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Judaism 360

Judaism is more than a religion, more than a people, more than a land – it is all these things and a culture, including art, music, memory, prophecy.  We call our program Judaism 360 because we try to teach something of all these many aspects of our rich tradition.  It begins with learning – about ourselves, our past and our precious heritage.

Please join us throughout the year as we elevate our spirits, enlighten our minds and inspire our souls through Torah, teaching, and community.  Come and learn!

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TORAH


THURSDAY MORNING TORAH

Instructor: Rabbi David Wolpe

Spend an hour every Thursday morning deepening your understanding of Judaism and our sacred text. Learn along with us as we go through the Torah together; no prior knowledge or Hebrew is required. This year’s class will focus on the Song of Songs, Esther, and Jonah.

Thursday mornings, 8:15 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. This class will begin on Thursday, November 5, 2015.

There is no charge for this class.

ALICE & NAHUM LAINER LEARNING & LUNCH WITH RABBI DAVID WOLPE

Talmudic Stories That Every Conservative Jew Should Know

What was it like to sit in the study hall of the Rabbis and discover how they arrived at the decisions of law and ritual practice? Where do our most well known traditions come from? Were there other opinions at the table? Walk into our treasure of tradition with Rabbi Wolpe as he uncovers the roots of our practices and beliefs today.

Tuesdays, 12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.
2015: November 3, December 1
2016: January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, May 3

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

MIDRASH & MERLOT: DRINK WINE. EAT CHOCOLATE. TALK BIBLE.

Instructor: Rabbi Nicole Guzik
Presented by Sinai Temple, Sisterhood and Atid

This class will focus on intimate, in-depth study for each portion in the Book of Genesis, taking a careful look at character analysis and metaphors in the Bible. (Sorry fellas, this class is for women only!)

May 12, 19, 26 and June 2, 9, 2016 at 7:00pm

Sinai Temple, Sisterhood & Atid Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $150 for the series

There is a minimum of 8 pre-registered attendees for this class to begin.

ISRAEL


WHAT AMERICA OWES ZIONISM: LEARNING THROUGH POLITICS, FILM AND JEWISH TEXT

Instructor: Rabbi Erez Sherman

Join Rabbi Erez Sherman and Rick Richman for three engaging and stimulating sessions surrounding Israel. Each session’s conversation will be based on a different medium. We encourage you to attend all three for a well rounded experience.

March 10, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Lecture: “What America Owes Zionism and What Zionism Owes America”

April 12, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Book discussion on “Ally” by Michael Oren.

Note: This is not a discussion with the author and books will not be sold. You may read the book ahead of time or join for the discussion without reading.

May 4, 2016, 7:00 p.m.
Screening of the film “Bethlehem” with discussion,
questions and answers to follow

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25 per session

HOW ISRAEL MATTERS

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club

February 2, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Part 1: “Israel and the American Jew: Reshaping an Identity, Providing Spiritual and Political Support or Uncomfortable Challenge?” with Rabbi David Wolpe

June 7, 2016, 6:30 p.m.
Part 2: “Israel and the Jewish Religion: How has Israel Impacted Judaism as a Religion?” with Rabbi Elazar Muskin (YICC), Rabbi Chaya Baker (Israel), and Rabbi Nicole Guzik.

These Men’s Club Programs include dinner.

Sinai Temple and Men’s Club Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $10 for dinner
(Program itself may be attended at no cost.)

LIFESTYLE


SECRETS TO A SUCCESSFUL RELATIONSHIP AND THE ART OF COMMUNICATION

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club

Communication is an indispensable key to strong relationships, but effective tools often slip our minds when we need them most. Rabbi Mordecai Finley, PhD, will give us much needed, insightful guidance on the do’s and don’ts of building a lasting and rewarding relationship with your spouse or partner.

September 1, 2015 at 6:30pm

This Men’s Club Program includes dinner.

Sinai Temple and Men’s Club Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $10 for dinner (Program itself may be attended at no cost.)

BODY SCULPTING FOR WOMEN WITH MOLLY BASLER

Presented by Sinai Temple Sisterhood

Ms. Basler is a certified personal trainer with over 15 years of experience. This is a complete body conditioning/body sculpting class to help redefine your line and combines a light-weight workout for strength, cardio to burn fat and core exercises to tone your muscles. All levels are welcome.

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:00 to 10:15 a.m. October 8 – December 22, 2015. No class on Nov. 3 and Nov. 26.

Cost: $120 for 10 weeks (20 sessions).

CALLIGRAPHY WITH DEANN SINGH

Presented by Sinai Temple Sisterhood

Ms. Singh is a renowned calligrapher who has been teaching on the Westside for over 30 years. Calligraphy is a wonderful skill for relaxation and brain activity stimulation. It’s a useful craft for addressing envelopes and making cards. This semester will cover Uncial and illuminated manuscript decoration and is open to beginning and intermediate students. Materials may be purchased during first class. Look for list at DeAnnSinghCalligraphy.blogspot.com. Class is limited to 18 students. Registrations accepted on a first come, first served basis.

9 Mondays, 10:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
October 19 – December 14, 2015.

Cost: $150 per person.

MORE ADVENTURES IN WATERCOLOR: LANDSCAPE WITH ANDE CHEN

Presented by Sinai Temple Sisterhood

Explore landscape painting with emphasis on Impressionism. Class is limited to 18 students and is almost at capacity. Wait-list accepted.

8 Tuesdays, 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
October 13 – December 8, 2015. No class Nov. 24.

Cost: $120 + $15 materials fee paid at first class.

To register for these classes, please contact Rosa Berman Ruder at (310) 557-1009 or rbermanr@yahoo.com.

HISTORY & PRAYER


HONESTLY….I SWEAR TO GOD.

Instructor: Rabbi Jason Fruithandler

Who are you praying to? Whose name do you not take in vain? Who created everything? Judaism is a religion focused on practice, because of that there is a lot of room for flexibility when it comes to belief. If you are an atheist, a literalist, or just plain confused about God, come for three sessions in which we try to expand the possibilities of who a Jewish God might be.

October 21 & 28, November 4, 2016 at 7:30 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $75 for the series

There is a minimum of 8 pre-registered attendees for this class to begin.

CANTORS THROUGHOUT THE AGES

Instructor: Cantor Marcus Feldman

Who are the Cantorial forefathers? Cantor Marcus Feldman will take a look at the “Golden Age” of Cantors, who followed them, and how their legacy applies to Judaism today.

January 28, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $25

MEANING & METHOD OF PRAYERS THAT YOU KNOW AND LOVE

Instructor: Cantor Marcus Feldman

What does our history and tradition teach us about prayer? Cantor Marcus Feldman will dive deeper into familiar and beloved prayers to help you find deeper meaning and create a stronger and more meaningful connection. The class will look at the Shabbat liturgy of Kabbalat Shabbat, Shacharit, Torah Service, and the Musaf service.

February 4, 11, 18, 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

Sinai Temple Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $100 for the series

There is a minimum of 10 pre-registered attendees for this class to begin.

100 YEARS OF JEWISH HUMOR WITH JONATHAN DOBRER

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club

Using video and his own brand of humor, Jonathan Dobrer will
entertain and delight us with “100 Years of Jewish Humor.”

March 1, 2016 at 6:30pm

This Men’s Club Program includes dinner.

Sinai Temple and Men’s Club Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $10 for dinner (Program itself may be attended at no cost.)

MODERN MACCABEES: WEN WEIZMANN, JABOTINSKY & BEN-GURION WENT TO NEW YORK IN 1940; WHAT HAPPENED THEN AND WHAT MIGHT HAPPEN AGAIN

Presented by Sinai Temple’s Men’s Club, with Rick Richman

Rick Richman recounts a slice of Jewish history from World War II that has implications for what we are living through today. Join us for a little-known but fascinating story of what happened then, and what might happen again.

November 12, 2015 at 6:30pm

This Men’s Club Program includes dinner.

Sinai Temple and Men’s Club Members: Free of charge
Non-Members: $10 for dinner (Program itself may be attended at no cost.)

MELTON


The Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning

Do you have more questions than answers?

Melton invites you to discover a world-class curriculum created by scholars at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem. Our outstanding faculty helps students gain a profound understanding of what it means to be Jewish, as we explore the texts of our tradition, ancient and contemporary. Our interactive, pluralistic classes are designed for adults at all levels of knowledge and background.

Melton classes offer the “best of the best” in adult learning for the wondering Jew.

There is no homework, no tests, and no prep. You will explore, reflect, question, debate, and (re)discover your Jewish self in a well-rounded and comprehensive course of study in a user-friendly format. You can anticipate spirited dialogue and meaningful study.

Experience Melton. Join the great Jewish conversation!

Wednesdays, September 14, 2016 – May 10, 2017

Visit www.meltonwestvalley.org for more information or to register for classes online. Your questions are welcome! Contact our local Melton Director Pamela Rooks at prooks@stsonline.org to learn more about our stimulating classes for adults.