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Beit Midrash (Adult Education) 2021-2022

THE ONLINE ENROLLMENT FORM IS BELOW THE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS
In-person classes are for members only and in-person attendees MUST be vaccinated against COVID-19
and follow current masking protocols at all times while inside the building. 
Non-members may register for hybrid/virtual classes. 

Each class is $54 a session. Hybrid/Virtual Classes available as noted. 

Schedule
First Period: 6:30pm-7:20pm
Second Period: 7:30pm-8:20pm

Course Descriptions

 
SPRING SESSION ADULT CLASSES
Mondays February 21st, 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
— First Period (6:30–7:20pm) —
writing personal prayers:
creating and maintaining an intimate connection with the divine (virtual option available)
INSTRUCTOR: Rabbi Scott Nagel
If you were to ask a Jewish person if Jews prayed, you would likely be told that we do. If pressed further about what Jews do, you would likely be told that Jews recite the words of the siddur/ prayerbook, or that they say blessings. If you pressed further, to ask if Jews pray directly to God, with their own words, outside of the synagogue or recognized ritual moment, you would likely get a negative response. Yet, there is a long history of Jewish personal prayer, expressed directly to God. These are prayers of joy and thanksgiving, of sorrow and hopelessness, of need and anticipation. Some of these prayers include petitions – “please help me” – but some are simply a statement of the truth – “this is how I feel. Are You there?” Despite this history, Jewish personal prayer as spiritual practice is hardly known, and even less engaged in. The absence of such prayer in Jewish life lessens the potential for communal and liturgical prayer to be meaningful. One step toward that goal is to identify practices – Jewish practices – of personal prayer that might be accessible and meaningful for us as contemporary Jews. In this class we will examine Jewish personal prayer models and develop our own person prayers with the goal of making our own prayer more reflective of our intention, sense inner growth, and desire to create relationships with ourselves, our community, our world, and the Divine. Together we will seek to develop and grow our spiritual lives. This is surely something worth praying for.              
 
 
— Second  Period (7:30pm–8:20PM) —
An Exploration of Global Jewish Communities:
Australia, China, Ethiopia, India, Iran, and Yemen  (virtual option available)
INSTRUCTORS: Rabbi Scott Nagel and Cantor Sarah Beck-Berman
Together we will explore the uniqueness and sameness of Jewish communities from around the world and discover how surrounding cultures have influenced and been influenced by the Jewish communities. We will look at rituals and practices, cuisine, music, and communities with the goal of expanding our knowledge and ideas about who is a Jew and what it means to be a Jew, while also expanding possibilities for our own practices and expressions of Judaism. Each session will be an exploration into a new region and culture!
 

Beit Midrash 2021-2022 Registration 

 

By registering to attend in-person, you are confirming that you are fully vaccinated and boostered against COVID-19 (defined as two weeks after the second dose in a two-dose series or two weeks after the first dose in a single-dose vaccine or two weeks after a booster shot if it is 6 months or more since the final dose of an intial vaccination series). 

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Spring Session: Meets Mondays February 21st, 28th March 7th, 14th, 21rd, 28th 


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Spring Session: Meets Mondays February 21st, 28th March 7th, 14th, 21rd, 28th 


 

Sat, May 21 2022 20 Iyyar 5782