2019 Course Outline

Note:  This course will be shaped by the interests of the participants, so this syllabus is only a rough outline. In addition to the course,  we ask for participants to consider services at Temple Sinai, but also at a variety of synagogues so we can discuss those experiences and enrich our learning.

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BOOKS  

(Temple Sinai will order these books so participants do not need to.)

  • HONORING TRADITION, EMBRACING MODERNITY: A Reader for the Union for Reform Judaism’s Introduction to Judaism Course. Rabbis Beth Lieberman and Hara Person.
  • HERE ALL ALONG: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and a Deeper Connection to Life – in Judaism.  Sarah Hurwitz
  • THE JEWISH HOLIDAYS. Michael Strassfeld
  • THE SABBATH. Abraham Joshua Heschel.

CONTACT

Email:  Rabbi David Edleson
Office – (802) 862-5125 X11
Cell – (802) 989-6422

COURSE SCHEDULE

Week 1, Nov 3 – Introductions; WHAT IS JUDAISM?  WHO ARE THE JEWISH PEOPLE? God, Torah, Israel

PART I:  GOD

Week 2, Nov 10 – GOD AND HUMAN NATURE:  Fundamental Jewish Ethics of Human Rights

Week 3, Nov 17 – THE NATURE OF GOD

PART II:  TORAH

Week 4,  Nov 24 – PEOPLE OF THE BOOK (S):   Sacred Texts I

No Class Dec 1 for Thanksgiving Holiday

Week 5, Dec 8 – PEOPLE OF THE BOOK (S):  Sacred Texts II

PART III:  ISRAEL

Week 6, Dec 15 – TABERNACLES IN TIME: Shabbat and the Jewish Home

Dec 22 – Hanukkah Cooking Workshop/Chana Kava

Week 7,  Dec 29 – TABERNACLES IN TIME:  The Jewish Holidays II

Week 8,  Jan 5 – TABERNACLES IN TIME:  The Jewish Holidays III

Week 9, Jan 12 – TABERNACLES IN TIME AND SPACE:  Jewish Daily Practice, Kashrut,  and THE CYCLE OF JEWISH LIFE

Week 10,  Jan 19 – THE JEWISH STORY: Myth, History, Memory and Meaning

Week 11, Jan 26 – MODERN JEWRY

SHABBATON – Jan 31 – Feb 1 – JUDAISM AND NATURE: Shabbat with Rabbi Michael Cohen

Week 12,  Feb 2 – FACING THE FUTURE: Issues in Judaism Today

Feb 9 – TU BISHVAT  and CELEBRATION