Sherith Israel offers a wide range of educational opportunities for adults of ages and backgrounds. Rabbi Saul, Cantor Lieberman and Rabbi Aaron teach classes that explore the weekly Torah portion and Haftarah, the Talmud, and the meaning of Shabbat and holiday prayers. Additionally, when individuals are interested in learning to lead a particular part of the service (or read Torah or Haftarah), the clergy are available to help guide this experience.
Specific classes shift from time to time. The current list of classes with their descriptions can be found below. To sign up for a class, call the shul office (615-292-6614
) or simply join the class!
SHABBAT MORNING CLASSES
Early Bird Torah (Cantor Lieberman)
Shabbat Mornings, 8-9 am
Course Description: Begin your Shabbat on the right note for some early morning Torah study and discussion.
Shabbat Morning Prayers (Rabbi Aaron)
Most Shabbat Mornings, (Check Shabbos in Shul for schedule) 9:30-10:15 am
Course Description: This series of classes is devoted to explaining, discussing and practicing Shabbat morning prayers. All classes meet from 9:30-10:15am on Shabbat mornings in the chapel. Classes are open to participants with all levels of experience and knowledge.
Shabbat Afternoons, 1 pm
Course Description: Food for Thought on the weekly Torah portion, featuring Midrash, with a
Cracking the Code: Exploring the World of the Rabbis and the Talmud (Rabbi Aaron)
Fall, SUNDAY MORNINGS 9-10 am and Monday Evenings 7:30-8:30 pm
Course Description: The Talmud comprises over 2700 pages of conversation, law, legend and history. In this course, we will explore the Babylonian Talmud as a literary work, a historical phenomenon and the foundation of rabbinic Judaism. Specifically, we will study Tractate Shabbat in order to explore a few essential questions: 1) What is the Talmud and why is it the foundational text of Jewish learning? 2) Who were the Rabbis and what was their world like? 3) What challenges did they face and what can we learn from them?
Hebrew Reading for Beginners
October-November, Monday Evenings 7-8:30 pm
Course Description: Learn to read Hebrew in six classes! Offered by the National Jewish Outreach Program and taught by Akiva School Hebrew teacher, Morah Natalie Saltzman.
Weekly Torah Portion (Rabbi Saul)
THURSDAYS AT 10 am
Course Description: Weekly class that explores the major themes of the Torah portion.