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Rabbi Jake's Fall Classes

Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin will be teaching four fascinating classes this fall. This is a great opportunity to
interact with our new rabbi. These classes are free-standings events. Come to one or come to all!


Where is God – Answers from Texts from the Ancient to Modern –on Saturday September 14, 2019, at
12:45 pm, following the Shabbat morning service and Kiddush lunch. You can just attend the class if you
would like. We will look at texts and ideas from throughout Jewish history that attempt to grapple with
the question of where and how we encounter the Divine and holiness.  Answers come from all over -
from the Torah to Rabbinic ideas, to mysticism, poetry, and song lyrics.


Simcha – Joy in the Rabbinic Tradition – on Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7:30 PM. The Torah
commands us to be joyful at certain times, but how can we be commanded to feel joy?  The rabbis
attempted to explain how we can fulfill this mitzva, even if we're not feeling particularly joyous at any
given moment.  Discussions can better help us find joy in our own lives and celebrations.


Jewish Radicals and the Judaism that Guided Them – on Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 7:30 PM.
We will delve into civil rights, feminism, LGBTQ rights, and the anti-Vietnam War movement!  The
counter-culture of the '60s and '70s was filled with Jewish figures, many of whom incorporated Jewish
texts, values, and mindsets into their radical-ness.  We will examine the impacts that these Jews made
and discover the radical nature of our own Jewish traditions.


Sacred Stories from the Past – Famous Rabbinic Stories and their Place in Judaism –on Saturday,
December 14, 2019, at 12:45 pm, following the Shabbat morning service and Kiddush lunch. Again, you
can just attend the class if you would like. We will consider several stories in the Talmud and Midrash
that are essential when attempting to understand how Judaism became what it is today.  These stories
tell the tales of ruptured friendships, argumentative rabbis, and the rejection of Divine intervention in
our lives.  They are funny, challenging, accessible, and open to our own interpretation.


All classes will be held at the Edlavitch DC Jewish Community Center. Classes are always free for
members of Bet Mishpachah. There is a suggested donation of $10 for nonmembers. For the Saturday
classes, please make you contribution before or after Shabbat.

Fri, November 22 2019 24 Cheshvan 5780