Beth Jacob Weekly Ongoing Classes
- 7:00-8:00 pm Foundations of Judaism
This course will offer nine three-course “mini-units” on Tuesday evenings at 7:00, exploring a wide variety of essential aspects of Jewish civilization: history, mysticism, lifecycles, Zionism/theState of Israel, Halakhah (law), holidays, and rituals/mitzvot such as Tefillin and Tzitzit. Each three-class mini-unit on these subjects will be taught either by Rabbi Rubin here at Beth Jacob or Rabbi Marcus Rubenstein at Temple of Aaron, and they will alternate. The classes will be offered in-person but there will also be a Zoom option. The first mini-unit will be taught by Rabbi Rubin on Jewish history from its earliest beginnings through the end of the Middle Ages (roughly 1500). The course is intended both for Jews interesting in deepening their knowledge of the foundations of Judaism and those who are interested in becoming Jewish and seek a pathway toward conversion. The class is open to Beth Jacob members as well as the general community. We will also celebrate Jewish Holidays together as part of the class. Join on Zoom at beth-jacob.org/Foundations
- Morning Mishnah. After Minyan (Around 8 Am) at Beth-Jacob.org/Mishnah – A new class with Rabbi Tamar! Delve deep into the words of our oral tradition and its place in our lives today. See you Wednesdays after Minyan!
- Noon: Exploring Hasidic Insights on the Weekly Torah Portion with Rabbi Adam Rubin. This course takes place (both in-person and via Zoom) on Wednesdays at noon and will focus on the profound spiritual teachings of Hasidic masters such as Rabbi Mordechai Yosef of Izbitza (Mei Ha-Shiloakh), R. Levi Yitzhak of Berdichev (Kedushat Levi) and R. Yehudah Alter of Ger (S’fat Emet), among others. These teachers offer theological perspectives that are often quite radical, along with penetrating wisdom that speaks to our yearning for connection with God and other people. All texts will be available in English and no previous study of Hasidism is required for the class. Join on Zoom at beth-jacob.org/hasidic.
For the Jew In The Pew
9:15-10:00 am with Rabbi Lynn Liberman
1st, 3rd and the occasional 5th Shabbat of each month
Welcome back! Our exploration of the Psalms, largely as found in our siddur, will continue for the coming year! Once again, we will explore the Psalms that are widely used throughout the Shabbat service considering their meaning and wondering why and how these words are still part of our liturgy today. No prior experience needed, texts are provided in Hebrew and English!
- St. Paul JCC‘s Virtual JCC page
- An array of offerings from American Jewish University‘s B’Yachad Together
- JTS: Jewish Theological Seminary‘s Online Classes
- Podcasts, discussions, webinars and more from The Shalom Hartman Institute
- For general learning, myjewishlearning.com
Many articles are excerpts from longer works by academic and rabbinical scholars, and the articles are well hyperlinked. Authors are identified and clickable so you can learn about the writer. There is a growing library of multimedia materials. There are resources appropriate for a wide range of ages, from middle school up.
- A pioneer in advancing Jewish scholarship for women, Drisha Institute for Jewish Education is a center for the study of classical Jewish texts; at drisha.org
- For texts, sefaria.org and mechon-mamre.org
- For a historical and contextual approach to Torah study, thetorah.com
- Hadar seeks to empower Jews to create and sustain vibrant, practicing, egalitarian communities of Torah, Avodah, and Chesed, at hadar.org/torah-online
- Pick a course to study online and Zug will match you with a havruta (partner) in America, Israel, or around the world: projectzug.org
- The Institute for Jewish Spirituality has month-long online modules and offers live meetings with an instructor.
- This is a website in Hebrew for piyut and t’filah. Those who don’t know Hebrew can open the page in Chrome for a translation. Or click on the radio icon for a page of recordings. At: web.nli.org.il/sites/nlis/he/song/Pages