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The Mystical Imagery of Kabbalat Shabbat

Instructor:         Sara Catinari Shakked
Day/Time:         Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Class Dates:      October 8, 22
Fee:                    $10
 
Ever wondered just who is this "Bride" we greet every Shabbat during L’cha Dodi? And is she a bride or a queen? Whose? Why is Lecha Dodi, a late addition to our liturgy, now one of the most widely beloved and recognizable Jewish poems? What is this Divine Union that we are reenacting with our Kabbalat Shabbat rituals, and what does it mean for Jewish monotheism? This seminar introduces the concepts of Kabbalat Shabbat and the imagery associated with it in Lecha Dodi. It will familiarize you with some lesser known and more explicit songs from this period and others. We will analyze the imagery and gender concepts in Lecha Dodi verse by verse, to connect you to the soul of this prayer and deepen your experience of it.  
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Sara Catinari Shakked studied comparative literature at UC Berkeley and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a lifelong love of languages, religion, and culture.
 

 
 
"Advanced" Beginner/Intermediate Hebrew
 
Instructor:      Saul Rapkin and Carol Catinari
Day/Time:      Thursdays, 7:00-8:30PM
Class Dates:    October 15, 29, November 12, December 3, 17,
                         January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 3, 17, April 7, 21,        
                         May 5, 26
Fee:                  $75
 
So you can read the alef/bet, maybe you have even read a bit from Torah, and now you want to take the next step with your Hebrew. Whether you see yourself as an “Advanced” Beginner or have taken a step to the next level, this Hebrew class is for you!  Saul Rapkin and Carol Catinari will work together to create a positive, peer supported learning environment. Students will be using one of two books, depending upon each individual level Alef Isn’t Enough: Hebrew for Adults, Book 2 or Bet is For Bereishit: Hebrew for Adults, Book 3.  Students will be invited and encouraged, as a class and/or as individuals, to help lead an occasional Shabbat am service, learn trope in order to chant Torah/Haftarah and participate in the liturgical life of TOR.
 
 
 
Conversational Hebrew (for the advancing student!)
 
Instructor:      Eddi Benjamini
Day/Time:       Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, at the Benjamini Home
Class Dates:    Monday nights, October- June, vacations determined by
                         class and instructor
Fee:                  $150/through January, $150/February through
                         summer.  Students will also be required to purchase       
                         dictionary, newspaper subscription, and other materials.

Are you ready to take your Hebrew to the next level? This course will be taught in Hebrew, using mainly, an Israeli newspaper specifically designed for people who have a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew and are comfortable with Hebrew reading (with vowels). The emphasis will be on understanding and making oneself understood in conversational (daily) Hebrew. Studying between classes will be required for a successful class experience.  Class enrollment limited. Please call the TOR office to arrange to talk with Eddi before signing up for this class!
 
 
 
 
Judaism's 10 Best Ideas
for Those Who Wonder, "Why Be Jewish?
 
Instructor:       Rabbi Alan Rabishaw
Day/Time:        Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Class Dates:     October 28, November 4, December 2, 9
Fee:                   $25, includes book
 
Using Arthur Green’s book, Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers as a guide, we will ask the questions, “Why be Jewish?”  “What does Judaism have to offer a contemporary seeker?” “How can a modern understanding and expression of Judaism add to our way of life and provide a system of values?” This class is for everyone who wants to tap into the depths of Jewish wisdom and be touched by our soulful tradition.
 
 
 
 
Understanding Israel: Perspectives on the "Settlement" Issue
 
Panel:             Gerry Burstain and Hagai Narkis, Rabbi Alan Rabishaw
Day/Time:      Sunday, 10:00am-noon
Date:               October 25
 
The West Bank—Judea and Samaria—Occupied Territories—everyone has a different name for the land that Israel reclaimed after the Six Day War in 1967, depending on their understanding of history. Tackling this important issue is complex, and our understanding of the best course forward usually depends on the perspective we bring to the conversation.  Our panel will DISCUSS the history of this land, as well as share perspectives from the left, center and right—as we work together to deepen our understanding of the “Settlement” issue and its impact on the future of the State of Israel.  Gerry, a proud TOR member, was born in Israel (Palestine) during the British Mandate. Gerry was a fighter pilot and instructor in the IDF for 5 years and studied chemistry at the Technion.  Hagai, a founding member of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), was born and raised on a kibbutz and served in the the IDF as a teacher and communications officer for 17 years.   Thank you to  Eddi and Dorit Benjamini for creating the “Israel Board” in the lobby that provides important background information on this topic.
 
 
 
To download a copy of our Adult Education Brochure,  please click here.
 
Temple Or Rishon
916-988-4100
www.orrishon.org
 
 
 
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The Mystical Imagery of Kabbalat Shabbat

Instructor:         Sara Catinari Shakked
Day/Time:         Thursdays, 7:00-8:30pm
Class Dates:      October 8, 22
Fee:                    $10
 
Ever wondered just who is this "Bride" we greet every Shabbat during L’cha Dodi? And is she a bride or a queen? Whose? Why is Lecha Dodi, a late addition to our liturgy, now one of the most widely beloved and recognizable Jewish poems? What is this Divine Union that we are reenacting with our Kabbalat Shabbat rituals, and what does it mean for Jewish monotheism? This seminar introduces the concepts of Kabbalat Shabbat and the imagery associated with it in Lecha Dodi. It will familiarize you with some lesser known and more explicit songs from this period and others. We will analyze the imagery and gender concepts in Lecha Dodi verse by verse, to connect you to the soul of this prayer and deepen your experience of it.  
*
Sara Catinari Shakked studied comparative literature at UC Berkeley and graduated from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem with a lifelong love of languages, religion, and culture.
 
 
 
 
"Advanced" Beginner/Intermediate Hebrew
 
Instructor:      Saul Rapkin and Carol Catinari
Day/Time:      Thursdays, 7:00-8:30PM
Class Dates:    October 15, 29, November 12, December 3, 17,
                         January 7, 21, February 4, 18, March 3, 17, April 7, 21,        
                         May 5, 26
Fee:                  $75
 
So you can read the alef/bet, maybe you have even read a bit from Torah, and now you want to take the next step with your Hebrew. Whether you see yourself as an “Advanced” Beginner or have taken a step to the next level, this Hebrew class is for you!  Saul Rapkin and Carol Catinari will work together to create a positive, peer supported learning environment. Students will be using one of two books, depending upon each individual level Alef Isn’t Enough: Hebrew for Adults, Book 2 or Bet is For Bereishit: Hebrew for Adults, Book 3.  Students will be invited and encouraged, as a class and/or as individuals, to help lead an occasional Shabbat am service, learn trope in order to chant Torah/Haftarah and participate in the liturgical life of TOR.
 
 
 
 
Conversational Hebrew (for the advancing student!)
 
Instructor:      Eddi Benjamini
Day/Time:       Monday, 7:00pm – 9:00pm, at the Benjamini Home
Class Dates:    Monday nights, October- June, vacations determined by
                         class and instructor
Fee:                  $150/through January, $150/February through
                         summer.  Students will also be required to purchase       
                         dictionary, newspaper subscription, and other materials.

Are you ready to take your Hebrew to the next level? This course will be taught in Hebrew, using mainly, an Israeli newspaper specifically designed for people who have a rudimentary knowledge of Hebrew and are comfortable with Hebrew reading (with vowels). The emphasis will be on understanding and making oneself understood in conversational (daily) Hebrew. Studying between classes will be required for a successful class experience.  Class enrollment limited. Please call the TOR office to arrange to talk with Eddi before signing up for this class!
 
 
 
 
Understanding Israel: Perspectives on the "Settlement" Issue
 
Panel:             Gerry Burstain and Hagai Narkis, Rabbi Alan Rabishaw
Day/Time:      Sunday, 10:00am-noon
Date:               October 25
 
The West Bank—Judea and Samaria—Occupied Territories—everyone has a different name for the land that Israel reclaimed after the Six Day War in 1967, depending on their understanding of history. Tackling this important issue is complex, and our understanding of the best course forward usually depends on the perspective we bring to the conversation.  Our panel will DISCUSS the history of this land, as well as share perspectives from the left, center and right—as we work together to deepen our understanding of the “Settlement” issue and its impact on the future of the State of Israel.  Gerry, a proud TOR member, was born in Israel (Palestine) during the British Mandate. Gerry was a fighter pilot and instructor in the IDF for 5 years and studied chemistry at the Technion.  Hagai, a founding member of Shalom Achshav (Peace Now), was born and raised on a kibbutz and served in the the IDF as a teacher and communications officer for 17 years.   Thank you to  Eddi and Dorit Benjamini for creating the “Israel Board” in the lobby that provides important background information on this topic.
 
 
 
 
Judaism's 10 Best Ideas
for Those Who Wonder, "Why Be Jewish?
 
Instructor:       Rabbi Alan Rabishaw
Day/Time:        Wednesdays, 6:30-8:00pm
Class Dates:     October 28, November 4, December 2, 9
Fee:                   $25, includes book
 
Using Arthur Green’s book, Judaism’s 10 Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers as a guide, we will ask the questions, “Why be Jewish?”  “What does Judaism have to offer a contemporary seeker?” “How can a modern understanding and expression of Judaism add to our way of life and provide a system of values?” This class is for everyone who wants to tap into the depths of Jewish wisdom and be touched by our soulful tradition.
 
 
 
 
To download a copy of our Adult Education Brochure,  please click here.
 
Temple Or Rishon
916-988-4100
www.orrishon.org
 
 
 
      
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who has made us holy with mitzvot and commanded us
to engage ourselves in the study of Torah.

Temple Or Rishon's Adult Education Program offers classes that are intellectually
and spiritually satisfying - and fun. They appeal to the different backgrounds and
interests of congregation members and are open to all members of the community.
Whether you have been immersed in Jewish learning for years, or are just beginning,
you are sure to find something that will satisfy your interests and curiosity and
support your spiritual and religious life.

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