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Adult Education

ReBar is back! 

ReBar, a program we first launched in 2016, is BACK! What is ReBar? It’s your chance to willingly (re)claim and even transform your Jewish identity (and party like your pre-teen self did!). 

What started out as a light-hearted opportunity to poke fun at our 13-year-old, prepubescent selves, and make a party out of it, quickly turned into something much more serious and with far greater impact than any of us predicted. With this opportunity for your second (or first, or third) B-Mitzvah, we’ll focus on identifying and naming the gifts that we possess as adults that we likely hadn’t discovered yet at age 13. 

Join this second cohort of ReBar students and Rabbi Minkus for six months of transformative learning and discussion - the perfect way to move into 5782! Email Rabbi Minkus at rabbi@rodfei.org if you are interested in participating in this year's cohort, which will begin after the High Holidays!


FAQs

1. Can I participate if I was in the first cohort?  Yes!

2. Do I need to know Hebrew? No, there will be no ritual or prayer-based components to the program. But, if you are interested in having more of the traditional Shabbat or prayer-based aspects of a b-mitzvah, we can make that happen.

 3. What is the time commitment? We will meet, most likely, 4-6 times (Sunday mornings and weekday evenings) starting in the fall and running through the beginning of 2022. For those who choose to do so, each participant will read a short speech they prepared at the ReBar event. 

 4. Can I participate in the learning/discussions and not the ReBar event? Certainly (but keep an open mind)!
 

Other Learning Opportunities at Rodfei Zedek

We offer a variety of stimulating, challenging, and accessible opportunities for adult learning including ongoing congregational learningweekly classes, and individual learning opportunities.

Ongoing Learning Projects

One Book, One Rodfei Zedek book selection for the year 
This American Shabbat text study with Rabbi Minkus
Our journal of ideas:  To Learn and To Teach
  —also see other writings by our Congregants

Weekly and Periodic Classes

Talmud StudyStudying Talmud after Monday morning minyan.  Rabbi Larry Edwards leads a half hour of Talmud study each week following Monday morning minyan and ending by 9:00.  Beginners are welcome, as are those who have studied Talmud in the past.  English is the language of instruction.  No registration needed.

613 Flavors (periodic). Join Rabbi Minkus for making home-made ice cream in the Rodfei Zedek kitchen as we welcome each new Hebrew month throughout the Jewish year.  Suggest an innovative, mitzvah-inspired flavor to surprise and inspire our senses for new delicious takes on the timeless treat.

Text Study Group (monthly). We  meet at members' homes about once a month. Group members take turns preparing for each session with issues for discussion and background information. The group originated with studying the Shabbat service text and has  moved on to study non‑prayer texts like the Books of Esther, Ecclesiastes, and Daniel, Ruth, Psalms, and Proverbs.  For further information, contact Shirley Holbrook at sholbro_at_icloud_dot_com.

Individual Learning

Increase your skills in Tefilah (prayer) participation and leading, or in Torah and haftarah reading.  Contact Cantor Rosenberg if you are interested in learning together in a group or individually.

Adult B-Mitzvah preparation.  It’s never too late!  Contact Cantor Rosenberg to coordinate the preparation based on your current skill level and to schedule a date for the service and celebration.

Teachers Wanted

Do you have knowledge about Jewish culture, history, thought, or practice that you would like to share?  Teach a class at CRZ!  Your course can be one afternoon or multiple sessions, based on text study or some other form of engagement (cooking, painting, dancing, singing…whatever your imagination and skills suggest). Contact the rabbi or cantor to suggest a course.

Sisterhood Programs

Rodfei Zedek Sisterhood continues our 100+ year tradition of enhancing congregational life through programming and fund-raising activities.  Our monthly Monday afternoon meetings provide educational and entertaining programs, open to women and men of the Congregation and their friends.  We host Shabbat lectures for the congregation, a drop‑in Mah Jongg game on Tuesday afternoons and have a monthly book group on Monday mornings.  We hope you can join us at these programs and our open meetings.  Please visit Sisterhood online to see our many other programs for you to enjoy.

Reading Groups

 Our One Book, One Rodfei Zedek  program is meant to stimulate conversations, both formal and informal.  Each fall the congregation votes on a book to read and learn from together for the year.

Non-Fiction Chavurah meets about every other month at the home of a group member.  Books have included Michael Oren's Power, Faith and Fantasy:  America in the Middle East, 1776 to the Present; Simcha Weinstein's Up, Up, and Oy Vey!:  How Jewish History, Culture, and Values Shaped the Comic Book Superhero; and Abraham Joshua Heschel's God in Seach of Man.  New participants welcome.  Contact the office for information.

Sisterhood Morning Book Club meets monthly April through December on Monday mornings at CRZ.  New members and visitors are welcome.

Jewish Book Council:  Book Clubs | National Jewish Book Award Winners

 

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