We read in our morning prayers "talmud torah k'neged kulam"-- Torah study is equivalent to all of the other mitzvot". Jewish tradition assigns great importance to the act of learning because the nature of study not only nourishes our hearts, minds and souls, but it leads us to action.
Come join the intellectual conversation this year at Bnai Jehudah; come for prayer, for study and for a deeper connection with your Jewish life.”
Turn It and Turn It Again Jewish Texts Throughout the Ages
Our Wednesday morning Torah learning continues to grow! Two years ago, we added a weekly Talmud study. This year, we’re starting a weekly class on books from the Prophets. Join us for one, two, or all three sessions – come once, come all the time!
The David Saga
With Rabbi Kirzane
Wednesdays 9:15-10:00 am
King David is one of the most complex and fascinating characters in the Hebrew Bible. Together, we’ll read through the David Saga as written in the biblical books 1 and 2 Samuel with supplemental commentaries and scholarship. This is a great opportunity to start a new learning regimen, though you won’t need to come every week to keep up. If you have time, stay after for Torah Study at 10:00.
Midrash on the Weekly Torah Portion (Torah/Bible Study)
10:00am - 11:30am
Dive into the weekly Torah portion. No experience required.
What is Midrash? It is the Rabbis’ way of fleshing out the cryptic Torah text with stories and seeking psychological insight through a close probing of Torah language. Start your day by delving into these rich and insightful texts! Grab a cup of coffee and join our clergy for this always exciting exploration of our Torah and its many faceted lessons. Drop-ins welcome!
Talmud Study on "Finders - Keepers?"
Introduction to Talmud study, meets on Wednesdays, 11:30 – 12:30, following Torah Study.
Join the rabbis of the Talmud for a dynamic discussion of Judaism and Jewish law: a way of thinking and looking at the world then and today. Our current topic is Ta’anit, Fasting, which is tied to sounding the communal alarm and prayer in response to rainfall amounts, locations and resulting food shortages. We study in English and its relevance for today’s world. Please join us as we continue our stimulating discussions.
For information please call Rabbi Beryl Padorr, Shared Vision Coordinator (913- 663-1805; email@example.com).
Melton at B'nai Jehudah
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning fosters and enriches Jewish cultural literacy. Our curriculum takes students on a journey of deep examination of Jewish texts. Together, we’ll explore classic and modern texts that have shaped Jewish perspectives for thousands of years, lending our own voices to the ageless pursuit of Jewish wisdom.
From Sinai to Seinfeld: The History of Jewish Humor
With Rabbi Kirzane
Tuesdays, 7:00-8:30 pm
Jan. 17 through March 21 (10 sessions)
$250 plus materials; scholarships available
At our fingertips is a treasury of irresistible jokes from the Israelite relationship with God to the growing divide between cultural and religious Judaism in the early 21st century. Treating Jewish jokes as text, this course invites students to analyze and interpret the evolving concerns, styles, rhythms, preoccupations, and values of the Jewish people that lie buried deep in words that make us laugh as Jews, and that bond us as a people.
First appearance of a brand-new Melton course in our community. Space is very limited and available on a first- come, first-serve basis. Secure your spot ASAP by contacting Rabbi Kirzane (913-663-4050; firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Dybbuk: From Fantasy to Fiction
Taught by Jessica Kirzane and Rabbi Beryl Padorr
Feb. 12 and 26 10:00 am–12:00 pm
The Dybbuk may be one of the most well-known Yiddish films ever made. Drawing from the rich veins of Jewish fantasy and folklore, this movie—based on the play by S. Ansky— features the ghostly figure of the “dybbuk.” In this course, students will learn about the background behind the film, view significant portions of it, and explore its folkloric roots.
B'nai Torah (formerly called Adult B’nai Mitzvah)
Every Jewish adult is technically a bar mitzvah or bat mitzvah, a person who is fully counted within the Jewish community. But not everybody had the opportunity to celebrate becoming a bat or bar mitzvah. And even many of those who did celebrate this lifecycle event when they were children recognize that the learning and commitments of a 13-year-old are very different from those of a mature adult.
￼￼We here at B’nai Jehudah seek to empower Jewish adults to become more competent in Jewish life and knowledgeable in Jewish history, thought, and tradition. These adults will be called B’nai Torah (sing. bar Torah or bat Torah), and they will celebrate this milestone during a unique B’nai Torah Shabbat service on March 18, 2017.
All are welcome to join in this journey.
￼➢ Attendance at 3⁄4 of all classes.
➢ Shabbat service attendance twice per month.
➢ Working to improve Hebrew skills. (No specific benchmarks.)
➢ Group mitzvah project (to be determined together).
➢ Commitment to embark on an IJP (Individualized Jewish Path).
➢ Enrollment in (Re)Introduction to Judaism Fall 2016 (unless previously enrolled in (Re)Introduction to Judaism, community conversion course, or Melton).
➢ Written reflection and/or d’var Torah (teaching about the Torah portion).
CLICK HERE FOR INFORMATION ABOUT CIRRICULUM, COSTS, AND CALENDAR.