5784/2024 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

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.

Limited Series

Conscious Aging Book Club with Rabbi Deborah Silver
February 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.

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.