||Introductions – Practical Judaism on one foot
||An introduction to who we are and why we are all together on this transformative journey.
||What’s with all the bowing?
||Jewish Prayer – Choreography (sitting, standing, bowing, shuckling) when we do what we do.
||Jewish Prayer Cont. –
||It’s a big topic folks. We will continue our discussion about Jewish Prayer
||Shabbat: Palace in Time
||The greatest Jewish invention– a weekly vacation from ordinary time, a chance to unplug from our distractions and reconnect with ourselves and each other.
||Jews by Choice: A guest panel
||Join us as we host a panel of “Jews by Choice” who will share tell their own stories of conversion and answer any questions that you may have.
||Understanding Jewish Ritual Objects
||From Torah and Tefillin to Mezuzot and Tzedakah boxes: We will explore the many ritual items found in the synagogue and in the homes of the Jewish people.
||Hanukah: Festival of Lights
||There are many ritual objects that we associate with Hanukah, tonight we will learn how to light the Hanukiah (and why it is not called a Menorah). We will spin some driedels and snack on some Gelt. We will also spend some time talking about how to navigate the other winter holidays with family and friends.
||Starting Over: The High Holy Days
||We will take a hands on approach to renewal rituals and what we do during this season
||Never Again: A Story from the Holocaust
||Hear first-hand testimony from a survivor of the Holocaust and recommit to building a world where such horrors will someday be impossible.
||The Jewish mission to Heal the World
||In this class we will talk about social justice, arguably the essential Jewish mission. We will explore key concepts like tzedakah (righteous giving) and tikkun olam (healing the world).
||A Time to Mourn: Traditions for Death, Grief & Healing
||Judaism teaches us to approach life’s hardest moments with compassion and community. Explore the practices that help us navigate grief and heartache, and move from sadness to renewed life.
||We will discuss the observance of the minor Holidays such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Tu B’shevat, Shavu’ot and Tisha B’Av.
||Music with Cantor
||We will enjoy some fantastic music with the Cantor
||Kashrut: Jewish Dietary Laws
||We sit down to eat multiple times a day– what if each time could be an opportunity to affirm our deepest values and connect with our ancient ancestors? Kashrut teaches us to eat mindfully. We will have a master challah guest baker in class this evening.
||Blessings: What do we Bless and Who can Bless?
||We will discuss and practice a few of the 100 blessings that we are to say every day.
||How do we “Love our Neighbor as ourselves”
||The Ten Commandments
||Need we say more
||Purim: What all the fuss about Haman (Booo!)
||The Schpiel, the food and practices of the Holiday of Purim
||The Seven Circles
||A framework for Jewish Life
||We re-enact this redemption every year at the Seder. We will end our time to together with a mock Seder.