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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

A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path

Wednesdays, February 5, 12, 19 and March 4 and 11; 12:30-2:00pm

A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path, edited by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan, PhD, was published in 2018 by the CCAR Press. The book contains a broad look at Reform Judaism: our history, our theology, the development of our prayer, and our mission in this world. Many of our most important rabbis and thinkers are represented in this book, as authors of its chapters or as writers of the texts cited within its chapters.

Below are the chapters that we will discuss in depth at each of our sessions.

Session 1: History
Session 2: Mitzvot & Ethics
Session 3: Justice
Sesssion 4: Spirituality
Session 5: Ongoing Revelation

Artist Scholars-in-Residence: A Weekend of Pop Culture Torah

Husband and wife “dynamic duo” Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik spend a lot of their time talking about Judaism, comic books, and art — and are excited to be coming to your community to have you join their conversation, tell them about your favorite biblical or comic book hero, and make some art.

They have a powerful one-two punch, bringing deep Jewish scholarship together with a contemporary reinterpretation of the traditional art of papercutting, providing workshop participants with the opportunity and tools to make visual biblical commentary — what they call “paper midrash.” 

Sacred Spaces in Comic Books and Holy Books
Friday, February 28 | 6:00 PM
 

Join us at Friday night services for a special visual sermon by our scholars-in-residence, Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik. The “dynamic duo” will dive deep into this week’s Torah portion and explore the Batcave, the Fortress of Solitude, and the Holy of Holies. Holy Torah, Batman!

 
Pop Culture Torah Workshop: Torah Study with Knives
Saturday, February 29 | 11:45am-3:00pm
 
 

Join us for a hands-on papercutting workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to create meaningful “Paper Midrash" through art; study text and create your own visual interpretation of this week’s Torah portion. No experience necessary — you don’t have to know how to paint or draw. We bring the knives and comic books, you bring your enthusiasm!

Pop Culture Torah Presentation: Women of Valor and Other Super Heroes
Saturday, February 29 | 5:00-6:30pm
 
 

What do Wonder Woman and Miriam have in common? Join husband and wife scholars-in-residence, Isaac and Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik, for an engaging presentation on women in comics and Judaism. They have a powerful one-two punch, bringing together contemporary art, pop culture, and midrash.

Pop Culture Torah Workshop: Torah Study with Knives
Sunday, March 1| 9:00am-12:00pm
 
 

Join us for a hands-on papercutting workshop where you’ll have the opportunity to create meaningful “Paper Midrash" through art; study text and create your own visual interpretation of this week’s Torah portion. No experience necessary — you don’t have to know how to paint or draw. We bring the knives and comic books, you bring your enthusiasm!

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Dynamic Duo

Isaac Brynjegard-Bialik cuts up comic books and reassembles them into papercuts that explore the stories of the Jewish people, connecting popular culture with sacred texts. He has shown his papercuts in galleries across the United States, and his work is in the hands of collectors around the world. Isaac regularly speaks about the intersection of art and Judaism, has written on the topic for the CCAR Journal, and maintains an annual summer residency at URJ Camp Newman.

Rabbi Shawna Brynjegard-Bialik adapts traditional Jewish concepts to a modern Reform context, and brings that synergy to students of all ages. She is an engaging teacher of Torah, bringing text to life with her unique, modern perspective. She received a Master of Hebrew Letters in 1998 from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion in Cincinnati, was ordained in 2002 as a member of HUC-JIR’s first Los Angeles class, served as Associate Rabbi at Temple Ahavat Shalom (Northridge, California), and has been a member of the faculty of URJ Camp Newman every summer for the past dozen years.

They met at Jewish camp in high school, and have three teenage daughters.

Midrash: Who is Like You?

Tuesday, March 31; 12:00-1:30pm

During our daily and Shabbat services we recite the Mi Chamocha, the prayer that celebrates the miracle of the splitting of the sea. How do we understand that miracle and how do we intellectually and emotionally connect to that Torah moment today?

Through the traditional and contemporary melodies of the Mi Chamocha, the representations in visuals art, text and poetry, we will explore how we can connect to this moment in Torah and say a prayer in our Siddur, prayer book.

 

Adult Education Calendar

Wed, February 26 2020 1 Adar 5780