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Congregational Learning: 2019-2020

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Registration 2019-2020 Congregational Learning

Congregational Learning at Temple B’nai Abraham provides opportunities for learners of all ages to explore their identities as Jews. Through spiritual, academic and social programs and courses, opportunities for learning bring people together, helping to create a special sense of family and community. Most classes are open to the community and free. Dates and times are subject to change. Please use this form to register for TBA congregational learning programs. If you have any questions, before registering please call the Temple office at 973.994.2290.
  • Courses

    The community is welcome to attend. All courses and programs are free, unless otherwise indicated.
  • Join the lively discussion of legend and lore, the ancient world and the modern one, the Jewish people’s feelings about its God, and God’s feelings about His people. Through our reading of the weekly portion, with the support of traditional and contemporary commentaries, we seek not only to understand the profundities of Torah, but also to understand the world and ourselves a little better. Parallel English/Hebrew texts will be used. We hope you’ll stay for services, but even if you can’t, stop by for a weekly dose of Torah!
  • Ethics of our Ancestors (Pirkei Avot) All are welcome for a lively discussion and exploration of Pirkei Avot. Through a close study of Rabbi Dr. Shmuly Yanklowitz's Pirkei Avot: A Social Justice Commentary, each month we will explore life's wisdom through ancient texts and modern interpretations. Each session is independent so come to one, many or all. Bring your own dairy lunch, beverages will be provided.

    Thursdays, 11:30 AM-12:30 PM

  • This class is for all those seeking to rediscover their Judaism. It may be that you find yourself in a new chapter of life; it may be that you simply seek to learn more. Participants will help choose class topics as we explore what paths toward meaning Judaism can offer us. Topics may include Shabbat and holiday practices, life cycle events, mysticism, health, approaches to eating, teenagers, caring for aging parents, etc.

    This class will be taught via Zoom (a video conferencing tool, meaning that you can participate from wherever you are on your phone, tablet, or desktop!) Register here and then instructions to attend will be sent to you via email! Mondays, 8:00 to 9:00 PM. *Two meetups at Temple are planned on December 16 and May 18.

  • We will dive into twelve fantastic Talmudic texts that deal with key issues confronting Judaism today, including such topics as pluralism, disagreement, revelation, and balances of power. No background in Talmud is necessary, and this course is taught using English translations. Bring your own dairy lunch, beverage will be providedSteinsaltz Talmud set donated by Susan and Richard Kogan.

    Mondays, 12:30 to 1:30 PM

  • The class is designed for lay people with limited Hebraic and Biblical knowledge. All sessions will be 75 minutes. We will closely read the Book of Samuel focusing on one main character a week ( Eli, Samuel, Saul, David) plus the female actors. We will gain a fresh, empathetic view of the text in terms of the corrosive effects of power upon leaders while applying its wisdom through the prism of our lives and internalizing its lessons vis-à-vis our own roles in society. Using Halbertal and Holme’s The Beginning of Politics: Power in the Biblical Book of Samuel, as a guide, we will be able to understand the basic narrative, identify pitfalls inherent in wielding power, discuss its effect on both the powerful and powerless, and gain new personal and contemporary political insights.

    Thursdays, 7:00 to 8:15 PM

  • Rosh Hodesh is the celebration of the new Hebrew month and is a special time for women. Sisterhood—The Women’s Connection welcomes all women to join in an evening of learning, warmth, and spiritual growth. The Spring Rosh Hodesh event features a Women’s Seder before Passover. Join us each or any month and feel the sisterhood connection
  • The B’nai Abraham Book Group will have engaging, meaningful, and edifying conversations about different books each month. During the first session we will together develop a rich, varied, and provocative reading list for the coming year.

    Wednesdays 7:30 to 8:30 PM

  • This two-part class is open to the community and hopes to increase an awareness of organ donation generally and within the Jewish community specifically. We will clearly and simply explain the different kinds of donation procedures and Jewish bioethical opinions on each. We will study sources and commentaries on the overriding Jewish concept of Pikuach Nefesh (saving a life) as well as other Jewish ethical teachings regarding donation. We will address misinformation or myths which are prevalent among many in the community. And finally, explain how to become an organ donor in New Jersey.

    Thursdays, April 30 & May 7, 7:00 to 8:15 PM

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