Adult Education - Rabbi's Classes

Rabbi's Roundtable

We are fortunate to have numerous opportunities to learn from our inspiring spiritual leader and teacher, Rabbi Stephen Wylen. Among those learning opportunities are two, six-week evening Roundtable discussion sessions he leads in the Fall and the Spring. The classes are suitable for those beginning their Jewish learning as well as those who want to brush up on their understanding of Jewish thought. 

For each module, the rabbi chooses a theological topic that relates to contemporary times and our personal lives. Through stimulating lectures, lively discussions, and a chance to ask provocative questions, our congregants come away enriched from their learning from Rabbi Wylen and each other.

NEXT SESSION BEGINS Tuesday March 6, 2018 at 7PM. 

The Messianic Idea in Judaism

6 sessions: Tuesday evenings 7:00 - 8:30 - March 6, 13, 20, 26 and April 17, 24

Description: The Messiah is the man who comes, sent by God, to save the Jewish people from all our enemies round about and bring us home to the Land of Israel. The Messianic Idea has motivated Jews for two thousand years, providing eternal hope, even while inspiring lunatic self-destructive group behavior at times. Many of the movements of modern-day Judaism - Hasidism, Reform, Zionism - are best understood as new expressions of the eternal Messianic idea.

Another thing - some of our Christian neighbors, in missionary fervor, have confused the Jewish Messiah with the Christian Christ, leading them to challenge us with the question: Why can't Yeshua be my Jewish messiah? Of course the answer is "No." but can you say just why? After this class you will.

Dates: Each class is a stand alone opportunity to learn.

March 6 : The first messianic writings in the Jewish literature of the late Second Temple Era - Apocrypha and Pseudepigrapha
March 13: Biblical passages that are understood messianically in Judaism and Christianity
March 20: Overview - the end-times scenario in Apocalyptic Judaism
March 27: The Messiah in the Talmud, 1 of 2
April 17: The Messiah in the Talmud, 2 of 2
April 24: Post-Talmudic Messianism and anti-Messianism: Maimonides, Shabbetai Zevi, Modern Movements.

Question: If today you could have the Messiah as traditionally understood, would you want him?

Nosh & Drash

Bible & Bagels, Coffee & Commentary...What better reason to roll out of bed on Shabbat morning? 

Nosh and Drash is an hour-long, Shabbat morning discussion of the weekly Torah portion facilitated by Lois Ruderman, TBR’s Assistant Rabbi, currently in her fourth year serving our congregation.   

Nosh and Drash is a participatory discussion. In our ever-widening group of participants, we are fortunate to have a wealth of knowledge of history, psychology, philosophy, anthropology, and more! From one Shabbat to the next, our discussions are lively and varied. We are a supportive and friendly kehillah (fellowship), learning Torah and sharing the joy of Shabbat together. All levels of Jewish knowledge are welcome!  

Consider joining us as we DRASH (interpret and comment on the Torah) and NOSH (hot drinks, bagels and shmeers) on Saturday mornings prior to services from 9:00 - 10:00 am in the large classroom at the end of the Educational Wing.

Upcoming Dates in 2018:  January 6, 27; February 10, 17.

Torah Study - Rabbi Ruderman's Mini Module

For those who can't make it to Nosh and Drash on Shabbat mornings, and for those who can, join us on January 9,16, & 23 from 7:30 - 8:30 pm for a Torah study session that will cover ONE Parashah not previously studied by the Nosh and Drash group. Discussions are participatory and welcoming to Torah learners at all levels. 

We Hope You Will Mark Your Calendar & Join Us!