Congregation Or Chadash has an active Adult Education program
throughout the year.
Most classes are held on Sunday mornings or on weekday evenings.
Ed Mogul has graciously offered to host 5 Sunday sessions
in his apartment, 10 am - 1 pm.
(details in your weekly E-Blast)
The text is a new small volume from Jewish Publication Society by Rabbi Barry L. Schwartz, "Judaism's Great Debates." Get the JPS edition (not the student edition from Behrman House).
Led by Larry Edwards
Text: "The Bible Now" by Richard Elliot Friedman and Shawna Dolansky. It covers five topics of contemporary controversy: homosexuality, abortion, women's status, capital punishment, and ecology.
Led by Howie Aronson
NOTE ON TEXTS: Please acquire your own copies; both books appear to be downloadable to Kindle.
Members may take courses free of charge. As always, arrangements can be made for non-members. If you wish to attend please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at 773-271-2148.
Hosted by Larry Edwards and Susan Boone at their home in Hyde Park
2nd Shabbat of the month, 1:00 pm
March 9 - Vayakhel/Pekudei
April 13 - Tazria/Metzora
May 11 - Bemidbar
June 8 - Korach
There is no charge, but please leave a message at
or email email@example.com telling us which classes you plan to attend.
Adult B'Nai Mitzvah Studies
If people are interested, we may organize individual adult bar or bat mitzvah study, or perhaps a small group of several people who are interested in studying together for adult bínai mitzvah study as a group.
Study for an adult bar or bat mitzvah would involve:
6-18 months preparation, depending on previous background.
Depending on previous background, an Intro to Judaism class, or a few books and articles selected in consultation with the Rabbi.
Prepare a minimum of 10 verses to read (chant, if possible) from the Torah
Prepare Torah blessings.
Prepare haftarah blessings and at least part of the haftarah.
Prepare a dívar Torah.
The bar/bat mitzvah could be done either at a first Saturday service or a second Friday service (when we read the Torah).
Invite friends and family to attend, and to make donations to Or Chadash in honor of the occasion.
Sponsor the Oneg for that service, perhaps expanded.
If there is a group of people going through this process at once, we might schedule a series of perhaps three sessions, in which we discuss various issues related to the desire of the people in the group to do this, what it means, how bar mitzvah developed, what seems most important in the service itself, etc.
If you are interested, please contact Rabbi Edwards to discuss this further.
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