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             Adult Learning Classes

All presenters are TBZ members.
 Pre Registration recommended

The lifelong Jewish learning initiatives at Temple Beth Zion (TBZ) have been a hallmark of the congregation since its rejuvenation over 20 years ago. Our overall goal is to create literate Jews who are acquainted with the multifaceted and broad parameters of Jewish learning.

Whether it’s a weekly Mussar (character development) class; a semester long Wise Aging exploration; a monthly course on engaging with Israel; individual TBZ Talks; three-session courses, and day long study experiences, TBZ is blessed to utilize the marvelous reservoir of talent among our members. Our Rabbis and the professional academics in our shul, as well as lay experts in specific areas, help us to learn together and build community.

The Adult Education effort often partners with other TBZ groups to present special events that encourage our curiosity and provide us with a stronger basis for entering the millennial Jewish conversation. To that end, we are offering an assortment of stimulating and thought-provoking three week courses, monthly encounters and special events.

Introduction to Jewish Meditation
This is a perfect class for folks who don’t think they can meditate and is open to beginners and advanced students. Led by Reb Moshe
Wednesdays, October 10, 17, 24 -   7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.


Exploring Yossi Klein-Halevy – Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
This class will discuss the book, Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor, written by acclaimed author Yossi Klein-Halevi. The book is Klein-Halevy’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Palestinians and Israel. Dr. Jonathan Golden, Israel Curriculum Coordinator and a teacher of American history at Gann Academy will lead the discussion
Tuesdays, October 23, 30, November 6  - 7:00 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

(Please Note: Yossi Klein-Halevy will be speaking at TBZ on November 4. Details to follow.)

The Holistic Spiritual Journey: Jewish Paths to Connection and Creativity and Fulfillment
This class will explore a combination of traditional and innovative Jewish paths to spiritual growth. The class will involve meditation, movement, dynamic discussion, textual play and more, and will help participants develop your own skills and practices for continued spiritual growth. Taught by Rabbi Natan Margalit, Ph.D., founder, president and principal teacher at Organic Torah, a non-profit organization which fosters holistic thinking about Judaism, the environment and society.
Wednesdays, November 7, 14, 28 -   7:00 p.m. -8:30 p.m.


Freud, Vienna, and the Making of an Unconscious
This class is an overview of the environment in which Freud created his psychoanalytic theories. Taught by Dr. Diane O’Donoghue, a visual and cultural historian who directs the Program for Public Humanities at the Jonathan M. Tisch College for Civic Life at Tufts University where she is also the Senior Fellow for the Humanities.
Tuesdays, December 4, 11, 18 -     7:00p.m. – 8:30 p.m.


Jews Beyond the Boundaries – Surprising Communities Seeking Jewish Identity
This class is an exploration of multiple African communities who see themselves as part of the Jewish people. Taught by Len Lyons who has researched African Jewish communities and is the author of Ethiopian Jews of Israel: Personal Stories of Life in the Promised Land
Wednesdays, December 5, 12, 19 -  7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m



Wed, November 14 2018 6 Kislev 5779