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Lifeling Learning

Lifelong Learning at Temple Beth El is a diverse and inclusive program.  We offer Jewish and community-themed programs, classes and discussions.  Topics include language, history, spirituality, life cycle, Israel, culture and more.  

Classes – We offer a wide variety of life-enriching classes at all stages of life.   Recent offerings include everything from Parenting Jewish Teens, to Wise Aging, to Being Mortal, and Beginning Biblical Hebrew to Judaism as a Spiritual Journey to Introduction to Talmud. 

Programs – In addition to classes we offer other opportunities to gather with experts and others in conversation on topics of interest to the greater community.  Recent Salons have covered topics such as Israel's history, politics and culture, Jewish culture around the world, social justice and, of course, food including history, cultural differences and tasting!  The twice-monthly Senior Connections program offers opportunities to hear scholars and artists share their insights about Jewish life and history. There is even a great Jewish book club.

Get the Fall 2018 brochure here.

   Offerings in or beginning in October:

Introduction to Talmud
with Shlomo Vilozny

Wednesdays, October 3‒November 28, 7:00‒8:15 PM (no class on October 24).
This class will cover the history and development of the Talmud and its impact on the Jewish way of life. We will also study Talmudic texts that are particularly relevant today. Knowledge of Talmud or Hebrew is not required.

Parenting Jewish Teens
with Rabbi Paula Marcus

Wednesdays, October 3‒24, 7:45‒8:45 PM
This Jewish Parenting Group will focus on teens. The suggested reading for the class is Parenting Jewish Teens: A Guide for the Perplexed by Joanne Doades. Drawing upon the teachings, insights and wisdom of our people, this guidebook will help us navigate the journey of parenting a Jewish teen into adulthood while asking—and answering— important questions.

Israel and Jewish Women’s Poetry
with Murray Baumgarten

Sunday, October 7, 7:00-9:00 PM, at the home of Shmuel Thaler & Kathy Cytron
Jewish women writers have contributed mightily to Zionism and Israeli poetry, beginning with the prophet Deborah and including such greats as Naomi Shemer, the author of Jerusalem of Gold. At this salon, we will read and discuss poems by such Jewish poets as Rachel, Lea Goldberg, Zelda and Agi Mishol. Copies of the poems will be available prior to the salon.

Jewish Mysticism
with Rabbi Shifra Weiss-Penzias

Mondays, October 8, 15 & 22, 7:30‒8:30 PM
Join us for an exploration of the ancient Jewish mystical tradition and how it can address our lives and our world. Please purchase Arthur Green’s Ehyeh: A Kabbalah for Tomorrow.

Kavod Conversations
with Holly Blue Hawkins and Rose Ashford

October 11, November 8, December 13, January 10, 7:00‒8:30 PM
How we die is part of our legacy, but few of us have thought about our end-of-life wishes or communicated with our loved ones about this important topic. Your Advance Care Directive is only the beginning. Gain insights and strategies for having the conversations that will help ensure your wishes for care through the end of life are respected and implemented. Practical help with the documents will also be given. Please check the weekly email for the topic for each session. Co-sponsored with Chadeish Yameinu.

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor
with Rabbi Rick

Tuesday, October 16, 7:00‒9:00 PM
Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi is one Israeli's powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall the separates Israelis and Palestinians and into the hearts of "the enemy." It is a primer for keeping alive a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. At the home of Ziesel Saunders. Register here.

The Israeli Soundscape: Then and Now
with Benjamin Brinner, Professor of Music and the Helen Diller Family, Faculty Director of Jewish Studies at UC Berkeley

Wednesday, October 24, 7:00-9:00 PM
Addressing the evolution of music in Israel, Professor Brinner will play and discuss examples of some of the more striking musical changes that have transpired in Israel. These include the prominence of Middle Eastern musical instruments, styles and compositions, the spread of religious songs into secular or mixed settings, the impact of Ethiopian Israelis, and the reimagining of classic songs popular before and during Israeli independence.

Introduction to Hand Drumming
with Dror Sinai

Mondays, October 29‒November 26, 7:00‒8:00 PM.
This class is for beginning drummers and will focus on positioning and basic rhythm techniques used in creating sounds and rhythms on the frame drum, Riq (Middle Eastern tambourine), Doumbek and various sound makers. There is a $100 fee for this class.

   Offerings in or beginning in November:

Chevra Kaddisha Training

Sunday, November 18, 10:00 AM‒12:00 noon and 1:00‒3:00 PM
We offer training in Tahara both for those wishing to become Tahara volunteers and for those interested in learning more about this traditional Jewish ritual that honors the deceased and prepares them for burial. The morning session is focused on learning about Tahara and the liturgy used for the ceremony. The afternoon practicum will include a complete Tahara demonstration. Those attending the afternoon session must attend the morning session. Please bring a dish to share for our potluck lunch. Those not wishing to become volunteers need not attend the afternoon session. This event is co-sponsored with Chadeish Yameinu. Registration required, here. Questions? Please contact Rose Ashford.


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