There are many adult education courses starting in October-Read below to see what you might want to take and please rsvp!
After the Immersion
A course for individuals and couples who have gone through the conversion process. We will look at prayers that are said as part of the Shabbat services to give further insight and inspiration to those on their Jewish journey. Conversations about how to make Jewish ritual & Jewish living accessible now that the conversion is complete will also take place. Please let Rabbi Ain
know if you are interested in this course.
Wednesdays, October 4, November 1, December 6, February 14, March 14, April 18, May 16 from 7:30-8 am
Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings
This course explores the pivotal events of 1917, 1947, and 1967 as key
moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of
Jewishness for generations to come. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Together we will study topics such as: nationhood, land, Sovereignty, Jerusalem, Occupation and Moral Red Lines. This class will be taught by Rabbi Ain. RSVP to the office
for the class. Cost $20
Mondays, October 16, 23 & 30; November 6, 20 & 27; December 18 from 4-5:45 pm
In a thoughtful, facilitated manner, we invite members of SPS to join together to discuss issues that are near and dear to us but might place us in opposition to one another. The only way to learn and to grow is through listening.
Plan to come to SPS at 7pm on Wednesdays to discuss:
October 18: “Challenging the BDS Movement: Celebrating the Existence of the Jewish State while engaging in thoughtful critique”
January 24: “Who are our bedfellows? How do we promote Jewish values when we partner with other groups?”
March 14: “Religious Pluralism in Israel: Why does it matter and what should we do about it?”
May 23: “Current Developments in the Middle East-is there a path to peace in the region?”
Pirkei Avot, or Ethics of the Fathers, is a compilation of rabbinic teachings dealing with ethical and moral living. We will be looking at specific teachings within this collection that deal with giving respect/showing kindness to ourselves, to others, and to God, and discuss the question “how can we apply these teachings to our lives today?”
Tuesdays, October 24
, October 31
, November 7
, November 14 at 4:30 pm
(With JTS Rabbinical Student Daniel Novick) RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
Write Your Life Story
Have you ever wanted to write your life story but haven’t known where to start? This workshop for both beginning and experienced writers will give you the tools and confidence to produce a lasting written work. Whether you wish to leave a legacy for your children and grandchildren,or you are writing for yourself and friends, this workshop offers a supportive setting in which to shape your memories. Class led by Roberta Hershenson, a member of SPS, who worked as an arts journalist for The New York Times for 25 years. Her essays and features can currently be found on the website NYCityWoman.com. She especially enjoys helping others unlock the stories within them. Fridays, October 20, 27; November 3, 10 & 17; December 1, 8 from 11 am – 1 pm
PACK YOUR BAGS and GET READY TO TRAVEL WITH SPS
February 4-6, 2018
Join Rabbi Ain and members of the SPS community as we look at a period of Jewish and American History where the Jewish community was very involved in the struggle for civil rights. REGISTER HERE
SPS December 2018 Family Trip to Israel!
Registration has been launched for the trip to Israel! CLICK HERE for information about the trip including how to register!