Our bodies may be restricted from going where they’d like to at this time, but our minds certainly are not! We will be offering a variety of educational opportunities in the upcoming year of 5781, so be sure to take advantage of them. The neat trick is to feature classes that can zoom into your home or be offered face to face (remember that?) once restrictions are lifted. This year there will be no brochure, but classes, discussion groups, and workshops will be publicized as they become available through the TBT website, Facebook page, weekly T’kiah, and Shabbat service announcements, so stay tuned!
We plan to offer 4-5 Shabbat afternoon book discussions led by an assortment of facilitators. The focus will be on important books for us to read for a deeper understanding of racism and people of color. If you have reading selection suggestions or have attended our discussions in the past and are interested in leading one yourself, please contact me.
Short story discussion groups will continue on the 4th Tuesday of every other month at 2:00 p.m.; the next one is scheduled for August 25. If you are interested in participating, let me know, and I’ll send you a Zoom invitation.
There are also a number of additional remarkable classes to be offered. Dr. Cliff Wilcox, whose American Jewish folksingers course was so successful last year, will be teaching an eight part series on the American Jewish Experience Through Film. Rabbi Mike Lotker will lead a five part class on Jewish mythology (we’ll finally get to understand where Lilith comes from!). Rabbi Lisa will continue her multi-part adult b’nai mitzvah class. Deborah O’Neill will help us to deal with our reactions to the pandemic through writing, and the very accomplished Joy Goldowitz will lead craft classes.
STAY TUNED FOR MORE DETAILS!
VP of Adult Learning
MEDITATION AND THE BOOK OF PSALMS
Rabbi Lisa Hochberg-Miller
Each Wednesday, 12:00 p.m.- 12:45 p.m.
Join us as we continue with weekly meditation and a focus on the Psalms to bring us strength at this time!
Look for the Zoom link in this week’s T’Kiah email-blast.
MONO PRINTING with CRAFTSMAVEN JOY GOLDOWITZ
Tuesday 8/18, 12:00-2:00 or Sunday 8/23, 12:30-2:30
A favorite technique of Andy Warhol; you’ll love mono printing! We’ll start with a simple picture, perhaps cut from a magazine. Using tape, a bottle of ink, a dip pen, a transparency, and watercolor paper we will trace the image and transfer it to the watercolor paper. We’ll then use watercolors, watercolor pencils, and watercolor crayons to fill in our transferred masterpiece. No drawing experience needed! Participants aged 8 and up are welcome. We’ll be outside on the TBT patio under shade cloth with everything prepared in advance using masks, social distancing, and hand sanitizer to be together and stay safe.
RSVP to Deborah Pollack (email in Temple annual). $5.00 materials fee.
SHORT STORY DISCUSSION
Tuesday, August 25, 2:00-3:00 p.m.
If you’re interested in participating in our discussion, please send Deborah an email (listed in TBT Annual) and I’ll send you a link to the story as well as a Zoom invitation.
RABBI MIKE LOTKER’S DIVE DEEPER INTO JUDAISM SERIES
Science and Religion: Conflicts Confusion and Clarity. 3 Sessions: 8/5, 8/12 and 8/19. Join Rabbi Michael Lotker as he explores the intersection of the worlds of science and religion. We will touch on everything from Quantum Mechanics to Kabbalah and Revelation to Relativity and even Einstein to Rashi. Rabbi Lotker discusses how his religious faith is informed and strengthened by his scientific training and 30 year career as a physicist. He will discuss the evidence for God’s existence, the truth of the Bible, the question of how a good and loving God can allow evil and tragedy in the world and the question of why be religious. You don’t need to review your Calculus or Aramaic or even bring your slide rules. Just bring an open mind and lots of questions.
A Taste of Judaism & Jewish Literacy. 3 Sessions followed by 15 sessions: Wednesdays 7:00 – 8:30 PM beginning August 26. The three-part Taste of Judaism class, designed to introduce the main tenets of Judaism, will be followed by a 15-week Jewish Literacy class. These classes are ideal for Jews, for their spouses, for those who are exploring conversion, and those who simply wish to broaden their knowledge about the fundamentals of Judaism’s extraordinary history, beliefs and faith. The 15 classes of Jewish Literacy touch on most of the areas of concern and interest to adults who wish to explore the holidays, sacred literature, history, spirituality, mysticism, and living a full Jewish life. This class is required for conversion candidates.
A BISSEL YIDDISHKEYT
TBT member Judy Gottlieb, our own Yiddish maven, who had been scheduled to teach classes in Beginning Yiddish, recommends resources for those TBT members who would enjoy adding a bissel yiddishkeyt to their lives:
The National Yiddish Theatre will be offering 15 minute Yiddish classes on Tuesdays
at 1:00 Eastern Standard Time (11:00 our time). Click here to join
If you can’t make it, don’t worry, the archives will stay available on Facebook, YouTube, and NYTF.org.
They’re also doing live shows during this period including songs, readings, and more.
GOD FORBID YOU SHOULD RUN OUT OF READING MATERIAL AT THIS TIME, THE TEMPLE BETH TORAH LIBRARY IS OPEN!
If you don’t have a code for the front door, call to make sure that Temple Secretary Martha Richardson is on-site to let you in.
You may borrow up to 6 books at a time—enjoy and return at your leisure.
In keeping with CDC recommendations, please observe the following rules:
- No more than 2 people in the library at a time.
- Put on gloves from the box on the table before handling books and discard them when you’re finished.
- Use your own pen or pencil to record the title(s) of books you’ve borrowed along with your name. Leave the cards in the box on the table.
DON’T FORGET TO PERUSE THE LIBRARY CART—ANYTHING TAKEN FROM THERE IS YOURS TO KEEP FOR A SMALL DONATION.