Members of the Tribe
We will dive deep into a fundamental, challenging question for Members of the Tribe: “What is the overarching purpose of Judaism?” Together, we’ll examine aspects of what might be considered the Jewish mission, a blend of practices that distinguish us as Jews, and what to do with this idea of being called the “Chosen People.” Prepare to explore how Big Jewish Ideas and lessons from our history serve to enrich our collective actions as individuals and as a people.
Lesson 1 – Living a Jewish Life
Finding Purpose Through Reflection
Lesson 2 – Just Remember
Symbols and Reminders in Judaism
Lesson 3 – Let My People Grow
The Exodus from Egypt as a Jewish Calling
Lesson 4 – Chosen People, Chosen Purpose
The concept of “chosenness” through both a traditional and a contemporary lens
Lesson 5 – Holy Guacamole
What Does It Mean to Keep Kosher?
Lesson 6 – Jerusalem If I Forget You…
Israel and the Diaspora
Soul’s Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
We will learn about life’s celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. Putting the pedal to the metal will be sure to fuel your sense of adventure. We will say “L’chaim!” to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, we will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, all while living as Jews in a modern world. Our time together is certain to bring soul to life’s big moments.
Lesson 7: What to expect when you’re expecting a Jewish baby
Lesson 8: Raising the Bar: Becoming Bnei Mitzvah
Lesson 9: From Chuppah to Hoopla: A Jewish Wedding Day
Lesson 10: Customs of Closure: Get-ting A Jewish Divorce
Lesson 11: Your People are My People: The How-To of Becoming a Jew
Lesson 12: A Splash of Ritual: The Wisdom of the Living Waters
OMG, Can You Believe?!
We will seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God’s relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. You will be given the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the “God- questions” that confront us throughout our lives.
Lesson 13 – God-ness Gracious
Lesson 14 – The Human Journey: Are we there yet?!
Lesson 15 – If not-for-Prophets…
Lesson 16 – The Super, the Natural, and the Supernatural
Lesson 17 – Wins and Sins: Do God and Free Will Go Together?
Lesson 18 – There’s a Mitzvah for that!
Love, Loss and Wisdom
There is no escaping it – at one time or another, death enters our lives. What wisdom or traditions can help us cope with this most challenging part of life? Join us as we study and discuss how Judaism helps us make sense of and deal with illness and death. We’ll plant seeds of wisdom to unearth some of life’s biggest questions:
Lessons 19 – 24
- How does Judaism help us make sense of and deal with illness and death?
- Why is there suffering in the world?
- How can we mitigate suffering?
- What rituals does Judaism offer us when someone passes on?
- What does Judaism mean by a future Messianic Era?
If these topics interest you, join us. We’ll dig deep and nurture the community of conversation reflecting on rituals and insights Judaism offers us when grieving and examining the Jewish process of healing.