Some of us in Temple Shalom did not have much of a Jewish upbringing and therefore have a very limited knowledge of Jewish practices and beliefs. Others came from fairly observant Jewish homes and may even have attended religious school and had a Bar or Bat Mitzvah, but then drifted away and have forgotten a lot of what they used to know. Some attended religious school and didn’t pay much attention or, since their Jewish education ended at the age of thirteen, were left with a thirteen year old’s concept of Judaism. Others have a fairly good understanding of Judaism, but there are gaps in what they know about Judaism and they would like to learn more.
This year’s Adult Education program will be entitled Judaism in a Nutshell and will be devoted to exploring all aspects of Judaism. The specific topics to be discussed can be found elsewhere in this temple bulletin. Someone without much prior knowledge who attends all of the classes will wind up with a basic understanding of what Judaism is all about. Someone who knows about Judaism but would like to expand his/her knowledge or explore various aspects of Judaism in more detail will be provided with this opportunity. There will be ample time devoted to questions, discussion and the presentation of differing views.
The classes will be held from 7:30 P.M. to 8:30 P.M. on Wednesday evenings beginning on November 2. No advance registration is required and there is no fee. The classes will be held once or twice a month, depending on the level of interest. If more than ten people show up for the first session on November 2, then a second class will be held in November. If fewer than ten show up, then the next class will be held in December. If more than ten show up for the December class, then a second class will be held in December and so on.
If you are serious about obtaining an understanding of Judaism, then you have to try to attend all the classes. You won’t get much out of the program if you just attend one or two classes.
For most Jews outside of the Orthodox community, Judaism is like a buffet restaurant. There are many things it has to offer, but it is difficult to partake of everything it has to offer. This program will expose you to the various dimensions of Judaism. By just investing a couple of hours a month of your time, you can learn what Judaism is all about. Judaism can completely transform your life into a much more meaningful existence. You just have to give it a chance.
Mary and I wish you a happy and healthy 5777. L’shana tova.
Rabbi David Weissman