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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.

Spring 2020 Course Offerings

 

  • BECOMING A SOULFUL PARENT
    Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31  7:30- 9 pm 
    in the Brookline/Newton area, exact location TBA

    Being a parent is awe-inspiring and joyful. It is also exhausting, humbling, lonely, and at times deeply frustrating! If you are like me, and feel like you could use more support moving forward on the longest, uncharted journey of your life, please join us for this Becoming a Soulful Parent Workshop.  

    In this interactive workshop we will draw on ancient Jewish texts that challenge us to embrace the mystery of our children, recognizing that they are not “mini-me’s.” Each class will include a mixture of text study, personal sharing, journaling and drawing. There will be food and drink and time to schmooze as well. If you are raising your children in partnership I encourage you to come make a “spiritual date” of it and come together. It’s a great way to reconnect with why you embarked on this crazy and amazing journey together in the first place! This class is best suited for parents of children ages 5 and up.

    Facilitated by Ilana Margalit, longtime TBZ member. As a mother, she tries as best as she is able to see her children clearly so she can respond to their ever changing needs from moment to moment, year to year. Ilana is also a nourishment counselor, licensed acupuncturist and a certified Dr. Sears’ L.E.A.N family wellness coach.
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  • WHO'S A JEW IN ISRAEL WITH PNINA LAHAV
    Tuesdays, May 5, 12 and 19 at 7:00pm

    We shall explore the Israeli conception of Jewish identity (“who is a Jew”) and Jewish nationhood as they relate to the concept of the state of Israel as a Jewish and Democratic State. A general overview of Israel’s emerging constitution through its Basic Laws will be offered, with a focus on the recent and controversial Basic Law “Israel as the Nation-State of the Jewish People” (chock ha-leom).
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  • LEARN TO READ HEBREW WITH RABBI SAM SEICOL
    Sunday Mornings, March 15, 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19 at 10:00am

    A 6-week course on basic Hebrew reading with exposure to some grammar and vocabulary. The focus will be on prayers. ​​​​​​​
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  • STORIES OF REBBE NACHMAN OF BRESLOV WITH RABBI EBN LEADER & NOAH WEINBERG
    Mondays, May 4, May 11, May 18 at 7:30pm​​​​​​​

    Rebbe Nachman of Breslov is one of the great masters of Jewish Imagination. We will try to open to his particular mode of teaching by spending equal time singing and listening to his words. We will go back and forth between Noah leading us in song and Ebn sharing some of Rebbe Nachman’s words to try to receive Rebbe Nachman’s teaching into our hearts and minds, our intellect and imagination. ​​​​​​​
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  • POST-HOLOCAUST THEOLOGY WORKSHOP WITH REB MOSHE
    Sunday, April 19 from 3:00-5:00pm ​​​​​​​

    The Shoah has caused many Jews to reject the foundations of Jewish faith. Many Jewish theologians have struggled with this issue for the last half-century. Join Reb Moshe to explore the many theological responses to the Shoah. This will be an opportunity for our own questions to be expressed within a supportive environment. ​​​​​​​
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  • WHAT BRACHA DO YOU SAY ON COMPOSTING? THE JEWISH THEORY AND PRACTICE OF
    COMPOSTING WITH RABBI LAURA BELLOWS AND RABBI NATAN MARGALIT

    Wednesdays, May 6,13, 20, 27, June 3, 10. 7:00-8:30pm

    A Hebrew College Open Circle class. Dig back into the Temple past and even earlier into our Indigenous roots, to find some really interesting hints to composting and its connection to t’hiyat hameitim (resurrecting the dead) among other things.
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Wed, November 25 2020 9 Kislev 5781