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See the Fall Lifelong Learning brochure here.


Starting in October:

Adult B’Nai Mitzvah Class - with Rabbi ShifraWeiss-Penzias
   Sundays, October 13, 27, November 3, 17, 24 and December 8 at 12:30 PM

This class is for those who are planning to participate in our adult b’nai mitzvah service in February 2020. We currently have eight people in our cohort, but you can still join us. You don’t have to be a singer to chant Torah or lead the service. Hebrew reading is encouraged, but not required. Donation requested. Please contact Rabbi Shifra at


Jewish Values and Food Justice-A Sukkot Celebration and Potluck
   Tuesday, October 15, 6:00 PM, in the TBE Sukkah
Join us for a meal in the Sukkah as we talk about how familiar Jewish texts express Jewish cultural and religious values about food and explore how these ideas impact our food justice endeavors. Our speaker will be Leora Baumgarten. She recently served as operations manager for the Homeless Garden Project. Leora grew up at Temple Beth El and developed a strong background in Jewish ethics and a commitment to promoting social justice. Bring a non-meat dish to share . Please RSVP to Melissa Sunberg at


Introduction to Kabbalah, Part 2 - with Peter Cardilla
   Wednesdays, October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18 at 7:00 PM
This class is the second part of an introduction to Jewish mysticism. It explores its origins and development and its influence on religious and secular thinking. There will be a discussion of the content and symbolism of Kabbalistic writing, with emphasis on Kabbalah’s central work, The Zohar, and its parts. Students are encouraged to purchase a copy of the book Kabbalah: A Very Brief Introduction by Joseph Dan. Students who have taken Part 1 of this class are encouraged to return, and new students are welcome. The fee for this class is $50. Register here.


Chevra Kadisha Meeting
Thursday, October 17, 7:00‒8:30 PM
Often called a ‘Burial Society,’ the term Chevra Kadisha is better translated as ‘Sacred Society’ or even ‘Holy Friends.’ In a congregational setting the mitzvah of guarding (Shmira) and ceremonially preparing our own deceased for burial (Taharah) brings the reality of life’s fragility into sharp focus. Far from depressing, it can awaken us to the exquisite preciousness of life. Our community Chevra has been providing this centuries-old Jewish ritual that honors the deceased for over twenty years. Offered by members of our own Chevra, this event is an introduction to Jewish end of life rituals and the work of our Chevra Kadisha, both for those wishing to join and those interested in learning the tradition.
Questions? please contact Rose Ashford at


Justice, Justice Shall You Pursue - with Andrew Goldenkranz
   Wednesday, October 30, 7:00‒9:00 PM at the home of Elise and Jim Atkins
Jewish tradition commands us to engage in repairing and improving the world. Why is this? In this salon, we’ll discuss a short text study to discover the background of our tradition of tikkun olam, review how it was applied in historical settings, and adapt this concept to some contemporary challenges.


A Taste of Mussar - with Rose Ashford
   Mondays, October 28, November 4, 11,18, 7:00‒8:30 PM
at Chadeish Yameinu Jewish Renewal, 740 Front St., #170, Santa Cruz

This is a four week introductory class delving into the thousand-year old body of teachings and practices of Mussar, which provides distinctively Jewish answers to life’s questions. Mussar guides you in identifying your unique personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to assist you on your journey. There is a class fee of $65, payable to the Mussar Institute. Please sign up for this class preferably two weeks prior to the start date by contacting Rose at Co-sponsored by Chadeish Yameinu.

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