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:
Cultivating Inner Qualities for Leadership (IQ for Leadership): An Introductory Mussar / Tikkun Middot working group
Facilitator: Julie Dean
Mussar offers a Jewish pathway into leading a more meaningful, spiritually fulfilled life. Mussar is a treasury of Jewish teachings and practices that have evolved over the past thousand years. This spiritual practice is aimed at elevating one’s character and providing guidance for our life journey.This Fall, leaders from Shir Tikvah are invited to join the Tikkun Middot Leadership Va'ad where we will experience how Mussar practices, teachings, reflection and study can help each of us live with more intention, awareness and fulfillment. Through facilitated sessions on middot (soul traits) each person will apply the learning to their own lives, leadership roles and our collective vision of Shir Tikvah. Please make sure that you can attend all of the sessions and commit to a 20 minute conversation with another group member every other week. To deepen our learning, participants will also be asked to maintain a personal journal during the course.
Julie Dean has been a professional facilitator of group dynamics for 24 years, has a Master's degree in experiential education and has been a local leader in Mussar study with five Jewish congregations in the Twin Cities area. Julie seeks to provide experiences where people can learn about themselves and one another through engaging dialogue, holy listening, and personal introspection. She invites participants to co-create a dynamic that is emotionally safe, non-judgmental, supportive, and meaningful.
Dates: 12:00-1:30 on the following ten Thursdays: October 26, November 2, 16 and 30, December 14, January 11 and 25, February 8 and 22, March 8. Register Here
Beginning or Refreshing: Prayer Hebrew
Rachel G. Levitt has been a beloved teacher of Hebrew in Minneapolis and St Paul for 38 years. She especially enjoys connecting adults with Hebrew access to our prayers.
Monday nights, 7:00-8:00 pm, 20 sessions October 16 - March 26. Register Here
The Soul of Jewish Living:
This course is for you If you are considering a Jewish life, or if you want to delve more deeply into the one you are living. Participants will need to acquire access to A Book of Life: Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice, by Rabbi Michael Strassfeld, and Essential Judaism by George Robinson.
Facilitated by the Shir Tikvah Clergy Team.
Dates & Topics
October 23 Shabbat: A Day for Walking Softly Through the World
October 30 God: Do Jews have a creed?!
November 6 Torah: The Path of Study
November 13 Avodah: The Path of Prayer
November 20 Jewish Sacred Texts
November 27 Judaism and Justice
December 4 Historic and Contemporary Anti-Semitism
December 11 Jews and the Land of Israel (case study of Chanukkah)
December 18 Closing and Chanukkah celebration
The 2017 Lou Wiener Memorial Scholar in Jewish Innovation: To Grow in Wisdom with Rabbis Nadya and Victor Gross
Friday, November 3rd
6:30 pm Community Shabbat Service
D’var Torah: “The Two Halves of Life: What do you do when you fall upward?”
Saturday, November 4th
9:30am Torah Study: Parshat Vayera
10:30am Shabbat Service: 4 Worlds Contemplative Service
12:15pm Lunch & Learn: AJ Heschel’s 1962 address to the Kennedy White House “To Grow in Wisdom,” about the aging and elderly in our culture. Register Here
4:00-6:00pm Interactive teaching on forgiveness and mortality as context for the blessing of life
Rabbi Victor Gross serves as faculty and Director of Studies in the Aleph Rabbinical Program, co-Director of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program and also serves on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR. Reb Victor is the author of Educating for Reverence: The Legacy of Abraham Joshua Heschel.
Rabbi Nadya Gross has developed a program to train End-Of-Life Doulas, and serves as co-Director of the Sage-ing® Legacy Program and is on the faculty of the Anamcara Project of the Sacred Art of Living, Center for Spiritual Formation in Bend, OR. She is the co-author, together with Rabbi Malka Drucker, of the forthcoming book: Embracing Wisdom: a Handbook for Sages. Reb Nadya also serves as Mashpi’ah (Spiritual Director) with individuals, couples, and clergy, and is the Director of the ALEPH Hashpa'ah Training Program (ALEPH Ordination Program in Spiritual Direction).
Together Nadya & Victor share the pulpit at Pardes Levavot: a Jewish Renewal Congregation in Boulder, CO.
Budding and Blossoming: Spring Holidays Sparks
Nourish your inner Jewish sparks with some deep learning about our spring holidays and their contemporary relevance: Tu B’Shevat, Purim, Passover, and Shavuot. This is for all levels of learners; participants will prepare for class sessions with reading assignments.
Taught by the Shir Tikvah clergy team. 6:30-8:00 pm on the following seven Monday nights:
January 29, February 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19. Register Here
Counting the Omer: The Dance of Kabbalah and Mussar
According to the Jewish mystics, each day of the Omer (the counting from liberation at Pesach to the Torah at Shavuot) has a particular soul energy, and when we consciously tend to those qualities we are pure and ready to receive Torah at Shavuot. Each week’s mystical quality also corresponds to a Mussar quality (Middah) which we can cultivate with compassion. Join a seven-week series in which we’ll work at the soul level with seven qualities of the seven weeks of the Omer.
Open to all who have had some prior exposure to Mussar practices.
Taught by Rabbi Debra Rappaport
6:30-8:00 pm on Monday nights from 6:30pm-8:00pm
April 2 - May 14; culminates in Tikkun Leil-Shavuot May 19. Register Here
Conversations on Life and Death: A Year Long Colloquium
Yom Kippur Afternoon Conversation with Dr. Steven Miles, MD: Dispelling the Myths About End-of-Life Care
Lower Level 2:00pm - 3:00 pm
Through fasting, prayer, and a radical change in the ordinary flow of our day, Yom Kippur reminds us of our immanent mortality, so that we are better equipped to live our lives at our fullest. Join Dr. Steven Miles in an informative and engaging conversation about some of the realities and myths about decisions for the last stages of life.
Shir Tikvah member Steven Miles, MD, Professor Emeritus of Medicine and Bioethics at the University of MN, is an expert on medical ethics. He has received many awards including the Distinguished Service Award of the American Society of Bioethics and Humanities. As an internist and geriatrician, he has played a leadership role in developing end of life care. He has published three books and more than 200 articles on medical ethics, human rights, nursing home care, end of life care, and international health.
Speaking of Dying
What are the questions? Who do I need to talk with about them? How do I decide?!? What does "quality of life" mean to me? 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, grounding in Jewish values and practices around end-of-life issues, resources, and more.
Six Wednesday evenings, 7:00-8:30 pm: October 18, 25, November 1, 15, 29, December 13
Facilitated by Laurel Riedel and Rabbi Rappaport, with other guest speakers
$145, includes course materials.
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.
What to Expect When A Loved One Dies
Sunday, November 12: 4:00 - 6:00 pm at Hodroff-Epstein Memorial Chapel
Facilitated by Jim Wardlaw. Jim is the General Manager and Funeral Director of the Twin Cities’ Jewish Funeral Home, and will give a guided tour of what to expect when a loved one dies. Learn about Jewish funeral and burial customs and options, with time for questions and answers. Free event, open to the community. Register Here
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.
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