2023-2024/5784 Adult Learning

Welcome to IKAR’s Adult Learning Line-up for 5784. We’ve got something for everyone. Let’s learn, grow, and connect together.

Weekly Learning Opportunities

Ask for Wonder: Exploring the Thought of Abraham Joshua Heschel with Rabbi Morris Panitz
Tuesdays, 12pm PT, Starting November 7th, Virtual, RSVP
Heschel’s writing is filled with the kind of poetic brilliance that makes him highly quotable. But, beyond the short quotes is a nuanced and daring vision of spirituality, activism, and our place in this world that deserves our greater attention. Come spend an hour each week diving into selected writings from Abraham Joshua Heschel, guided by R’ Morris Panitz. And, since it’s on Tuesdays, you could say this is Tuesdays with (rabbi) Morrie.

Parsha Study with the Parsha Nut, Rabbi David Kasher 
Thursdays, 12pm PT, Virtual, RSVP 
Rabbi Kasher delves into the weekly Torah portion using his very favorite genre of Jewish literature: Torah commentary. Come get to know Rashi, Ibn Ezra, and other legendary commentators in the grand tradition known as parshanut (which is also the name of his book). In conjunction with his class, sign-up for Rabbi Kasher’s literary journey through the weekly Torah portion, uncovering the deeper layers of meaning embedded in the artistry of the text. This class is presented in partnership with The Hadar Institute.

Monthly Learning Opportunities

TRIBE (20’s-30’s) School with Rabbi Hannah Jensen
2nd Tuesday of every month, 7pm, In-Person, 
Once a month, TRIBE is creating our own Beit Midrash (house of study) for us to engage with Jewish text to find how we can live more fulfilling, meaningful lives as we navigate our 20s and 30s! Each session will take us on a journey of text exploration and introspective work. Part of the session will be studying in hevruta, or with a study partner, and part of the session will be taught by R’ Hannah Jensen. No previous text study required! Join us for dinner, study, and lively discussion.

Adult Learning House Parties with the clergy
Wednesdays, 7pm In-Person, 4pm PT Virtual, 
The journey of the Jewish calendar invites us into different themes, emotions, and memories, asking us to reflect on who we are and where we’re going. What is each holiday calling us to do? How do they fit together as a whole? Each month, we’ll explore these questions in each other’s homes. We’ll be gathering in-person (online for our “afarers”) with a clergy member and getting to know each other a little better while digging into what makes Jewish time a sacred journey.

Conversion Cohorts with Rabbi Hannah Jensen
Sunday, 12/10, 4pm, In-Person, Additional dates TBD
This bi-monthly gathering is a chance for recent converts, new Jews, and people early in the process of exploring Judaism to come together. The goals are to get to know each other, share what people are thinking about or struggling with or excited about in their current Jewish journeys, and prepare for and debrief holidays and lifecycle events. All questions and reflections welcome! Open to anyone who has converted in the last 3 years or is beginning the process now. For more information, contact [email protected].

Limited Series

Talking About Dying, facilitated by Rabbi Deborah Silver5-part series, October 31, November 7, 14, 21, 28, 7:30pm, In-Person, RSVPYour feedback shows that the High Holy Days sermons, What Matters Most and In Search of You from R’Brous and R’Panitz resonated deeply, and prompted us to create a dedicated space to talk about death and dying. Whether you choose to attend one or all five of the sessions, expect a warm welcome, straightforward discussion, and the opportunity to listen and connect more deeply with each other about this subject that many people avoid discussing until we have to.

Trope Class with Hazan Hillel Tigay
4-part series, November 27, December 4, 11, 18, 8pm PT, Virtual, RSVP
Would you like to learn to chant Torah alongside our clergy on Shabbat? Or maybe you’re just interested in learning what all those squiggles under and around the Hebrew letters mean? For those of you interested in deepening your understanding of Torah trope and the mysteries of Hazan Hillel Tigay we invite you to join us for a month of trope study.

Queer Torah with Rabbi Hannah Jensen
4-part series, January 4, 11, 18, 25, 7:30pm, In-Person, RSVP

For thousands of years our ancient texts have been weaponized against queer people and queer people have felt alienated and rejected from our Jewish communities. But – there is more to the story. In this 4-part series we will explore the texts of our tradition that actually seem to reflect queer experiences and read other Jewish texts through a queer lens. How much more connected can we feel to our tradition when it is more expansive?

Conscious Aging Book Club with Rabbi Deborah Silver
6-part series, January 14, 21, 28, February 4, 11, 18, 10:30am PT, Virtual, RSVP
Rabbi Zalman Schachter-Shalomi writes that there is an unmapped country called “old age.” What will it be like for us? Do we dread the journey there? Or can we approach it with curiosity, knowing that it offers growth and transformation?Guided by R’ Deborah Silver, we will read From Age-ing to Sage-ing, Rabbi Schachter-Shalomi’s powerful vision of eldering. As well as considering how his wisdom about aging applies to our own lives, we will explore what potential it holds for the IKAR community as a whole.

The Amen Effect with Rabbi Sharon Brous
4-part series, February 6, 13, 27, March 5, 12pm PT, Virtual, RSVP

In a time of loneliness and isolation, social rupture and alienation, what will it take to mend our broken hearts and rebuild our society? Join Rabbi Brous in a series of text studies that explore the Jewish sources that form the core ideas behind her new book, The Amen Effect (available for pre-order now!).

Death, Dying, and Mourning with Rabbi Morris Panitz
3-part series, March 4, 11, 18, 7pm, In-Person, 
People often say that Judaism is at its best in times of loss and mourning.  Join us for a 3-part learning series exploring the rituals, wisdom, and spirituality of our approach to death and dying.  Part text-based learning, part dialogue about our own hopes, fears, and experiences of loss, this space is meant for anyone interested in thinking intentionally about the sacred, final chapter of life and how we hold those in mourning.

Building a Jewish Home with Rabbi Ronit Tsadok
3-part series, April 2, 9, 16, 5:30pm, In-Person, RSVP

Join other parents and R’ Ronit Tsadok to explore how we take our deepest values and create a Jewish home. This learning will take place at Shalhevet during Limudim and is open to parents and caregivers of children of all ages.

Intro to R’ Nachman with Rabbi Deborah Silver
5-part series, May 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 7pm PT, Virtual, RSVP

Rabbi Nachman of Bratzlav (1772-1810) was one of Hasidism’s greatest spiritual seekers. In this short course we will explore a single soul-related theme every week. We will discover Rabbi Nachman’s teachings, integrate them with our own experience, and hope to emerge with deeper wisdom, greater insight – and a new practice or two to enrich our own lives.