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Study with Our Clergy

Thursday Morning Classes Sponsored by Temple Isaiah Sisterhood

The Clergy Class, sponsored by Sisterhood but open to all, provides participants with a lively and engaging discussions with each other and our Clergy.

For Fall 2022, the class will be Wisdom from Our Lives; Wisdom of the Torah and will look at the Torah through multiple perspectives. The class meetings, which are connected but self-contained, will be presented on Zoom on Thursday mornings from 10:00 am to 11:00 am. The dates are: September 22, October 20, October 27, November 3, November 10, November 17, December 1, December 8, and December 15.

For more information, contact Susan Foote or Fran Detweiler.

"First Friday" Torah Study Sponsored by Temple Isaiah Brotherhood

(Classes begin at 7:30 am and end before 8:30 am for those who need to head to work)

Each month a member of our clergy leads a Torah Study group in a lively, participative discussion. This is open to anyone who wants to drop in. We do not read the “current” portion but are working our way through the Torah. No preparation is required. The discussions usually take place on the First Friday of each month at the Temple. Sessions end before 8:30 am When the building is open. Brotherhood provides bagels, cream cheese, and freshly brewed coffee. Bring a Tanach (Hebrew Bible) or share. No RSVP needed; just come. Please contact Gil Benghiat to receive a monthly reminder email.

Lunch & Learn

Join us for three exciting sessions this fall with Rabbi Crystal. Feel free to bring or eat your lunch. Format (in-person, Zoom, or hybrid) TBA.

Rabbi Crystal examines a Torah scroll.The Art of Writing a Torah Scroll: Majesty and Meaning
Tuesday, November 8
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Rabbi Crystal has helped congregations across the United States restore Torah scrolls. These include a Torah that came to the United States in 1733 and scrolls from Europe which are 150 to 300 years old. These scrolls contain unique embellishments on some letters to highlight important passages in the Torah. Rabbi Crystal learned about scribal arts with Dr. Ray who was a Master Sofer who knew over 2,000 styles of Hebrew script. Learn about how a sofer (man)/ soferet (woman) writes a Torah scroll and hear amazing stories of scrolls from Egypt, Spain, the Czech Republic and more… plus a Torah scroll that was presented to President Kennedy.

Anatomy of a Hero: The Stories of Judah, Tamar, and Leah
Tuesday, November 15
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

Judah and Tamar by Horace Vernet (1840)What inspires someone to confront a difficult situation as a hero? The stories of Judah, Tamar, and Leah offer unique insights into the ideal of heroism in the Torah.

Judah was one of the brothers who caused Joseph to be cast into slavery. He changed and eventually he saved Benjamin. King David, the greatest leader of the Jewish people is a descendent of Judah. Tamar married one of Judah’s sons who died; she confronted injustice. Leah is seen as the unloved older sister of Rachel, yet she brings blessing to the world. We will see how their stories are intertwined to explore the deep meaning of the Torah for our lives.

On the Road with Rabbi Darryl Crystal: Stories from 17 Congregations in 19 Years
Tuesday, November 29
12:00 pm - 1:15 pm

KAM Isaiah Israel, ChicagoRabbi Darryl Crystal has served congregations throughout the United States. Many of the congregations are part of great story of Jewish life in the United States. Mickve Israel in Savannah was founded in 1733 and has a Torah that is over 500 years old. In 2008 Rabbi Crystal served KAM Isaiah Israel which was directly across the street from the home of the Obama family during the presidential election. Temple Israel in Omaha is on a campus with a church and a mosque. Their story was featured on the Daily Show. Rabbi Crystal will share the stories of these synagogues and other congregations.

Mon, November 28 2022 4 Kislev 5783