Ongoing Classes

Tuesdays

Talmud Study 

8:00 to 9:00 a.m. | Free
The group studies sections of the Talmud, with an eye towards understanding both the original intent of the Rabbi’s and how the teachings may apply to modern life. No knowledge of Hebrew or Aramaic is required nor any previous experience with Talmud study. Contact Ron Brown at rdbrown18@comcast.net

Prayerbook Hebrew                                                                                                                                           12:00 p.m. – 1 p.m. | $100 for community members, free for CKS members The course is designed for those who want to learn Hebrew by studying the Siddur סידור (prayer book) in its original authentic language. Learn to translate and form commentaries based on the root of the Hebrew words for the purpose of gaining a deep understanding and meaning from the text. The Hebrew with Tikva™ method helps students comprehend prayer book text from its classical Hebrew source. Students will learn root words and their various applications; gain a deeper understanding of Prayer book Hebrew; differentiate the literal meaning form the deeper hidden meaning; participate in discussions to meaningfully deepen your experience of life and Judaism; and improve Hebrew reading skills. Led by Tikva Farber.

Wednesdays

Midrash on the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi  Leider

12:15 p.m. | Free: Drop in

Every Wednesday (some exceptions for holidays)
The weekly Torah portion is our framework for uncovering meaning in Jewish tradition. Midrash means “to pull meaning,” and studying midrash literally allows us to pull deeper meaning from the Torah. Participants choose between reading the provided texts in Hebrew and translating with assistance or to using the English translation provided. Each class is self-contained–some attend every week and others on a drop-in basis.

Lunch and Learn with Rabbi Chai

12:15 to 1:15 p.m. | Free

Every Thursday (some exceptions for holidays)
Mystics, rationalist, comedians and philosophers of all ages are invited to join this stimulating text study group. Work your way through the Tanakh with an energetic group. Please bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch.

Philosophy of Judaism

1:30 to 3:00 p.m. | Free

1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month
This thoughtful group of like-minded individuals loves to read and discuss books on Jewish philosophical thought. Everyone is welcome to drop in and join the lively discussions and meet other like-minded people. Newcomers are most welcome to join this energetic bunch of mystics, rationalists, comedians, and philosophers of all ages who bring a unique perspective to text study! The group works its way through the Tanakh, or the Hebrew Bible. We explores the repentance of Jonah, the kindness of Ruth, the romance of the Song of Songs, and more. Please bring your own dairy/vegetarian lunch.

Fridays

Breakfast with Attitude, Nosh and Conversation with Rabbi Emeritus David White

8:30 to 9:45 a.m.

Cost: There is a fee; please contact Rabbi David White

Every other Friday
September 11, 25; October 9, 23; November 6, 20; December 4, 18

Breakfast with Attitude, entering its 4th year in September, is a unique conversation about life balance as participants share stories and insights generated by the topic set for each by-weekly meeting, held from 8:30 9:45 a.m. in Room 3.

Every session is usually a stand-alone so people can drop in any time (at no cost for a visit or two!) Often, a topic follows up on some aspect of the conversation from the previous time. Summaries generated by Rabbi White are distributed by email the Tuesday before the Friday so participants can keep track of nuggets shared, and those having to miss meetings can keep up with the flow of conversation. This program is a welcoming venue for all ages, backgrounds and religious traditions, and is an ideal context for retirees.

Breakfast with Attitude, for Jews and non-Jews (the more diversity, the better!), translates the Torah into everyday life, such as: How do you more effectively balance life’s seriousness with life’s joys?  Where do you find spirituality in your life?  How close are you to living your life the way you want to be remembered?  Each session brings unique perspectives as we answer these and so many different varieties of questions from personal stories and experiences.

Fresh bagels, cream cheese, lox, whitefish salad, muffins, juice, coffee and tea are provided.

Contact information and point person:  Rabbi David White: email: davidefwh@gmail.com; cell: (707) 592-4711.  Questions and inquiries are welcome!

Please see our calendar for upcoming meetings.