Scholar in Residence Program
Sunday, February 23.
10 am- 12 pm, 1 pm- 3 pm
Potluck lunch: 12 pm- 1 pm
Midrash: Unlocking the Treasure-house of Jewish Theology, Anthropology, Ethics and Rebellion
Speaker: Rabbi Rachel S. Mikva, Ph.D.
Rachel S. Mikva currently serves as the Schaalman Chair in Jewish Studies and Director of the Center for Jewish, Christian and Islamic Studies at Chicago Theological Seminary (CTS). Although Dr. Mikva’s areas of deepest expertise are midrash and the history of scriptural interpretation, she teaches a range of Jewish and comparative studies, with a special interest in the intersections of scripture, culture and ethics.
She is the author of Broken Tablets: Restoring the Ten Commandments and Ourselves (Jewish Lights, 2000) and Midrash vaYosha: A Medieval Midrash on the Song at the Sea (Mohr Siebeck, 2012), as well as a variety of articles and academic papers on Jewish exegesis and interreligious engagement. Her current writing project is entitled Dangerous Religious Ideas: A History of Scriptural Exegesis and its Impact in Judaism, Christianity and Islam.
L'Dor V'Dor Cookbook
The Adult Education Committee will be compiling a cookbook with recipes from our mothers and grandmothers. For the politically correct, fathers and grandfathers may also be included.
Further information available soon!
Entering Pardes: Torah Study and Contemporary Resources
Rabbi Gerson's Adult Education Class Sunday, October 14 10:30 am Topic Entering Pardes: Torah Study and Contemporary Resources. In this five session course for "newbies" as well as servious students of Torah, Rabbi Gerson will review key portions of Torah and in that context introduce some of the traditional resources recently made available in translation.
Torah Study at Oak Park Temple
Torah Study –Group 1 studies continuously, about a chapter per week of Torah (lay-led) - Sun 9:30 am (OPT)
Torah Study –Group 2 studies weekly portion and other themes (lay-led) - Sundays 9:30 am (OPT)
Torah Study –Group 3 studies continuously through Torah (lay-led) - Sundays 9:30 am (OPT)
Rabbi Weiss Torah Study, Shabbat mornings at 8:30.
Chant Torah: The Adult Ed committee is contacting past B'nai Mitzvah to see if they would like to read their Torah portion again in years when there is no Bar/Bat Mitzvah scheduled. We expect to contact about a dozen teens this year, and of course we'd love to invite a few adults to read as well. If you have any interest in reading Torah for a Shabbat service, contact the office or Eddie Pont.
"Explorations in Hebrew" class will resume on November 11. Students can enter the class at any time; the only prerequisite is a basic knowledge of the Aleph-Bet and pronunciation. It is intended for all skill levels. Pre-registration is requested, and students should bring a Hebrew-English Bible to class (preferably the JPS Tanakh). If you need help in obtaining a book, please contact the office.
Adult Hebrew Marathon will take place on November 3 and 4. This is for beginners--those who have never studied Hebrew or who wish a quick review. In this one weekend, students will learn the entire Hebrew alphabet, pronunciation, and some vocabulary. All materials will be provided, plus a meal and snacks both days and certificates at the end of the marathon.
Pre-registration is required before October 25. The marathon will be co-taught by Susan Weiss and Cathryn Weiss, with helpers available as well.
Mel's Movie Matinee
Movies are free and refreshments will be served. These are movies with Jewish subject matter, but are not in general release. Please see the Calendar for movie dates.