Lifelong Learning at Touro Synagogue

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SUBVERSIVE SEQUELS IN THE BIBLE:
AN EXPLORATION OF TEXTS AND NEW JEWISH SCHOLARSHIP
WITH RABBI TODD SILVERMAN
THURSDAY EVENINGS AT 6:30PM
JANUARY 12, 19, 26; FEBRUARY 2, 9
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

Like all enduring literary works which transcend time, space, and language, the Bible has been both understood and misunderstood since it first appeared. Join Rabbi Silverman for a five-session course examining scholar and teacher Judy Klitsner’s award-winning book Subversive Sequels in the Bible: How Biblical Stories Mine and Undermine Each Other – a contemporary masterpiece of Jewish scholarship that reveals how later parts of our sacred scripture serve as “fixes” to earlier ones whose intended meanings were misconstrued or misunderstood. Suggested materials donation $25.

THE PERFECT PASSOVER HAGGADAH
WITH CANTOR MARGOLIUS
THURSDAY EVENINGS AT 7:00PM
MARCH 2, 9, 16
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

Passover is the most celebrated Jewish holiday in America, and while you are invited to be our guests at Touro Synagogue’s Seder, many take on the task of creating the Seder that will be enjoyed by their friends and family. The Haggadah is the family guidebook, and there are hundreds of variations available to match the diversity of the Jewish community. We will explore how various Modern Haggadot share iconic parts of the Seder, with an eye towards choosing a Haggadah that will provide the perfect spiritual nourishment to go along with your meal at Passover.

AGES OF EMPIRES: MODERN IRAN AND ANCIENT PERSIA
WITH ELLIS ARJMAND & CANTOR MARGOLIUS
MONDAY, MARCH 6 AT 6:00PM
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

Purim is a holiday where we use hyperbole, farce, and carnivalesque celebration to mark the averted disaster of political manipulation in ancient Persia. This year, Ellis Arjmand will set the scene for our megillah reading as he teaches about the modern forces that have shaped Iran and its conflicts into the 21st century. This land was not only home to Queen Esther—it has had its own Jewish community for centuries, continuing to this very day. After learning about modern Iran, we will take a step back in time as we read the story of Esther and chant selections from the Megillah with its usual frivolity, with an invitation to pay attention to the political forces shared by our ancient story and modern history.

CHANTING THE TORAH (PART I)
WITH CANTOR MARGOLIUS
TUESDAY EVENINGS AT 7:30PM
MARCH 7, 14, 28; APRIL 4, 11
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

Experiencing the Torah is one of the most profound spiritual gifts in Jewish life. We hold the Torah, parade it, hear it chanted, and study it. But chanting from a handwritten scroll is an unparalleled experience. In this class you will learn how to understand ta’amei hamikra— the trope symbols — and chant the Torah. This class is an essential starting point for those interested in adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. Prerequisite: ability to sound out Hebrew consonants and vowels. Suggested materials donation $15.

TOURO CIVIL RIGHTS PASSOVER SHABBATON
WITH RABBI BAUMAN
APRIL 7-9

We will spend Friday through Sunday during Passover, our holiday celebrating freedom and redemption, traveling to some of the most significant places in the story of the ongoing struggle for Civil Rights in our country. The trip will include visits to the National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis, the National Memorial for Peace and Justice in Montgomery, and Shabbat services at some of these sacred sites. Stay tuned for more information!

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NEWS AND THE JEWS
WITH RABBI BAUMAN
SELECT THURSDAYS AT 12:00PM
NOVEMBER 3, DECEMBER 15, FEBRUARY 2, MARCH 9, APRIL 20
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

The most pressing news stories of our day challenge us as human beings and as Jews. Each session will focus on a story from the recent news cycle, viewed through a Jewish historical, cultural, and ethical lens.

JEWISH MEDICAL ETHICS
WITH RABBI BAUMAN AND CONGREGATIONAL LEADERS
SELECT WEDNESDAYS AT 7:00PM
NOVEMBER 9, JANUARY 11, MARCH 15
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

Our ongoing series exploring some of the most pressing scientific, social, and health-related concerns of our time, through a Jewish lens. Previous topics have included explorations of pain management and the opioid epidemic; political agendas that affect policy in medical care; palliative and supportive care in religious traditions, and the nature of suffering. *This series is designed for but not limited to medical professionals.

EMBRACING JUDAISM
WITH LAURA ADELMAN-CANNON, SAMANTHA GUICHET, AND NAOMI YAVNEH KLOS
UPCOMING SESSIONS: NOVEMBER 11, DECEMBER 9, JANUARY 7
(IN-PERSON)

Embracing Judaism is our ongoing initiative at Touro for those interested in exploring a Jewish life. Throughout the year, Embracing Judaism combines experiential learning, cohort building, engagement with Hebrew, and discussions of monthly reading.  If you have ever wondered if Judaism could be your spiritual home, this program is for you — Click here to join our current groupSuggested materials donation $50. 

LAY-LED TORAH STUDY
SATURDAY MORNINGS AT 9:00AM
(IN-PERSON / ZOOM)

Community members gather to study the weekly Parashah (Torah Portion). The discussions are led by congregants who extend an open invitation regardless of experience with Hebrew or the Torah. Join for some deep learning, a little Hebrew, lively discussion, even good-natured debate – all for the sake of Torah! Lox, bagels, challah, coffee and more are provided. Please contact Bill Procell or reach out to the Touro office if you are interested in attending.


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