Adult Education

Introduction to Judaism

With Rabbis Kuhn, Maderer & Freedman and Cantor Frankel
Wednesdays, January 13 – April 13, 2016, 6-8 pm

If you are an interfaith couple, if you are considering converting to Judaism, or if you are Jewish and looking for beginner’s education, “Introduction to Judaism” is perfect for you.  Registration is required. Please contact Catherine Fischer at [email protected]

Cost: URJ synagogue members: $180 per person or per couple, non members $275 per person or per couple.

Introduction to Mussar

Together, we will explore a series of middot, meaning, character virtues.  For each virtue, such as humility, patience and gratitude, we will study wisdom from Jewish tradition and we will engage in a daily spiritual practice that involves paying attention to our own actions and understanding hindrances to the virtue.  Then we will challenge ourselves to reach higher in each particular virtue.

Introduction to Mussar

Together, we will explore a series of middot, meaning, character virtues.  For each virtue, such as humility, patience and gratitude, we will study wisdom from Jewish tradition and we will engage in a daily spiritual practice that involves paying attention to our own actions and understanding hindrances to the virtue.  Then we will challenge ourselves to reach higher in each particular virtue.

An Evening with Former Congressman Patrick J. Kennedy

RS Caring Community and the Caron Treatment Centers present:
AN EVENING WITH FORMER CONGRESSMAN PATRICK J. KENNEDY SAVING LIVES: Community Responsibility in the Fight to Conquer Addiction and Related Brain Diseases  
Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7pm 
Q and A moderated by Stephen Fried, Co-Author 
Followed by sales/signing of their best-selling book:  
A Common Struggle: A Personal Journey Through the Past and Future of Mental Illness and Addiction by Patrick J. Kennedy
Coordinated by Main Point Books, Bryn Mawr, PA

Torah Study

The cornerstone of our learning is our Saturday morning Torah Study. We discuss the weekly Torah portion and have a lively and spirited conversation as we relate this ancient text to our daily lives.
No special training or prerequisite courses are necessary for you to attend. Neither is there an entrance requirement for the understanding of Torah. When we come to it in study, there are no barriers to keep us distant from our heritage.

ReadRS

The Adventures of Kavalier & Clay by Michael Chabon, which David Mandell will lead.  

Open to all members and prospective members, ReadRS is an opportunity to connect with each other and share ideas through lively discussions of books over wine, cheese, and other nibbles.  Join in and help us select books of  interest you would like to read -- fiction or non-fiction, serious or humorous, controversial or not -- that not only provide "a good read" but also help us explore the meaning and experience of being Jewish, past or  present, in America and around the world.  

Introduction to Mussar

Together, we will explore a series of middot, meaning, character virtues.  For each virtue, such as humility, patience and gratitude, we will study wisdom from Jewish tradition and we will engage in a daily spiritual practice that involves paying attention to our own actions and understanding hindrances to the virtue.  Then we will challenge ourselves to reach higher in each particular virtue.

Introduction to Mussar

Together, we will explore a series of middot, meaning, character virtues.  For each virtue, such as humility, patience and gratitude, we will study wisdom from Jewish tradition and we will engage in a daily spiritual practice that involves paying attention to our own actions and understanding hindrances to the virtue.  Then we will challenge ourselves to reach higher in each particular virtue.

Introduction to Mussar

Together, we will explore a series of middot, meaning, character virtues.  For each virtue, such as humility, patience and gratitude, we will study wisdom from Jewish tradition and we will engage in a daily spiritual practice that involves paying attention to our own actions and understanding hindrances to the virtue.  Then we will challenge ourselves to reach higher in each particular virtue.

Sunday Seminar: Witness to the Holocaust

YOM HASHOAH  (Holocaust Remembrance)
Witness the Holocaust: 71 Years Earlier, 1945:
Dachau Jews are minutes away from the Death Ovens. US Soldiers arrive to liberate this concentration camp and a Jewish GI saves a man 30 minutes from the oven.
THESE TWO JEWS ARE HERE TODAY to tell us their story!
* Also...a Jew, with a beautiful voice, survived Auschwitz for nearly three years by singing for the Nazi soldiers. His reward? A few more scraps of food than other concentration camp prisoners. He used his blessed voice to become a Cantor later in life.

Hebrew Through Prayer

With Rebekah Robinson
Students will learn vocabulary, grammar, and roots to translate one or two familiar prayers from our liturgy.
Prerequisite: Beginners Hebrew or equivalent (i.e. Has learned all Hebrew letters and vowels and has had practice reading.)

Cost for the series: $100 (members and non-members)
Must register before April 1st
Register with Candice Nemoff ([email protected])

The Ladykiller: Women's Heart Health Symposium

To observe American Heart Month, there will be a panel discussion with an emphasis on heart disease in women.
Panel discussion moderated by Stephanie Stahl, CBS 3 and the CW Philly 57's medical specialist. Panel of experts include: Lillian Cohn MD, FACP Internal Medicine, Pennsylvania Hospital; Raina Merchant MD, MSHP, FAHA Emergency Medicine, University of Pennsylvania; Nazanin Moghbeli MD, FACC, Cardiology, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania; William Uffner, MD, Geriatric Psychiatry, Friends Hospital

Lunch & Learn

Personal Reflections on and The Evolution of Reform Judaism's Interpretation of Jewish Law (Halacha) on Marriage  Equality, Co sponsored with pRiSm
Discussion led by Henry Patterson and Rabbi Eli Freedman

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