Adult Education Classes
Temple Reyim's adult education program aims to provide Jewish learning in a "user-friendly environment" through the annual Kallah and a variety of courses, lectures and holiday-based programs.
Chanukah: From Military Victory to Eight Shining Candles
Sunday, November 17 • 10 a.m.
The rabbinic story of the miracle of Hanukkah is one we know well: after the defeat of the Syrian-Greeks in Jerusalem, the oil needed to rededicate the Temple, seemingly sufficient for one day, miraculously burned for eight days. But how and why did an historical event
of national struggle for political independence become a spiritually focused holiday about a miracle of light? Join Rabbi Berman in an exploration of a holiday transformed.
Nehemia Polen: Hasidic Niggun as Spiritual Practice
Sunday, November 24 • 10 a.m.
This presentation will examine the role of hasidic melody (niggun) in the contemplative life and meditative practice of Hasidism. The hasidic niggun is more than a tune or a melody; it is a spiritual vehicle to be savored, entered into with all one’s senses, with all the levels of one’s being. Niggunim are punctuated by thoughtful silences, providing opportunities for reflection and integration. Working with a niggun assists in the formation and cultivation of one’s inner self and is an essential aspect of orienting one’s spiritual development.
Nehemia Polen is Professor of Jewish Thought at Boston’s Hebrew College. The author of numerous books, Rabbi Polen is the recipient of a National Jewish Book Award.
Kabbalat Shabbat: Welcoming the Sabbath Bride
Tuesday, November 12 • 7:30 p.m.
We prepare for Shabbat with Psalms and poetry of our beautiful and richly symbolic Kabbalat Shabbat service, which comes to us largely from the Kabbalists of 16th century Tzfat (Safed). Why these Psalms? Why these poems/songs? What are their words and what
are the layers of meanings in their words? What are the symbolic structures of the service? The aim of these two sessions led by congregant David Stollar is to enrich our experience of Kabbalat Shabbat through exploration of these questions as we begin to study both text and commentary.
Sisterhood/Wasserman Library Movie Nights
Saturday, November 9, 2013
Temple Reyim Sisterhood and the Wasserman Library are hosting a series of movie nights. Making Trouble celebrates three generations of funny Jewish women who successfully went from vaudeville and the Yiddish theatre to Broadway, and from Ziegfeld’s Follies to Saturday Night Live. Join us for these fascinating stories and have a fun, social evening with your Reyim friends.
The Mitzvot: An Exploration of What, Why and How
October 29 • 7:30 p.m.
Torah Study: Text and Context
Mondays November 4 and 18 • noon
Join Rabbi Berman’s bimonthly Torah study group as we continue our close reading of the Five Books of Moses
Mondays November 11 and 25 • 7:30 p.m.
Study Biblical Hebrew grammar and texts with Bruce Rosen, former Biblical Hebrew Instructor at Brandeis University. The main goal of the class is to help improve our understanding of the plain meaning of the Biblical text, its vocabulary and grammar, using study guides.
Intermediate-level Yiddish Literature Reading Group
Sundays November 3, 10, 17, 24 • 10:30 a.m.
Chug Ivrit: Hebrew Conversation Group
Wednesdays November 13 • 7:30 p.m.
To Download the Adult Education brochure, detailing all events throughout the year, please click here: Download Brochure for 2013-2014
The Thunderous Blast and the Still Small Voice: An Exploration of Biblical, Rabbinic, Hasidic and Contemporary Thought on the Nature of God
A Sunday morning monthly series taught by Rabbi Berman. For a deeper learning experience, readings will be available before class, but advance reading is not required. Refreshments will be served.
Contemporary Theology II: Feminist Voices
Sunday, December 15 • 10 a.m.
Where are women’s voices in traditional teachings on the nature of God? How do we re-envision and reclaim our Jewish past? We continue our study of contemporary Jewish theology with a focus on the works of Marcia Falk (Toward A Feminist Jewish Reconstruction of Monotheism), Rachel Adler (Engendering Judaism) and Judith Plaskow (Standing Again at Sinai).
To Download the Readings for this Class: Class #3 Readings
Hasia Diner: Wandering Jews – Peddlers and the Discovery of the New World
Saturday, December 14 • 8:30 p.m.
Jews have been “on the road” for centuries, selling goods from packs on their backs and from wagons. Starting at the end of the eighteenth century, peddling provided the occupational engine that drove Jewish migrations out of Europe and the Ottoman Empire and to a series of “new worlds,” from the British Isles to Australia and South Carolina. This lecture looks at how this very particular mundane occupation transformed and shaped Jewish history and the histories of all these places.
Hasia Diner is the Paul and Sylvia Steinberg Professor of American Jewish History at New York University, with a joint appointment in the departments of history and the Skirball Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, and is the Director of the Goldstein Goren Center for American Jewish History. Her most recent book, “We Remember with Reverence and Love: American Jews and the Myth of Silence After the Holocaust” (2009), won several awards.