Programs & Classes

Intellectual engagement is a cornerstone of empowered Jewish practice. We coordinate a variety of community-driven programs and classes to deepen our work of spirit-nourishing and justice-pursuing. 

In addition to weekly Shabbat services (including a monthly "Brunch & Learn" service on the third Shabbat of the month), our community hosts regular programs and special events related to Jewish learning and Torah writ large. Past classes have included our Aleph Bet Intensive, courses with Dr. Justin Sledge on subjects like The Biblical Prophets and Jewish Apocalpyticism, programs on ritual facilitation, community organizing and activism, and more.

As of March 2021, all events are (still) occurring VIRTUALLY until further notice. 
Check back at this page and our calendar to keep up-to-date with upcoming classes! 

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Starting July 7: Entering the Garden: Intro to Kabbalah & Jewish Mysticism 

Spend your summer getting acquainted with 2000+ years of Kabbalah and Jewish mysticism, with Dr. Justin Sledge! We are excited to host another class with the sought-after educator Dr. Justin Sledge, host of the popular Esoterica YouTube channel. This time, we're tackling a subject of much interest and fascination: the Jewish mystical tradition.  No prior knowledge of Jewish mysticism is required or expected.  The aim of this class is to equip you to dive into aspects of Jewish mysticism you find most interesting on your own.  Hopefully it will be interesting and fruitful for both folks interested in the history of Jewish thought academically but also for anyone wishing to deepen their relationship with the history for Jewish spirituality. Note: This class will focus on understanding rather than practicing Jewish mysticism.

July 12: Beyond Welcoming: Racial Justice Convo w/ R' Sandra Lawson & Kendra Watkins

We’re excited to welcome Rabbi Sandra Lawson, the recently-named Director of Racial Diversity, Equity and Inclusion for Reconstructing Judaism, to be in conversation with T’chiyah member and Detroit Jews for Justice Program Associate for Racial Justice Kendra Watkins, to unpack some of the recent trends of racial justice education in synagogues and in the Reconstructionist movement. Join us for this opportunity to consider how our community can deepen our participation in congregational anti-racism work, and hear about some exciting initiatives in the Reconstructionist movement and beyond. 

July 18: 40 Days of Teshuva: Tisha b'Av Film and Discussion

Congregation T'chiyah is joining with Detroit Jews for Justice and other progressive congregations in the area for a sreening of "40 Days of Teshuva," a short film by the Inside Outside Wisdom and Action Project and Jews for Racial and Economic Justice. We'll gather, discuss, and share in ritual to mark Tisha b'Av on July 18 at 7:00pm. Further details to come - RSVP to receive an update if the venue changes.

M'Chaiyah! All Dressed Up & Nowhere To Go Variety Show

You're invited to join us for the first (annual?) T'chiyah m'CHAIyah , a ticketed online evening of comedy, music and joy, harkening back to the bygone days of the Borscht Belt and vaudeville... Get gussied up in your finest swanky garb and log-on! (Shoes and pants optional, per pandemic dress code.) It wouldn't be a T'chiyah production if we weren't straddling the worlds of old and new! We're mashing up the electronic tunes of Jo Rad Silver with schticky skits from (other) beloved congregants, featuring rad klezmer from friends near and far, and, of course...  our headliner, the fabulous feminist comedian & host of Misandry Podcast, Marcia Belsky! CLICK FOR DETAILS AND RSVP.


LUNCHTIME LEARNING: Weekly Drop-In Torah Study, WEDNESDAYS @ 12-12:45 PM ET

Reading a chunk of Torah each week, known as parashat ha-shavua ("weekly portion"), is one of our most ancient religious practices. Drop-in for some informal lunchtime Torah study led by various teachers in our community. All are welcome! No previous experience in Torah study is necessary. REGISTER HERE to receive a Zoom link and password, which will be good for each week's session. Click here to sign-up to TEACH / FACILITATE a session. 

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Rosh Chodesh New Moon GatheringROSH CHODESH: NEW MOON GATHERINGdates and timing vary according to month

Join us for this intimate, supportive space for creativity, reflection and intention-setting for welcoming in the new Hebrew month, led by congregant Bonnie Green of Peaceful Powerful NutritionThis space celebrates and emphasizes femininity and is open to all genders and identities. To get on the Rosh Chodesh mailing list, email Bonnie at bonniegreen367 [at] gmail [dot] com

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GETTING GOOD AT GETTING OLDER, monthly at 6:30-8 PM3rd Monday of each month

Join us as we meet monthly to engage in the work of Getting Good at Getting Older! Rabbi Laura Geller’s Book, Getting Good at Getting Older will serve as our guide as we hold monthly discussion among the cohort of active seniors, their allies and friends of T’chiyah. Each program is stand-alone, so you can join us even if you haven't attended previous programs. CLICK HERE to get on the mailing list for this event series. 

Are you interested in leading or facilitating a program, class, lecture, session, workshop, etc.? Or is there something that you're craving that you think we can bring you? Contact us!

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  • Jake Ehrlich
    published this page 2020-04-28 11:41:10 -0400