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Scholar in Residence March 23 - 24

March 23rd at 7:30 - 9pm
Using Jewish Culture to Understand Autism and Inclusion

Many traits of autism are interwoven into Jewish culture. We have focused interests, and we talk with our hands. We have structured ritual, and we move when we pray. We use phrases and references to communicate with one another and with God. Join us for a presentation on the autistic aspects of Jewish culture and the implications for greater inclusion. 

During the March 24th 9am teaching slot
From Degradation to Praise: The Haggadah as a source of resistance and resilience 

In the difficult times we live in, Jewish liturgy has a lot to offer that the world needs. Join us for a discussion of disability feminist perspective on the seder as a defense against despair and a way to uphold sacred things in degrading circumstances.  

Rabbi Regan will also be teaching a workshop for our Bet Midrash faculty on Thursday, March 22nd, and will be visiting classes in the Bet Midrash throughout the morning on March 24th for age-appropriate workshops on disability and Judaism.


Rabbi Ruti Regan is a disabled Rabbi serving the Jewish disability organizations Matan and Anachnu. Her research focuses on disability-informed spiritual leadership, feminist liturgy, and including disabled perspectives in Torah study. Rabbi Regan was ordained by the Jewish Theological Seminary in 2017 with an MA in liturgy and ritual arts. Prior to rabbinical school, she studied at the Drisha Institute for Jewish Studies, the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, and Washington University in St Louis.

Adult Bet Midrash

Classes will be offered 9-10am every Shabbat morning throughout the school year.

Please join us every Shabbat morning for our innovative Intergenerational Bet Midrash program, which begins with singing and prayers at 9am and provides parallel learning tracks for adults and children. Stay with us for adult classes until 10am and then join us for Shabbat morning services!


Chanting with Melissa Schaffer - 1st Shabbat of the month

Chant is an ancient practice that connects us to Judaism, God, and Torah in a personal way. Anyone who wishes to can do it: all you need to bring with you is your heart and spirit.

We feel more connected to the pathways of the Torah, to each other, to ourselves.

We await you with open hearts.


Kedushat Levi: Torah Study For The Soul - Torah study with Rabbi Elliott, 2nd shabbat of the month

Kedushat Levi is a classic Hasidic commentary on the weekly Torah portion. It is one of the most popular and beloved Hasidic texts. Written by Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev (1740-1810) who was known as the "defense attorney" for the Jewish people, as he was constantly interceding on their behalf before God. Known for his compassion for every Jew, he was one of the most beloved leaders of Eastern European Jewry.

Join Rabbi Elliott for a contemporary and down-to-earth reading of the Kedushat Levi.

Rotating congregational teachers – 3rd shabbat of the month

The Prophets: Voices from Then and Now - Rabbi Ariann, 4th shabbat of the month

What makes a prophet? Prophets are righteous witnesses to the truths that surround us. Biblical prophets smashed our idols of complacency and built bridges to new possibilities. We will study the various roles and characters of a selection of biblical prophets and bring the conversation forward to today. Who speaks with a prophetic voice in our own time and how do we heed their call?

Tikkun Middot (Registration closed. Please e-mail the office if you are interested in the upcoming sessions.)

This year we are continuing our effort of engaging in various practices to cultivate wholesome qualities of heart and mind. This process is also known as Tikkun Middot.

This program is meant to help us positively develop qualities of the heart and mind. Through it, we will explore practices of mindfulness, study, hevrutah and daily practice with the aim of understanding and strengthening important ethical/soul traits. Bnai Keshet has the honor of being one of a dozen Jewish communities who will be implementing this curriculum sponsored by the Institute for Jewish Spirituality.

Each month we will be inviting you to try out simple exercises to help you grow in that month's middah. The goal of such exercises is to bring unconscious thoughts and feelings into awareness, thus making choice possible. If continued over time such practices can also make desired behaviors more habitual.

Intro to Judaism (Registration closed. Please e-mail the office if you are interested in the upcoming sessions.)

Did you grow up without Jewish practices? Would you like to begin, or continue, building your knowledge about Jewish culture, traditions and rituals? Are you worried about how to lead a Seder? Are you anxious about celebrating Chanukah in an interfaith family? Bnai Keshet is a diverse and inclusive community and this class is intended to help members, regardless of background, feel comfortable participating in Jewish and BK community life. This year, Martin Slon and Talia Schaffer are offering a course called Introduction to Judaism. Topics include Jewish history and identity, Jewish values in daily life, the holidays and rituals among others. Our topics are informed by the group’s level and what participants most want to study, and we explore these issues together in an open-minded, non-judgmental, welcoming environment, keeping in mind that none of us know all the answers and that questioning and exploring is very much the Jewish way.

Women's Rosh Hodesh Group

The Rosh Hodesh group at Bnai Keshet is an open, warm, social and friendly group for all women in the community. The group meets in the evening closest to the new moon to celebrate the coming month, exploring the spirituality of the month by discussing the upcoming holidays and the theme of the month. Together the group chants, sits quietly, sometimes engages in some easy stretching or even dancing and then an exercise centered on the theme of the month, leaving the participants with words, thoughts, and intentions for the month to come.

Please click here to see our calendar for weekly class schedule.

Mon, March 19 2018 3 Nisan 5778