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.
An Introduction to MussarDates: Wednesday July 5 and 12; Tuesday July 18; Wednesday August 2, 9, 16 and 23
Teacher: Rabbi Eric Goldberg
Overview: Please join us this summer as we discover more about the Mussar Movement and, ultimately, ourselves. What is Mussar? Meaning 'instruction' in Hebrew, Mussar was founded in Lithuania in the 19th century by Rabbi Israel Salanter. Mussar seeks to inspire Jews to greater inwardness, religious piety, and ethical conduct. Steeped in Jewish tradition and text going as far back as the Talmud, Mussar focuses on many attributes and characteristics, including savlanut (patience), gevurah (courage) and s'lichah (forgiveness), teaching that it is not simply enough to study these characteristics. Rather, one must 'live' these characteristics through thought/reflection, action and speech in order for these characteristics to truly root themselves in one's heart and mind.
Please join us for any or all of our thought-provoking sessions this summer. Family members of all ages are welcome and all texts we study will be translated into English.
If you have any questions and/or to let us know you will be attending, please contact Rabbi Goldberg at firstname.lastname@example.org and/or 215-968-3254/856-359-5758.