Shir Tikvah Lifelong Learning Programs for 5780 (2019-20)

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Our Vision for Lifelong Learning

Shir Tikvah will be a welcoming, sacred Jewish community of learners of every age, ability, perspective, and background. Learners will engage in holy conversations about Torah, concepts of God, Judaism, Israel, and relevant issues of today's world in all their exhilarating, challenging, and profound forms. We will encounter innovative and flexible learning models in rhythm with Jewish holidays, lifecycle events, and Shabbat. Our learning will cultivate Jewish identity, build community and inspire us to live in harmony with our Jewish ethics.

Multi-Week Lifelong Learning Opportunities

What follows are multi-week courses during which participants experience both deep learning and developing meaningful relationships.

Please register in advance with your time and financial commitment; contact Alison Olig for questions about payment options.

Jewish Sparks

Inside every Jew, the Rabbis teach, is a n’kudah tovah – a spark of holiness, goodness – a unique gift that no one else in the world has. The mystics explain that this is a spark of divine holiness, the chamber of our souls. What are those sparks  inside us that animate Jewish life? How can our Jewish traditions nourish those sparks in our daily lives and work in the world?

Shir Tikvah’s Sparks series is designed for people of all backgrounds who want to dig deeply into Jewish heritage and contemporary relevance - whether you grew up Jewish or are exploring conversion. Each session has at-home reading to prepare in advance, so that when we meet we can go deeply into the topics and how they relate to our lives and world today.

2019-2020 Sparks of Jewish Time

Mondays, 6:00-7:20 pm

Judaism marks times in ways that are linear and cyclical.

The next series of courses explores Jewish time through the annual holidays and the unique moments we ritualize over our lifetimes. 

Winter and Spring Holiday Sparks

Shir Tikvah Clergy

Learn the meanings and how-to’s of Jewish spring holidays through an environmental lens,

including our relationship with the lands in which Jews live. 

February 24, March 2 (Purim); March 23, March 30, April 6 (Passover and Omer); April 20 (Yom HaShoah - Holocaust Remembrance); April 27 (Modern Israeli Holidays); May 11, May 18 (Shavuot); 9 sessions


Spring 2020 Sparks Registration

The Racial Justice Task Force work continues....

Racial Justice Video and Book Club

Join the Shir Tikvah Racial Justice Task Force as we view and discuss Race: Power of an Illusion, a series of three hour-long videos developed by California Newsreel, which examine the origin of the concept of race, the “scientific” claims made about race in the 19th and 20th centuries, and the consequences of the race-based ideology in the present. The videos and conversation are designed to help you to improve your ability to talk about the concept of race and its consequences.

Tuesday, Feb. 25, Tuesday, March 3, & Tuesday March, 17. 7:00-9:00 p.m. Wolfe Lake Condominiums in St. Louis Park

Sign up here, more info here


Exploring White Privilege

Mondays throughout April & May, 6:30-8:00pm

After the pilot course in November on the roots of racism, the RJTF is offering a deep exploration of white privilege during the months of April and May, in 2 sessions, each session beginning with a Jewish text study.

In April, Using materials from the URJ Tool kit, Racial Equity materials and Beloved Conversations excerpts, we'll focus on examining White Privilege (for those who took the Beloved Conversations Cycle, we'll dig deeper into the different levels of oppression), understanding how to disrupt micro-aggressions and more. The April sessions will be facilitated by Felecia Boone and Tamar Ghidalia

In May we'll focus on in-depth strategies to undo racism and build an anti-racist community.

April Session: Monday 4/6, 4/13, & 4/20

May Session: Monday 5/4, 5/11, 5/18

$36 per session; you can attend April and/or May, but we strongly recommend attending both sessions.

Beginning or Refreshing: Prayerbook Hebrew*

Mondays 6:00-7:15pm

Hebrew is the language with which we talk to God! If you are new to Hebrew, and/or interested in an adult b’nei-mitzvah, this class is for you.* Learn with b’nei mitzvah tutor and experienced teachers.

Winter/Spring 2020Alef Isn’t Enough

March 2 - June 1 (11 sessions, no class March 9, April 13, May 25) 

Alef Isn’t Enough is for those who are familiar with the Aleph-Bet and are looking for some support putting the letters together, practicing prayers, and learning some root words. 

$118 (Minimum 10 people)

Register here

*If you know your letters and vowels, you may join in the winter or spring session or you may want to learn Hebrew at the college level on Tuesday and Thursday nights with Hineni


Talmudic Folktales

Rabbi David Thomas 

Co-sponsored with Hineni

Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00 pm March 4 - April 1

St. Paul JCC, 1375 St. Paul Ave

Rabbi Thomas has collected dozens of wonderfully subversive, multi-vocal folktales from the Talmud mined from the work of Yonah Fraenkel and others. These tales cover a wide range of universal human questions which the rabbis felt safest embedding in stories, rather than in halachic (legal) discourse. Texts are in English and Hebrew and the teaching is interactive and discussion based. Topics include: Free-will vs. Predetermination, Miracles: Can’t live with em, Can’t live without em, Confronting mortality, and more.

$72; register here

Ongoing Lifelong Learning Opportunities

Torah Study: A Numbers Journey 

2nd & 4th Fridays of the month 12:15pm-1:30pm

Word by word, phrase by phrase, each month we explore approximately 12-14 verses of Torah. Join us as we complete our journey through the book of Numbers. To be added to the email reminder list contact All are welcome to participate.

Shabbat Morning Torah Study with Rabbi David Thomas

Second Saturday of the month, 9:00-10:15 am, resuming Fall 2019

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