With Rabbi Nicole Auerbach
The period between Passover and Shavuot, known as the Omer, has traditionally been a time for self-reflection and spiritual preparation. Explore the traditional Kabbalistic approach to understanding the Divine attributes within us, and how to work with them to live with greater skill, joy, and intention.
Taught by Dr. Rachel Rosenthal and others
Explore one of the most radical rabbinic texts in all of Judaism, the Talmud.
Led by Rabbinic & Cantorial HUC Students
Before Angela Buchdahl was a rabbi, she was a rabbinical student; before Dan Mutlu was a cantor, he was a cantorial student. It was in school that both began to develop their voices as Jewish leaders.
This course gives you an opportunity to learn from the next generation of rabbis and cantors, who will be shaping and shepherding Judaism in the future. Each week you will get to learn with a different creative and thoughtful HUC student, who will present their favorite text. Text selections are drawn from Torah, midrash, prayers, and popular music—a diverse and beautiful range of Jewish perspectives. Classes will require no advance preparation.
This class will be offered on Central Synagogue’s Facebook page, at no cost and with no need to register. All are welcome to view the class.
16 April – Noah Lawrence, Contemporary Song Lyrics
23 April – Stefanie Green, Musical Theater as Midrash
With Rabbi Rebecca Rosenthal
Full of poetry, art, and commentary, and beautiful new translations, this very special Mishkan HaSeder: A Passover Haggadah has just been published by CCAR Press. We join editors, Rabbi Hara Person and poet Jessica Greenbaum to discuss the book’s innovations.
With Rabbinic Intern Chelsea Feuchs
Expand your understanding of Biblical women. We will read the stories of several specific characters in order to delve into the various ways women are portrayed in our most sacred text.
With Rabbi Sarah Berman
Learn about Jewish culture in Italy, India, the American South, and beyond—all through food. Each week we will make a recipe or two from our destination and expand our knowledge about these unique communities.
Led by Rabbi Sarah Berman
Join us as we continue our journey through the Tanakh (Hebrew Bible); we are currently reading Isaiah.
With Award-winning Poet Jessica Greenbaum
Take a close look at Central Synagogue’s Friday night service’s collage of psalms and text, distilling their ideas, and pairing them with contemporary poems.
Taught by Rabbi Mo Salth
Explore the weekly Torah portion from ancient and modern perspectives.
Led by Cantor Suzanne Skloot
Dive into the text of Samuel I and II. Together we will look at and compare the translations of the Jewish Publication Society and the more recent translation by UC Berkeley professor Robert Alter, and learn why Alter believes that the character of David is the finest portrayal of a human life from antiquity.
With Harman Grossman
Using primary texts, we’ll seek to understand how Jewish mysticism developed. Each class will include discussions that address the timeless mysteries of human existence along with numerous other eternal and universal questions.
The Jewish Bookshelf series welcomes into the Central community a variety of scholars, writers, thinkers, and doers, who share with us the books that have formed their Jewish identities. On April 22, Rabbi Sarah Berman invites you to join her and Rabbi Mark Sameth, the author of The Name: History of the Dual-Gendered Hebrew Name for God. Together they will discuss what Jewish texts and writings have informed their work and life.
About Rabbi Mark Sameth:
Named to The Forward’s list of “America’s Most Inspiring Rabbis,” featured in Berne and Belchman’s God: 48 Famous and Fascinating Minds Talk about God, Rabbi Mark Sameth’s essays include “Our Father, Who Art Our Mother” (Religion Dispatches) and “Is God Transgender?” (Op-Ed, The New York Times) — links to which may be found on his website.
No registration required and free of charge. Classes take place in our Community House.
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