection of independent theoretical essays). We’ll read the six essays in chronological order, rather than the order in which they are printed, to follow the development of Buber’s mature attitude toward Hasidism. Students should try to pick up a copy of the work and read, for the first class session, the earliest essay, “The Life of the Hasidim.”
Zero to Fluent in Six Weeks : An Absolute Beginners Hebrew Class
taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
6 sessions, 1:30 – 3pm Sundays
Oct. 14, 21, 28; Nov. 4, 11, 18
This class is meant for people who have no Hebrew background whatsoever. It will take you from letter recognition to fluent reading in six weeks in a fun non-judgmental environment. This class is not focused on obtaining vocabulary, only on reading skills. All materials will be provided. Students should plan to be at all classes and practice 10 minutes daily.
with Rabbi Neal Gold
10 class sessions
Tuesdays 7 – 9:30pm
at TBB beginning Tuesday, October 23
The rabbis of the Talmudic and post-Talmudic eras expressed their creativity and spiritual ingenuity by approaching the Torah with a variety of analytical techniques, developing dramatic and important ways of interpreting the ancient text. Their approaches are gathered in the genre of Jewish spiritual literature known as “midrash.” We will explore an array of primary texts to learn how the rabbis produced the variety of legal (halakhic) and non-legal (aggadic) midrashim, the quintessentially Jewish way of understanding the Torah.
Register at hebrewcollege.edu
Tuition $300; Financial aid available
For more info contact Sara Brown of Hebrew College at 617-559-8708 or email@example.com
Torah at Panera
resuming October 16
8 – 9am Tuesday mornings
at the Porter Square Panera
Join us for these informal gatherings to discuss the weekly Torah portion. No Hebrew or previous knowledge is necessary, and you don't need to bring your own book. Come early if you wish to buy yourself coffee or breakfast so that we can start on time. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more info.
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