Adult Learning

OUR VISION for Jewish living & learning

Our Rodef Sholom community is immersed in lifelong, intergenerational learning. We explore texts and traditions, pushing for ways to see the relevance in our own modern lives. Our children and teens engage in stimulating, interactive learning; adult members tackle issues from many perspectives, stretching minds through the exchange of ideas and drawing on the profound richness of our heritage.

Just as it has throughout our history, Jewish learning today stands as the foundation of meaning and purpose in our lives.

adult learning opportunities - fall 2017

Exploring Judaism Part One: An Introduction
Select Sunday mornings starting September 24, 9:15 - 10:15 am, Library

In this class, we will cover the three pillars of Judaism mentioned in the Mishnah: Torah, Prayer and Acts of Loving Kindness/Social Justice (Torah, Avodah, Gemilut Chasadim). Within these topics we cover history, the Jewish holidays, and deepend our ability to interpret and understand texts. This class welcomes learners of all ages and levels looking to ground themselves in the basics of Judaism. If you have not yet taken this course, we encourage you to take it before or concurrently with Exploring Judaism Part Two. 

Sign up

Exploring Judaism Part Two: Special Topics in the Study of Judaism
Select Sunday mornings starting September 24, 10:15 - 11:25, Library

During 2016-2017, Exploring Judaism Part Two covered a history of God and theology, the history of anti-Semitism, and Jewish texts on current issues: refugees, immigration, and relationship to the "other."
Our 2017-2018 year will feature a new set of topics which may include Jewish views of the afterlife, Chassidic stories and their relevance to our lives, and a history of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Sign up

Mindfulness and Social Justice: Connecting Personal Practice to Changing the World
Dinner & Discussion on 3 Tuesdays: October 3, 10 & 17
7:00 - 8:30 pm
How are mindfulness and personal growth connected to our work in the world? Often the worlds of social change and spirituality become disconnected when in reality they inform one another. How do we sustain energy and hope over time? How do we cultivate patience and resilience? How do we effectively utilize anger and frustration? In this course in engaged Jewish spirituality we will use the text Changing the World from the Inside Out: A Jewish Approach to Personal and Social Change by David Jaffe.

Jewish Meditation and Mindfulness
Select Fridays, 9:30 - 10:30 am
Fall dates: October 13, November 10, December 15
Meditation and mindfulness practice has always been an integral part of Judaism and yet, as Judaism became more institutionalized, some of these practices were not made as explicit. Join us on select Friday mornings to learn how Jewish practices of meditation and mindfulness can enrich both your appreciation of Judaism as well as your health and wellbeing. Sessions will include ample opportunity for sitting practice and spiritual rejuvenation. 

Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class
Select Thursdays beginning October 19, 7:00 - 8:30 pm

Have you never celebrated your own bar/bat mitzvah? Is it something you thought you would get to one day? Is your child beginning the process and you would like to make the experience richer and deeper for your entire family?

We will study texts, prayers and music culminating in a community Shabbat service on April 14, 2018, where you will each be called to the Torah as a bar/bat mitzvah. The Torah portions will be based on your individual birth dates so we will chant from many parts of the bible and learn from a variety of biblical stories. The fee for the course is $500 and includes all study materials. If you need financial assistance, contact Michael Kamler at [email protected] or 415.479.3441.

Beginning Hebrew with Alona Rafael
10 Consecutive Wednesdays beginning October 18
6:00 - 7:00 pm, Brandeis classroom B-27
Want to be able to read the Hebrew of the prayers you know and love? Interested in developing a foundation for interpreting our sacred texts or in reading the street signs next time you travel to Israel? This class assumes a beginner level in reading, writing and comprehension. Alona will begin with the basics of the Hebrew alphabet, and over the course of ten weeks work towards a reading-level of our prayerbook. Along the way you will also learn to decipher some Hebrew roots, deepen your knowledge of our prayers, and develop a supportive community of Hebrew language learners. 
There is a fee of $100 for this course of ten classes, plus a book fee of $18. Feel free to invite your friends! 

Chevra Kadisha
Third Thursday of the month starting October 19, 7:00 - 9:00 pm, Library
Rodef Sholom's Chevra Kadisha is a remarkably holy team of congregants who visit our sick, comfort our mourners and prepare the deceased for burial. Members of the Chevra meet to study, share stories, and think about how we can deepen this holy work at Rodef Sholom. Join one of our meetings - the Chevra Kadisha is always looking to bring new members on board! If you have any questions, please contact Moji at [email protected].

Raising a Mensch: A Toolkit for Parents of Teens
Taught by Rabbis Stacy Friedman & Lara Regev
4 Wednesday nights during Midrasha, 6:15 - 7:45 pm, in Rabbi Stacy's office
November 1, 8, 15 & 29
Parenting has never been easy - but in a culture that encourages more screen time than face time, how can you make sure that your teens stay connected to what really matters in life? Join Rabbis Stacy Friedman & Lara Regev as athey explore Jewish wisdom on parenting with topics rangign from raising a mensch and fostering resilience, to navigating techonology, boundaries, gender, sexuality and more. This program also provideds an opporutnity to meet other parents of teens for conversation and parenting community.

Torah with Soul
Most Saturdays (with the exception of the third Saturday of the month), 9:15 am, Conference Room
Whether you are a Torah veteran, or completely new to Torah, all are welcome.
Torah on the Trails
Third Saturdays, 8:30 am

On the 3rd Saturday of each month, Torah with Soul takes to the trails! Weather permitting, join us for some soul-lifting Torah, Jewish camaraderie and a short hike. 
If you would like to be added to the Torah with Soul/Torah on the Trails e-mail list, contact Molly at [email protected] and let her know.