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Adult Bet Midrash

Weekly Adult Classes will be offered 9:00 - 10:00am every Shabbat morning throughout the school year.
Zoom Option for all 9am classes (Password - ADULT)

Chanting with Melissa Schaffer
1st Shabbat of the Month 

When we join together as individuals in community to chant sacred phrases from our Jewish liturgy, we come to support each other in accessing our ancient selves and selves to be, in achieving old and creating new dreams, in examining and helping our sorrows and celebrating our joys. In chanting together we find inspiration and intention for the day, the week, the month and are greatly awakened by the discovery of our own voice and the voices surrounding us.

This might sound challenging's rather simple. You come, you learn a Hebrew or English phrase, you repeat it. The chants become more comfortable as we practice them; they become a form of meditation. We feel more connected to the pathways of the Torah, to each other, to ourselves.

Melissa Schaffer leads Hebrew chant based on Jewish sacred texts for transformative spiritual growth. Melissa has been studying with Rabbi Shefa Gold since 2008 and completed an 18 month chant leadership course in 2010.

Rabbi Elliott
2nd Shabbat of the Month
Spiritual Emancipation: for those "who stand with their backs against the wall"

Rabbi Elliott will be teaching one of the foundational theological texts of the civil rights movement, Jesus and the Disinherited by Howard Thurman. This text is both profoundly practical in its study and exploration of what it means for a people to live under systemic oppression and mystical in its faith. Thurman's framing of Jesus as a Jew living under Roman oppression and occupation and his own experience of life as an African American in the US of the 1940's gives light to what it means for any people to resist while remaining in alignment with their beliefs. This book was a key inspiration for Martin Luther King, Jr. 

In April, we will be reading "Chapter 4: Hate." 

Rabbi Ariann
3rd Shabbat of the Month

Gender, Sexuality, and Reproduction in Jewish Thought
What does it mean to be a man, a woman, or maybe something else in Judaism? What kinds of intimate relationships has Judaism prized, hidden, or tried to forbid? And what does Judaism really say about being "fruitful and multiplying," or sometimes choosing to not multiply quite so much? We'll dip into all of these issues through the lens of biblical, rabbinic, and contemporary Jewish thought and a feminist and egalitarian lens.

Talmud Class (every Shabbat)
Come dip your feet into the Talmud, the 2000-year-old discussion of Jewish Law that is studied daily in Yeshivos around the world.

This year, our group is learning Bava Metzia, the laws of property.

No prior Talmudic experience needed. We can help you jump right into the 2000-year-old conversation.

Class Series
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Intro to Judaism

If you would like to begin, or continue, building your knowledge about Jewish culture, traditions and rituals, join us for a wide-ranging, laid-back course that aims to get you comfortable participating in home and BK ritual events as well as general Jewish knowledge. We will meet every other week for about 90 minutes and will follow the school calendar. The precise time will be based on the consensus of the group, either on Shabbat morning or one mid-week evening. Topics include: Jewish history, synagogue and home rituals, halacha and life cycle and will be informed by the group’s level and what participants most want to study. In previous years we have also built community by practicing some of what we learn together in each others' homes sharing a Shabbat meal, a havdalah and other celebrations together. We will decide by consensus to meet in person on via Zoom or hybrid. Membership is not required. Contact Martin Slon or the BK office if you are interested: 973.746.4889

Cultivating Anti-Racism / Dismantling White Supremacy
Class once a month on Wednesday evenings at 7:30pm
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Teachers: Rabbi Ariann Weitzman, Shana Stein, Barbara Reisman, Noemi Giszpenc, Ellen Kolba and Deb Levy. 

Hillel said: "If I am not for myself, who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? And if not now, when?" This course approaches white supremacy from our perspective as Jews and members of a Jewish community. What is our role and responsibility? How do those of us who are white, or white adjacent, benefit from racist structures? How are we all oppressed by them? We have modified the course in response to feedback from participants and members who are interested in participating. Instead of twice a month, the class will meet once a month for a total of 6 meetings, November- April. This will be a Part One of the course, and there will be a Part Two next year. We will meet in person at BK, rather than over Zoom.     

It is written in Pirkei Avot, "You are not obligated to complete the work but neither are you free to desist from it." 

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Ongoing Learning Opportunities

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.
Contact Mindy Rosenthal for more info.

Lunch and Learn

Will resume in March 2022

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

Thu, June 30 2022 1 Tammuz 5782