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.
Current and Upcoming Lifelong Learning Opportunities:
Beloved Conversations - KAVOD, Shir Tikvah’s Racial Justice Leadership Minyan, continues to engage in important conversations about race, racism, and racial justice in our world. Beloved Conversations is a program developed by Dr. Mark Hicks that invites members of churches and synagogues to explore the spiritual and moral issues around racism that impact us all and help us develop trust and skills to dismantle racism. This year’s cohort is focused on board, staff, and congregational leadership. If you are interested in joining, please contact Rabbi Latz (firstname.lastname@example.org). Classes are held at Shir Tikvah Thursday evenings from 5:30pm-7:30pm on the following dates: December 15; January 5, 12, 26; February 2, 9, 16, 23.
Mussar - also known as Tikkun-Middot, Mussar is a traditional Jewish set of practices to encourage ethical and spiritual growth. This inner work is essential to, and intimately connected with the work of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
Through group discussion, text study, and journaling/reflection, group members will explore middot (qualities of the soul) with the explicit goal of applying them in our lives.
Hope Melton will facilitate the cohort, using the Tikkun Middot curriculum from the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.
$120* registration fee includes 10 sessions and materials.
Classes are held at Shir Tikvah Mondays evenings from 6:30pm-8:30pm on the following dates: January 9, 23; February 6, 20; March 6, 20; April 3, 17; May 1.
Exploring Jewish Prayer - Learn the What's, How's and Why's of Jewish prayer with Rabbi Debra Rappaport. An hour of learning followed by a one-hour Shabbat service. No charge or registration; donations appreciated. Saturdays at 9:30am, Oct 15, Nov 12, Dec 10, Jan 14, Feb 11, April 8. Each session stands alone.
iEngage: Jewish Values - Israel & Palestine Conflict - Through the study of Jewish narratives about Israel and the complex meanings of peace in Jewish tradition, Rabbi Michael A Latz will lead our exploration of the ideas and values that animate different attitudes toward the conflict and how these values shape their own political understandings. Though a common political platform may not be attainable, this course strives to achieve a shared respect for our differences. $150* registration fee includes materials. Sunday mornings, 9:45-11:15 am, November 13 and 20, December 4 and 11, January 8, 22, 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26. Register Here
Wise Aging - The Wise Aging program is about intentionally living one's later years with spirit, resilience, and wisdom. New cohort begins November 14 and will meet two Monday afternoons per month. Topics include: exploring this stage of life; becoming one’s authentic self; a life review; relationship with one’s body; revitalizing and nourishing healthy relationships; cultivating qualities of the soul (middot); practicing forgiveness; learning to live with loss, change, and death; creating relevant rituals, cultivating wisdom, and leaving a legacy.
Contact Rabbi Rappaport if interested at email@example.com or call the office at 612-822-1440.
End-of-Life Decision Making - Program series beginning in Spring 2017
Save the Date: June 10, 2017 Adult B'nei Mitzvah - Celebrate the culmination of two years' intensive study! New Cohort will begin in Fall 2017.
Ongoing & Free Learning Activities:
Morning Minyan Every Thursday at 7:45 am
Torah Study: An Exodus Journey: Second Fridays of the month from 12:15pm-1:30pm. Word by word, phrase by phrase, each month we explore approximately 12-14 verses of Torah. Join us as we journey through the book of Exodus.To be added to the email reminder list contact Gayle. All are welcome to participate.
Adult Education Events and Classes - Click on event to Register