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New Classes Fall 5778

Exploring the New Siddur Lev Shalem

Hazzan Benjamin Tisser

Shabbat, 12:15pm (after Kiddush); 4 sessions, August 12, 19, 26 and September 2, 2017

Join Hazzan Tisser to become familiar with the new Siddur Lev Shalem which the Congregation will be adopting this Fall for Shabbat and Festival services. He will highlight differences from Siddur Sim Shalom including slight changes to the prayer text, new interpretations, additions to the liturgy, and other new features. The enhanced explanations and creative texts will add to communal as well as individual prayer experiences.

The class is offered free of charge.

Wrapped: A DIY Tallit Making Workshop

Lilach Schrag

Thursdays, 1:30-3:30; August 31, September 7, September 14, and September 28, 2017

In this workshop you will learn all that you wanted to know about the tallit - then make your own! Discover the origin, history, significance, and symbolism of this ritual object while creating your own masterpiece. 

Trimester Fee: Fall, materials included

Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives

Rabbi Steven Bob

Tuesdays, 8:00 pm; September 5 and 12, 2017

This short book of the Bible, along with the explanations of the classic commentators, provides answers to the most important questions about identity and meaning in our lives.

Fall Mini-Course: $40, including a copy of Rabbi Bob’s book, Jonah and the Meaning of Our Lives: A Verse-by Verse Contemporary Commentary.

The Ethics of Jewish Living 
(Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning @ NSS Beth El)

Ali Drumm

Sundays, 9:15–10:15am; beginning September 10, 2017 (academic year)

How do Jewish teachings shed light on contemporary issues such as the environment, interpersonal relationships, end-of-life decisions, and stem-cell research?

Tuition including Sourcebook: $100 for NSSBE members, $240 for Melton Consortium members and $340 for non-Consortium members. Couples who sign up together will receive an additional $20 subsidy for the second partner's registration. Free babysitting available.

To register for Melton classes at NSS Beth El, contact Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or [email protected].

Hebrew Literacy

Silvi Freedson

Sundays, 11:00am-Noon; beginning September 10, 2017 (academic year)

This Hebrew literacy class is designed for students with no prior knowledge of the language and no Hebrew reading skills. Students will learn the Hebrew alphabet and the mechanics of reading. At the end of the year-long course students will be able to read short stories, and acquire a basic vocabulary on a range of topics. The course will focus on literacy rather than conversational Hebrew. Free babysitting available.

Trimester Fee: Fall, Winter

The Melding of Mussar and Mindfulness

Dr. Lena Kushnir

Mondays, 10:00-11:00 am; October 23, 30 and November 6, 13, 2017

Mussar - a Jewish ethical, educational and cultural movement- and mindfulness practices provide two powerful and complementary ways to bring attention to who we are and how we can improve each day. The goal of mussar practice is personal growth and transformation through focusing on character traits, one at a time. Mindfulness is the ability to show up fully to each moment of our lives. We will meld the two practices and explore how to integrate them meaningfully into our daily lives.

Trimester Fee: Fall

Girls in Trouble 
(Sisterhood Torah Fund)

Ali Drumm and Tovah Goodman

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am; October 25, November 1, November 8, and November 15, 2017

Girls in Trouble is a series exploring women in the Bible through ancient texts, Rabbinic interpretations, visual art, and original songs.  These sessions focus on the stories of Judith, Miriam, Ruth, and Tamar.

BeMidBar: Leadership Defied and Defended
(Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning @ NSS Beth El)

Rabbi Michael Schwab

Tuesdays, 8:00 – 9:15 pm; 10 sessions, beginning October 24, 2017

Israel's fateful journey through the wilderness of Sinai presented numerous challenges to the leadership of Moses and Aaron; at times the nation challenged their competence as leaders, and at times individuals arose to challenge their very right to lead.

Tuition including sourcebook: $80 for NSSBE members, $245 for Melton Consortium members and $345 for non-Consortium members.

To register for Melton classes at NSS Beth El, contact Rolly Cohen at 847-291-7788 x1304 or [email protected].


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