Adult Education - August 2012
In response to what was gleaned from our congregational survey in the spring CBSW will be offering a variety of Adult Educational programs which we hope are of interest to our members. We will be pairing with a unique organization in Houston whose mission is solely to provide for Jewish education on a variety of topics and levels. Rabbi Aryeh Wolbe will be teaching a course on Mussar, Tools for Extraordinary Living, for four Wednesday evenings, August 22, 29, September 5 and 12 beginning at 7:30 PM. The course will begin with some basic introduction to Mussar and focus on an essential trait for personal character development, an ideal topic with which to prepare for the High Holy days. Rabbi Wolbe has developed an organization called TORCH, an acronym for Torah Outreach Resource Center of Houston. Courses conducted by TORCH have been offered at congregations throughout Greater Houston and we at CBSW are delighted to be included. There will be no charge for this initial course. Future courses will most possibly be offered throughout the year at a cost of $36.00 per person. Scholarships are available through the Rabbi’s Tzedakah Fund. I will be offering three Adult Education opportunities beginning in September. On Sunday mornings from 11:00 AM – Noon I will be offering a course in Introduction to Judaism designed for those who desire a more systematic understanding of Judaism that they might have missed growing up or who might be considering conversion. On the first and third Wednesdays of each month beginning in September I will be teaching a course on weekly Torah portions from 6:00 – 7:00 PM in the Sanctuary. The B’nai Mitzvah class participates in this Torah study as part of their curriculum but it is open to all regardless of age or background. On the following Saturday mornings – October 13, 27, November 10 and December 15 from 9:30 – 10:30 AM I will be teaching a course on the values found within Reform Judaism. These will include that which distinguishes Reform from Traditional Judaism in terms of practice and belief and how Reform Judaism has developed from its earliest days. This new program is in addition to our monthly One Shabbat Minyan on the first Saturday in the month. Unless desired by those participating there will be no formal service or Torah reading. This opportunity will be geared to education. I am tremendously excited about these new learning opportunities and welcome your active participation in these programs.