Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism
Thousands of years after Abraham and Sarah set off on their Biblical journey, we, their descendants, are the inheritors of a Judaism which contains the four elements of Peoplehood, Practice, Faith, and Ethics. I want to invite you to spend time this year digging into this Judaism that we have inherited and chosen. I want to unpack the meaning of our rituals and practices, our sense of peoplehood, our faith, and our ethics.
Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism is a curriculum designed by the Shalom Hartman Institute, a highly regarded institute of Jewish thought and education serving Israel and North America. The curriculum is pluralistic and rigorous and thoughtful. The goal is to engage you and provoke you to think seriously about the big questions at the heart of Jewish tradition. Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism presents our customs in a way which will invite you to make considered choices for yourself.
Each lesson will be self-contained, so you can come in at any time and there is no commitment to participate in the entire series of classes. Dip your toe in and try it out. You can pick and choose from the topics that intrigue you. It’s a new year, a time to focus on new projects, invest in renewing yourself. Abraham and Sarah changed themselves and changed the world. I guarantee that when you immerse yourself in the richness of Jewish Peoplehood, Jewish Practice, Jewish Faith, and Jewish Ethics, you will change yourself and the way you think. You will live a richer life. And maybe you, too, will change the world, or at least your small piece of it.
Class dates and times
- Sundays, 9:10 – 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanuel (go down the school hallway to the second room from the end on the left side)
- Thursday afternoons, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Ahavas Israel (meeting room)
- Thursday evenings, third Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Ahavas Israel (meeting room)
Class topics (subject to change)
There are Source packets for each of the topics. Please contact Rabbi Krishef if you would like to download the pdf file in advance.
Sundays, 9:10 – 10:00 a.m. at Temple Emanuel
November 7 UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Pathways to Faith
November 14 UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Faith, Trust, and Risk
November 21 UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Faith and Knowledge
December 5 BELIEF AND ACTION –Understanding Mitzvah
December 12 BELIEF AND ACTION – Sincerity and Ritual
Thursday afternoons, 1:00 – 2:00 p.m. at Ahavas Israel
November 4 UNDERSTANDING JEWISH PEOPLEHOOD – Peoplehood in the Hierarchy of Values
November 11 UNDERSTANDING JEWISH PEOPLEHOOD – Particularism and Universalism
November 18 UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Pathways to Faith
December 2 UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Faith, Trust, and Risk
December 9 UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Faith and Knowledge
December 16 BELIEF AND ACTION –Understanding Mitzvah
December 23 BELIEF AND ACTION – Sincerity and Ritual
December 30 BELIEF AND ACTION – Obligation and Autonomy
Thursday evenings, third Thursday of the month, 7:00 p.m. at Ahavas Israel
December 16 – UNDERSTANDING FAITH – Pathways to Faith
Hebrew Words of the Month:
- Yahadut – Judaism
- Mahshevet Yisrael – Jewish Studies
- Emunah – Faith