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Introduction to Judaism

Join our Sonoma County Rabbis for a 14-session exploration of Jewish life, beliefs and practice. Sponsored by the Jewish Community Center of Sonoma County. Held at Ner Shalom.

This week:

The Emergence of Modern Israel.
A brief history of the Zionist movement, the establishment of the State of Israel, the role of Israel in the Jewish psyche, and the divisive politics inside and outside the State.
Taught by Rabbi Steve Finley, Congregation Shir Shalom.

Instructors:

Rabbi Ted Feldman: B’nai Israel Jewish Center
Rabbi Mendel Wolvovsky: Chabad Jewish Center
Rabbi Mordecai Miller: Congregation Beth Ami
Reb Irwin Keller: Congregation Ner Shalom
Rabbi George Gittleman: Congregation Shomrei Torah
Rabbi Stephanie Kramer: Congregation Shomrei Torah
Rabbi Steve Finley: Congregation Shir Shalom
Rabbi Meredith Cahn, The Mussar Institute
Rabbi Zelig Golden: Wilderness Torah
Rabbi Dovid Bush: Chabad Jewish Center of Petaluma

2019 Class Schedule - Wednesday Evenings, 7:00–8:30 pm

  • Jan. 9 The Beginning of Wisdom Introductory Class, All Rabbis

  • Jan. 16 & 23 What is Judaism? & What Does it Mean to be a Jew? Rabbi Feldman

  • Jan. 30 Hatch, Match, Dispatch: Exploring Jewish Lifecycle Traditions, Rabbi Wolvovsky

  • Feb. 6 The Emergence of Modern Israel, Rabbi Finley

  • Feb. 13 & 20 People of the Book & The Art of Jewish Prayer, Rabbi Miller

  • Feb. 27 Jewish Life Cycles, Nature’s Cycles: Rediscovering the Hebrew Calendar, Rabbi Golden

  • Mar. 6 A Millennium in the Life of the Jews, Reb Keller

  • Mar. 13 Mikveh to Mourning: The Sacred Way of Marking Time, Rabbi Kramer

  • Mar. 28 Mussar: The Art of Being a Mensch, Rabbi Cahn - Class on Thursday

  • Apr. 3 DNA of the Soul, Rabbi Bush

  • Apr. 10 “God” – a Jewish Exploration, Rabbi Gittleman

  • Apr. 17 Journey of Liberation Course Closure, All Rabbis

Earlier Event: February 3
Author Event: Living Waters
Later Event: February 13
Introduction to Judaism