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Adult Ed: Jewish Views on the Afterlife

08/02/2020 10:54:57 AM

Aug2

Join us via Zoom as we delve into some Jewish views on the afterlife!

Classes will run the first three Sundays in August, taught by guest lecturer Professor John Rybicki!

Email Rabbi@nershalomva.org if you need the zoom link.

August Book Club

07/29/2020 12:12:13 PM

Jul29

The Ner Shalom Book Club will be meeting via Zoom at 10:30 am on August 26th to discuss The Third Daughter by Talia Carner.

From Goodreads about the book:

The turn of the 20th century finds fourteen-year-old Batya in the Russian countryside, fleeing with her family endless pogroms. Desperate, her father leaps at the opportunity to marry Batya to a worldly, wealthy stranger who can guarantee his daughter an easy...Read more...

Adult Ed: Final Session on Reform Jewish Values!

07/19/2020 02:19:44 PM

Jul19

For the last several weeks, we have been studying Reform Jewish values, through the responsa, formal statements, and platforms of the Central Conference of American Rabbis, and through the book, A Life of Meaning: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path. This Sunday (7/26) will be our final session on this topic. If you have been reading the book along with us, the following essays are recommended as starting points for our discussion on...Read more...

Adult Ed: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path

07/15/2020 10:40:47 AM

Jul15

For our "community" section of A Life of Meaning, I recommend reading the following essays: Tradition! Transition! by Rabbi Lisa Edwards Millennials: Building the Future of Reform Judaism by Evan Traylor Sacred Aging by Rabbi Richard F. Address, DMin As always, if you can read the whole section, or want to go back and read essays you missed in previous sections, please do! We can at least still all start with these three common ground...Read more...

Adult Ed: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path

07/08/2020 06:29:00 PM

Jul8

This week's topic is "Living the Texts". You do not have to have done the reading to join us, but if you do have the book A Life Of Meaning, we are strongly encouraging reading the following essays:

Our Tree of Life by Rabbi Amy Scheinerman Why Reform Jews Should Study Talmud by Rabbi Dvora Weisberg, PhD Reform Liturgy: Then and Now by Rabbi Dalia Marx, PhD

If you are so inclined, you should also feel empowered to read the whole...Read more...

Adult Ed: Embracing Judaism's Sacred Path

07/01/2020 02:54:05 PM

Jul1

After a week off, we are continuing again this Sunday with our study of Reform Jewish values.

This week's topic is "Connecting to the Divine" and we will be discussing where traditional ritual fits into Reform Jewish life. Those who purchased the book, A Life of Meaning, were encouraged to read at least the following chapters:

The Power and Pitfalls of Personal Religious Autonomy The Jewish Path Ceremony vs. Ritual

For...Read more...

July Book Club

06/24/2020 02:45:29 PM

Jun24

Our next meeting will be July 29 at 10:30 a.m. to discuss the book Flower Toward the Sun by Marcia Rudin. The amazon.com description of the book follows.   In 1905, Rebecca leaves her Jewish shtetl in the Ukraine to join her fiancé, Samuel, in Milwaukee. Ingrid leaves her orphanage in Norway to become the Picture Bride of Lars, a widowed Norwegian farmer in North Dakota. But as Rebecca and Ingrid are processed together at Ellis Island,...Read more...

Adult Ed: Embracing Reform Judaism's Sacred Path

06/10/2020 02:21:54 PM

Jun10

We are moving on to a new, but related topic from our look at "Reform Halakha". Using A Life of Meaning by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan as our guide, we will spend the next six weeks looking at the following topics through the modern/progressive Reform Jewish lens:

Knowing God Choosing Covenant Connecting to the Divine Living the Texts Building Community Dignity of the Other

 

This week, as we begin our conversations...Read more...

Adult Ed: Reform Responsa on Gender and Sexuality

06/03/2020 02:35:24 PM

Jun3

A General Question of Marriage after Gender Affirming Sugery (1978)

A Question About Sex/Gender/Sexuality in Marriage (ca. 1980)

Circumcision for Trans Converts (ca. 2009)

Conversion and Marriage with Genderbending Individuals (1990)

Gender Transitions within an Existing Marriage (ca. 2015)

Current CCAR Resolution (2015)

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June Book Club

06/03/2020 02:31:28 PM

Jun3

If you enjoyed our Shavuot People of the Book event last week, you will love the Ner Shalom Book Club! This month's pick is The Plot Against America by Philip Roth. We are meeting by Zoom to discuss on June 24th at 10:30 am. Message us for the zoom link or other information about Ner Shalom programming!
https://www.goodreads.com/…/sh…/703.The_Plot_Against_America

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Adult Ed: Reform Responsa on Gender and Sexuality

05/25/2020 05:12:26 PM

May25

Gay Marriages/Families:

Can a Reform Rabbi Officiate (1985)

Can both moms participate in their son's Bar Mitzvah (1986)

Evolution of Reform Acceptance, and where Civil Law factors (2014)

Jewish LGBTQ Communities:

Gay Synagogues (ca.1972)

Gay Converts (1982)

Contemporary CCAR Resolutions (2015):

Reform Judaism Celebrates 25 Years of Gay Rabbis (now 30!)

CCAR Opposed...Read more...

May Book Club

05/19/2020 04:35:40 PM

May19

Our next meeting will be Wednesday May 27 at 10:30 am. via Zoom to discuss our book, The Book of V: A Novel by Anna Solomon. A description of the book from Amazon is: Lily is a mother and a daughter. And a second wife. And a writer, maybe? Or she was going to be, before she had children. Now, in her rented Brooklyn apartment she’s grappling with her sexual and intellectual desires, while also trying to manage her roles as a mother and a wife...Read more...

Adult Ed: Reform Responsa on Gender

05/19/2020 04:34:48 PM

May19

Before we move on to Responsa on LGBT inclusion, there were some questions about the Responsa Committee more generally.

Here are the two most recent Responsa on the CCAR website (COVID-19 themed) - they list the names of the current committee members at the end, including the current chair (a woman):

Virtual Minyan during a Pandemic

Brit Milah during COVID-19

For Comparison: Rabbinic Assembly (Conservative)...Read more...

Adult Ed: Reform Responsa on Gender

05/13/2020 01:28:47 PM

May13

Can Jewish men wear earrings?

Can women wear pants to Shul?

 

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Adult Ed: Reform Responsa on Gender

05/06/2020 02:49:37 PM

May6

Pregnancy and Reproductive Health:

Is Birth Control Permitted? (1927)

On Artificial Insemination and Emergency C-Sections (ca. late 1940's)

When is Abortion Permitted? (1985)

Motherhood:

On Breast-Feeding (ca. 1950's)

Accepting Jews of Patrilineal Descent (1983)

Marriage:

Jewish Commitment Ceremonies Outside of Marriage (1979)

Agunot (1988)

Regulating Uteruses...Read more...

Adult Ed: Reform Responsa on Gender

04/28/2020 12:53:04 PM

Apr28

Reponsa on Educating Jewish Girls:

Religious Misogyny is a Western Invention and Not True to Judaism's Semetic Roots, But We're Going to Uphold it Anyway

The Reform Movement Returns to the Practice of the Bar Mitzvah and Discusses Whether to Include Bat Mitzvah Ceremonies as Well

Reform Attitudes On Bar/Bat Mitzvah

Do Girls Really Mature Earlier than Boys?

Women in Ritual Practice:

Wearing...Read more...

Adult Ed: Reform Platforms

04/22/2020 04:44:08 PM

Apr22

The CCAR Platforms are documents capturing the state of Reform Jewish thought at different key moments in our history. (1885, 1937, 1976, 1997, 1999).

In addition to the Platforms and the Questions and Answers, the Reform Movement also issues annual Resolutions (mostly on political issues to address), going all the way back to 1862.

 

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Adult Ed: Intro to Reform Judaism

04/14/2020 02:30:54 PM

Apr14

What is Reform Judaism?

URJ Timeline

"History of the Reform Movement" by MyJewishLearning

Reform Women

The Americanization of Reform Judaism (Video)

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April Book Club

03/31/2020 02:51:59 PM

Mar31

Ner Shalom Book Club will be reading The House at Tyneford by Natasha Solomons for our next meeting. We will meet via Zoom on April 29th at 10:30 am to discuss.

From Goodreads about the book:

It's the spring of 1938 and no longer safe to be a Jew in Vienna. Nineteen-year-old Elise Landau is forced to leave her glittering life of parties and champagne to become a parlor maid in England. She arrives at Tyneford, the great house...Read more...

Adult Ed: Zechariah and Malachi

03/31/2020 02:00:24 PM

Mar31

Zechariah

Malachi

Summary of Zechariah (this book is actually 14 chapters)

Summary of Malachi

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Adult Ed: Zephaniah and Haggai

03/31/2020 01:54:49 PM

Mar31

Book of Zephaniah

Book of Haggai

Summary of Zephaniah

Summary of Haggai

(These books are collectively 5 chapters)

Source sheet for Zephaniah and Haggai

Notes from Heschel's The Prophets

 

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Adult Ed: Nahum and Habbakuk

03/24/2020 04:41:45 PM

Mar24

Book of Nahum

Book of Habbakuk

Nahum Summary (Though really, it's just three chapters!)

Habukkuk Summary (Same commentary as above >.>)

Nahum, Habakkuk, and Zephania Source Sheet

Updated Notes on The Prophets

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Adult Ed: Micah

03/13/2020 01:16:37 PM

Mar13

Book of Micah

Summary of Micah

Sefaria Source Sheet on Ovadiah, Jonah, and Micah - Sorry I didn't find this last week, but it gives a helpful timeline and outline of these three prophets and their literary themes

One view of the Jewish beliefs on the Messiah and how to understand the varying understandings of the Prophets' calls for a Messiah and Savior

 

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Adult Ed: Ovadiah and Jonah

03/07/2020 10:36:58 AM

Mar7

Book of Ovadiah (Just one chapter!)

Book of Jonah (I think you are familiar with this story)

Some history on Ovadiah - The Reform movement does not read this prophet in the haftarah cycle, but it is a traditional reading 

Ovadiah history

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March Book Club

02/27/2020 03:12:12 PM

Feb27

We are now reading The Golem and The Jinni: A Novel by Helene Wecker. We will meet to talk about the book March 25th at 10:30. Please contact us for more information. Amazon.com's description of the book follows: In The Golem and the Jinni, a chance meeting between mythical beings takes readers on a dazzling journey through cultures in turn-of-the-century New York. Chava is a golem, a creature made of clay, brought to life to by a disgraced...Read more...

Adult Ed: Joel and Amos

02/21/2020 01:48:45 PM

Feb21

This week (3/22/20) we are tackling two prophets in one week! But don't worry, even combined their books are fewer chapters than any of the others we've read up to this point. Let's talk about Joel and Amos!

Book of Joel

Summary of Joel

Book of Amos

Summary of Amos

Amos Guide Questions

Malbim on Amos 5:24:1

Let justice well up like water, as it is written "the acts of justice and righteousness...Read more...

Adult Ed: Hosea

02/06/2020 12:52:40 PM

Feb6

Content Warning: Hosea has some risque imagery!

The Book of Hosea

Summary of Hosea

Prophecy, Hosea, and Teshuva

An Alliance of Love and Complexity

My Jewish Learning: Hosea and Amos in their historical/political context

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Book Club: February

01/31/2020 03:45:28 PM

Jan31

Our next Book Club meeting will be on February 26th at 10:30 AM at the home of a congregant. Please contact us if you are interested in learning more about book club.

Our next book is, "Not Our Kind" by Kitty Zeldis - a riveting story featuring two women: a young Jewish girl and the rich woman who hires her to tutor her young daughter. The book takes place in New York City in 1947 and the author does an excellent job of putting the...Read more...

Adult Ed: Ezekiel

01/31/2020 03:38:48 PM

Jan31

The Book of Ezekiel

Summary of Ezekiel

Notes on Abraham Joshua Heschel's The Prophets

My Jewish Learning: Ezekiel

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Adult Ed: Jeremiah

01/23/2020 02:29:22 PM

Jan23

Book of Jeremiah

Summary of Jeremiah

Was Jeremiah a Failure?

Notes on AJH's the Prophets

Excerpt's from Rabbi's Graduate Class on Jeremiah

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