Practical Judaism Class

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Practical Judaism Class 2017-05-04T15:02:44+00:00

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Tuesdays, 7:00pm-8:15pm
Meets in the Small Chapel

Begins on Tuesday, November 1st

  • Are Jew curious?
  • Were you born Jewish but you want to know more?
  • Are you interested in finding out about conversion?
  • Is your partner Jewish and you want to participate more fully?

Join Rabbinic Student Debi Lewis (Debi Scott) for an introductory look at the fundamental practices of Judaism. This class will be an experiential take on how to “do Jew”. We will meet once a week and we will take a hands on approach to exploring the fundamental practices and rituals of Judaism. This class is suitable for absolute beginners as well as people looking for a fresh take on a timeless tradition.

Topics Include: “Prayer: What’s with all the bowing?” “Tzedakah, how to begin and sustain the practice”,”Blessings for Shabbat”, “How to make a Challah” and many more.

Enrollment remains open throughout the year, and a yearlong commitment to this class s a basic requirement for anyone considering conversion. The cost of class is included in CBB membership, or $180 for unaffiliated community members.

*Classes are subject to minor changes. Updates available on our website. Best way to stay up to date with last minute changes is by signing up for our e-newsletter. You may email in order to sign up for our e-news, which is available to all community members.

Practical Judaism Class Schedule 16/17

***Handouts will be provided unless otherwise noted.

Date Topic Info
Nov 1 Introductions – Practical Judaism on one foot An introduction to who we are and why we are all together on this transformative journey.
Nov 8 What’s with all the bowing? Jewish Prayer – Choreography (sitting, standing, bowing, shuckling) when we do what we do.
Nov 15 Jewish Prayer Cont. – It’s a big topic folks. We will continue our discussion about Jewish Prayer
Nov 22 No Class
Nov 29 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.
Dec 6 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.
>Dec 13 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.
Dec 20 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.
Dec 27 No Class
Jan 3 Starting Over: The High Holy Days We will take a hands on approach to renewal rituals and what we do during this season
Jan 10 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.
Jan 17 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).
Jan 24 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.
Jan 31 Minor Holidays We will discuss the observance of the minor Holidays such as Sukkot, Simchat Torah, Tu B’shevat, Shavu’ot and Tisha B’Av.
Feb 7 Music with Cantor We will enjoy some fantastic music with the Cantor
Feb 14 No Class
Feb 21 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.
Feb 28 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.
Mar 7 Jewish Ethics How do we “Love our Neighbor as ourselves”
Mar 14 The Ten Commandments Need we say more
Mar 21 Purim: What all the fuss about Haman (Booo!) The Schpiel, the food and practices of the Holiday of Purim
Mar 28 The Seven Circles A framework for Jewish Life
April 5 Passover We re-enact this redemption every year at the Seder. We will end our time to together with a mock Seder.