Mistabra b’Kehila: Beit Midrash Hod veHadar

Program for 2017-2018


Sundays, beginning 15 October, at 19:45, in the classroom downstairs (no classes 18 March – 1 April, 20 May)

This year we are studying Tractate Berachot, chapter 7, 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

Keva & Kavanna: Text & Meaning in Prayer 

The Shabbat Amida

Tuesdays at 20:00, in the Library.
6, 13, 27 February; 6, 20 March; 10, 24 April; 1, 15 May 

Oftentimes we complain about the prayers, especially that they are too long and too repetitive. Then we look for something external to improve the situation but the improvement 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 how we can add substance and meaning.

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.

Coordinator: Barbara Schwartz
Language: English

April 20 – Aharei Mot-Kedoshim – Sam Lehman-Wilzig
April 27 – Emor – Chaim Fishgrund
May 4 – Behar – Natalie Barkan
May 11 – Behukotei – Shoshana Michael-Zucker
May 18 – Bamidbar – Sam Lehman-Wilzig
May 25 – Naso – Gail Shuster-Bouskila
June 1 – Behaalotcha – Shoshana Michael-Zucker
June 8 – Shlach Lecha – Dov Vogel
June 15 – Korach – David Zisenwine
June 22 – Hukat – Naomi Leitner
June 29 – Balak  – Hana Inbar

What did we study in 2016-2017?

 Chevruta B’Beit Ha’Midrash.  Learning together in an intimate, beit midrash atmosphere.

From Conquest to Settlement and Kingship: Readings in Joshua, Judges and 1 Samuel Text-based study of the early prophets, with reference to history, archaeology, other books of the Bible, modern Hebrew literature, Hebrew language and linguistics. Taught by a team of instructors from the community. (Oct. 2016 – March 2017); two special classes on the development of the Jewish tradition as we know it today:  How the Separation between Milk and Meat Developed: From the Bible until Today & Every Day’s a Holiday: On Holidays in Judaism and their Influence

Language: Hebrew

Class Fees (2016-17; changes in the fees are likely for 2017-18)
HvH members:‎
NIS 180 per course*‎
Mistabra Membership (unlimited courses):
NIS 360‎
Per class (single session): NIS 25‎

NIS 360 per course*‎
Mistabra Membership (unlimited courses):
NIS 540‎
Per class (single session): NIS 40‎

‎*Or a semester of Talmud.‎

Download the Registration form for Mistabra Courses (2016-17).