Classes will be from 10 - 11:30 a.m.

2016-2017 Schedule

Elul Prep with Rabbi Crystal & Rabbi (Sussman) Berezin
Thursday, September 8, 10 a.m. with Rabbi Crystal
Thursday, September 15, 10 a.m. with Rabbi Berezin

What’s It All About God: An Introduction to Jewish Mysticism with Rabbi Crystal
Thursdays, October 6-27 and November 3 &10, 10 a.m.
Jewish mysticism, Kaballah, and spirituality stand at the forefront of American Jewish life. Today, exploration of mystical texts in Judaism is combined with insights from meditation, world spiritual traditions and modern visions of the self and the soul. We will explore mystical texts from the Bible, the master work of mysticism called the Zohar, Hasidic masters and modern rabbis and teachers, including Rabbi Larry Kushner, Sylvia Boorstein and Rabbi Art Green.

The Magic of Rituals with Rabbi (Sussman) Berezin
Thursdays, November 17, December 1-15 and January 5-12,
10 a.m.
Ritual is one of the cornerstones of Judaism, becoming the way in which we mark significant, transitional moments in our lives. In this class, we will explore Jewish rituals: where do they come from? How have they evolved? What makes a ritual successful? And most importantly, how can we reimagine and reinvent rituals to become meaningful markers in our lives?

Amsterdam, Prague and Malta: A Jewish Journey with Cantor Shermet
Thursdays, January 19 & 26 and February 2-23, 10 a.m.
Explore the sights and sounds of the Jewish communities visited last winter by Cantor Shermet.

Meanings within Meanings, Stories within Stories: Uncovering the Wisdom of the Torah with Rabbi Crystal
Thursdays, March 2, 9, 23 & 30 and April 6, 10 a.m.
The Rabbis believe that beyond the words of a story in the Torah that every word and letter conveys a message from the Divine. The mystics expressed this idea when they said that the Torah is not just parchment and ink, it is black fire written on white fire. The early sage who wrote the Torah commentary called Midrash, Medieval rabbis and mystics, modern scholarship, and contemporary writers all offer interpretations of the Torah to for their age.

CantorLinsky webFrom Depression and Addiction to Recovery: A Cantor’s Personal Journey
Thursday, March 16, 10 a.m.
Cantor Patti Linsky will share with us her personal journey through addiction and depression. She is Cantor Emeritus of Temple Ahavat Shalom in Northridge, California.

Music of Today as Prayer and Prayer of Today as Music: What’s it all About? with Scott Littky
Thursdays, April 20 & 27 and May 4-18, 10 a.m.
Often when we hear a new song it seems to grip us and cause us to look for a deeper meaning. We also see this in worship. Why is this? Can contemporary music serve as Prayer?