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Rabbi Jake's Spring Classes

Rabbi Jake’s Spring Classes

Rabbi Jake Singer-Beilin will be teaching two exciting classes this spring. This is a great opportunity to interact with our new rabbi. These classes are free-standings events.  Come to one or both.

Rethinking the Seder - Wednesday March 25, 2020, at 7:30 PM:  How do you tell your people’s story of transitioning from slavery to freedom, and how do you make that story relevant in your own time? How do you fulfill the mitzva of rejoicing on this holiday when the traditional ways of doing so are no longer available? How do you grab the attention of young ones so that they will ask questions and show an interest in this important ritual? These questions help guide us when we create our Pesach seder, but they were first asked by the rabbis who attempted to create a compelling holiday practice in the Mishna and Talmud - over 1500 years ago! Their struggles and conversation can help us better understand the reasons behind the seder, and can help us renew our own holiday celebrations.

Reading Genesis - Saturday May 23, 2020, following the Shabbat morning service and Kiddush lunch, at 12:45 PM:  Through a Gender-Expansive Lens - According to the Torah, who was the first human and what was that person like? Going beyond the traditional way of reading our creation story, we find that the text itself allows for a more nuanced view of sex, gender, identity and expression. Using rabbinic texts as our guide, we’ll examine ancient Jewish views regarding gender that have their basis in our core texts. It’s not just about male and female, folks!

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 class, please make you contribution before or after Shabbat.

Mon, February 24 2020 29 Shevat 5780