Rabbi Aaron S. Gold
Institute of Adult Jewish Studies
The first of each Jewish month—the celebration of the new moon, its slender crescent barely visible in the night sky—is a day historically associated with women’s renewal and celebration. In recent decades, Rosh Chodesh has become an occasion for Jewish women to gather for learning, ritual, and spiritual exploration, and to mark life passages.
A Rosh Chodesh group can provide a unique opportunity for women to share experiences. Talking about the joys and challenges of relationships with significant others, family and friends; the need for a spiritual dimension in our day-to-day lives; experiences with death and mourning; our Jewish upbringing, choice to be Jewish or grappling with the questions of those who are experiencing an inter-religious relationship–all are potential themes to explore. Sharing our unique stories allows each of us to broaden our own knowledge while creating a bond between group members.
We have women of all ages regularly join us. We believe that our diversity is our greatest strength and allows us to learn and grow from one another. Our Rosh Chodesh group meets monthly, in various homes, and offers women an exclusive and meaningful opportunity.
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Midrash Shabbat Lunch and Learn
Midrash Shabbat is a “Light Lunch and Learn” program that takes place immediately after Shabbat morning services one Shabbat most months. It is a great opportunity to get a taste of a broad range of Jewish educational topics.
Speakers have included Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal along with various biblical scholars, educators and community leaders from the San Diego Jewish Community. In addition, we’ve been fortunate to have visiting educators and leaders, too. The speakers provide an interactive discussion on a topic of their choice. Click here to see our most current offering.
Midrash Shabbat is funded in part by the Religious Life Committee, the Aaron S. Gold Institute of Adult Jewish Studies, and patrons like you. If you would like to sponsor a future Midrash Shabbat, please contact the office by calling 619 697-6001 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Taught by Rabbi Josh Dorsch, the series is intended to introduce, or re-introduce, people to Judaism. Participants will delve into topics about the Jewish calendar, life-cycle, ethics, textual tradition, and ways in which Judaism can address modern questions.
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Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning
Are you a “Wondering Jew”? If so, consider enrolling in The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. This is your opportunity to explore classic Jewish sources, investigate issues of Jewish thought, practices and ethics, and advance your knowledge of Jewish history. The course is offered yearly and runs approximately 27 weeks.
The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning, a project of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is an innovative concept for Jewish learners from all backgrounds, aimed at enabling Jewish adults to learn seriously about our heritage and culture in a challenging and inspiring course of study.
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The Tribes of Israel
“The Jewish People as a Tribal Family”
“The Tribes of Israel: A Shared Homeland for a Divided People” confronts the challenge of creating a Jewish and democratic public space in the modern State of Israel—a shared common space for a people divided along “tribal” affiliations: religious, ideological, national, and geographic.
What is the significance of the State of Israel as a Jewish public sphere? How does a people divided along religious, geographic, and ideological lines build a shared society?
The Tribes of Israel begins a conversation to restructure the relationship between the collective and the individual tribes that comprise Israel.
The “Tribes of Israel,” the second iEngage Video Lecture Series of Israel’s Shalom Hartman Institute, is being hosted in East County by Temple Emanu-El and Tifereth Israel Synagogue and co-facilitated by Rabbi Devorah Marcus and Rabbi Leonard Rosenthal.