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Congregational Learning: 2020-2021

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Registration 2020 Congregational Learning

Temple B’nai Abraham provides spiritual, academic, and social programs and courses, opportunities for learning bring people together, Dates and times are subject to change.

All classes will now be conducted over Zoom. If applicable, please use this form to register for TBA congregational learning programs.

    Non-members: Register and then please request the Zoom link at tbainfo@tbanj.org.
  • 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. Now via Zoom!
  • We gather to take a few good breaths, pause, reflect, and recharge for the week ahead. Come to a mindfulness session to unpack and reconnect in a supportive environment. All levels of experience in meditation welcome. Tuesdays, 7:45 PM with Rabbi Vaisberg
  • Talmud with Max Edwards, Rabbinical Assistant Moses in Midrash: Talmudic Tales of a Prophet Like None Other Not to be outdone by the towering and inspiring portrayal of Moses in the Torah, the rabbis in the early rabbinic period take his character to far off and captivating places that our biblical source text wouldn’t believe. Join us for an in-depth, extended look at Moses through the eyes of our rabbinic sages. In this class, we’ll spend time reacquainting ourselves with the biblical Moses, and with these tools, explore the rabbinic expansions of his character. Ever wonder what life was like growing up in Pharaoh’s court? What really happened during the episode of the golden calf? Did Moses ever time travel? (Yes, of course). No prior knowledge of Torah or Hebrew required – all are welcome to join as we rediscover a prophet like none other. Thursdays, 11:00 AM-12:15 PM
  • The Hebrew Bible is more than just our sacred text— it is the foundational document of Western Civilization and a source of meaning for so many. We will explore and discover the Hebrew Bible in its entirety, starting from the first line of Genesis and working our way, for as long as we need to, until the end of 2 Chronicles. We will use parallel English and Hebrew texts and bring in commentaries ancient and contemporary to enhance our explorations. All are welcome. Mondays, 9:30 AM begins October 19
  • 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.
  • An in-depth course in Judaism, for Jews and non-Jews alike. We’ll cover Jewish practice, belief, history, and texts, and the course will involve in-class (virtually-speaking) and experiential learning. This class is for people looking to learn more about Judaism and considering converting, and for Jews looking to learn more about their religious tradition. The course will be team-taught by TBA’s clergy. If you are considering converting, in addition to registering, please be in touch with Rabbi Vaisberg. Wednesdays, 7:45 PM
  • Watch the films on your own—all available on Netflix— before the discussion date, and then every two weeks, we will gather via Zoom to discuss the film. “Rabbi Tarfon used to say: It is not your duty to finish the work, but neither are you free to neglect it.”— Pirkei Avot 2:16 Film can exert a powerful influence on how we see the world and the way we consider problems facing society. This fall, the Social Action Committee is continuing the popular series, Raising Social Consciousness Through Film. We will watch five films on our own and then discuss the problems they highlight and how they have affected our world view. The list of films, descriptions, and subsequent Zoom discussion dates can be found below. We hope you join us for these spirited and important conversations!
  • The B’nai Abraham Book Group will have engaging, meaningful, and edifying conversations about different books each month. Wednesdays, 7:30 PM with Rabbi Vaisberg, via Zoom
  • For thousands of years, sheydim (demons) have been central to the lives of Jews. Some are harmful, others can be helpful. Knowing how to avoid them, live with them or even expel them, was a matter of great interest to the rabbis. Based on the popular podcast, “Throwing Sheyd” — take a tour of Jewish demonology by exploring Jewish texts that mention sheydim and their influences. We will learn Jewish text and tradition where the likes of Lilith, Ashmodai, and Joe the Demon thwart rabbis, haunt ruins, and hover menacingly over your carelessly open books or uncovered kiddish cups. Hopefully along the way, we can learn teachings that help us fight the darkness today and bring more light to the world. Thursday, March 4, March 11, March 25 and April 8, 7:00 PM
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