Adult Learning

COMING UP: Rabbi's Table: June 9, 2018: Our Year-Long Journey: Practical Results and Personal Reflections

Our Rabbi’s Tables are one-hour-long study sessions around a table during the service, from 10:45 to 11:45 on Shabbat morning.
Our After Kiddush sessions run from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m.

Rabbi’s Table and After Kiddush Discussions


Once a month, Rabbi Langner leads a “Rabbi’s Table” — seminar-style around the table, where everyone is encouraged to participate in the discussion.  Topics range from midrash on the Torah portion to Leonard Cohen’s final song, from recent books on racial inequality (The Color of Law, The New Jim Crow) to Having the Conversation about end-of-life issues.  Rabbi’s Tables run from 10:45 to 11:45 on Shabbat

We also offer occasional “After Kiddush” sessions, led by rabbis and educators in the congregation, on topics of their own choosing.   Topics this year have included Solomon and the Queen of Sheba, led by Gideon Amir, What is God’s Kavod led by Rabbi Bob Saks, and Fiddler Factions:  What Path Would You Take?  also led by Rabbi Saks.

Book Discussions


If you love to read and talk about books, you’re in good company. Our Book Discussions take place about every two months on a Sunday morning at a member’s home, from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m. Coffee, bagels, and dessert are served, so it’s like a brunch with great conversation! Let us know if you’re interested (rsvp@shirathanefesh) and we’ll send you the location information.

Here’s what we’re reading in 2017-18:

Year-Long Learning


Some years, Shirat HaNefesh undertakes a year-long exploration of a particular issues.  For 2017-18, the topic has been Dealing with Death.  Our exploration has included sermon topics, several Rabbi’s Table discussions, a Friday Nights Live program, development of a guidebook for members on When Someone Dies, creation of a bereavement support group, and purchasing plots for a dedicated Shirat HaNefesh section at the Garden of Remembrance.  For the full list of activities ongoing, click here.

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