Pirkei Avot Discussion – Join this discussion of Pirkei Avot, Chapters of our Fathers, which focuses on ethics and morals. Come discuss this unique and deeply interesting piece of Jewish literature. (This group will meet most Sundays, check announcements for exact dates) You can access texts here: Pirkei Avot on Sefaria. – on Zoom.
 
Jewish Prayer 101 – Ever wondered about the structure, choreography and meaning of the prayers we recite and sing at Shabbat and Festival services?  Pre-requisites: None. No Hebrew required. 3 sessions: 7-8:30 pm  Feb. 3 If interested contact Rabbi Appleby

 

Mussar – Come join in small group study of Mussar, that Rabbi Teri will facilitate, as we explore together, in a safe and caring environment, what the Jewish tradition has to teach us about the traits of humility, gratitude, equanimity, patience, order and honor, among others – and discover how you can improve these qualities in your own life. 7:00pm on Tuesday evenings on Zoom. Minimum: 6 students (maximum 10). I can add a second group if more people are interested. Book: Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis. Please contact Rabbi Teri Appleby at rabbi@bethshalomsynagogue.org if interested. (Classes: Feb. 9, 23 – March 9, 23- April 6, 20 – May 4, 18 – June 1, 15)

 

Old World & New World Reform Judaism – Wednesdays, February 3, 10 at 7 – 8:15 pm, taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel We will be looking at the origins of Reform Judaism and how the differences between Europe and the United States affected its development. We will also look at the future of Reform Judaism, both in the Diaspora and in Israel.

 

Judaism’s Great Debates –  Wednesdays, March 3, 10, 17, 24, from 7 – 8:15 pm –  taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel Not surprisingly, Jews do not always agree and at key moments in our history, there have been debates about what direction Judaism should go. Does spirituality come from intellect or from emotion? What are the boundaries of Jewish thought? We will examine four key debates from the time of the start of Hasidism to an imagined debate between Theodor Herzl and Rabbi Isaac M. Wise about Zionism. We think we know who won, but there is more to the story.

 

URJ Introduction to Judaism Online – Thursdays, March 18 – July 29, from 7 – 8:30 pm, taught by Rabbi Batsheva Appel The 21 session class is for individuals considering conversion, spiritual seekers, adults raising Jewish children, interfaith couples, and Jews who want to learn more about Judaism. (If you registers for this class, you will be with Rabbi Appel. Other classes are available. There is a fee of $450 for the class, and there is scholarship money available. For a scholarship assistance, registrants should apply both to the URJ as well as call or email Rabbi Appel. For more information, click here.