Education Opportunities at Or Chadash

Congregation Or Chadash has an active Adult Education program throughout the year.
Most classes are held on Sunday mornings or on weekday evenings.

Summer, 2014

All classes will be held at Or Chadash.

Psalms, the Ancient Prayers of Israel
Tuesday, 7:00 - 8:30   July 8, 15, 22 and 29


Thanksgiving, lamentations, wisdom, comfort, inspiration - it's all in the Psalms.


This class will meet for four sessions in July. All are welcome to attend. Class is open to Or Chadash members and friends.

  • July   8 - Psalms 1, 2 and 3

  • July 15 - Psalms about justice - 8, 82, 94

  • July 22 - Psalm 23

  • July 29 - to be determined

Participants in the class are encouraged to bring a Bible or a copy of the Book of Psalms (in English) to class.

Led by Howie Aronson, assisted by Ed Mogul.

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 third 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 Enger to discuss this further. 

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