TORAH INSTITUTE WITH RABBI KIRSHNER
Torah Institute will be broked up into three distinct tri-semesters.
The first will cover classic texts of the Torah and learning what the commentators of yesterday and today offered in their interpretations of the ancient texts.
Second semester we will look at 100 years since the Balfour Declaration, 70 years since UN partition plans and 50 years since the 7- Day War. We will explore texts, events, miracles and new challenges that have surfaced.
Our third trimester will explore questions we always wondered about Judaism but we’re afraid to ask.
You need not have any background for these classes. Just bring a curiosity and an appetite to explore more about our past, present and future.
No prior knowledge is necessary and the course is open to all. Taught by Rabbi Kirshner.
PARASHA FOR DUMMIES – WITH RABBI FREEDMAN
THURSDAY MORNINGS AT 11:00 AM
Do you want to be able to understand and talk with your kids about the weekly Parsha? Join us as we explore the highlights of each week’s Torah reading. We learn something that our kids are learning and something for our adult spiritual growth.
THURSDAY NIGHT CLASS WITH RABBI FREEDMAN
“Jewish Bio-Medical Ethics.” With a curriculum provided by JTS, we’ll explore 21st century questions about modern medical ethics. Using video lectures and classic Jewish texts, we will identify the timeless Jewish voices of our tradition and apply them ourselves to these most timely issues. Topics include advance directives, end-of-life care, surrogacy, and enhancement. Select Thursdays at 7:30 PM October – December.
“Jewish Lifecycle Events Explained.” What are the key rituals that mark the Jewish birth, Bar/Bat Mitzvah, wedding, and death? What is “law” and what is “custom”? Why do we practice these rituals anyway? In the moment we don’t pause to fully explain these rituals; this course will provide that opportunity. Select Thursdays at 7:30 PM January – February.
“Key Texts in Israel’s history.” In anticipation of Israel’s 70th birthday, we will explore central texts in Israel’s development: The Jewish State, HaTikvah, Declaration of Independence, UN Resolutions, etc. We will utilize the anthology edited by the late Rabbi Arthur Hertzberg (Z’L), The Zionist Idea. Select Thursdays at 7;30 PM March – May.
WOMEN’S STUDY GROUP
with Rabbi Kirshner
Select Fridays at 10:30am
MEN’s EARLY MORNING STUDY GROUP
with Rabbi Kirshner at Wormser Corp. in Englewood.
Select Thursdays at 6:30am
Join senior temple members for enriching daytime and evening programs and activities at the temple! Select Tuesdays a month.
Join temple members living in Manhattan and surrounding areas to enjoy a beer while looking back and forward with the clergy of Temple Emanu-El! Select Thursdays a month.
LUNCH AND LEARN IN THE CITY
Take a break from the grind of work in the City and surrounding areas to study Torah and break bread with Rabbi Kirshner! Select Thursdays a month.
Please call the Temple Office to register or with any questions. 201.750.9997. Please check the website calendar for class updates.