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Limmud Institute 2017-18

The Limmud Institute invites you to participate in our rich and diverse offerings. Whatever your level of knowledge and participation, and however varied your interests, we are sure that you will find a program that fulfills your needs. Come join us as we increase our Hebrew fluency, our knowledge of sacred texts and traditions, our understanding of contemporary Jewish concerns, and as we deepen our personal learning and spiritual growth. Our programs are open to the public and we encourage participation by members and non-members alike. As always, no one will be denied the opportunity to engage in Jewish learning for financial reasons. If you have any questions or need any information, please feel free to email us at info@bethelnr.org.

SINGING AS A SPIRITUAL PRACTICE

 Music has deepened our ability to pray from the depths of our souls, sometimes with words and sometimes with melodies alone. This group will learn how singing can itself be a Jewish spiritual practice, and we will practice different techniques that help unleash the power of communal singing. Everyone is welcome. No prior knowledge required. Facilitated by Rabbi Schuck and Jack Klebanow.

Remaining Fall Dates:
Oct 22 - 9:30am-11:00am
Nov. 5 - 9:30am-11:00am 
(Please note date change from Nov. 8!) 
Dec 13 - 7:30pm-9:00pm

To RSVP (not required) or for more information , e-mail RabbiAdmin@bethelnr.org , or call 914-235-2700, ext. 228.

Jerusalem in Biblical/Rabbinical Sources... And in Modern Israeli Literature - with Rabbis David Schuck and Zach Sitkin and Dr. Carol Diament 

Hebrew Ulpan with Miri Ben Avi *

Sisterhood Wine & Cheese
Evening Book Club

Israeli Dancing with Cantor Uri Aqua*

Spring Film Festival with Elaine Katz*

* Registration fee applicable

Bagels and Books with Sisterhood

Torah on Tap 

 

Shabbat Discussion with Jack Gruenberg

Event Sessions. 
Saturday, September 9, 2017 • 18 Elul 5777
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Saturday, September 23, 2017 • 3 Tishrei 5778
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Saturday, October 21, 2017 • 1 Cheshvan 5778
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

Library
Saturday, October 28, 2017 • 8 Cheshvan 5778
10:15 AM - 11:45 AM

New Offering!  Philo and Josephus: Living Jewish in a Non-Jewish World

Just as we do, many ancient Jews struggled to live Jewishly in a non-Jewish world.  This course will explore two important voices of the 1st CE.  Philo of Alexandria was a Hellenistic Jewish philosopher who lived from 20 BCE–50 CE in Alexandria.  He tried to reconcile the Hebrew Bible with Greek philosophy, to show Jews that many Hellenistic ideas are actually taught in our Bible, and to show others that Judaism is an intellectually respectable and profound faith. He sheds light on otherwise unknown beliefs and practices of the Essenes.  

We will also examine the work of Josephus, a Jewish aristocrat born into a priestly family who also lived in the 1st century, and who led the Jewish forces against Rome in Galilee.   Captured by Rome, Josephus was an important historian of ancient Judaism.  His book "The Jewish War", on which we will focus, tells the story of ancient Israel and early Judaism from the early second century BCE, and continues through the siege at Masada. We will explore the archaeological finds at Masada that support Josephus' account, as well as his descriptions of early Christianity, including details about Pontius Pilate, various Herodian rulers, and some references to John the Baptist and Jesus.

The class meets at Beth El in New Rochelle on 10 Wednesday mornings from 10:00 am - 12:15 pm, Oct. 25, Nov. 1, 8,15, 22, 29, December 6, 13 and 20, and January 3. Cost: $350, which includes audio recordings of all class sessions.  To learn more about Rabbi Karp, visit her website at www.rabbimollykarp.com. With questions and to enroll, contact Rabbi Karp at rabbimollykarp@gmail.com.

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Past Offerings

Limmud Offerings 2016-2017

A Modern Understanding of the Bible Taught by Rabbi David L. Blumenfeld, Ph.D. 
Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah Class with Rabbi Josh Dorsch & Hazzan Jamie Gloth 
Bagels and Books with Sisterhood 
Tilting at Whirlwinds: How and Why We Suffer/Traditional Biblical-Talmudic Views 
vs. Themes in Great Literature with Rabbi David Schuck and Dr. Carol Diament *
Daf Shevui (Online Instruction) with Dr. Joshua Kulp 
Hebrew Ulpan with Miri Ben-Avi*
Israeli Dancing with Cantor Uri Aqua*
Jewish Life & Thought Eastern Europe with Rabbi David Schuck and Dr. Carol Diament *
Making Halachah Meaningful with Rabbi Zachary Sitkin
Memories To Go with Lynn Lowin
Midrashim of the Exodus from Egypt with Rabbi Zachary Sitkin
Mitzvah Knitting with Sisterhood
Parashat HaShavuah with Rabbi Josh Dorsch and Jack Gruenberg
Parent Rosh Hodesh Learning With Rabbi Josh Dorsch
(Re) Introduction to Judaism with Rabbi David Schuck
Shabbat Morning Discussion Group with Jack Gruenberg 
ShabbaTunes
Shirat El, Beth El’s Choir with Hazzan Ellen Arad* 
Spring Film Festival with Elaine Katz*
Summer Israeli Film Festival with Alan Greenberg*
Taamei HaMikra - Torah Trop Classes with Cantor Uri Aqua and Hazzan Jamie Gloth
Talmud’s Twists and Turns with Rabbi David Hojda*
The Zionist Idea with Rabbi Molly Karp*
The Birth of the Jewish State and the Origins of the Arab-Israeli Conflict: Balfour to 
The Establishment of the State of Israel with Rabbi Molly Karp*
The Jewish State and the Arab-Israeli Conflict: 1948 - 2016 with Rabbi Molly Karp*
Torah on Tap with Rabbi Josh Dorsch 
Scholar in Residence weekend with Dr. Mosheh Halbertal
 
* Registration fee applicable

 

Sat, November 18 2017 29 Cheshvan 5778