FIRST SESSION COURSES
(starting in September and extending through January)
Walking Tour of Boston’s Jewish North End
Sunday, October 6 / From 2 – 3:30 pm
There is a charge for this event. Space is limited to 16 participants. For more information and to register, email Ronald Levy.
Did you know that from the late 1870s to the early 1920s, Boston’s North End was home to a large community of Eastern European Jews and housed over a dozen synagogues? Join professional tour guide, Robin Dexter, and fellow TA members to see where Jews lived, worked, worshiped, attended Hebrew classes and shopped. Learn about how Salem Street, or “Shalom Street,” as locals knew it, was the center of Jewish life, packed with Jewish-owned groceries, kosher delis, butcher, cigar, tailor and dressmaker shops. Come see street signs and buildings in this bustling neighborhood which still bears witness to this time gone by. Sponsored by Staying Connected.
Listen to Her Voice: Religious Feminism in Israel
Sunday, October 27 / From 10 am to 12 noon
Shayna Weiss, Ph.D.
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/israel-feminism
Orthodoxy and feminism can sound like an oxymoron to many people. But in Israel, there is a growing movement of religious Jewish women (and men!) who are pushing for change in their communities while still remaining loyal to Jewish practice. Come learn about some of these important innovators and what they are fighting for — and why it matters for the future of the state of Israel. Refreshments served. Co-sponsored by TA’s Kesher Committee and Sisterhood.
Grandparenting Through a Jewish Lens
Wednesdays, October 30, November 6, 13, and 20 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Ruth Nemzoff, Ed.D., M.A.
There is a charge for this class. Registration required. To register, go to: https://hebrewcollege.edu/grandparenting-through-a-jewish-lens-registration/
Join Dr. Ruth Nemzoff in this 4-session class as she discusses how Jewish sources of wisdom can help us address today’s most compelling grandparenting questions. How do our roles change in our children’s lives as they become parents and we become grandparents? How can we offer continued guidance and inspiration to our children? How do we transmit our values to our grandchildren, and how do our roles evolve as our children and grandchildren change? Building on the success of Hebrew College’s Parenting Through a Jewish Lens program, Temple Aliyah, in partnership with Hebrew College and CJP, is offering this unique class to explore the cherished role of being a grandparent today. Co-sponsored by TA’s Kehillah Committee and Staying Connected.
The Golden Age of Crooners and Records
Sunday, November 3 / From 9:30 to 11:30 am
Frank King, M.A.
There is a charge for this event. Registration required. For more information and to register, email Esta-Jean Cahn.
Between the Big Bands of the ‘30s and ‘40s and the arrival of Rock ‘n Roll was a “Golden Age” of beautiful recorded music featuring great vocalists. Join Frank King, a musicologist and Temple Aliyah member, for a delicious breakfast and a fascinating musical lecture, jointly sponsored with Temple Beth Shalom, where we will listen to timeless standards written by unknown Jewish composers. Frank will discuss some of the standout songs and artists of this era, including sharing some secrets about the singers, the songs, and the composers! Co-sponsored by Temple Beth Shalom and Staying Connected.
The Kaddish: A Beacon of Holiness
Mondays, November 4 and 11 / From 7:45 to 9 pm
Cantor Jamie Gloth
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/the-kaddish
Not just for mourners, the Kaddish serves as a guidepost, both liturgically and musically. We will delve into the meaning of this “prayer for the dead,” as well as its origins, history and what its melodies teach us. We will explore the different versions of the text: full, half, mourner’s and graveside Kaddish, and learn how they function within our liturgy.
The Holocaust’s Jewish Calendars: Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy
Tuesday, November 12 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Alan Rosen, Ph.D.
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/holocaust-calendars
The Jewish calendar shapes Jewish life, keeping track of Shabbat and festivals, and the milestones and details in our lives. During the Holocaust, the Jewish calendar gave many Jews comfort, inspiration and guidance, and also affirmed a continuity between the past and future. Marking and anticipating time on the Jewish calendar held such great meaning for Jews that several Jews risked their lives to create calendars from scratch in ghettos, concentration camps, and in hiding. Join Dr. Alan Rosen, author of The Holocaust’s Jewish Calendars: Keeping Time Sacred, Making Time Holy, for a compelling lecture as he shares extraordinary details of several dozen Holocaust-era Jewish calendars that he meticulously examined, and discusses why they played a key role in the lives of Jews living in extremely harrowing conditions.
A Congregant’s Journey: A View from Within
Thursday, November 14 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/mjay-journey
What is it like to live with mental health struggles as a young adult? Please join us for this unique opportunity to hear from Michael Jay, who grew up at Temple Aliyah, as he shares his experience of discovering and learning to live and cope with his neurodivergence. Michael will take us from the time he began to sense something was “not quite right,” to learning his diagnosis and, ultimately, to determining his needs to live a full life. Rebecca Kotkin, LICSW, and temple congregant, will facilitate Michael’s talk followed by a question and answer session. Rabbi Leslie Gordon will help anchor Michael’s journey in a context of Jewish responses to illness and healing. Come welcome Michael as he shares his personal story. Sponsored by TA’s Mental Health Initiative.
Sunday, November 17 / From 9 am to 5 pm
Congregation Kehillath Israel, 384 Harvard Street, Brookline, MA For further information and to register, go to https://www.limmudboston.org
Experience LimmudBoston, known as the “Festival of All Things Jewish,” where everyone is a learner! LimmudBoston is an annual, volunteer-driven, one-of-a-kind festival celebrating all of the richness that Jewish culture and identity can offer. LimmudBoston offers nearly one hundred learning presentations and hands-on sessions on Torah, text, Jewish identity, movement, meditation, music, food, lifecycle events, theory and practice — and more. Select sessions that interest you to craft your own Jewish experience, and meet people who share your curiosity!
Jewish Perspectives on Current Debates
Sundays, November 24 and December 8 / From 9:30 to 11 am
David Bernat, Ph.D.
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/current-debates
As we move deeper into the 2020 Presidential election cycle, we see a nation deeply divided, with several live issues producing more heat than light in the public discourse. One of these is access to legal abortion and the question of when life begins. Another is the appropriate role of government versus market forces in shaping the state of the economy and determining social policy in arenas such as healthcare, education, and housing. While debated widely today, in fact, these self-same debates were in play millennia ago, in the Biblical and Rabbinic eras, and in the ancient Semitic and Mediterranean societies from which Judaism emerged. In each of our two sessions, we will look at authoritative Jewish texts that bear on these pressing issues. The first session will focus on the Jewish perspective on abortion and fetal status and the second on market economics and social justice. Please note that this class will not advocate, or provide a platform to advocate, for a particular position.
Reflections on Lithuania, Then and Now
Sunday, November 24 / From 11 am to 12:30 pm
Rabbi Carl Perkins
This past summer, Rabbi Perkins travelled with a group of Israelis on an educational touring seminar to Lithuania. The purpose of the seminar was to explore Jewish life, literature and learning in one of the great Jewish centers of Eastern Europe, in which Jews and Judaism flourished for centuries. Of course, it was also an opportunity to learn about and reflect on the catastrophic and horrendous conclusion to that era. During his talk, Rabbi Perkins will reflect on the history of Jewish life in Lithuania and also discuss the state of the Jewish community there today, and prospects for the future.
Beyond Disputes: Debates That Shape Jewish Life
Tuesdays, November 26, December 3, 10, and 17 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Rabbi Carl Perkins
There will be an $18 charge for the course booklet. Registration required. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/beyond-disputes
“Two Jews — three opinions.” That joke captures a well-known quality of Jewish life: our propensity as a people to argue. Where did this quality come from? How did it manifest itself in the Biblical, Talmudic, Medieval and Modern periods? What are some of the classic subjects on which Jews have disagreed? What are some of the topics that Jews debate today? Please join us for a lively exploration of what has united us as a people; namely, our willingness to disagree. The curricular materials for this course are provided by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.
Learning in the Daytime: Beyond Disputes: Debates That Shape Jewish Life
Thursdays, December 5, 12, and 19 / From 10:30 am – 12 noon
Rabbi Carl Perkins
There will be an $18 charge for the course booklet. Registration required. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/daytimebeyond-disputes
Please join us for this three-part mid-morning course which is an abridged exploration of the Rabbi’s Tuesday evening Beyond Disputes: Debates That Shape Jewish Life course. With curricular materials provided by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, this course will explore the well-known quality of Jewish life: our propensity as a people to argue. Where did this quality come from? How did it manifest itself in the Biblical, Talmudic, Medieval and Modern periods? We will examine some of the classic subjects on which Jews have disagreed as well as topics Jews debate today. Please join us for a lively exploration of what has united us as a people; namely, our willingness to disagree.
Reading from the Torah 101
Cantor Jamie Gloth
Contact Cantor Gloth to schedule your learning times by calling him at the Temple office or by emailing him.
Did you learn to read from the Torah for your bar or bat mitzvah and forget how to do it? Maybe you never got a chance to learn? Here’s your opportunity! In a supportive, nonjudgmental environment, Cantor Gloth will teach you the Torah trope (the cantillation marks that determine how the text should be chanted) and how to read from the Torah. Don’t be shy and don’t miss this opportunity to become a member of the Temple Aliyah Torah-reading community! Your learning will culminate with a Shabbat Torah reading that you schedule. Basic Hebrew reading skills a prerequisite.
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