Education Offerings

Taste of Judaism: Are You Curious?
Temple Shalom’s version of the Union for Reform Judaism’s free three-week course

Explorations: An Introduction to Judaism

First Things First: A Sacred Exploration of
the First Letter, First Word and First Sentence of the Torah

How to Read the Bible:
A Mediation between Traditional Assumptions And Modern Scholarship

Traditions:
An Introduction to Talmud, Midrash,
Medieval Biblical Commentary, Codes and Kabbalah

Why Read the Bible?
As it happened: Biblical History;
The Parting of the Ways: Judaism and Christianity
You Were There: The Bible As it Has Been Used I (Introduction to Midrash)
You Were There: The Bible as it Has Been Used II (Medieval Biblical Commentary)
Standing At Sinai: The Torah as a Source of Law and Life
(Why I am A Spiritual Jew).

As the Torah Turns:
A psycho-social introduction to the Torah portion of the week using the insights of Chasidic spirituality

Lunch with the Prophets: The Books of Jeremiah, Isaiah and Ezekiel
(A year-long close-reading of each book)

Reading the Writings: Psalms, Proverbs, Job, Shir HaShirim (Song of Songs),
Ruth, Lamentations and Ecclesiastes (approximately four months each)

Reading the Writings: The Books of Daniel and Esther (forthcoming)

Visions of the End of the World:
The Development of Apocalyptic and Eschatological Thought In Late Prophetic and Early Post-Biblical Writings

Poof!
The Transformative Power of Biblical Interpretation to Shape the Lives of Later Generations:

An exploration of the origin of the Midrashic process from inner-Biblical textually to the use of Scriptural texts by post-Biblical writers.

The Babylonian Talmud: Tractate Sanhedrin

Our Neighbors, Ourselves: A Jewish View on the New Testament

Beyond the Bible:
Ten Important Works of Jewish Literature
Which You Might Not Know That Much About
The Palestinian/Jerusalem Talmud;
Saadia Gaon, The Book of Beliefs and Opinions;
Bachya Ibn Pakuda, Duties of the Heart;
Yehuda HaLevi, Kuzari;
Sefer HaChasidim;
Sefer HaChinuch;
Gersonides, The Wars of the Lord;
Hasdai Crescas: Light of the Lord
Joseph Albo, Ikkarim;
Moshe Chaim Luzatto, The Path of the Just

Visions of the Beyond: Messianism, Mysticism, Tales of the Supernatural, and Life After Death

An Introduction to Jewish Spirituality: The Basis of the Blessings, The Structure of the Service and Finding Your Own Spiritual Voice

Reform Judaism: Platforms and Prayerbooks

Current Issues Forum:
Judaism and Sexuality (abortion, birth control and homosexuality);
Judaism and the World (the real state of antisemitism);
Judaism and Intermarriage; Judaism and the Environment;
Judaism and the Jews (Explorations in Jewish Identity)

Judaism and the East: An introduction to Islam, Hinduism and Buddhism

Israel 101: People and Politics, Land and Culture
History and Historiography: An Introduction to Biblical Israel; Israel and Zionism; Parties and Politics; Unity and Diversity in Israeli Society;
Sights and Sounds: Music, Culture and Food

Engaging Israel: Foundations for a New Relationship using a curriculum prepared by the Shalom Hartman Institute

The Life and Legacy of Rabbi David Hartman (z”l)