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Adult Education

Learning enriches Jewish life and grows Jewish identity. The rabbis also teach us that when two people sit together to study Torah, the presence of God rests between them (Pirke Avot 3:3). At Har HaShem, whether you seek more knowledge, a connection to community or spiritual growth, we believe that these opportunities should exist at every age. We offer both formal and informal learning opportunities for our young people and adults.

For information about Adult Jewish Enrichment offerings, contact Katherine Schwartz, RJE, Director of Lifelong Learning at (303) 499-7077 ext. 112 or ks@harhashem.org

Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively, the Beit Midrash Way

Thursdays, December 17 and January 7, 14 and 21; 5:30-6:30pm

One fact people across political divides today may still agree upon is that civil discourse between the political divides is turning less and less civil. Indeed, the sheer lack of desire to try to understand those with opposing political opinions (or political identities) and disagree constructively over critical questions is posing an existential threat to democracies around the world.

In response, Rabbi Greene will be teaching this course launched by Pardes: Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem to create a "beit midrash/study hall" environment where we will learn together in pairs, critically studying together mahloket, conflicting opinions, found on every page of classic Jewish texts.

Mahloket Matters: How to Disagree Constructively is generously supported by the Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah, the EGL Charitable Foundation and Ronald Guttman.

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What Were Those Women Thinking?

Tuesdays: Jan. 26, Feb. 2, Feb. 9; 12:00-1:15pm

Our Torah and tradition are filled with many many stories of men.  But what about the women? How does Eve experience Abel’s murder? What about Miriam’s place in her brother’s infancy and giving him up? And Hamen’s wife! Now that is a story.  Wait, you don’t remember his wife? Exactly!  She must exist - we know all his son’s die in the end, but is she just sitting at home twiddling her thumbs?

Find out in this 3 session class in which we’ll explore the voices of women amplified by the rabbis and contemporary writers of midrash (stories that fill in the gaps we find in our sacred texts).

This class is free. In advance of the first class please purchase After Abel and Other Stories by Michal Lemberger.  You don’t need to read the book prior to the first class, but chapters will be assigned for the 2nd and 3rd class. Link to purchase the book.

This class will be taught virtually by Katherine Schwartz. Recipients will be sent a Zoom link prior to the first session. 

Open to members & non-members. Registration closes on Thursday, January 21.
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Awakening Your Soul: An Introduction to Jewish Meditation

Tuesday evenings, 7:00-7:50pm, monthly
Fall Dates:  October 6, November 3, December 8, January 5 and February 2.
Spring Dates: February 16,  March 2, April 6, May 4, June 8.

Have you ever asked yourself: How do I meditate? How do I keep up a practice? Why is it so hard for me to sit still for an extended period of time? Why do people always talk about how wonderful it is to meditate? 

This 5 session class will help you connect with others around your meditation practice.  

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Advanced Tikkun Middot 2.0

Monday evenings, 7:00-8:15pm, monthly
10/19, 11/16, 12/14, 1/11, 2/8, 3/15, 4/12, 5/10, 6/14

In a small supportive group, participants learn about, discuss and develop their middot (soul traits). Our structured curriculum includes a monthly group meeting, meditation, chanting, journaling and paired learning. 

*Please note, Advanced Tikkun Middot 2.0 is for Har HaShem Members only and has a pre-requisite of Tikkun Middot 1.0.

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Kabbalah Reading Group

Every other Wednesday, 6:30-8:00pm

This group meets to read and discuss The Zohar and Rabbi Kaplan's book Inner Space. Our discussion will center on Jewish mysticism generally and as applied in every day life. This will be a continuation of the study introduced by Professor Dan Matt during his visit last year. 

Check dates and get the Zoom link on our calendar

Adult Education Calendar

Fri, December 4 2020 18 Kislev 5781