Explore the Torah and the guidance and wisdom it offers with this popular adult learning series led by local rabbis and leaders. All classes are FREE and open to all.
Please note: all sessions are currently scheduled to be on Zoom. We will notify you of any changes.
Thursday, January 20, 7:30PM
Origins and Meanings of the Sabbatical Year
with Rabbi Yossi Lipsker and Rabbi David Meyer
For our ancient Israelite ancestors, the Shemita year was a time of renewal – renewal of the earth, renewal of the community, and renewal of every individual. This session introduces the practice and traditions of Shemita and begins to explore how this ancient system might guide and inspire us in our own day.
Wednesday, February 16, 7:30PM
The Radical Ramifications of Resting
with Rabbi Michael Schwartz
A deceptively simple idea is at the heart of what Shemita and the weekly Sabbath are all about: Resting. Jewish tradition suggests that the most hopeful and radical way to drastically change the world - and yourself - is to take a 'time out', to rest. This session explores what the revolutionary ramifications of taking a true rest can mean for our real lives today.
Wednesday, March 23, 7:30PM
Land, Ecology and Environment
with Amy Gold and Rabbi Samantha Safran
What can Jewish tradition teach us about being shomrei Adamah (guardians of the earth) in 2022? This session introduces several key Jewish understandings about the environment and explore ways that we as individuals and families can put them into practice.
Tuesday, April 12, 7:30PM
Economic Principles of Ancient Israel
with Rabbi Michael Ragozin
In the Shemita year not only did the land lie fallow, but also it was ownerless. Anything that grew was available to everyone. This session explores how this ancient agricultural concept – the Sabbatical year – shapes our contemporary view on ownership and wealth.