Torah Study with the Rabbi
Join Rabbi Kaplan for his monthly Torah study. Discuss insights of our tradition and enhance your understanding of our shared history. The Torah study group meets every third Thursday morning at 11:30 am.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah
Each year a cohort of adults prepares for an adult bar/bat mitzvah during a year long study of Hebrew, prayers and reading and chanting from the Torah. The new cohort beings each year following the High Holidays and culminates with a celebration on Shavuot in May/June. The groups meets Sunday mornings at 9:00 am.
Introduction to Judaism
Interested in learning the basics of Judaism? Have questions about why and how we do what we do? Our Introduction to Judaism course is the place for you. This 18 week course is designed to teach all the basics of Judaism’s rituals, history, holidays and traditions. Two groups offered every year, July – October and November – March. This course meets the requirements for individuals interested in converting to Judaism.
Ancient Biblical Interpretation
In this study group, we will follow Harvard professor James L. Kugel’s recreation of the world of ancient Jewish biblical interpreters. Utilizing the most famous stories of the Torah, we will be able to study excerpts from the original commentaries created by a wide range of Jewish thinkers, writing roughly 2,000 years ago. Kugel has collected an enormous range of primary sources, which includes the ancient Jewish philosopher Philo of Alexandria and the Jewish general and historian Josephus, as well as individual documents from the Dead Sea Scrolls, material from the Talmud and Midrash, and many types of esoteric books that are fascinating in their own rights. While they come from different places and have very different approaches, these works all share a body of traditions about what the biblical texts meant.