Judaism reminds us that learning continues throughout our lifetime. Structured religious school programs that educate through our teenage years are valuable, but thankfully, the opportunities to continue our quest for knowledge do not have to end there. Here at Shir Ami, we are dedicated to the tradition that emphasizes learning at every age. We invite you to learn and grow together, as we strengthen ties to fellow congregants, our community and our synagogue.
SHIR AMI LIFELONG LEARNING OPPORTUNITIES:
These educational programs take many forms. Some include regular "Lunch and Learns," held the third Thursday of every month beginning at 11:30 and feature a variety of discussions on topical news, Jewish values and the like. The unique "Yiddish Culture Club" meets at 10:00am the third Thursday of every month before "Lunch & Learn." OUR COMMITTEE - Shir Ami boasts an active Lifelong Learning Committee, a group of volunteers dedicated to promoting and coordinating all of the learning opportunities that take place throughout the year in our congregation. These educational programs are varied, and can include everything from an auxiliary-sponsored brunch event to mini adult-ed evening courses. - Organize once a month "Lunch & Learn" sessions - Organize the Scholar in Residence Weekend - Fundraise through Keepers of Jewish Excellence - Suggest themes and ideas for classes - Track Registration - Participate, learn and have fun!
If you are interesting in taking part in one of the Lifelong Learning programs or joining our committee to develop learning opportunities, please contact chairperson Ellie Short.
Lifelong Learning 2016-17
Classes will be offered on Thursday evenings from 7:30pm to 9pm and the following Tuesday from 11am - 12:30pm.
This Year’s theme is The Jewish American Experience. The first Jewish community was established in what is now the United States in 1654 when twenty three Dutch Jews, recently expelled from Brazil where they had settled two decades earlier, arrived in New Amsterdam. Now, over 360 years later, over 5 million Jews call America home, often struggling with a balance between the values of our ancient Jewish tradition with those of a modern America. Over the course of this year, we will be looking at the Jewish experience in America from a historical, textual, and cultural perspective with classes taught by our Shir Ami clergy and special guests.
For a complete list of classes, please click here.