The mission and purpose of the Lifelong Learning is to plan and implement educational programs. These programs offer educational opportunities for adult congregants of all age groups and all levels of Jewish learning. While program topics vary widely, they will include a connection to Judaism, Jewish life, or issues of importance to Jews.
For a list of recent and upcoming Lifelong Learning programs, see the current issue of The View, our annual guide to Shomrei Torah programs, or the most recent issue of The Voice, our monthly newsletter.
Torah study sessions are held every Shabbat morning at 8:45AM in our Kolbo Room.
All are welcome, of any age, including beginners to Torah study. Sessions are led by Rabbi George, Rabbi Kramer, and by lay leaders. This is the best opportunity for ongoing, in-depth discussion of Torah and related writings.
Please see our Calendar for dates.
Lifelong Learning Classes
A Torah to Live By – an introduction to Torah Study for STARS parents
Sundays December 3, 17 and January 7 – 9:15am
This 3 session introductory course is for STARS (religious school) parents who want to learn while their kids are in religious school. Limited to only 12 people, the class will meet with Rabbi George in his study from 9:15-10:45 on Sunday mornings when school is in session. The class has two goals: to give students the basic knowledge needed to feel comfortable with Torah Study at Shomrei Torah and on their own and to explore some teachings from the Torah that can enrich our daily lives. No previous knowledge is necessary.
Meditation with Rabbi George
October 15, 22, 29 – 7:00pm
Using a variety of Jewish and Buddhist techniques we will learn, chant and sit quietly together, creating a space of quiet and calm in the midst of the fast paced worlds we inhabit. These “sits” will build on the previous sessions but no previous knowledge or experience is necessary. Expect to spend at least 30 minutes in silence every session. Please RSVP to the temple office.
On the doorposts of your house – Learn about and buy your own mezuzah
Sunday October 22 – 4:00-5:30pm
A mezuzah is a basic element of Jewish identity and central to the creation of a Jewish home. In this one session class we will explore the background and meaning of having a mezuzah on the doorposts of your home. Besides learning about the mitzvah of hanging a mezuzah, there will also be the opportunity to buy mezuzot (the plural form of mezuzah). At the end of the class, we will pick a time to have a progressive mezuzah-hanging party! Open to all members and all levels of Jewish knowledge and background.
50 Shades of Talmud
November 1, 8, 15 – 7:00-8:30pm
What the first rabbis had to say about you-know-what. (A taste of sex in the Talmud and in Jewish Tradition) Inspired by Maggie Anton’s book, in this class, perfect for beginners, we will explore some of the more racy sections of Talmud. Come ready to learn and laugh!
Mikvah Field Trip to San Francisco
November 5th, 2017 10:30-11:30 (Optional lunch afterwards)
Have you ever wondered about the mysterious ritual of immersing in a Mikvah, ritual bath, but you didn’t want to get wet? Join Rabbi Kramer in touring and learning about Jewish Mikvaot (plural for Mikvah), discover the history, ritual, and spiritual practice throughout the centuries. This field trip is for anyone wanting to see a mikvah and learn about its uses. No previous knowledge required, Men and women are welcome! RSVP to Denise and we will try to help coordinate carpools.
Foundations – Readings from Heschel’s “The Prophets,” Maimonides and Hasidism
December 6, 7 – 7:00-830pm
This class is part 1 of a 3 part series offered by Lehrhaus focused on the philosophy of the late, great, Jewish thinker, Abraham Joshua Heschel’s Social Justice work. Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Pruzan will draw on Heschel’s writings about the Prophets and other key texts. While this class is designed for students with some Jewish background, all are welcome. Rabbi Peretz Wolf-Prusan is the Chief Program Officer and a Senior Educator at Lehrhaus Judaica.