Posted on November 11, 2012 by rabbiadar
Passover Seder Plate (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This past Wednesday we talked about the Spring Holidays: Purim, Passover, Shavuot. I promised you some resources on them – here they are:
Cleaning for Passover
Seven Ways to be a Great Passover Seder Guest
Making Your First Passover Seder a Success
Why Count the Omer?
What’s on the Seder Plate, and Why?
Passover & Shavuot Book List: PassShavBooks
Next week we’ll look at the “National Cycle” – see you then!
– Rabbi Adar
- The Spring Cycle (exploringjudaism.com)
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Posted on March 20, 2012 by rabbiadar
Tonight we begin a new class at the Osher Marin JCC in San Rafael, CA: Jewish Journeys, Jewish Stories. I’m particularly excited about this class because it is an experiment in teaching Jewish Peoplehood using the Passover Haggadah as a text. My hope is that it will both cover the topics we need to address in an “Intro” class and do it in a way that will enrich our enjoyment and appreciation of the Passover seders we will be attending in a few short weeks.
We’re going to look at some background on the Haggadah the first week, along with an outline of the topics that come under the heading of Jewish Peoplehood. Then, over the following three weeks, we will look at “Jews & Food,” “Jewish Diversity” and “A Chosen People?”
What do Jews worldwide have in common? What do we really have in common with the Jews of the Exodus? How can we talk about “Jews” as a people when Jews are a very diverse group of people? And why, oh why, is food so important in our celebrations, especially Passover?
These questions have very simple answers, and very complex answers. We’ll have a good time unpacking them. I hope you can join us.
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Posted on March 22, 2011 by rabbiadar
Image by TikkunGer via Flickr
Wednesday night, March 23, at 7:30 we will begin the third part of the “Intro” series, “The People Israel.” If you have not taken Parts I or II, no problem! — each part stands on its own, and you can take the series in any order. We’ll look into Jewish food, Jewish diversity, including both the movements (Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, etc.) and secular Judaism, talk about Zionism and about social action and even a little bit about the (evolving) politics of the American Jewish communities. We’ll also devote one class meeting to an orientation to Passover.
This is an “Intro” (beginning) class, so there are no prerequisites. Jews, both “religious” and “secular,” non-Jews, friends of Jews, people who feel or want a connection to the Jewish people, and people who are just curious about Jews are welcome. It is not a conversion class, but some people in the process of conversion take the class. We do not proselytize: your own beliefs, Jewish or not, will be respected.
We meet at Congregation Beth El in Berkeley on Wednesday nights. If you can’t schedule the class now, but want to sit in on one class to check it out, you are welcome to do so. For more information, or to register, check out our registration page on the Lehrhaus Judaica site, and explore this site by clicking on the blue tabs above.
See you Wednesday night!
– Rabbi Adar
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