SHABBAT LEARNING AND ALTERNATIVE SERVICES
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“[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).
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
Rabbi Leslie Gordon and Rabbi Carl Perkins
Shabbatot, October 28, November 11, December 9, January 13, January 20, February 10, February 24, March 10, March 24, April 14, April 21, May 12, May 19, June 9, and June 16
Add some more Torah learning to your Shabbat! Jump in with both feet and engage in an in depth study of the week's Torah portion two Shabbat mornings each month. Rabbis Leslie Gordon and Carl Perkins will lead this study group on Shabbat mornings during the first part of Shacharit. The study will end in time for the beginning of the Torah service. Come to all of the study sessions or just drop in to an individual session and enhance your Shabbat.
Poses d'Zimra: Shabbat Morning Yoga Service
(Tenative dates) Shabbatot, October 21, November 18, December 16
Jan 20, February 10, March 24, and April 28
For further information contact Devora, Temple Aliyah Shabbat Education Director, at 781-444-8522 or [email protected]
Enjoy and celebrate Shabbat in a whole new way. This alternative service allows you to “daven with your body” using basic yoga postures, slow flowing vinyasa, selected Shabbat morning prayers, and kavannah (guiding intentions). No prior yoga or davenning experience necessary! This service is designed to enable you to join the main service at or before the beginning of the Torah service. Please consult the Temple Aliyah website and ComingUp for dates.
Shabbatot, October 7, November 4, December 2, January 6, February 3, March 3, April 7, May 5, June 2
From 9:15-10:15 am
For further information contact Naomi at [email protected]
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.
Shabbat D’var Torah
Rabbi Carl Perkins
Question: Why include the weekly D’Var Torah in an adult education booklet? Answer: Why not? At Temple Aliyah, Rabbi Perkins, or an occasional guest, discusses themes from the week’s Torah portion and connects them to our daily lives. The D’var Torah, which comes after the Torah is returned to the Ark each Shabbat, helps us to use one of our most sacred texts to approach problems and issues of our contemporary world. Come on Shabbat morning just to hear the D’var Torah, or stay for the entire service. Either way, you will nourish your soul and stimulate your mind.
Pirkei Avot (Ethics of Our Ancestors)
Shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot, April 7, 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, and 19
From 12:15–1:30 pm (approximately)
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!” Hillel clearly cared about people and about the role that community can play in helping them. Where do we turn to read Hillel’s words? The answer: the Talmudic tractate called “Avot” (“Fathers,” “Ancestors,” or “Leaders”).
Join us on the Shabbatot between Pesach and Shavuot when we will again follow the ancient custom of studying and exploring the thought-provoking ethical aphorisms of this classic work. And, please note: absolutely no Hebrew facility is necessary. Although we will read the the text in Hebrew, we will also read it in English, and no Hebrew is necessary to participate in or contribute to this informal seminar.