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Study in the Loop

Study in the Loop with Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Thursdays, Noon–1:30pm, November 9, January 11 and February 8

Loop Location: The Illinois Decalogue Society, 134 N. LaSalle #1430

Relying on source material from biblical and rabbinic texts, there will be discussion of the principles and interpretation of Jewish law over the centuries and how to apply these responsa to contemporary dilemmas. Fee: $12 per session to cover lunch.

To register, contact Lennie Kay at 847-432-8900 x210 or [email protected]

Girls in Trouble Class

Girls in Trouble (Sisterhood Torah Fund)

Ali Drumm and Tovah Goodman

Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00am;

October 25, November 1, November 8, and November 15

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

Melton Core Year 1: Purposes of Jewish Living Class

Melton Core Year 1: Purposes of Jewish Living with Ali Drumm

Sundays, 9:15–10:15am at NSS Beth El, begins September 18 (We welcome students at any point.)

Why do Jews believe as they do? What are the big questions of life and how do Jewish thinkers answer these questions? This course explores ancient and modern sources in pursuit of answers to many of the major issues of Jewish thought and theology.

Jewish Laws of Daily Living Class

Jewish Laws of Daily Living with Rabbi Michael Schwab

Wednesdays, 8:00–8:30am

Join us for breakfast and study of the Shulhan Arukh – the basic code of Jewish law. Each week we read and translate a short chapter, exploring its impact on our lives and on the way we, as Conservative Jews, interpret it for our time. This is an ongoing class, but no experience is required and new members are welcome at any session. This FREE class meets year-round. Questions? Contact [email protected] nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903.

Parshat HaShavua through Midrash Class

Parshat HaShavua through Midrash (Sisterhood Torah Fund) with Rabbi Michael Schwab

Tuesdays, 11:00am – Noon, begins September 13 (We welcome students at any point.)

Explore the depth of meaning in passages of the Torah via beautiful interpretations and engaging stories created by the rabbis, speaking to the core values of Judaism. Learn the text and discuss its meaning and relevance to us today.  To sign up contact [email protected] nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903.

Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues Class

Conservative Judaism Looks at Modern Issues (Sisterhood Torah Fund) with Rabbi Vernon Kurtz

Tuesdays, 10:00– 11:00am, begins September 13 (We welcome students at any point.)

Join a discussion of the principles of Conservative Judaism, its interpretation of Jewish law, and its response to modern issues, including ritual, ethics, sex and politics. To sign up contact [email protected] nssbethel.org or 847-926-7903.

Minor Prophets; Major Losses

Minor Prophets; Major Losses with Aaron Klein

Wednesdays, 10:30–11:30am, begins September 7 (We welcome students at any point, fees prorated.)

Learn about the trials and tribulations of our ancestors and how they survived from before the Common Era (B.C.E.) to the destruction of the Second Temple. Study how each prophet assisted our people to remain strong and resolute during their troubled times. Fall and Winter Trimesters ($180; $120 for NSSBE members)

Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club

Join Rachel Kamin and the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, after Shabbat Kiddush, on a journey through Jewish literature and history. We will be travelling to many different places and time periods this year – from biblical times, 18th century Russia, 19th century France, and Jerusalem before, during and after the War of Independence to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, the Galapagos Islands before World War II, and 1950's Brooklyn.
 

Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club Join Rachel Kamin and the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, after Shabbat Kiddush, on a journey through Jewish literature and history. We will be travelling to many different places and time periods this year – from biblical times, 18th century Russia, 19th century France, and Jerusalem before, during and after the War of Independence to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, the Galapagos Islands before World War II, and 1950's Brooklyn.

Torah Fund Book Club

Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club Join Rachel Kamin and the Sisterhood Torah Fund Book Club, after Shabbat Kiddush, on a journey through Jewish literature and history. We will be travelling to many different places and time periods this year – from biblical times, 18th century Russia, 19th century France, and Jerusalem before, during and after the War of Independence to Baltimore at the turn of the 20th century, the Galapagos Islands before World War II, and 1950's Brooklyn.

February 25 – An Officer and a Spy by Robert Harris

Afternoon @ the Movies

Afternoon @ the Movies - March 23, 2017

On March 23, 2017 Afternoon @ the Movies will present Streit's: Matzo and the American Dream. Since 1925 the Streit's matzo factory has sat in a lowslung tenement building on Manhattan's Lower East Side. While other matzo companies have modernized, Streit's remained a piece of living history, churning out 40 percent of the nation's unleavened bread on pre-War machinery as old as the factory itself. Filmmaker Michael Levine captures the Streit's saga and how it echoes the American Dream. 

 

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