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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 to bring us closer to God and to enrich our personal and Jewish lives.
   Here at Agudas Achim we embrace this principle by providing 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. You are encouraged to explore the classes listed below and the many offerings on the events calendar of this website, and engage.
 

Classes 5782 (2021-2022)

Ongoing  
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. This class will study 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 is in English.)
 
Parashat HaShavua - study of the weekly torah portion
Every Shabbat | 9 - 9:30 AM
Class begins October 2, 2021, with Parashat Bereishit
Teacher: Rabbi Steven Rein
   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!
 
Fall 2021
Jewish Ritual: The Basics
Tuesdays | October 5, 2021 - February 8, 2022 | 8-9 PM
Teacher: Hazzan Elisheva Dienstfrey
   In this class focused on Jewish ritual, we will study the basics of the synagogue service--the melody of the liturgy, the choreography of the service, the meaning of the texts, and more.   
   This is part of a three-year course that will culminate in an adult b’nai mitzvah ceremony in February 2022.
Introduction to Judaism
Tuesdays | October 12, 2022 - March 1, 2022 | 7 - 9 PM 
Teacher: Rabbi Steven Rein and James Phelps
Signup: Please send an email to Harriet Vorona Cohen to register for this class.
 
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. 
 
Foundations for a thoughtful judaism -- Practice 
Wednesdays | October 20, 2022 - January 19, 2022 | 7 - 8:30 PM 
Teacher: Rabbi Steven Rein 
Signup: Please send an email to Harriet Vorona Cohen to register for this class.
     
This newest curriculum from the Shalom Hartman Institute explores questions that are fundamental to Jewish practice: What is the system of mitzvot trying to accomplish? Why the need for ritual action at all beyond belief? How have Jewish thinkers conceived of the meaning of mitzvot in an age of radical human autonomy? What are our obligations to others, to God, to the collective? How does sanctification of time, space, and body lead to holiness?
 
Spring 2022
Foundations for a thoughtful judaism -- Faith 
Thursdays | March 3, 2022 - June 2, 2022 | 7 - 8:30 PM 
Teacher: Rabbi Steven Rein 
Signup: Please send an email to Harriet Vorona Cohen to register for this class.
     

An exploration of questions related to what a relationship with God and a life of faith entails: Where does faith come from? What does it entail? What are the models in Jewish tradition for a complex relationship with God which includes reverence and joy, but also anger and argument? Where does doubt fit into a life of faith? Where do Jews who do not believe fit in?

Wed, September 22 2021 16 Tishrei 5782