Lifelong Learning

Wisdom is a lifelong pursuit. We learn through serious engagement in sacred texts and finding wisdom in all opportunities that life presents. Whether age one or one hundred, lifelong learning is at the core of Temple Ohabei Shalom.

For educational offerings throughout the year, please see our full calendar of events. 

Current Offerings

Torah for the Heart and Mind with Rabbi Berkman

Thursdays from 9:00-9:45am

A weekly exploration of the Torah portion through the perspective of spirituality, poetry, and mindfulness. We will explore a poetic interpretation of the text, experience a guided meditation connected to the themes of the Torah portion, and have the chance to discuss the ways themes we discover, resonate with our hearts and mind. Bring a cup of tea or coffee and start your day with this brief but meaningful time connecting with community and tradition.

Past Offerings

Israel 101 B

Mondays 1/22, 1/29, 2/5, 2/12 from 7:30-9:00pm 

Course Overview

After October 7th and the ensuing Israel-Hamas war, it is more important than ever to understand Israel’s history. Led by Dr. Jonathan Golden and Rabbi Jethro Berkman on Zoom, the primary objective of Israel 101b is to connect participants to foundational knowledge about Israel and show how these facts affect key stances. Originally developed as part of the My Israel program for Gann students, and later adapted for adult learning in conjunction with CJP’s Community Israel Dialogue initiative, Israel 101b is a lively interactive class based on recitation of source material, dual-instructor explanation, and probing group discussions. Each session also includes exploring seminal arguments between figures of historical importance, and between supporters of conflicting viewpoints for the future of Israel, and its people and neighbors.

Participants in Israel 101b should expect to emerge with not only increased knowledge and perspective, but also with a strengthened personal connection to Israel as it relates to their Jewish identity.