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Introducing MakomSTL: A Place for Jewish Learning

Posted on October 7, 2017 by

The clergy, directors and Lifelong Learning committee of Congregation Shaare Emeth are excited to introduce a new initiative called “MakomSTL: A Place for Jewish Learning.” Session One begins on October 18. MakomSTL will take place at Shaare Emeth on Wednesday evenings with a social gathering and refreshments at 7 p.m., followed by classes from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

In Hebrew, the word “Makom” has a double meaning. The simple definition is “a place” – and we hope that Shaare Emeth will increasingly be your place for Jewish learning. A second meaning of the word “Makom” is “The Place” (where God dwells). Come join us at MakomSTL and encounter this Place.

The courses offered this semester are:

Justice and Faith

Led by Rabbi Andrea Goldstein

The call to justice is an eternal call in Judaism, which is being felt in especially profound ways during recent months and years. Using excerpts from Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel’s book, The Prophets, we will explore the ways our prophets wove their faith into their mandates for justice and see how their ancient teachings still apply to our world today.

Learn Hebrew and More

Led by Cantor Seth Warner and Marci Thal

This Hebrew class will continue learning prayers, liturgy and some modern Hebrew. The class is open to students who know the alef-bet and can read.  Students may choose to be a part of the Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah service. Tuition for the class is $125 for members or $160 for non-members, plus a small materials fee.

iEngage: The Legacy of the Past and the Challenges of the Future

Led by Rabbi Jim Bennett

This innovative new course explores the pivotal events of 1947 and 1967 – following the 1917 Balfour Declaration – as key moments when Zionism unleashed new thinking about the meaning of Jewishness for generations to come. Through video lectures, text study and group discussion, we are bringing the world-renowned faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute into our Shaare Emeth community. Each session includes text study and discussion led by Rabbi Bennett, enhanced by video lectures from Rabbi Dr. Donniel Hartman, and video dialogues between Rabbi Hartman and other top scholars and experts. There is a material fee of $50 for Shaare Emeth members and $75 for others.

To register for one of these classes, visit www.sestl.org/MakomSTL.

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