Lifelong learning is one of the three pillars of our Jewish Values. We are each encouraged to engage in spiritual and intellectual growth, throughout our lives, in order to both bring us closer to God and to enrich our personal and Jewish lives.
Here at Agudas Achim, we strive to support the embrace of this principle by providing our congregational community with access to a rich selection of topical insights from many diverse and distinguished sources of learning.
We offer programming for various levels of background and education, from entry level novice through the deeply immersed, in order to address the needs of the broadest possible cross-section of our community. And, more than that, we urge each of you to explore the many offerings you can find on the events calendar of this website, and engage.
See our Events Calendar for upcoming classes.
The Ethical Life: Jewish Values in an Age of Choice
From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the omplex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day. Judaism has a long history of wrestling with moral questions, responding to them in a way that considers all sides of an issue. Through text study and group discussion, we will deepen our collective understand of how our tradition can inform ethical behavior and character development. We will emphasize that it is not just a matter of learning from our texts and learning from our tradition about what we should be doing in the world and then going out and doing it. We will emphasize that we must also learn from our experience in the world what it is that our tradition has to teach us.
Thursdays | Beginning, February 16 | 7:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Rabbi Steven Rein
Monthly learning and discussion with Rabbi Jack Moline.
Monday | May 15 | 7:00 pm
Rabbi Jack Moline
February and March Topic: Monthly discussion and learning with Rabbi Emeritus Jack Moline. February and March topic: “The Ganse Megillah” The Talmud insists that Megillat Esther must be read in very specific ways, and then goes on to discuss reading Hallel, the Torah and the Amidah in the same terms. What’s the big deal if we want a “highlights reel” or “greatest hits?” Doesn’t it make these sacred texts more accessible? Text begins with Tractate Megillah 17a. May topic to be determined.
Jewish Ritual: the Basics
In this second year of a three-year course, we will study the basics of Jewish daily and life cycle ritual through lecture, discussion, prayer, music, and more. The three-year course will culminate in an adult B’nai Mitzvah ceremony in the spring of 2018.
Instructor: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey
Wednesdays, 7:00-8:00 p.m., September 7, 2016 – April 5, 2017
There will be a nominal fee for materials. Please contact the office to register.