Wednesday Courses

10:30 AM
Jan Courte
Examine the portion of the week (Parashat Ha’Shavua) using Eitz Chaim Chumash (Bible) and other commentators. No Hebrew required but helpful. Women only. Come grapple with the texts and deepen your understanding.
Dates: Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20,27
Location: Temple Torat Emet

12:00 NOON
Rabbi David Siff
In this introductory class, we will explore some of the basic concepts of Jewish mysticism (Kabbalah) through passages from the Zohar, the 12th century core text of Kabbalah.  We will explore concepts such as God’s immanence in the world, the origin of evil, the meaning of the mitzvoth, etc.  We will get to understand the Zohar’s theology, expressed through the sefirot, and understand the significance of these concepts.
Dates: Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9, 16, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6, 27
Location: Temple Torat Emet

12:30 PM
Cantor  Judith Ovadia
In this course we will study the stories of the first book of the Bible, from Adam through Joseph, and examine the parental failures, sibling rivalries, and other family dynamics that are portrayed.  
Dates: Feb. 13, 20, 27, Mar. 6
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

1:00 PM
Rabbi Alan Cohen
We will be studying the Book of Daniel: Was he a prophet, an early mystic, a lunatic, a confidant of Nebuchadnezzar or all of the above?
Dates: Dec 5, 12, 19, Jan. 9
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

1:30 PM
Rose Pappo Allen
This film series examines just a few of the little known places in the world where wandering communities of Sephardic Jewry took root.  Discussion about the films spans the broadest understanding of what constitutes Sephardic and Mizrahi culture.
Nov. 28 “The Last Jews of Libya”  Narrated by Isabella Rossellini. English and English subtitles.
Dec. 19 “Girona” and “Blue Like Me”  Double Bill: History of Jews, Kaballah and Bene Israel community of Mumbai, India.
Jan. 30 “Rhodes Forever” 500 year history of Juderiya on the Island of Rhodes, Greece.
Feb., 27 “Trezoros: The Lost Jews of Kastoria” Moving documentary of Jews from northwestern Greece.
Mar., 27 “Braids” Feature film based on true story of teenager imprisoned for 3 years in Iraq as Zionist. Follows the life of Jews in Iraq before 1950.
Location: Temple Shaarei Shalom

2:30 pm
Natalie Levine
We will read and discuss the following books written about Israel or by Israeli Authors.
The Diamond Setter by Moshe Sakal, translated by Jessica Cohen, Other Press, published 2018. Facilitated by Rabbi William Marder
A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon, translated by Ilana Kurshan.  The Jewish Publications Society, published.2014. Facilitated by Rabbi Alan Cohen
If All The Seas Were Ink by Ilana Kurshan, St. Martin Press, published 2017. Facilitated by Elaine Hoffman
All the Rivers by Dorit Rabinyan, translated by Jessica Cohen, N.Y. Random House, published 2017. Facilitated by Alan Pransky
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi. Harper, published 2018 Facilitated by Rabbi Howard Hoffman
Angels in the Sky by Robert Gandt. Pub.2018.  Facilitated by Dr. Avram Horowitz
Dates: Nov. 28, Dec. 19, Jan. 16, Feb. 20, Mar. 20, Apr. 17
Location: Temple Beth Tikvah

7:00 PM
Anschel Weiss, PhD
Participants will discuss the Torah portion to be read on the upcoming Shabbat in order to be able to make the Torah more accessible to them.
Dates: Nov. 7, 14, 28, Dec. 12, 19, Jan. 9, 23, 30, Feb. 6, 13, 27, Mar. 6, 13, 27
Location: Temple Torat Emet