Touro B’Yachad: Lifelong Learning Opportunities


POETRY AND SONG AS JEWISH SPIRITUAL RESOURCES

Wednesdays in June at 7:00pm

In addition to courage and ingenuity to which Jews have turned to try and shape our reality throughout our painful history, our people have also embraced poetry and song as life affirming creative outlets. They have been mechanisms for expressions of lament, hope and healing throughout the ages. During these weeks, we will study songs and poetry as Jewish spiritual resources that have fortified us and built our resilience during difficult times.

June 3rd with Rabbi Bauman
June 10th with Cantor Margolius
June 17th with Rabbi Silverman
June 24th with Rabbi Bauman

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NEWS AND THE JEWS

Select Thursdays at 12:00pm
with Rabbi Bauman

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.

June 4
June 18
July 9
July 23

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HISTORY AS A JEWISH SPIRITUAL RESOURCE

Wednesdays in July at 7:00pm

  • Session 1: Sickness, Disease, and Disability in Biblical Texts
    with Dr. Jason Gaines

    Wednesday, July 8 – 7:00pm

    The ancient Jewish understanding of physical and mental ailments is very different from our own. In this session, we will examine important legal and narrative texts in the Torah and beyond that trace our people’s changing understanding of illness through the millennia. Do afflictions come from God, or are they part of the vicissitudes of life? What did healing and medicine look like in the time of Moses or King David? Why does God countenance pain and suffering in the world? We will examine these questions and more while reading our sacred texts as works of history and literature.

    Dr. Jason Gaines is the Director of Undergraduate Studies for the Dept. of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he teaches Hebrew Bible and Early Judaism.
  • Session 2: American Jewish Responses to Challenge and Crisis
    with Dr. Michael Cohen

    Wednesday, July 15 – 7pm

    As Jews confronted their American environment, they were faced with the challenge of both maintaining their sense of Jewish identity and fitting into their American surroundings.  The primary goal of this session will be to understand how Jewish women and men navigated this challenge in times of crisis, and to place the history of American Jews within our contemporary context.

    Dr. Michael Cohen is a Professor and Chair of Jewish Studies at Tulane University, where he holds a Sizeler Professorship.
  • Session 3: In Quarantine with Anne Frank
    with Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos

    Wednesday, July 22 – 7:00pm

    Throughout the current pandemic, the name Anne Frank has been repeatedly invoked, whether as a Facebook meme or as a stern warning never to forget the unique horror of the Holocaust.  But although Anne Frank is an iconic figure for Jews and non-Jews alike, most of us do not know the nuances of her story or its context in the Dutch experience of World War II. What, for example, did it mean to go into hiding (or, in Dutch, onderduiken, to “dive under”)? We also may not be aware that the “diary” we read is, in fact, a combination of  Anne’s daily diary and her own (incomplete) revision, which she hoped to publish after the war. Join us to consider how the story of an eloquent young girl, living in unimaginable circumstances, can help us to greater empathy and compassion in our own time of uncertainty.

    Dr. Naomi Yavneh Klos is a Professor of Languages and Cultures and the former director of the University Honors Program at Loyola University.  In spring 2020, Naomi was a Fulbright Scholar at Windesheim University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands.
  • Session 4: Tisha B’Av and the Power of Lament
    with Touro Clergy

    Wednesday, July 29 – 7:00pm

    Every year, the 9th of Av is a day of collective mourning and fasting across the Jewish world. In observance of this holy day, we recall the expulsions, disasters, and exiles of our people throughout history and read the Book of Lamentations as a way to channel our grief. This year, we dedicate our study and prayers to all those in our Jewish and general community who have suffered trauma or lost their lives during this Pandemic.  We will share names and stories and dwell in our sadness for all that has been lost, knowing that collective mourning is an important part of healing.

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MACHZOR 101: UNDERSTANDING HIGH HOLIDAY LITURGY

Wednesdays in August and September at 7:00pm
with Cantor Margolius

Over four sessions we will explore some of the key prayers that shape our High Holiday services. From iconic moments like Avinu Malkeinu to the small, one-sentence changes to prayers otherwise familiar from Shabbat, the liturgy of the Days of Awe guides us through rich and complex themes. Along the way we’ll also examine some of the music that adds new depth to the words on the page.

August 19
August 26
September 2
September 9

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PLANNED GIVING: A CONVERSATION ABOUT LEGACY

with DiMeo-Schneider, Investment Advisors for the Touro Synagogue Foundation

Tuesday, August 25 at 7:00pm

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