Talmud Study (in English)—12:00 Tuesdays
For beginners and veterans alike. We will discuss passages that touch on contemporary concerns, and learn more about the Talmud and why it continues to be the central text of our tradition. Bring a brown-bag lunch to these weekly sessions.
March 5, 12, and 19 (off for Pesach on 26th)
Torah Trope: How to Chant Torah—6:35-7:30 pm Wednesdays
In this class, we will learn how to chant Torah according to the traditional musical system. Participants who chose will be encouraged to put this skill into practice, leyning (chanting) from the weekly portion on selected Shabbat morning services. This is recommended for B’nai Mitzvah students. It is also optional and open and highly recommended for CABI adult members who are able to read Hebrew phonetically (see pre-requisite below). I am very eager to build a badly needed communal corps of Torah readers.
Pre-requsite: one MUST be able to decode Hebrew proficiently in order to take this class; if one cannot read the Hebrew smoothly, it is too much to take on learning the musical notation.
March 6, 13, and 20 (off for Pesach on 27th)
Becoming Jewish Lay Leaders—9:00-10:00 Saturday Mornings
This class will train members of the CABI community to serve as lay leaders, helping with services and life cycle events and providing the training they need to take over when Rabbi Dan is away.
We will learn how to officiate at funerals and baby namings, do sick/bikkur holim visits, represent the Jewish community at interfaith and communal events, and lead services.
Ability to de-code Hebrew is very helpful but not required.
March 2 and 16 (off on 9th, 23rd and 30th)
A Taste of Musar: Jewish Wisdom to Help Us Be Better People—March 10, 10:15 am
(meets monthly—but no walk ins—now closed except to those who registered and attended in January)
Mussar is a centuries old Jewish body of teachings, a perspective, and a disciplined practice that provides distinctively Jewish answers to the sorts of questions any thinking person asks about life:
- · Why do I keep making the same mistakes over and over?
- · Why do I cause pain to myself and others?
- · What steps can I take to bring my life closer to my spiritual potential?
- · Are there lessons I can learn from the experiences of previous generations?
Mussar provides guidance in identifying your uniquely personal path of spiritual growth and offers practices to help bring about that growth.
Rabbi Fink will be facilitating this class in partnership with the Mussar Institute (where he has studied to become a facilitator). There will be a $36 fee for the class, which will go to Mussar Institute; scholarships are available to those who need.
This is not a class for passive or theoretical learning; it is a group experience for those who are looking to learn and practice a spiritual discipline that will enrich your lives. Participants will engage in reflection, keep a journal, and study traditional mussar materials, which will come in regular email packets from the Mussar Institute. Each will include:
- · A short reading drawing on the teachings of Mussar Masters such as Rabbi Moshe Chaim Luzzatto, Rabbi Bahya ibn Pakuda, and Rabbi Yisrael Salanter.
- · Mussar practice guided by Alan Morinis or Shirah Bell (usually in audio format).
- · Reflection questions to deepen the learning and provide guidance in applying the concepts to everyday life.