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Lifelong Learning

   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 the embrace this principle by providing our congregational community with access to a rich selection of classes.
   We offer programming for various backgrounds and levels of education, from entry level through the deeply immersed, to address the needs of the broadest possible cross-section of our community. And, we encourage you to explore the many offerings on the events calendar of this website, and engage.
Introduction to Judaism
Tuesdays | October 13, 2020 – March 9, 2021 | 7 – 9 PM 
Teachers: James Phelps and Rabbi Steven Rein
Signup: Please send an email to Harriet Vorona to register for this class.
Connect: Intro to Judaism on Zoom.
   Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school?  Thinking about (or is someone you love thinking about) officially joining the Tribe?
   Introduction to Judaism covers both Judaism’s biggest and most life-changing ideas, as well as the nuts-and-bolts of daily Jewish living. The class is geared  towards both Jews and non-Jews who want to learn more. Bring your questions  and explore the wisdom, depth and joy of Jewish living.
Jewish Ritual: The Basics
Wednesdays | January 6, 2021 - May 26, 2021 | 6-7 PM
Teacher: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey
Meeting ID: 918 6848 2889
Passcode: 528882
   In this class focused on Jewish ritual, we will study the basics of ritual in the synagogue and in the home through lecture, discussion, prayer, music, and more.  
   This is part of a three-year course that will culminate in an adult b’nai mitzvah ceremony in the spring of 2022.
Together and Apart: The Future of Jewish Peoplehood 
Wednesdays | October 21, 2020 - February 10, 2021 | 7 - 9 PM 
Teachers: Shlicha Yasmin Drescher and Rabbi Steven Rein 
Signup: Please send an email to Harriet Vorona to register for this class.
Connect: Together and Apart on Zoom.
   Today we face new challenges to our unity including neout this class we will consider what it means to be a member of the Jewish people, the core values that animate Jewish peoplehood, and the contemporary challenges to Jewish unity.
Classes 5781 (2020-2021)
Daf HaShavua – Weekly Talmud Study - Jewish civil law
Fridays | 9 - 10 AM
Teacher: Rabbi Steven Rein
   Long before there was an American legal system, our sages established a comprehensive tradition to adjudicate civil law. We will be studying Massekhet Bava Kama - Tractate Bava Kama - to analyze the range of responsibility and compensation for damages caused to another’s body or property. (No prior Talmud study or legal background required. Text will be in English.)
Spring 2021
Beyond Dispute: Debates That Shape Jewish Life 
Wednesdays | February 24, 2021 - June 2, 2021 | 7- 9 PM 
Teacher: Rabbi Steven Rein 
Signup: Please send an email to Harriet Vorona to register for this class.
Connect: Beyond Dispute on Zoom.
     Debates—philosophical, spiritual, ethical, and cultural—are at the heart of Judaism and Jewish life. Are religion and reason compatible? Can Jewish law change based on context? How do we teach and talk about the Holocaust and the State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? Is Jewish tradition intrinsically patriarchal and ableist? Is our relationship with God defined by human obligation or divine compassion? 
     The goal of these conversations will be to go beyond the conflicts themselves to uncover the essential questions that underlie them, and to build a more inclusive view of the Jewish past, present, and future.
Tue, April 20 2021 8 Iyyar 5781