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Center for Jewish Life and Learning Fall Course Sign Up

Temple Kol Emeth is excited to launch the Center for Jewish Life and Learning at TKE! Through the Center, we will offer an array of different learning opportunities for adults (regardless of background or prior Jewish knowledge). The first two courses, led by Rabbi Sernovitz with resources from the Hadar Institute kick off on Sunday, September 11.

Intro to the Jewish Bookshelf*
Sundays, 9:00-10:00 a.m. for 7 weeks (Sept. 11, Sept. 18, Oct. 9, Oct. 16, Oct. 23, Nov. 6, Nov. 13)

The Jewish people have long been called the People of the Book, a fitting name given our deep love for the Jewish textual tradition. For hundreds of years, we've pored over the same sacred texts in an attempt to unlock their wisdom, understand their relevance, and take part in a dialogue and debate that spans generations. Yet, it can be difficult to enter into this conversation without having a good sense of what these foundational books are, how they work, and how to best bring them into our own libraries and lives. In this course, we'll take a close look at the essential core texts that make up the Jewish Bookshelf beginning with the Torah. In the course of our study, we will learn not only what these texts are and how they work but we'll use them as an entryway into conversations about creation in the Torah, self-defense in rabbinic texts, and revelation through the eyes of modern thinkers.

The Balancing Act: Being a Jewish Parent
Sundays, 10:15-11:15 a.m. for 3 weeks (Sept. 11 and 18 and Oct. 9)

Parenting young children, while often a blessing, can sometimes be an isolating experience. Now and then, we all need to talk to another grown-up. This course was created to offer parents a way to meet and connect through exploring what it means to be a Jewish parent. This 3-session course uses text-study as a mode to explore the multiple demands and values that are constantly tugging at Jewish parents. What from your own parent(s) are you trying to pass on to your kids? When should you prioritize yourself over your kids? What does it meant to raise a child as Jewish?

While you are not required to attend all the sessions of the course(s) you choose, the more you attend, the more you will get out of this learning experience.

Regarding a virtual option for The Jewish Bookshelf: The nature of this course is not lecture-style, but partner (chevruta) study with guidance and commentary from Rabbi Sernovitz. He will be framing and providing background for the texts you will use during partner study, but will not be able to answer questions from people on Zoom. If we have commitment from at least two people that they will be online for the first two sessions, we will try this course in a hybrid format and see how it goes. Online participants would be each other’s study partners. If you are interested in the course if it has a hybrid component, please indicate in the final question on the form. We will not be offering The Balancing Act as a hybrid course.

Note: On Sunday, September 11, TKE's Men's Club and Women of Reform Judaism will be sponsoring a free brunch during "The Balancing Act" beginning at 10:15. Learners from Intro to the Jewish Bookshelf are welcome to grab a bagel as well.

If you have any questions about these series, please reach out to Cindy Livingston ( 

Please complete this form separately for each learner who is registering so that we can send and materials and/or links directly to all participants.

Sun, September 25 2022 29 Elul 5782