Lifelong Learning at Temple Israel of Greater Miami

Jewish study is a lifelong process–the more you know, the more you realize you have yet to learn. Explore Jewish history, thought and ethics, and you’re bound to be intrigued by concepts and insights that lead you farther down the path to discovery. Along the way, gain a deeper understanding of your personal spiritual connection, as well as an appreciation for Judaism’s wisdom about the human condition. Temple Israel offers a variety of entry points along the path of lifelong Jewish learning, including the following.

Zohar

  • Tuesdays 7:00-8:30 p.m.
  • September: 12, 19, 26
  • October: 3, 17, 24, 31
Aside from the Torah, Zohar is the most studied and revered book of Jewish wisdom. Its rabbis share with readers a sophisticated approach to spirituality that brings the miraculous and the rational into a holistic balance. To study Zohar is to be transformed by it. In this weekly class, we explore the non-physical worlds of human experience, the ethical forces which emerge from them, and the actions through which these forces become manifest. This step-by-step process of discovering and actualizing the spiritual principles which govern the universe can enable us to make our world a better place. The imagery in Zohar is colorful and vivid yet precise, resembling a fascinating blend of poetry and mathematics. Beginners as well as advanced students appreciate its many layers of meaning and their practical implications. Each week, we examine the insights derived from Zohar’s commentary on the weekly Torah reading, opening our minds to new ways of thinking and living. Like recharging a mobile device, a regular connection to this portal of wisdom leaves participants refreshed and energized for the remainder of the week.   Facilitators: Atle Vere and Ruth Marks

Lunch ‘N Learn

  • Wednesdays 12:00-1:30 p.m.
  • October 4 through December 20
Our topic for the semester is “The History and Principles of Reform Judaism.” Many people mistakenly say they are “reformed Jews” or “very reformed,” implying that Reform Judaism is just a watered-down version of Orthodox Judaism; a sort of “Judaism Lite.” While that may be true from a limited and short-sighted perspective, Reform Judaism was founded on a set of ideals and principles that are closer in spirit, than in form, to the ever-evolving faith and values of our ancestors. And contrary to popular belief, the Reform movement came first as an organized denomination, to be followed later by the Conservative and Orthodox movements. The history, values and the incredible vitality of the Reform movement will make you proud. Come learn more about our tradition, our congregation, and our future. Facilitator: Rabbi Tom

Beginning Hebrew

  • Thursdays 1:00 p.m.
  • Dates: To be announced
Do you know the difference between an alef and bet? Is your Hebrew a little rusty? Do you want to be able to read Hebrew and learn as your child is learning? Well, this class is for you! We will go over every letter and vowel, learn the correct pronunciations, and will learn vocabulary words as we go along. Held in the Library Lounge. Facilitator: Karen Susman RSVP for seating.

Intermediate Hebrew

  • Wednesdays 7:00 p.m.
  • Dates: To be announced
Now that you know your alef from your bet, what’s next? Come to this class and find out! We will be putting into use what you learned in the Beginning Hebrew Class by starting to read and chant our Shabbat Prayers and learn easy conversational Hebrew words. We meet in the Religious School Office. Facilitator: Marc Lamb RSVP for seating.

Study Around Joseph’s Table

  • Saturdays
  • 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Join TI members and friends on Shabbat morning for a soulful and thought-provoking discussion Around Joseph’s Table. Using the weekly Torah portion as an entry point into the wellspring of Jewish wisdom, the discussion revolves around texts and teachings from our tradition’s spiritual masters, including contemporary insights from our life experiences. Our friend and mentor Joseph Grosbard is no longer with us, but his presence remains around the table.