Course Outline

WEEK 1 From Creation to the Edge of Wilderness: A sweeping introduction to the Torah

WEEK 2 The World of the Bible: Tour the first thousand years of Jewish history

WEEK 3 Heart of Many Rooms: Jewish diversity

WEEK 4 Holy Days – The Wheel of the Year

WEEK 5 Shabbat – A Palace in Time

WEEK 6 When Do I Bow? (And other questions about Jewish prayer)

WEEK 7 Passover – The Jewish Master Story

WEEK 8 God – Encountering the Holy

WEEK 9 Talmud – Argument for the Sake of Heaven

WEEK 10 Starting Over – The High Holidays

WEEK 11 Kashrut – The Original Soul Food

WEEK 12 Philosophers, Poets and Mystics

WEEK 13 Marriage, Love and Kosher Sex

WEEK 14 From Birth to B’nai Mitzvah – Raising a Mensch

WEEK 15 A Time to Mourn – Traditions for Death, Grief and Healing

WEEK 16 Out of the Darkness – Stories from the Holocaust

WEEK 17 Israel – Dreaming of Deliverance

WEEK 18 The Jewish Mission to Heal the World


2017-18 Communal Holiday Celebrations

Shabbat Dinner (Dates and times determined by each location)

Hanukah Party: December 18, 2017, at Temple Beth Zion/Beth Israel

Tu B'Shvat “New Year of the Trees” Gathering: January 30, 2018, location TBA

Purim Party: February 26, 2018, at Congregation Beth El, Voorhees, NJ

Yom Ha Atzmaut (Israel Independence Day) Celebration, May 6, 2018 at Temple Beth Hillel/Beth El