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 September 2021, all programs below 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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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.
A special edition of our Getting Good at Getting Older discussion series, featuring Attorney General DANA NESSEL! AG Nessel will speak to attendees about scamming, a problem faced by people of all ages as we navigate our ever-changing landscape of smartphones, social media and online life. Internet scammers especially exploit the ignorance and goodwill of older people, who are more likely than "digital natives" to be successfully targeted by scammers. All are welcome to attend this event, regardless of age, identity, religious affiliation, etc. We especially encourage younger adults to attend to understand some of the concerns faced by our older congregants.
If you're newly choosing Judaism for yourself as a convert, or are seeking to establish your identity as a practicing Jew with an adult B’Mitzvah, you’re invited to join in for a year-long intensive online course involving lecture, discussion, independent study, personal practice and chevruta (partnership) learning, covering wide swathes of Jewish history, tradition, spirituality and other aspects of Jewish life.
Sit, now stand, bow, mumble -- Jewish prayer can be bewildering, even for regular synagogue-goers! This 6-week course held on Wednesdays at 7 PM in November- will cover the basics of Jewish prayer, addressing both its keva (structure and how-to) and kavanah (spiritual / existential components). Participants will: 1) Learn to read and recognize basic words of Hebrew prayer vocabulary; 2) Understand the role that prayer has played and plays in Jewish communal life; 3) Dive deep into the ins-and-outs of some of the primary prayers of Jewish tradition; 4)Develop a personal approach to Jewish prayer that works for you Free for T’chiyah members; non-members are asked to make a sliding scale contribution of $36 -$360, according to their means.
LUNCHTIME LEARNING: Weekly Drop-In Torah Study, WEDNESDAYS @ 12-1 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.
Jewish Recovery / 12-Step Group, MONDAYS @ 7:30 PM
Announcing a new weekly fellowship meeting open to all members of 12-step groups or other programs for sobriety/recovery. We will use Jewish philosophy, spiritual tradition and the Hebrew calendar to guide our weekly discussions in an effort to enhance our personal programs of recovery. This will not be an official 12-step meeting, but will rely on a common understanding of the steps. Individuals who are newly exploring recovery/sobriety are welcome! Meetings will take place every Monday night from 7:30-8:30pm on Zoom, starting on October 4th. More info to come. Please reach out to Emily Silver with any questions or concerns regarding your participation: emilyvsilver [at] gmail.com
ROSH CHODESH: NEW MOON GATHERING, dates 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 Nutrition. This space celebrates and emphasizes femininity and is open to all genders and identities. To get on the Rosh Chodesh mailing list, go to https://www.tchiyah.org/rocho
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GETTING GOOD AT GETTING OLDER, monthly at 6:30-8 PM, 3rd 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.
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Jewish Parenting with Rabbi Alana: Nurturing The Wow
Saturday mornings: Oct 9, Jan 8, April 9, July 9
Join Rabbi Alana for a study and discussion group exploring Nurture the Wow: Finding Spirituality in the Frustration, Boredom, Tears, Poop, Desperation, Wonder, and Radical Amazement of Parenting (2016), by Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg. Together we’ll reflect on how parenting is impacting our hearts, lives, and spirituality. We are excited to see how relationship-building and skill-sharing will support us as we work to raise children in ways consistent with our progressive values and inspired by Jewish wisdom. Open to members and non-members of the Congregation. This group is open to people who are currently raising children.
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!