Adult learning is a vital part of our congregation. Here are some of the programs that are offered on a regular basis. Please see the calendar for actual dates.
Our congregation began its history with a seminar on Reconstructionism. It was only after a few years of people coming together to study the writings of Mordecai Kaplan that they decided to hold Shabbat and holiday services. By our engaging in these seminars, we keep alive the intention of our founders, that our spiritual experiences be tied to a self-conscious approach to Judaism grounded in an understanding of the Jewish People’s history. To that end, Rabbi Lee will offer two biweekly seminars. Previous attendance at either of these seminars is not required, nor is regular attendance necessary.
Shabbat Seminar with Rabbi Lee Friedlander: The History of Israel: A Documentary Approach: We began our examination of Zionism five years ago through the lens of the writings of Zionist and anti-Zionist ideologues. Last year we arrived at the founding of the modern State and reached beyond to the Six Day War. We will continue to critically review the development of the State through original source political and sociological documents. This seminar meets biweekly on Shabbat afternoons from noon to 1:30p.m.
Bible Study with Rabbi Lee Friedlander: This group has been and continues to be committed to reading every word of the Hebrew Bible (in English translation). After more than a decade and a half, the group has reached the so-called Minor Prophets, minor not in importance, but in the amount of material that has survived of theirs. We will pick up the reading with the Book of Hosea and will move on to some of the more esoteric prophets including Joel and Obadiah. This seminar meets biweekly on Thursday nights from 8:00 to 9:30 p.m.
Women’s Rosh Hodesh with Rabbi Jodie Siff: meets once each month, October-May. This year we are studying the Torah portion of the week through women’s commentaries.
Below is a list of meeting dates Nov. 2013-May 2014 and Torah portions.
November 13 Vayishlach Genesis 32:4-36:43
December 11 Veyechi Genesis 47:28-50:26
January 8 Beshalach Exodus 13:17-17:16
February 5 Tetzaveh Exodus 27:20-30:10
March 5 Vayikra Leviticus 1:1-5:26
**Women’s Seder-March 26
May 7 Behar Leviticus 25:1-26:2
Men’s Group: Meets 7:30 - 9:30 PM one Wednesday per month.
Cantor’s Study Group with Cantor Eric Schulmiller: Meets to study and share Friday evening Shabbat dinner
Adult B’nay Mitsva: An opportunity for adults to become Bar or Bat Mitsva through a two year process which includes classes taught by RSNS clergy.