EXPLORING JUDAISM with Rabbi Elli – Omer Period II: Yom Ha-Atzma’ut & Lag Ba-Omer

When:
April 22, 2017 @ 2:15 pm – 3:45 pm
2017-04-22T14:15:00+01:00
2017-04-22T15:45:00+01:00

EXPLORING JUDAISM is OPEN TO ALL those who wish to broaden and deepen their Jewish knowledge.
The curriculum draws on Jewish texts (e.g. Torah, TaNaKH, Mishnah, Talmud, Siddur & Machzor) and includes an exploration of the differences between Liberal Judaism and other Jewish denominations. The course includes the festivals and commemorative days as they come up (the date of the eve of each festival is indicated in bold).
All classes will be held on Shabbat from 2.15-3.45pm, after the Access to Hebrew class (1-2pm)
UNIT 1: AUTUMN FESTIVALS
1. 17.09.16 Elul & S’lichot (S’lichot: 24.09)
2. 24.09. Rosh Ha-Shanah (Erev Rosh Hashanah: 02.10)
3. 01.10 Yom Kippur (Erev Yom Kippur: 11.10)
4. 08.10 Sukkot (Erev Sukkot: 16.10)
5. 15.10 Simchat Torah (Erev Simchat Torah: 23.10)

UNIT 2: JEWISH TEACHINGS
6. 22.10 What is Judaism?
7. 29.10 God
8. 05.11 Torah I
9. 12.11 Special topic: Shabbat services and Spiritual engagement
10. 19.11 Torah II
11. 26.11 Israel: People, Covenant & Land
12. 03.12 What is Liberal Judaism?
13. 10.12 Human Rights Shabbat: Humanity, World & Tikkun Olam
14. 17.12 Chanukkah (1st Chanukkah candle: 24.12)
PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 25.12, 31.12, & 07.01.17
UNIT 3: DOING JUDAISM
15. 14.01.17 Tz’dakah & G’milut Chasadim
16. 21.01 Finding your way through the Siddur
17 28.01 Finding your way through the Chumash
18. 04.02 Kippah, Tallit & T’fillin
19. 11.02 Tu Bishvat Seder (Erev Tu Bishvat 10.02)
20. 18.02 M’zuzah, Kashrut & Jewish Particularity

UNIT 4: THE CALENDAR
21. 25.02 The Calendar & the cycle of the months
22. 04.03 Shabbat I: In the Torah & the halakhah (Jewish law)
23. 11.03 Purim Shabbaton (Erev Purim:11.03)
24. 18.03 Shabbat II: Liturgy and rituals
25. 25.03 Shabbat III: Towards a Liberal Jewish approach to ‘keeping Shabbat’
26. 01.04 Pesach I: The Haggadah & the Seder (Erev Pesach Seder: 10.04)
27. 08.04 Pesach II: Pesach in the Torah
28. 15.04 Omer Period I & Yom Ha-Sho’ah (Erev Yom Ha-Sho’ah: 23.04)
29. 22.04 Omer Period II: Yom Ha-Atzma’ut* & Lag Ba-Omer** & (Erev*: 01.05; Erev**: 13.05)
PLEASE NOTE: NO CLASSES on 29.04 & 06.05
UNIT 5: FROM LIFE TO DEATH
30. 13.05 Birth
31. 20.05 Bar/Bat Mitzvah & Kabbalat Torah
32. 27.05 Shavuot (Erev Shavuot: 30.05)
33. 03.06 Kiddushin: Marriage
34. 10.06 Divorce
35. 17.06 Death & Mourning
36. 24.06 Choosing Judaism & Mixed Faith Partnerships and Families

UNIT 6: JEWISH HISTORY & GEOGRAPHY
37. 01.07 Jewish History & Geography I
38. 08.07 Jewish History & Geography II
39. 15.07 Tishah B’Av & Jewish Memory END OF YEAR (Erev Tishah B’Av: 31.07)