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

Intro to R’ Nachman with Rabbi Deborah Silver
4-part series, May 13, 20, 27, June 3, 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.

The December Project with Rabbi Deborah Silver (Virtual)

RSVPSunday, 5/26, 6/2, 6/9, 9am PT, Zoom

In this series of three classes, we will workshop the book, The December Project, based on Sara Davidson’s weekly talks with Rabbi Zalman Schacter-Shalomi as he reached the end of his life. “When you’re in the December of your years and you know you’re coming to the end of your tour of duty, what is the spiritual work of this time, and how do you prepare for the mystery?” As well as exploring how this wisdom applies to our own lives, we will consider the potential it holds for the IKAR community.