Hod veHadar Adult Education

Program for 2018-19

Hebrew classes


Sundays, at 19:45, in the classroom downstairs. Classes will resume on 7 October 2018.

This year we are studying Tractate Berachot, chapter 8, closely reading the text, incorporating classic learning with modern thinking and research. The course also focuses on the relevance of the text to today’s world. The sessions are open to both men and women alike. Please check the Events page to confirm dates.

Instructor: Rabbi Lionel Levy
Language: Hebrew

Halakhic Challenges in the 21st Century 

The beginning of this course has been delayed for medical reasons. Please check back here for new dates.

Wednesdays, 20:00-21:30 We will deal with basic concepts in Jewish law, and study Responsa (questions and answers) related to each of these basic questions:

  1. What is halakhah?
  2. What does it ask of us?
  3. What is halakhah and custom?
  4. What is the attitude of the Conservative (Masorti) movement to halakha?

10 Oct. – Introduction: What is Jewish law? + The question of providing supervision for restaurants that are open on Shabbat.
17 Oct. – Tattoos and earrings: What is permitted and what is forbidden according to Jewish law?
24 Oct. – Entering mosques and churches: the position of halakhah
31 Oct. – Status of Women in halakha (partition between genders during services, women’s service in the IDF, leading prayer services)
12 Dec. – Fasting Tisha B’Av in our day: how should we relate to the fast now that Jerusalem is in our hands again?
19 Dec. – Separation between Jews and non-Jews in burial
26 Dec. – Wearing a kippah – a halakhic obligation or custom?
2 Jan. – Who is a Jew according to Jewish law?
Instructor: Rabbi Tzvi Graetz
Language: Hebrew
Fees: Members: free. Guests: NIS 30/session or NIS 100/four sessions

English classes

Keva & Kavanna: Text & Meaning in Prayer 

Tuesdays at 19:30, in the Library. Upcoming classes: 2.10; 23.10; 6.11; 20.11; 11.12; 25.12

23 Oct. Barukh: Blessing and being blessed

Oftentimes we complain about the prayers, and then we look for something external to improve the situation. However, meaning can and should also come from within ourselves and from the prayers themselves. In order to fill our personal and communal prayers with a living spirit, it is helpful not only to understand the literal meanings of the words but also to explore multiple  levels of meaning and substance.

Instructor: Shoshana Michael Zucker
Language: English

Weekly Torah Portion

Friday mornings at 9:00, in the library. The weekly Torah portion from varied perspectives, with observations about how it relates to today’s world. The sessions are led by instructors from the community.

Coordinators: Stephen Kramer and Barbara Schwartz
Language: English
‎‎‎12/10: Noach – Gail Shuster-Bouskila
‎19/10: Lech Lecha – Sam Lehman-Wilzig
‎26/10: Vayera – Shoshana Michael Zucker
‎2/11: Chayei Sara – Judith Edelman-Green
‎9/11: Toldot – Natalie Barkan
‎16/11: Vayize – Baruch Kraus
‎23/11: Vayishlach – Lee Diamond
‎30/11: Vayeshev – Naomi Leitner