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Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism - ONLINE ONLY for those preregistered

Past Sessions
Monday, May 2, 2022 1 Iyar 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, April 11, 2022 10 Nisan 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, March 7, 2022 4 Adar II 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, February 7, 2022 6 Adar I 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, January 3, 2022 1 Sh'vat 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, December 6, 2021 2 Tevet 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, November 1, 2021 26 Cheshvan 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom
Monday, October 11, 2021 5 Cheshvan 5782 - 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM - Zoom

Together with long-time JCOGS member Barbara Segal, Rabbi David is pleased to announce a new limmud/learning opportunity at JCOGS.  The curriculum for the course is drawn from the new, cutting-edge Foundations for a Thoughtful Judaism from the renowned Shalom Hartman Institute.  Here are the details:

Who: This is for anyone interested in Jewish text and tradition, regardless of fluency.  We are creating a cohort of learners who want to opt in for the entire course of all eight sessions during the year.

What: We will explore a taste of the text-based Hartman curriculum, examining questions of peoplehood, practice, faith, and ethics.  We will also be weaving additional experiential learning into the program, such as journaling, art and meditation.  The course also includes access to special Hartman podcasts and additional texts, with the option of chevruta/paired learning between the monthly sessions.

Where: On Zoom, with a final in person celebration of learning.

When: Over eight sessions from October through May, we will meet monthly on the first Monday of each month from 5:30-7 p.m.  The course officially begins October 4.  You are invited to attend the first session to “try it out” before committing to the course.

Why: For thousands of years, Jews have prioritized education, believing that a foundation in learning is the gateway to a thoughtfully-led life.  This has always been done among small groups, knowing that the bonds created among learners enhances the learning.  We are planning a multi-access curriculum for everyone, from in depth students of Jewish tradition to those new to it.

October 4 - Judaism as an Interpretive Tradition
November 1 - Being and Becoming
December 6 - Multiple Entrances, Multiple Belongings
January 3 - Pathways to Faith
February 7 - Faith, Trust, and Risk
March 7 - Understanding Mitzvah
April 4 - On Creation and Covenant - Environmental Ethics
May 2 - Building Community

The suggested donation for the entire course is $118 to help defray curriculum costs.
All are accepted, regardless of contribution. 

Contact Barbara at or Rabbi David at if you have any questions.


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