From Inside Out: An Analysis of Jewish America
Tuesdays, February 11, 18, 25, 2020, 12-1:30pm*
The New American Jew: An Assessment of the State of the Jewish Community
Why Here, Why Now: Anti-Semitism in America and What It Means for Jews and our Nation
American Jews and the Trump Presidency: What to Expect in 2020
A specialist on political issues and American Jewish affairs, Dr. Windmueller holds a doctorate in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania. He’s appeared on nationally syndicated media, offering commentaries on Jewish public affairs matters. Dr. Windmueller is a consultant and program resource specialist to a wide array of institutions including the American Jewish Committee, the Anti-Defamation League, the Jewish Council for Public Affairs, and the Jewish Federations of North America.
From June of 2006 until June of 2010, Dr. Steven Windmueller served as the Dean of the Los Angeles Campus of the Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion. He has written 2 books, The Quest for Power: A Study in Jewish Political Behavior and, In this Time and Place: American Jewry 3.0
Both texts are available through Amazon and on Kindle.
Lunch provided. Rsvp required.*
Billy Ray Valentine & Job
Tuesdays, March 17, 24, 31, 2020, 7pm*
Remember the movie, "Trading Places?" Who doesn't? it's a classic. Well, it's not too much different than the story of Job.
Do bad things happen to us for a reason? Is human misfortune simply the result of random chance? Or, is there something larger at work? Is human suffering simply part of God's plan for humanity? And if so, what does that say about God?
Join Rabbi Aaronson for an exploration of these issues through the book of Job, with a bit of Billy Ray Valentine and Louis Winthorpe, III thrown in. Lookin' good, Billy Ray! Feelin' good, Louis!
Love & Marriage, Men & Women: Jewish Insights, Part II
Tuesdays, March 17, 24, & 31, 2020, 7pm*
Like Part I? Come & Learn Part II. Didn’t attend Part I?
Doesn’t matter—come & learn anyway.
What’s this Chanukah Holiday Anyway?
Mondays, December 2, 9, & 16, 2019, 7pm*
Explore the myth and the reality of the Chanukah miracle, and discover how a minor holiday became a staple of the American Jewish experience.
Learn about Jewish Music
Wednesdays, December 18, 2019, January 15, & February 19, 2020, 7pm*
Session I: What is Jewish Music?
Session II: Western Art Music as Synagogue Music
Session III: Yiddish and the American Jewish Synagogue Experience
Death & Dying
Mondays, February 3 & 10, 2020, 12–1pm*
Judaism offers us meaningful rituals and comforting milestones to help us navigate the currents of mourning and bereavement. In addition, Judaism offers us guidance as we confront difficult end-of-life decisions. Come and learn about bereavement, mourning, and the end of life from a Jewish perspective. You are welcome to bring your lunch.
Rosh Chodesh, the celebration of the New Moon and new month, has been claimed as a women’s holiday according to Jewish tradition. Join together with the warm and insightful women of our community.
Girls Night Out!
Experience your Jewish heritage through culinary & spiritual exploration of the places from which we came.
We will “visit” the cultures of Italy, Persia, & Spain.
Tuesdays, February 11, March 24, May 26, 2020, 6:45pm
Locations & costs available upon rsvp*
Girls Day In!
Come for a morning of spiritual searching & growth. We will renew ourselves through meditation,
yoga, study, ritual, dialogue, & of course a bit of Torah.
Fridays, October 4, (9-10:30am), December 6, 2019, February 28, April 24, 2020, 10:30am
Sunday, December 8, 2019, 10:30am -12pm*
Jewish mindfulness and contemplative practices are powerful tools for experiencing a deeper and more meaningful connection to daily life and to Judaism. For two decades, The Institute for Jewish Spirituality (IJS) has taught Jewish spiritual practices - including mindfulness meditation, text study, prayer, and singing - that engage the head, heart, body, and soul. Adults are invited for 90 minutes of revitalizing practice to prepare for the festival of Hanukkah and celebrate IJS’s 20th anniversary. Using online video technology, we will join together with participants across the country (& around the world!).
Rabbi Cantor Wissot and Cantor Yonah Kliger, both graduates of the IJS program, look forward to seeing you there.
Thursdays, beginning October 2019
Melton fosters and enriches Jewish cultural literacy through a core curriculum which explores not only the “how to” but the “why” of Jewish thought, ethics, and history.
Year 1 CORE Class - Purposes of Jewish Living and Rhythms of Jewish Living
Graduate Class – For those who have completed the two-year Core Curriculum
Visit HERE to register and for more information
No sign ups needed.
First Wednesday of the month, 6pm
For reading selections visit our website.*
November 4, 2019, January 28, & April 21, 2020, 7pm
You won’t want to miss this year’s speakers.*