Torah for Everyone
Second and fourth Wednesdays of the month, 7:00-9:00pm, Oct.-June, Berkeley
Are you curious about what's actually in the Torah, and whether it might be meaningful to you? While Torah is the core of Jewish tradition, it can seem intimidating, irrelevant, boring, or even offensive.
Yet, explored from a sophisticated, adult perspective, rather than the literal understanding or children’s Torah stories we may have experienced, the Torah can be a rich source of wisdom for grappling with today’s real-life issues: ethics, family, work, politics, money, happiness…
Join us to experience the Torah in an open environment in this twice-monthly class led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne. Come to one session, a few, or the series.
All are welcome, and no experience with Jewish study or knowledge of Hebrew is necessary.
WHO: Newcomers of all ages and backgrounds are always welcome. You don't need to be Jewish to draw on Jewish wisdom, nor do you need to have read the Torah or other Jewish texts before, or know Hebrew. Please feel free to invite friends who may be interested.
WHEN: We meet twice monthly on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month, 7:00-9:00pm, with some schedule changes due to holidays, including in October due to Yom Kippur. The dates are below.
Come for one session, a few, or the entire series.
WHERE: We meet in a participant's office space in Berkeley.
HOW: You can find registration information for the November 13 session and for the entire series here.
Participants prepare by reading brief materials before the session at which we'll discuss them, so we recommend that you register early enough give yourself time to do this. Rabbi Bridget will send the materials to you by email after you register.
WHAT: At our Nov. 13 session, learn about Deborah- a prophet, judge, and leader of the Jewish people following Moses' death. She was a heroine like no other in the Hebrew Bible, acting in several important capacities that demonstrated her wisdom and charisma. Led by Rabbi Bridget Wynne, we'll explore the story of Deborah, the status of women at that time, and how the social and religious decline of Israelite society directly corresponds to the well-being of the female characters we read about.
QUESTIONS: Contact us by email or at 510-545-9977.
SCHEDULE: Sessions are on the following dates:
October 16, 2019
October 30, 2019
November 13, 2019
December 11, 2019
January 8, 2020
January 22, 2020
February 12, 2020
February 26, 2020
March 11, 2020
March 25, 2020
April 22, 2020
May 13, 2020
May 27, 2020
June 10, 2020