Adult Ed’s Annual Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Michelle Fisher Executive Director of MIT Hillel February 23-24, 2018
"Science and Judaism at the Crossroads: Some Unexpected Dialogues"
Friday, February 23 • 7:30 pm service Guest drash “Metaphors for God”
God is referred to by many metaphors in our Jewish texts and liturgy. Which ones resonate for you? Using our modern-day science and scientific language/ideas, what new metaphors can we use to re-new our prayers?
Saturday, February 24 • Text study following 9:45 am Shacharit service “Religious Culture, Politics, and Science”
We like to think of science as a “pure” study, beyond external influence. Using the US and Israel as case studies, we will explore how a religious culture affects political decisions on what scientific work may easily be done.
Saturday, February 24 • 7:00 pm class “Wine in the Jewish Tradition (with wine tasting)”
“Wine gladdens the heart”, but wine has a complex tradition in Judaism, often reflecting the social beliefs and concerns of the time. How has our relationship with wine been affected by our scientific knowledge and our socio-cultural beliefs? $5 fee to cover the cost of food and wine.
Rabbi Fisher is the first alumna rabbi from MIT. She earned her undergraduate degree in chemistry from Princeton University, and her Masters in chemistry from MIT. She was ordained at the Jewish Theological Seminary.
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Special events and celebrations:
Latke vs. Hamentashen Debate at MIT (field trip) Date to be announced.
Don’t miss this most hysterical evening as MIT professors present a “serious” multi-media debate on which is better, latkes or hamentashen. You will never taste these delicacies in quite the same way again!
Yom HaShoah Commemoration Wednesday, April 11 • 7:00 pm
Join us in a service to honor and remember the lives and loss of the heroes and victims of the Holocaust. More details to follow.
Tikkun L’el Shavuot Saturday, May 19 • 8:00 pm
Shavuot is a time to study Torah! This holiday not only celebrates the summer harvest and first fruits of the season, but it historically commemorates the receiving of the Mitzvot at Mt. Sinai and the covenant between God and the Jewish people. We have a lively round table of lay teachings and eat as much cheesecake as we can! More info will be provided in The Star and Star-Lite closer to the event.
Shabbat Torah Study Rabbi Rothbaum, Leader
Rabbi Mike will lead us in Shacharit at 9:45 a.m., followed by study and discussion of the weekly parsha at 10:30 a.m. Various translations and commentaries are employed. Rabbi Mike emphasizes discussion. All viewpoints and perspectives are welcome. Please join us whenever you see “Torah Study” noted in The Star & Star-Lite or in the synagogue calendar.
Mid Week Bible Study Waky, Facilitator Wednesday from 1:30 to 2:30 pm on Hebrew school days, beginning September 13.
A group of adult students has been studying Jewish texts for several years. We have returned to basic Torah texts, currently near the start of the book of Leviticus. All are welcome; the chevruta style of learning, where we all share our thoughts offers a wide perspective on the texts. No previous knowledge is required nor is Hebrew a necessity.
Bible & Bourbon Rabbi Rothbaum, Leader Wednesday nights, monthly, starting in October 2017
A casual come-as-you-are time to talk Torah and have a drink with friends! Locations to rotate - watch for announcements in Star-Lite.
Celebrating Rosh Chodesh Leann Shamash, Facilitator Monthly beginning in October 17th at 7:00 pm
Join CBE's "Rosh Chodesh Group", a monthly women's group that celebrates each new Hebrew month and discusses Jewish topics from women's perspectives. This is a wonderful opportunity to enrich our lives spiritually as we connect with the Jewish calendar and with one another. Contact Leann for specific dates and session content at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To register, or for more information for any class, contact Ezra Habif at (978) 263-3061 or email@example.com. Please register as early as possible for all events and classes, even if there is no charge.
It is the policy of CBE Adult Education that no one will be turned away due to financial hardship. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Adult Education at Congregation Beth Elohim involves a wide spectrum of life long opportunities to study. Our programming includes continuing curricula in Hebrew language, history, liturgical music and text study. We offer mini courses taught by congregants, our Rabbi and local academicians of the highest caliber.
Longer commitments engage the learner in Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah and Me’ah, 100 hours of study co-sponsored by Hebrew College and Combined Jewish Philanthropies. Highlights of our year include an entire Shabbat and more with a Scholar-in-Residence. Also, together with the Family Education Committee, a weekend long engagement with special authors as a part of our Am HaSefer program.
We also invite you to hear ongoing speakers concerning current events focused on Israel and the Middle East. Whether you want to come to a 2 hour topical lecture or follow your dream to spend a couple of years preparing for your mid-life “coming of age” opportunity to publicly read from Torah, the Adult Ed program has something to stimulate your spiritual and intellectual interests.