Lifelong Learning

The Lifelong Learning Committee has put together a relevant series of enjoyable and enriching programs. More details and dates to follow, so please look at the hall computer monitors at KI, check The Link, weekly E-Link and KI Facebook page. BRING A FRIEND!

Our mission is to: build community and understanding within the full spectrum of our congregational community through learning together.

Lunch n learn: Prayer book and history of Jewish prayer. Wed’s 12:30-2pm 9/7/16. Using our Shabbat prayer book, Siddur Sim Shalom, we will examine the history of Jewish prayer and the prayer book and look at the texts of the prayers in detail. No knowledge of Hebrew is required.

Thursday night lectures with Rabbi Troster begins 9/15/16 at 7PM.

First class: (September 15, 22, 29; October 6, 20, 27) How the Bible Became the Bible. This class will dig into the history of the development of the Hebrew Bible, and how it became sacred to the Jewish people. No knowledge of the Bible or Hebrew necessary.

Second class (November 3, 10, December 1, 8, 15, 22) The Dead Sea Scrolls and the Community that wrote them; Since their discovery in 1946, the Dead Sea scrolls (and other material found in the Judean desert up until 1956) have revolutionized our understanding of Second Temple Judaism, early Christianity and the rise of Rabbinic Judaism. This class will look at the history of the scrolls, the community that wrote and preserved them and their meaning. All texts will be in translation.

Third Class: (January 5, 12, 19, 26; February 2, 9) Saving the Tree of Life: Jewish Environmental Spirituality and Practice. This class will examine the Jewish response to the environmental crisis. It will track the history of the Jewish environmental movement, Jewish environmental spiritual values and ethical actions. All texts in translation.

Fourth Class: (February 16, 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23) What is a Jewish community today? This class will look at the rise of modern Jewish denominationalism from the 19th to the 20th century, what the different denominations believe (Reform, Modern Orthodox, Conservative and Reconstructionist), the new conditions of trans-denominationalism that have developed in the last 25 years.

Fifth Class: (March 30; April 6, 13, 20, 27; May 4) Demons, Dybbuks and Golems: The History and Practice of Jewish Magic and Folklore This lecture series will follow the history and theology of Jewish magic and folklore. Jewish magical practices have had a long and colorful existence in Judaism.

Sixth Class: (May 11, 18, 25; June 8, 15, 22) The Story of David. King David was one of the most remarkable figures in Jewish history whose story in the Bible reads like a novel. This class will read together the account of his life in the books of Samuel within the context of the time in which he lived. All texts in translation.

Friday night lectures during services: 10/21, 11/18 & 12/16/2016. 2017 dates are 1/20, 2/17, 3/17 & 5/19/2017. Topics to be announced.

Hebrew for adults: Scott Kawalek will teach this 6 week Aleph Bet program to aid in following the prayer book. Everyone is invited, whether you have no Hebrew knowledge or it has been many years since you took Hebrew and wish to re-learn. Weds from Oct 26 – Dec 7, 2016 at 4:30-5.30 pm. Cost is $50 please email to sign up

Nosh n Twist‐ Dan Winicur Shabbat mornings 11/19/2016, 1/7 & 3/18/2017

Global Day of Jewish Learning: Under the Same Sky: “The Earth is Full of Your Creations” November 20,2016. Learning about our world and nature. Program will be led by Rabbi Troster. $10 donation for nosh 10AM

A Trip to the National Jewish Museum in Philadelphia. A visit with guided tour together with Chester County Hebrew High School on 12/18/16.

Movie Night: “In our own hands” The story of the only all-Jewish fighting force in World War II, the Jewish Brigade. Saturday night after Havdalah on 12/24/16.

Evolution weekend. What Does Judaism say about evolution? 2/11/17

Genealogy classes will be taught by Stew Feinberg‐ Sunday 3/19, 3/26 & 4/9/2017 10-11:30 am. Donation of $10 to cover nosh.

A Trip the U.S. Holocaust Museum in Washington, DC with guided tour on 4/30/17

Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah class: How to read Torah and learn about the major parts of the Saturday morning service. Dates TBD.

Please contact Barbra Chisena at for more information or the Kesher Israel office at to sign up for any of the above events.