Winter/Spring 2016 Community Education Courses
Registration for spring classes is now open! You can register in any of the following ways:
- By using our online registration form - click here.
- By calling the synagogue office at 617-625-0333
All spring classes are free and open to the public. Please invite your friends! Early registration is both recommended and appreciated.
Unless otherwise noted, all classes will be held in Nissenbaum Hall. Use the main entrance.
“How Do I Tikkun Olam?” Part 1 taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
Sunday, Feb. 28, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
A national poll of American Jews reveals that 50% list a commitment to social equality as the most important part of their Jewish identity, while only 17% cite religious observance and another 17% cite support for Israel. The concept of tikkun olam, “repair of the world,” has become a pillar of American Judaism. In this first of two classes, we will learn about the evolution and the meaning of the term tikkun olam. We will also discuss what types of action fall under tikkun olam and why we should all engage in some form of this important work.
“How Do I Tikkun Olam?” Part 2 taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
Sunday, March 6, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
Judaism considers giving tzedakah (charity) an obligation that all Jews share. Indeed, most of us donate regularly to various causes. Children today learn in religious school how to make wise tzedakah decisions, but most of us never had a chance to learn about charitable giving from a Jewish perspective, nor did we learn about the connection between the commitment to tzedakah and the commitment to tikkun olam. In this second class, we will discuss the Jewish guidelines for giving one’s time or money and provide some helpful guidelines for making good tzedakah decisions.
This class is free, but please bring a small donation to be given to an organization chosen in class. Thank you!
From Megillah to Purimspiel – A Purim Prep Class taught by Ruby Poltorak
Wednesday, March 16, 7-8:30 p.m. (Held in back classroom - enter at rear right side of building)
In this holiday prep class, we will learn about the background and evolution of the purimspiel, the Purim story presented as a satirical, humorous play. We will read together several sections from famous Yiddish author Itzik Manger's Purim play, The Megile, and discuss hidden meanings in this beautiful piece of Yiddish literature. No Yiddish background necessary -- we will be reading the English translation.
Ruby has taught and translated Yiddish, and has studied and taught Itzik Manger's The Megile. She sings in the 90-member Workmen's Circle Yiddish Chorus, and was a Yiddish vocalist in a Klezmer band for ten years.
CANCELED - Charoset, Macaroons & More! A Passover Recipe Exchange led by Matt Brookner
Sunday, April 3, 9:45 – 11 a.m.
Here’s a chance to recommend your favorite version of the seder plate staple that represents hard labor but sweetens the story of Passover. Bring your homemade charoset for an all-in-good-fun tasting competition. Or bring just your charoset recipe. Recipes for Passover desserts are also welcome. We'll taste everyone's charoset, share recipes, offer Pesach baking tips, and hear people’s fondest food memories of the holiday. This fun workshop might give you something new to talk about at your seder! Please bring charoset and/or a recipe to share.
Temple B’nai Brith is proudly sponsoring the 2016 Boston Jewish Food Conference on the same day as our recipe swap. There will be an opportunity to carpool to the conference in Newton. To learn more about the conference, go to: http://www.beantownjewishgardens.org/programs/boston-jewish-food-conference/.
Song of the Heart
taught by Rabbi Eliana Jacobowitz
Sunday, May 1, 9:45 – 11:15 a.m.
According to the midrash (homiletic interpretation of Jewish text), every part of creation, even the earth and the stones, gives praise to God in the form of a song. This singing is so pleasing to God that it is identified in one midrash as the reason God created the world in the first place. In human prayer, known also as the song of the heart, we join the rest of creation in praising the Creator. In this class we will learn various melodies used in prayer and the meaning of the words attached to these melodies in the hope of enriching our spiritual lives. This class is for everyone, regardless of whether or not you come to services and whether or not you think you can sing.