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Getting Ready Spiritually for the New Year: Exploring the Seven Haftarot of Consolation.

7-9 pm, Wednesdays, July 29 through September 9


From the low point of the Jewish calendar year -- which is Tisha B'Av, a day of lament and fasting when we commemorate the various destructions of Zion and exiles of the Jewish people -- to the high point of Rosh Hashanah, when we welcome the new year, the Haftarah for each of the seven Shabbatot offers us consolation, encouragement and guidance for our spiritual journeys of return (teshuvah).  In this class, taught by Rabbi Cindy, we will explore together these Seven Haftarot of Consolation, all of them taken from Isaiah 40-66.  Classes will include time for hevruta study (paired or small group study) and discussion. We'll explore the themes presented in the Haftarot themselves as well as contemporary writings pertaining to these themes.  Themes include comfort and consolation, exile and return, forgiveness, relationship, commitment and truth.  The class is designed to help us get ready for the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe.  Interested?  Please let Rabbi Cindy know at RabbiEnger@orchadash.org

Classes

 Throughout the year, Or Chadash offers a variety of opportunities for learning.  Each fall and winter/spring, there are Sunday morning classes taught by the Rabbi and a learned member of the congregation.  These classes are an excellent way to learn more about Judaism, Jewish thought, and the Jewish/ LGBT viewpoint on a wide variety of topics. Our rabbi strives to make study of Torah and Judaism relevant to our experiences as LGBT Jews as well as to provide thoughtful perspectives on traditional views.

Previous classes have included:

  • Homosexuality in the Jewish Tradition
  • Maimonides Study Group
  • Modern Jewish Thought
  • The World to Come: Jewish Views of Reward, Punishment and the Afterlife
  • Who Wrote the Bible?
  • Israel and Zionism

Workshops are routinely presented for members desiring to learn how to lead services or give a d'var. Workshops are also offered on more practical matters such as Networking, Preparing a Will, and End-of-Life Issues. 

 For those interested in converting to Judaism, Or Chadash provides ongoing support as well as connection to formal classes offered in the community. 


 

 

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For the last few years, Rabbi Phyllis Sommer has embarked on a social media project to prepare for the High Holy Days through reflection and introspection in the month of Elul. Her project, #BlogElul, has resonated with Jews across the world, and has given rise to a lot of Elul content in social media–and now it’s time for Or Chadash to join the movement! During the month of Elul, as we prepare to receive the year 5776, members of the Or Chadash community will create posts centered around the themes provided by Rabbi Sommer. This blog will collect these posts and allow us to engage in meaningful conversations via comments and perhaps even your own responses on your social media. We encourage you to participate in the worldwide conversation in order to enrich your Elul experience.

We will collect those posts in a the blog which will allow us to engage in meaningful conversations via comments and perhaps even your own responses on your social media. We encourage you to participate in the worldwide conversation in order to enrich your Elul experience. If you're interested, please email  office@orchadash.org
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