Family School at Congregation Har HaShem is an innovative curriculum and joint learning experience led by Rabbi Ruth Gelfarb. Meeting one Saturday afternoon a month and attending the monthly 2nd Shabbat Musical Service and Dinner, families study and experience Judaism together.
During our time together, we will sing, study, hike, paint, cook, enjoy potlucks, make havdallah, and pray together as families. As part of the Saturday gathering, everyone shares the se’udah sh’lishit, the last Shabbat meal in the form of a group potluck dinner and havdalah, a short ritual that concludes Shabbat.
Family School 2016-2017: Etz Chaim Hee (It Is a Tree of Life)
It’s been called a “Tree of Life to Those Who Hold Fast to It”. It’s been called “An Inheritance.” It’s been called a “Gift from the Desert.” It is the Torah!!
This year, as Congregation Har HaShem writes its own Torah, the Har HaShem Family School will explore what the Torah can mean to your family and our community. We will see how it can be a guidebook for our individual and collective behavior, how and why it is our people’s central text, and the ways we can add our voices to the unfolding revelation of Torah.
Through arts and crafts, singing, chanting, dance, services, hiking, and interviewing visitors we will explore the Greatest Book Ever Written.
- Torah can be a guidebook for our individual and collective behavior
- With our own unique voice, each of us can interpret and comment on the Torah.
- Torah can inspire us to do acts of justice
- Throughout time, Torah has been the central text of the Jewish people
- Through Torah, we learn about the creation of the Jewish people.
- In Torah, we learn that God is in partnership with the Jewish people.
Dates for 2016-2017: September 17, October 22, December 11 (*this is a Sunday), January 21, February 25, March 18, April 22, May 20
2nd Shabbat Dinner Dates: October 14, November 11, December 9, January 13, February 10, March 10, April 14, May 12