Lifelong Learning

Lifelong Learning 

At Mishkan Shalom, we learn for life.

That means classes, workshops and experiences to stretch your mind, use your body, inspire your creativity and deepen your engagement with Judaism.

It means that no matter your age or expertise, you can try something new, make friends, share experiences and join a community of learners.

To learn more, or suggest a course you'd like to take, or teach, please contact Rivka Jarosh.


Judaism's Best Ideas for our Times, Sundays, 11:00am -12:30pm, April 18, 25, May 2 with Rabbi Shawn Zevit 


Join Rabbi Shawn Zevit as we build on Rabbi Art Green's book "Judaism's 10 Best Ideas for Our Times", we will explore together in text study, reading, discussion and sharing life's wisdom how these core ideas from our tradition and evolving Jewish life today, can help guide, inspire and support us individually and as a community in the face of so many of our personal and global challenges and opportunities.

This series will be offered in instalments. Among the many ideas we will explore are: Simchah — Joy; B’Tzelem Elohim — Manifesting our Humanity/Divinity; Halakhah — Walking the Path; Shabbat — Getting Off the Treadmill; Teshuvah — Returning; Tikkun Hanefesh v'Olam — Repairing/Rebalancing Self and the World; Torah — Sacred Wisdom and the Jewish People; Talmud Torah — Multi-Generational Learning; L’Chaim — To Life; Echad — Hear, O Israel- the Many/the One. Additional topics may be offered over time and additional resources will be provided for each session. Pre-registration required and purchase of Rabbi Green's book:  Judaism's Ten Best Ideas: A Brief Guide for Seekers: Green, Dr. Arthur: 0884931387818: Books or judaism's ten best ideas a brief guide for seekers arthur green - Bing                                  Please click here to register and put the cost in the appropriate box and the title of the course in the note line.   -------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------  

Exploring Story and Writing with Anndee Hochman

Words, both read and written, are a way to seek connection in isolating times. In this five-session class led by journalist/storyteller Anndee Hochman, we'll read and discuss contemporary literary short stories by Louise Erdrich, Sherman Alexie, Alice Walker , Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Raymond Carver. looking for those story knots, surprises and revelations. Each class will conclude with a brief writing prompt and optional sharing time.

Mondays, 5:30-7:00 p.m., April 12, 19, 26, May 3, May 10 ($90 MEMBERS, $135 NON-MEMBERS)

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Live and Learn series, Rabbi Shawn Zevit enters conversations with a number of Mishkan members. It enables us to learn Jewish perspectives on a variety of topics, and know the personal journeys of members of our community. The conversations explore their work in the world as it relates to our core Statement of Principles, with a particular focus on themes of racial and climate justice. 


Spiritual Direction: Currently Weekly on Zoom 
Led by Dr. Meredith Barber
No fee

Jewish Spiritual Direction is a process of exploring our connection with what we experience as sacred. Please come promptly at 9:00 a.m. so we may begin together. 

Meredith Barber is a trained Spiritual Director; she has been a leader of Mishkan Shalom's monthly Spiritual Direction Circle for many years. This work combines a number of her passions, including group work, spiritual exploration and creativity. A psychologist for over 20 years, she leads groups and teaches graduate-level classes in psychotherapy. Meredith completed the Lev Shomea program in Jewish Spiritual Direction.

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Torah Study

Shabbat (Saturday) mornings, 9:00 - 10:00 a.m.: weekly on Zoom, No Fee

Every Shabbat morning, year-round, we gather to read, discuss, question and explore the week’s Torah portion in sessions led by Mishkan rabbis, members and friends of the community. Together, we become both teachers and students. Adults and teens, members and visitors are all welcome. If you’d like to lead a session or have questions about Torah study, Eugene Fleischman Sotirescu, Torah Study Coordinator, welcomes your inquiries.

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