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.

Shir Tikvah Lifelong Learning Programs for 5779 (2018-19)

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. Fees listed are suggested; no one will be turned away for financial reasons; we simply ask that you commit what you are able.

Dinners in the Sukkah - Shir Tikvah Sukkot Gatherings - September 23 - 30

Adult B’nei-Mitzvah Information Session  Sunday, September 23, 9:45 am

Classes will be on Monday nights starting October 8th / B’nei Mitzvah date: May 2, 2020 (Acherei-Mot / Kedoshim)

Are you a Jewish adult longing to deepen your connection with prayer, Torah, and community? Shir Tikvah’s 2020 B’nei Mitzvah cohort will begin this fall! If you are considering participating, please email Rabbi Rappaport AND plan to join the information session.

Jewish Sparks, Mondays, 6:30-7:45 pm Held at Shir Tikvah. Taught by the Shir Tikvah clergy team. Sliding scale $72 - 180 per unit

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.

This year, we are thrilled to offer three Sparks units: God, Torah, and Israel. In articulating Judaism to the modern world, Abraham Joshua Heschel explained, “Judaism revolves around three sacred entities: God, Torah, and Israel.” Rabbi Mordecai Kaplan articulated a parallel notion, that there are three interrelated modalities of expressing Jewish identity: Belonging (Israel), behaving (Torah), believing (God). Units may be taken together or separately.

Fall 2018:  October 8 - December 17 Sparks of Torah: What is Torah? What are the other sacred texts of our people?  Practice living in the layers of Jewish text with Rabbi Rappaport on God-wrestling, and with Rabbi Latz on how Jews engage in civil conversation and behavior in the public square.

Fall Sparks Registration

Winter 2019: January 7 - March 25 (no class 1/21 and 2/18) Sparks of God: How do Jews understand “God”? What are the moments of connection? How do we pray as Jews? This course with Rabbis Lekach-Rosenberg and Rappaport touches on theology, what is Jewish prayer, and the specific prayers that comprise our Shabbat services.

Winter Sparks Registration

Spring 2019: April 1- May 29 Sparks of Israel: Who are the Jews of the world? Explore key themes in the evolution of the Israelites, now known as the Jewish people. How and why did the various Movements develop? Who was left out? What are the issues that unite and divide us? What’s at stake in our unity?

Spring Sparks Registration

Beginning or Refreshing: Prayerbook Hebrew Mondays 7:50-9:00pm

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 teacher Gayle Zoffer.

Fall 2018:  Alef Isn’t Tough: Learning the aleph bet, October 8 - December 17 (11 sessions) $110 Cost includes materials if you register by September 28

Fall Registration

Winter 2019:  Alef Isn’t Enough, January 7 - April 1 (11 sessions, no class 1/21 and 2/18) $110

Winter Registration

Spring 2019:  Read Hebrew from the Siddur and Haggadah!, April 8 - May 20 (7 sessions) $70

Spring Registration

*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

IEngage: Exploring Jewish Values in the Israeli-Palestinian Peace Process and Conflict  Sunday 9:30am-11am  11/18, 12/2, 12/9, 12/16, 1/13  $72; or included for Confirmation students and families

In I-Engage, participants will explore some of the salient issues and core values facing the Israel-Palestine peace process. Taught by Rabbi Latz IEngage Registration

Speaking of Dying Wednesdays 11:30-1:00pm 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/17, 10/24 $136, includes course materials

What are the questions I carry inside me?!   Who do I need to talk with about them?  What does "quality of life" mean to me?  Who will be my advocate if I am unable to speak for myself?  What happens if I have an unexpected illness or accident?  How do I ask my loved ones about their future health care preferences? Here is your chance to do something really important from your “to-do” list, with support from your community and experts on end-of-life decision making. By the end of this series, you will have a Health Care Directive, grounded in Jewish values and practices.

Laurel Riedel is an Advanced Practice RN, CNM. Laurel was a nurse-midwife at Hennepin County Medical Center for 30 years, and is now consulting on “the other mystery” through her business, Speaking of Dying Minnesota, LLC

Speaking of Dying Registration

Ongoing Lifelong Learning Opportunities

L’chu N’ranenah 3rd Thursday of the month, 2018 into 2019 at 6:30 pm: 10/18, 11/15, 12/20, 1/17/19, 2/21, 4/18, 5/16 

Join Rabbi Arielle Lekach-Rosenberg for a monthly exploration of the language and music of our kabbalat shabbat (Friday night) service. Spend time learning a single psalm/poem, digging into its language and mystical resonance, and opening our hearts in song in multiple musical arrangements of the language. Whether you’re wanting to get more oriented to the basic structure of the Shir Tikvah service or you’re seeking to deepen your relationship to the poetry and meaning of our prayers, you will find something in this space!  Bring instruments if you feel so inclined!  Lechu N’ranena! Come, let’s sing together and deepen our relationship to Shabbat!

Torah Study: An Exodus 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 Exodus. To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle Zoffer. All are welcome to participate.

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