SHABBAT LEARNING AND ALTERNATIVE SERVICES
“[I]n six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day God ceased from work and was refreshed.” Exodus 31:17 (translation from Etz Hayim, 2001).
"It is one of life’s highest rewards, a source of strength and inspiration to endure tribulation, to live nobly. The work on weekdays and the rest on the seventh day are correlated. The Sabbath is the inspirer, the other days inspired.” Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel
Come to Temple Aliyah on Shabbat, where virtually each week there are study sessions or some sort of alternative service. All sessions and services are designed so that you may come solely to partake in them, or so that you will be able to join the main service for at least the beginning of the Torah service.
Torah on Two Feet
Shabbatot, October 27, November 17, December 8, December 15, January 26, February 16, March 30, April 20, May 4, and June 8 / From 9 to 10 am
Rabbi Leslie Gordon (October through December), Rabbi Donald Splansky (January through June)
Add depth to your understanding of the week’s Torah portion! Jump in with two feet in an in-depth study of Torah. You will have the opportunity to devote yourself to Torah study with the goal of gaining further insight into our most treasured text. The learning takes place during the first part of the Shacharit service and ends in time for the beginning of the Torah service. Come to all of the study sessions or drop in to an individual session. No matter how many times you come, you are certain to enhance your experience of Shabbat.
Poses d’Zimra: Shabbat Morning Yoga Service
Shabbatot, October 13, November 3, December 15, January 19, February 23, March 23, and April 13 / From 9:15 to 10:15 am
Start your Shabbat morning with a gentle vinyasa flow practice, and enhance your observance with the beautiful voice of Deborah Wollner, certified yoga instructor and Zamir Chorale member. Each monthly yoga session will integrate prayer and spiritual reflection, and is open to all tween, teen, and adult members of our community, regardless of yoga or davening experience (tweens should be accompanied by a participating adult). Either bring your own yoga mat or borrow one at the synagogue. Wear comfortable clothing conducive for moving on the floor. Feel free to bring a wardrobe change and afterward join the Torah service in the main sanctuary.
For more information, contact Sharon Katz.
Yearner’s Minyan *NEW*
Shabbatot, October 20, December 22, January 12, February 9, March 9, April 6, May 18, and June 15 / From 9 to 10 am
Rabbi Carl Perkins and Cantor Jamie Gloth
Do you yearn for more Jewish knowledge? Do you wish you had more spiritual depth? Do you wish to take on some new roles in the Shabbat morning services? Join others with similar yearnings in a safe, non-judgmental environment to explore the liturgy and to rethink your connection to davening. All Jewish backgrounds welcome. The only requirement is to come with an open mind.
Shabbatot, October 6, December 1, January 5, February 2, March 2, April 6, May 4, and June 1 / From 9:15 to 10:15 am
Naomi Litrownik, LICSW
Creating Sacred Space in our lives encourages us to be more fully present (Hineni) in a meaningful and peaceful way. What better time to engage in this creative and contemplative practice than on a Shabbat morning? This monthly meditation is open to all, regardless of experience. Come and let yourself enjoy the peacefulness of Shabbat in this alternative manner. This meditation is designed to enable you to join the main service at or before the beginning of the Torah service.
For further information contact Naomi.
Shabbat Dvar Torah
Rabbi Carl Perkins, Rabbi Leslie Gordon (winter and spring), congregants (July and August), and occasional guests
At the heart of our Shabbat morning service is Torah study. Each week, Rabbi Perkins, Rabbi Gordon, or an occasional guest presents a dvar torah, which explores themes from the weekly Torah portion and connects them to our daily lives. The dvar torah, which is presented immediately after the Torah is returned to the Ark on Shabbat morning, is intended to help us address contemporary issues by interpreting the words, themes, and stories from our most sacred text. Come on Shabbat morning to hear the dvar torah -- and/or feel free to stay for the entire service. Either way, you will nourish your soul and stimulate your mind.
Shabbatot, September 29, October 27, December 29, January 26, February 23, March 30, April 27, May 25, and June 29 / After Kiddush, about 12:30 to 1:15 pm (approximately)
Cantor Jamie Gloth
Join Cantor Gloth after Kiddush in singing some of your favorite melodies and Friday night and Shabbat morning prayers, and also learn an occasional brand new melody. This is a chance to be part of an accessible, low-key group of people who just enjoy singing.
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Ancestors)
Shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot, May 4, 11, 18, 25, June 1 and 8 / From 12:15 to 1:30 pm (approximately)
Naomi Litrownik, LICSW
The great Jewish sage Hillel once said, “Don’t separate yourself from the community.” He also said, “Do not judge a fellow human being until you have stood in his or her place.” Clearly, Hillel cared about the role that community can play in our lives. To delve into the meaning behind Hillel’s words of wisdom, we turn to the Talmudic tractate called “Avot” (“Fathers,” “Ancestors,” or “Leaders”). Join our annual exploration of this classic work as we observe the ancient custom of studying and exploring its thought-provoking ethical aphorisms on the Shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot. Please note that while we will read the text in both Hebrew and English, no Hebrew is necessary to participate in or contribute to this informal seminar.
During Rabbi Perkins’ sabbatical in the spring of 2019, Naomi Litrownik, LICSW, a long-standing participant in our Pirkei Avot seminar, will lead this popular weekly learning session.
Please click here to see the biographies of all of the instructors in this year's Adult Ed programs.