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.
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.
Introduction to Judaism
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.
Adult B’nai Mitzvah Class
We will be offering this eight session course. In addition to the group sessions, each student will follow up with Rabbi Dorsch through out the year. Our class will culminate in a group B’nai Mitzvah.
When Do We Eat?
Dive into the history and relevance of our favorite and most beloved dishes. We will cover everything from blintzes to burrekas and after we get a taste of their origin from Rabbi Dorsch, we will get to explore cooking them in the kitchen with Michelle Barbour!
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.