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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 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 backgrounds and levels of education, from entry level novice through the deeply immersed, 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.

   Visit our Shlicha's Page for her course and event offerings.


Daf HaShavua – Weekly Talmud Study
Fridays | 9 - 10 AM
Rabbi Steven Rein
This class will take a break starting July 15 and resume on August 14, 2020.
     Our lives are filled with opportunities to recognize G-d’s presence by saying a blessing. Each time we act on the opportunity, we sanctify both G-d and ourselves. We will begin our study of Massekhet Berakhot, Tractate Berakhot, to look at the rubrics, guidelines, and theology of these daily blessings. (No prior Talmud study required. Texts will be in English.)
Parashat HaShavua
Wednesdays | 9-10 AM
Rabbi Steven Rein
This class will take a break beginning July 17. 
   Participate in a lively discussion of the week’s Torah portion for half an hour before the start of Shabbat morning services. Newcomers always welcome!
Torah B’bayit: Jewish Learning in Your Home
Torah B'bayit will resume when it is safe to gather again.
   What Jewish topic do you want to learn about or discuss? What text have you always wanted to explore but never had the opportunity? What current Jewish issue is on your mind? 
   Torah B’bayit: Jewish Learning in Your Home is an opportunity for you to open up your home to a small group of friends and members of our community, come up with a Jewish topic, and Rabbi Rein will bring the materials to study. Start brainstorming Jewish topics your group would like to delve into, then contact Rabbi Rein to schedule a date and time.
    Join Rabbi Rein in the intimacy of a congregant's home. To attend a scheduled class, RSVP to Erica Jacobs in the AAC office.
May 31 | 11 a.m. | Arlington
Topic: Can Commitment and Critique Coexist? Teaching Israel in the 21st Century
Jewish Learning @ Greenspring 
with Rabbi Rein and Hazzan Dienstfrey
Learning at Greenspring will resume when it is safe to gather again.
April 28, 2020; May 26, 2020; 
Aug. 25, 2020; Nov. 24, 2020 | 11:00 a.m.

   Join Rabbi Rein and Hazzan Dienstfrey for some learning in your neighborhood. If you live at the Greenspring Retirement Community in Springfield, we will be coming to you in 2020 to gather, study, and sing!

2019-2020 CLASSES

Introduction to Judaism
Wednesdays, October 30, 2019 – March 18, 2020 | 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.
Rabbi Steven Rein and Jen Halpern
   Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about (or is someone you love thinking about) officially joining the Tribe?
   This course 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.

Beyond Disputes: Debates That Shape Jewish Life
Dates and times TBA| Beginning November 2019
Rabbi Steven Rein

   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 State of Israel? Should we prioritize Jewish causes or universal causes in our giving? Is Jewish tradition intrinsically patriarchal and albeist? Is our relationship with G-d 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.
   Each session will take place in a member's home. Details will be sent in advance of the session.
Enjoy the rich, deep learning experience of an intimate space and group. 
   Please contact Rabbi Rein to host a session.
Wed, August 12 2020 22 Av 5780