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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

Kabbalah Reading Group

Wednesdays, Sept. 25, Oct. 23, Nov. 13, Dec. 11, Jan. 22, Feb. 26, Mar. 25, Apr. 22, May 27; 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. 

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Modern Hebrew, Level 1

Tuesdays, October 15 - March; 5:30-6:30pm

Has your Hebrew never progressed beyond what you learned for your bar or bat mitzvah? Or did you learn Hebrew once upon a time in high school or college and have forgotten most of it?

Modern Hebrew, Level 1 is a chance for you to begin to become proficient in Modern Hebrew!
The course will cover reading and writing, but mostly be focused on conversation.

This class is open to anyone post-Confirmation and older who can read letters and vowels in combination without much stumbling. If you are not sure if you meet the pre-requisite, please contact Katherine at ks@harhashem.org and she can provide you with more information.

The class will require work between sessions so that students are able to retain information.
Course fee ($60/members; $80/nonmembers) includes student text.

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Issues and Advocacy: Moral Resistance and Spiritual Authority

Wednesday, October 16 OR Sunday, October 20 OR Tuesday, October 22

Judaism teaches that doing leads to deeper understanding. Come to discuss the Torah of justice and social action. What keeps you awake at night and makes you want to get up and make change? Bring and share your concerns about the issues that matter to you. We'll move from discussion to brainstorming to action that we as a congregation can take to make a difference in our world. 

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Shabbat Evening Learning Service

Friday, November 1; 6:00pm

Why do we recite the words we do? How do the melodies fit in? Why do we go between Hebrew and English? The rabbis who created the order and choreography of the worship service were intentional about their choices. The rabbis who put together our Shabbat experience were quite innovative! During this special learner's service, walk through some of their choices and how we, as Reform Jews, have re-interpreted these. An insider look!

Ayeka: Getting Unstuck with God

Tuesdays, Nov. 12, Dec. 10, Jan. 14, Feb. 11, Mar. 10; 12:00-1:30pm

Who or what is God? Is God still relevant? Does "God talk" at services put you off? Throughout our history, in every time and place, Jews have struggled with the question of God. If your childhood vision of God (you know, the old-man-on-a-throne-in-the-sky) or the image advanced by outspoken segments of today's society don't work for you, this conversation is for you. In this course, designed for the first-timer or people who have already taken Ayeka, we will explore both traditional and modern theologies and try to extract meaning for ourselves.  Our goal is not to define "God" or dictate your relationship with God, but to enable each participant to form his or her own understanding of God. Please join us for an open and non-judgemental exploration. 

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Learning the Weekday Service

Thursdays, November 14, December 5 and December 12; 6:30-8:00pm

Let's learn the weekday liturgy and melodies together! You may want to become a minyan leader, both for shiva and/or community morning services (we hope to begin offering a service every Wednesday morning and are looking for volunteer leaders), or you might want to learn more of our prayers with no obligation to lead. Hebrew reading is not a pre-requisite; you should be able to read transliteration and pronounce Hebrew well.

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

Mondays, November 18, December 2, December 9, December 16; Noon-1:30pm

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.

Participants are encouraged to bring their bagged lunch to enjoy while we are together!

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My Thread in the Tapestry

Wednesday, December 4, 2019; 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

What happens when one travels to birthplace of one’s grandparents?

David Bernstein will talk about how looking into his family’s roots in Ukraine and Belarus drove him to make this spiritual and ultimately emotional trip. He will share photos and words of appreciation he offered to the memory of those who endured the hardship of overland and oceanic travel to improve the lives of themselves, their children and grandchildren and generations to come.

This session will explore, through David’s personal experience, the insights we gain when confronting and honoring the threads that make up the tapestry of our lives.

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Adult Education Calendar

Thu, October 17 2019 18 Tishrei 5780