Learning Opportunities for Adults in 5778 (2017-2018)
ROSH CHODESH GATHERINGS
Rosh Chodesh, which means ‘head of the month,’ takes place when the New Moon appears in the sky… In the ancient world, when eyewitnesses first spotted the first sliver of the New Moon in the sky, they’d light bonfires atop mountaintops and run to alert the rabbis so they could announce the beginning of the new month.
According to an ancient tradition, the holiday was a reward given to the women of Israel because they refused to surrender their jewelry for the creation of the golden calf (Exodus 32). Because of their righteousness, the women were exonerated from working on Rosh Chodesh.
– excerpted from ReformJudaism.org
In modern times, Rosh Chodesh has come to be thought of as a “women’s holiday,” with many women’s groups forming around that theme. At Kol HaNeshamah we’d like to gather for Rosh Chodesh in a way that is inclusive of all genders. We will study and celebrate Jewish women in a way that is inclusive to all, explore the traditions and rituals that have evolved around Rosh Chodesh, and perhaps create some of our own! We’ll explore such topics as Moon Cycles: The Role of the Moon in Jewish Life, Techinot: Jewish Women and Prayer, Modern Rituals to Mark Sacred Moments in Our Lives, and Significant Women in Jewish History.
Those who are interested in celebrating Rosh Chodesh with others are invited to participate in these gatherings on the following dates:
Friday, March 16, 7:00 pm (part of Shabbat services)
Sunday, April 15, 5:00pm
Monday, May 14, 7:00pm
Tuesday, June 12, 7:00pm
Tuition: $10 /$20 per gathering *Please see our note about tuition fees near bottom under “Register”
With Rabbi Zari
Have you ever wanted to learn more about what Judaism has to say about euthanasia? About what comprises the Jewish Bible and how it differs from the Christian Bible? Have you wanted to learn what Jewish life was like in the Middle Ages for women, or what happens in a mikvah (a ritual bath)?
Given how busy people are in the 21st Century, and how reluctant people often are to sign up for on-going classes, we are launching a new and exciting adult education opportunity: Concierge Learning. You determine what you’d like to study and the rabbi will prepare a personal, private, one-on-one lesson for you. If you’d like to add an additional session, you can; if you’d like to invite someone else to join you for the session(s), you can.
This opportunity will begin following the High Holy Days. Contact Rabbi Zari directly at firstname.lastname@example.org if you’d like to learn something with her.
Tuition: $36/$72 *Please see our note about tuition fees near bottom under “Register”
All classes held at KHN unless otherwise noted.
Registration form is at the bottom of this page. Please contact us with any questions at email@example.com
Note about tuition fees:
Fees are listed with member price on the left and non-member price on the right:
$member price / $non-member price
We value the diversity of our community, and recognize that some can pay more to attend classes, and some less. We want all those who would like to participate to be able to do so. Fees listed are suggested. Please pay as you are able (as indicated).
This information is available in our brochure adulted5778final
SHARE YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Would you like to volunteer to teach at KHN? Please notify Susanna Bluhm Callahan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Volunteer teaching opportunities include a one-day workshop, or a series of classes, or individual Concierge Learning, or even offering a learning experience as an auction item during our annual gala. We can help you decide which option would be the best fit.