We find ourselves in remarkable circumstances, physically separated from each other, and yet reaching out by phone and online to engage and gather virtually and continue to learn and grow. Over the coming weeks, we are going to try to find and share with you unique and interesting online learning opportunities as we find them.

Beth Jacob Services info: Click here


Rabbi Rubin is going to join us at a few different dates and times coming up, so that we have a chance to learn with him and get to know him before he and his family make the move to Minnesota!
“We’re No Angels…Or Are We? Human Frailty, Angelic Perfection, and the Giving of Torah”
4 pm Monday, May 25th
As we prepare to receive Torah once again on Shavuot, this class will explore midrashic and talmudic texts (along with a scene from the movie “Wings of Desire”) to explore the dilemmas of free will and obedience and how our sages struggled with the limitations of mortality.

“Little White Lies: Jewish Tradition and the Surprisingly Uncertain Status of Telling the Truth”
Noon Monday, June 8th
Rabbi Shimon ben Gamliel teaches us in Pirkei Avot that truth is one of the pillars of existence, one the three foundations upon which the world stands. This class will explore how our tradition is surprisingly ambivalent about the notion of truth at all costs – its pursuit sometimes comes at a cost, and clashes with other important values.

“Blintzes, Bagels and Bourekas: Is There Meaning in Identifying as Sephardic/Ashkenazi in America Today?”
7 pm Wednesday, June 17th
We’ll conclude our three-part series with a controversial claim I want to make, grounded in classical texts and the Conservative Movement’s historical approach, that in fact it is often (though not always!) the case that the Sephardic/Ashkenazic distinction is no longer meaningful. Intrigued? I hope to see you there!

Learning Talmud Alone Together – SVARA-Style Online Class

7:30-9:00 pm Tuesdays, May 12, 19 & 26
With Sara Lynn Newberger; Set your own fee $0-$18 per session
What could be more exciting than digging into a chunk of Talmud to connect in a deep and rich way?! Join others to learn, discuss and come to own a piece of Talmud! All you need in order to participate is the ability to read the Hebrew alphabet. Come to one, two or all three!
Co-sponsored with Hineini

Heretical Teachings of the Talmud
Mondays – May 18, June 1, 15, 29, from 7-8:15 pm
With Rabbi David B. Thomas
The Talmud is a record of rabbinic dialogue, discourse and debate. Its contributors span hundreds of years and thousands of miles. As such, the Talmud is an essentially multi-vocal text. Within the cloistered walls of the beit midrash, our sages asked their most challenging, even dangerous questions: What is the nature of God? What does God really care about (if anything)? What are the limits of halacha – Jewish law? To what extent should Jews engage with the secular world?
In this class, we seek to gain insight into some of the most challenging ideas confronted by our tradition.  We will dive into the text and fearlessly immerse ourselves in rabbinic ideas that border on the heretical. No prior knowledge of Talmud, Hebrew or Aramaic required. An openness to embracing multiple perspectives is strongly encouraged!

Aggadah Class
Tuesday Evenings at 7 pm, beginning on Tuesday, June 2
At Beth-Jacob.org/Aggadah
With Rabbi Tamar; study Jewish stories through rabbinic texts in the new Aggadah (literally “telling” or stories) class. This class will study texts from Hayyim Nahman Bialilk’s The Book of Legends/Sefer Ha-Aggadah: Legends from the Talmud and Midrash.

Bracha and Bagels
Wednesday Mornings after Minyan
At https://zoom.us/j/605163648
With Rabbi Tamar

Parashat  HaShavuah
Thursday Mornings at 11 am
At https://zoom.us/j/486240403
With Rabbi Tamar; Study of this week’s Torah portion, using the book The Heart of Torah by Shai Held.


Outside Opportunities

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Courses from The Jewish Center:
A Mindful Approach to Managing Anxiety
With Ruth B. Goldston, Ph.d. Licensed Psychologist and TJC Member
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Jewish Creativity and Innovation in Times of Crisis
With David Charles Kraemer, Ph.d. Professor of Talmud and Rabbinics and the Joseph J. And Dora Abbell Librarian the Jewish Theological Seminary of America
Click Here to Watch the Video

Laughter After: Humor and the Holocaust
With Avinoam J. Patt, Ph.d. Doris and Simon Konover Chair of Judaic Studies Director, Center for Judaic Studies & Contemporary Jewish Life – University of Connecticut
Click Here to Watch the Video

St. Paul JCC‘s Virtual JCC page

A directory of streaming services (e.g. Shacharit, not Netflix) from the Cantor’s Assembly at Cantors.org/servicesonline

An array of offerings from American Jewish University‘s  B’Yachad Together
Podcasts, discussions, webinars and more from The Shalom Hartman Institute


Ramah Wisconsin has launched “Kikar from afar,” an on-line set of programs and resources to engage the Ramah and broader communities during this time of quarantine.  The landing page, here, will be continually updated with information as they roll out additional programs in the coming weeks.  There is Kikar dancing on Friday afternoon, and will be havdalah, shirah, omanut, mitbachon, and other activities, as well as games, milat hayom, and other resources.

PJ Library has a wide variety of resources for different ages available here.