Four evenings of Why: Lifecycle Events

Thursdays, Sept. 1-22 | 7:30-8:30 p.m.
Four online classes

The classes are for all levels, with no previous experience necessary.  A minimum number of students is required for the class to be held.

Cost: $60

Why is a bris held on the eighth day of a boy’s life? What is a Hebrew birthday? Why do some people wait to cut a child’s hair? Bring whatever questions you have about Jewish lifecycle events for this virtual interactive discussion with Rabbi Michael Beyo. 

Who is the class for? Interfaith couples, people curious about Judaism, anyone who wants to learn more about Jewish lifecycle events! 

 

Join us each week for a morning of learning.

10 a.m. 

Jewish History: The Journey of the Jewish People

rambam-class

11 a.m. 

Maimonides, A Controversial Leader: The Letter on Resurrection and the Making of Jewish Law

Thursdays, Aug. 4-Sept. 22

(No class Aug. 25)

Classes currently in session.  Next session: Oct. 20-Dec. 15

Cost for both classes: $210
Either the 10 a.m. series or 11 a.m. series: $105 each

(Payment plans are available. If you have a financial hardship, please contact the rabbi directly to make arrangements.)

The classes will be held online and are for all levels, with no previous experience necessary.

*There are no refunds for this program. Registration is for the series, not individual classes.

Jewish Life & Learning

Constructive Disagreement

Wednesdays, Nov. 2-30 | 7-8:30 p.m. (No class Nov. 23)
Four online classes

We live in a moment of unprecedented breakdown in civil discourse. However, our Jewish tradition upholds the principle that constructive disagreement for the sake of heaven (Mahloket L’Shem Shamayim) is not only imperative, but is the holy work needed to repair what can feel like irreconcilable differences that permeate within our communities. 

Guided by the belief that Jewish texts and their diverse interpretations can empower us to engage more constructively in disagreements, we are offering a four-week class on Constructive Disagreement. 

Participants will learn the Mahloket Matters curriculum designed by Pardes of North America, which uses Torah texts and concepts from Jonathan Haidt’s “Righteous Mind.” 

By the end of these four classes, you will be better able to:

  • Navigate difficult conversations
  • Be a voice for respectful dialogue during these conversations
  • Understand why these conversations are difficult
  • Have a network of peers with shared training and support
  • Be a better leader within your Jewish community

The online classes will be held 7-8:30 p.m. Thursdays, Nov. 2-30 (No class on Nov. 23 due to Thanksgiving.)

A minimum number of students is required for the class to be held.

Cost: $60

About the instructor

Karolyn Benger is a student at Yeshivah Maharat and a nonprofit consultant specializing in faith based and social justice organizations. Karolyn is a board member of the Arizona Interfaith Movement, serving as the Vice President of Education. She also serves  on the Jewish Advisory Board for the Phoenix Police Department, was a member of the Valley Interfaith Project’s 3rd Monseigneur Ryle Public Policy Faith Leader Institute and a mentor in the Women’s Leadership Institute. She was the Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council in Phoenix and served as the Executive Director of the Jewish Interest Free Loan of Atlanta. She is a graduate of Emory University with a degree in Political Science and a specialization in the Middle East where she studied Arab and Islamist opposition groups in Egypt. Ms. Benger has taught at Emory University, Georgia Tech and Emerson College.