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Rabbi Jake's Fall Classes

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

Finding Torah in Folk Music - Wednesday January 22, 2020, at 7:30 PM:   Torah permeates our culture. Folk musicians and song-writers looked to our holy texts for inspiration, and in doing so, offered musical Midrash on the Hebrew Bible. From the Binding of Isaac, to the Priestly Blessing, to the Exile in Babylon, so many Torah stories can excerpts can be found in the folk music we know and love. Let’s learn some Torah - in the form of lyrics - and sing these songs together. 

Bima Basics -Saturday, February 8, 2020, at 12:45 PM:  No one is born knowing how to chant the blessing over the Torah when called for an aliya, or how to lift the Torah above one’s head, or when to bow and why. Let’s learn these key choreographic elements of Jewish prayer together, as well as the reason behind them. We’ll include opportunities to try out each element in a non-judgmental and relaxed setting. Beginners are welcome!

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 April 25, 2020, following the Shabbat morning service and Kiddush lunch:  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
classes, please make you contribution before or after Shabbat.

Sat, January 18 2020 21 Tevet 5780