(Early winter and spring classes)
Temple Aliyah Shabbaton
Shabbat, January 10-11
Eric A. Goldman, Ph.D.
Celebrate Shabbat at Temple Aliyah’s annual Shabbaton! In addition to our congregant-led services, our scholar-in-residence this year is Eric A. Goldman, Ph.D., a Jewish film scholar and educator. A much sought-after lecturer on Jewish culture and history expressed through the lens of cinema, Dr. Goldman will join us throughout the weekend to discuss how film explores the changing nature of American Jewish life over the last century as well as his current research on the increasing popularity of Israeli film. On Saturday evening, Dr. Goldman will give a special presentation featuring select film clips which illustrate how filmmakers created and packaged their own unique concepts of the Jew. This is a Shabbaton weekend which promises to be enlightening, engaging and entertaining! Stay tuned for more details in ComingUp.
“A New Song”: Robert Alter’s New Translation of the Hebrew Bible
Tuesdays, January 21, 28, February 4, 11, 25, and March 3 From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Rabbi Carl Perkins
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/new-song
“Sing to the Lord a new song!” (Psalm 96) In honor of the completion — after 24 years of work — of Robert Alter’s monumental translation of and commentary on the entire Hebrew Bible, we will read and discuss various texts that illustrate Professor Alter’s literary sensitivity and highlight the immense contribution he has made to our understanding and appreciation of the literary artistry of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible). Texts will be chosen from the various books of the Bible, including some from Torah, some from the Prophetic books, and some from the Writings. All Biblical texts will be made available in English translation. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. All are welcome.
Learning in the Daytime: “A New Song”: Robert Alter’s New Translation of the Hebrew Bible
Thursdays, January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, and March 5 From 10:30 am – 12 noon
Rabbi Carl Perkins
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/daytimenew-song
“Sing to the Lord a new song!” (Psalm 96) Please join us for this mid-morning course which parallels the Rabbi’s Tuesday evening course, “A New Song”: Robert Alter’s New Translation of the Hebrew Bible. In honor of the completion — after 24 years of work — of Robert Alter’s monumental translation of and commentary on the entire Hebrew Bible, we will read and discuss various texts that illustrate Professor Alter’s literary sensitivity and highlight the immense contribution he has made to our understanding and appreciation of the literary artistry of the Tanakh (the Hebrew Bible). All Biblical texts will be made available in English translation. No prior knowledge of Hebrew is required. All are welcome.
Jewish Music 101: What is Jewish Music, or What Makes Music Jewish?
Thursdays, January 30, February 6, and Tuesday, February 11 From 7:45 to 9 pm
Cantor Jamie Gloth
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/jewish-music
“Jewish Music” comes in many styles, genres and contexts. We will explore the question “What is Jewish Music?” and how does it influence our Jewish experience? Part of the Stories of Music series, brought to you by the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and the Lowell Milken Fund for American Jewish Music.
Shabbat, February 1
Join us on this special Shabbat as the women of Temple Aliyah lead the congregation in prayers, English and Hebrew readings, and chanting from the Torah. A guest speaker will deliver a dvar torah, and a festive Kiddush will follow the service. More details to follow in ComingUp.
My Dear Children, Documentary
Sunday, February 2 / From 7 to 9 pm
Irina Astashkevich, Ph.D.
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/dear-children
My Dear Children is the first in-depth, scholarly documentary to explore the forgotten history of pogroms following World War I, the organized massacres that swept across Eastern Europe. The film follows one woman’s quest to unravel a family mystery about her beloved father’s past and the circumstances that tore apart his family. Her journey is guided by a letter giving a rare first-hand account of events during this tragic period, written by a grandmother who she never met. Through meticulous archival research, My Dear Children reveals not only the story of one Jewish family, but the history of tens of thousands of others. Following the film, Irina Astashkevich, Ph.D., a scholar of anti-Jewish pogroms between 1917-1921 and a historical consultant for the film, will discuss and answer questions about this lesser known part of Jewish history.
Men’s Club Shabbat
Shabbat, February 29
Come celebrate Shabbat at services arranged and led by men of the congregation. At this highly regarded service, Men’s Club brings in a speaker to deliver the dvar torah on a topic relevant to today’s world. Men’s Club Shabbat services are capped with an elaborate Kiddush. Keep an eye out for ComingUp for more details!
Sunday, March 22 / From 10 am to 1 pm
Murray Spiegel, Ph.D.
Discover ways to make your Passover even more meaningful, interesting and fun! This synagogue-wide program has educational opportunities for congregants of all ages — adult and children alike. Learn about customs, traditions, and observances from around the world with special guest speaker, Dr. Murray Spiegel, a speech researcher and co-author of 300 Ways to Ask 4 Questions, as he shares his enthusiasm and passion for Judaism, Passover and language. Dr. Spiegel’s innovative seders have been featured in The New York Times and filmed by PBS. Keep an eye on ComingUp for more information. Co-sponsored with Mercaz Aliyah.
A Story of One Soviet Jewish Family
Wednesday, March 25 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Professor Yevgeniya (Zhenya) V. Zastavker, Ph.D.
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/sovietjewish-family
The Soviet Union opened its locked doors for Jews to flee in two waves: one in the late 1970’s and another shortly before the USSR broke up in the late 1980’s – early 1990’s. Most Jews fled the Soviet Union to go wherever they could — as long as they were away from that world, they were safer. This is a story of just one Jewish family that escaped Soviet anti-Semitism. More precisely, Ukrainian Soviet anti-Semitism, which had its unique oppressive qualities rooted in an archetypal a priori hatred of Jews — a tacit kind of knowing that one drew in with mother’s milk. Living as a Jew in Ukraine, at least for this family, meant living in constant fear of pogroms, physical and emotional abuse, inability to pursue one’s goals, and so much more. “Paragraph #5: Jewish,” a branding that all Soviet Jews had inscribed in their passports, was alive and well not that long ago — it all happened in our lifetime. Please join Dr. Zastavker to hear the story of her family’s experiences of Soviet anti-Semitism, emigration, and trauma that lives on.
Fifth Annual Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat
Sunday and Monday, March 29 and 30, at the Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health, Stockbridge, MA
There is a charge for this event and space is limited. To sign up and for more information, contact Melissa Rudman.
Find calmness, compassion, and clarity at Kripalu. Mark your calendars now to join TA’s Adult Yoga and Mindfulness Retreat at the world renowned Kripalu Center. Come for self-care, enjoy gentle or advanced yoga classes, or participate in introspective workshops. Enjoy some solo time — take a hike around Kripalu’s magnificent grounds, visit the sauna, or treat yourself to a soothing massage. Whatever you choose to do at Kripalu, you are certain to return home refreshed! Sponsored by TA’s Kehillah Committee.
Become a Dementia Friend
Tuesday, March 31, 2020 / From 7:45 to 9:15 pm
Beth Soltzberg, MSW, MBA
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/dementia-friend
Dementia Friends is a global movement, with over 17 million participants, that is changing the way people think, act, and talk about dementia. Come join the movement as Beth Soltzberg, Director, Alzheimer’s/Related Disorders Family Support Program at Jewish Family & Children’s Service, leads this 1-hour interactive workshop. Participants will learn what it’s like to live with dementia, how we can each make a difference in our community, and each will become an official “Dementia Friend”! This workshop is appropriate for adults and high school students. Students in the TACOS program or who do community service through Temple Aliyah will receive credit. For more information, visit www.dementiafriendsma.org. Sponsored by TA’s Mental Health Initiative.
Food for Thought: Dietary Law and Practice in Judaism and Islam
Sunday, April 12 / From 9:30 to 11 am
David Bernat, Ph.D. and Keith Lewinstein, Ph.D.
Registration preferred. Go to https://www.templealiyah.com/dietary-law
We will undertake a close examination of the dietary laws and practices of Islam and Judaism through core texts such as Torah, Mishnah, Qur’an, and Hadith. We will study the dietary rules of each community in their own right and in comparison with one another, highlighting commonalities and differences both in origin and observance.
Jewish Perspectives on Resilience – A Two-Part Exploration
Sundays, April 26 and May 3 / From 4:30 to 6 pm
Lynn Dennis, LICSW
Registration preferred. Go to: https://www.templealiyah.com/resilience
Every day our resilience is challenged. Some challenges are relatively minor such as coping with plans ruined by bad weather; others of course are more serious as when we face health issues, loss or the disequilibrium of a world in turmoil. But resilience is more than a response to crisis; rather, it is an emotional and spiritual dynamic that enables us to feel intact while experiencing change. And hopefully it enables us to hear that determined voice within us stretching towards our potential. Let’s explore how Judaism informs our understanding of resilience.
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