Rabbi Hillel says …do not say ‘When I am free I will study’, for perhaps you will not become free.

Pirkei Avot 2:6

When Hillel couldn’t afford to attend school, he would climb the roof and listen to lessons through an open window, even during the harsh winter months. He understood that even the most challenging circumstances were not insurmountable to someone who truly wishes to learn. This year, even if your schedule is already busy, experiment with carving out time for a learning opportunity that you’ve wanted to explore.

Throughout the year we’ll offer various opportunities to further your knowledge or, for some, begin their journey. If you have any questions, email Beth or call her at 619 697-6001, ext. 108 and leave a message.

Islamic Radical Movements and Antisemitism

Featuring Dr. Meir Litvak

Monday, December 13th, 7:00 p.m.

Meir Litvak serves as a Professor at the Department of Middle Eastern History and a senior research associate at the Alliance Center for Iranian Studies at Tel Aviv University. His research focuses on modern Islamic movements, particularly Shi’ism, Arab perceptions of the Holocaust and Palestinian Collective Memory and National Identity. He received his doctorate from Harvard University in 1991.

This event is hosted  in conjunction with the Murray Galinson San Diego-Israel Initiative.

More details are here.

Miller Introduction to Judaism

Thursdays, beginning December 2nd

Whether you are in an interfaith relationship, looking to explore Judaism for the first time, re-discovering your Jewish heritage, or seeking to convert to Judaism, we are here to support your journey. This course is taught through a collaborative educational partnership with the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program of American Jewish University. The nationally recognized 18 week Intro course covers the essentials of Judaism, including its holidays, rituals, ideas, and traditions. Rabbi Joshua Dorsch will guide the learning throughout the year.

Email Beth or call her at 619 697-6001, ext. 108, if you have any questions.


Ongoing Adult Education Opportunities

These mostly-monthly opportunities do not require registration.

Rosh Chodesh

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.
Click here for more details on our current offering.

Torah on Tap

Together, we will look at ancient and contemporary rabbinic texts that aim to help us ascend in our holiness. Join Rabbi Dorsch for an evening of learning, discussion, and beer…Whatever’s on your tap! Click here for more information!

*Suspended During Covid Restrictions*

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 Joshua Dorsch 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 tifereth@tiferethisrael.com.

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