Hebrew for Adults Online
Once a week, 7:30pm via Zoom. New courses will begin after the High Holidays
Beginning Hebrew – At the end of this course, you’ll be able to pronounce (decode, read aloud) any Hebrew word and also know the meaning of a number of Hebrew words that are important in our liturgy.
Prayer Book Hebrew – For adults who can read (decode) Hebrew. We basically stroll through the prayer book, discussing words and meanings, with time for reading practice as well.
The courses are open to everyone. They are free for Temple Emanu-El members; non-members are asked to make a donation from their hearts. Contact Leslie Schwartz (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information and if you are interested in attending one of the 2022-2023 courses.
Board of Trustees Meetings Online
3rd Tuesday of the month, 7pm – next meeting Oct 18
Our Board meetings are open to all current Temple Emanu-El members. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 848 0442 4414.
Books and Bagels
One Sunday a month, 10am – next meeting Oct 23 via Zoom
We discuss books of Jewish interest; bring a book to present or come to discuss the books that others bring. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266-6982, email@example.com). To join online discussions by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 879 4421 7321. To zoom into online discussions, click on the button below.
Chevre Torah Study
Every Saturday, 9:30am and 10:35am
Chevre Torah provides an in-depth discussion of the weekly Torah portion and highlights from the other books of the Bible, combining traditional commentaries with contemporary perspectives and the wisdom of our own experience. You are welcome to attend either, or both, of the study groups. No prior knowledge of the texts is assumed. For the Hebrew blessing for Torah study, click here: blessing.
Next meeting Oct 1, online
From 9:30 – 10:25am – Isaiah 5:8-6:13. The prophet describes the growth of massive estates, exploitation of peasants, obscene luxury, alcoholism, and chronic fake news. In our day, where would Isaiah be found – the local farmer’s market or the Wegmans’ superstore? Are there prophetic voices today inspired by Isaiah’s example? How effective have they been? Is there a Divine Presence that cares and gets involved (as depicted in the ancient Biblical texts)?
From 10:35 – 11:30am – Deuteronomy 31:1-30. Moses continues his final speech to the people. “What are the repercussions of having the tale narrated by a single dominant male voice, that of Moses?….What if, instead, the story were to be told from the perspective of a female figure, such as Miriam? What might a female narrator have considered to be crucial if she were asked to retell the events of the wilderness journey? What vision of community might she propose?” (Women’s Torah)
To login to the discussion by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 886 9534 3896.
Hospitality Team Meeting Online
1st Tuesday of the month, 7:30pm – next meeting Tuesday, Nov 1
Next meeting Oct 11, 9am
We will meet at the Nutcracker Family Restaurant, 2159 Empire Blvd, Rochester. Join us for coffee and pleasant conversation. Call Michael Perlson (585-388-5211) if you need additional information.
Opportunities for Adult Learning, with Rabbi Drorah Setel
These one-hour adult educational opportunities led by Rabbi Drorah Setel are free of charge and open to the community. They are sponsored by Temple Emanu-El, Lifespan, the JCC, and the Jewish Federation of Greater Rochester.
–Breakfast and Learning in the Sukkah
Thursday, Oct 13, 10 – 11am in the Memorial Courtyard at the JCC (inclement weather – the Erdle Lounge)
–Dive into Pirkei Avot – Ethics of the Fathers
Tuesdays, Nov 8, 15, 22, and 29, 11am – 12 noon in the Erdle Lounge at the JCC
Rabbi’s Book Club, led by Rabbi Drorah Setel
One Sunday a month, 10am – next meeting: We’re taking a break for the summer – see you in the fall!
The Rabbi’s Book Club alternates months with Books and Bagels. In the Rabbi’s Book Club, we discuss a single book chosen by Rabbi Drorah Setel in advance. To login by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 879 4421 7321. We hope you’ll join us!
Spiritual Practices Team Meeting Online
2nd Tuesday of the month, 7pm – next meeting Oct 11
Tikkun Olam Team Meeting
One Sunday per month, 11:30am – next meeting Oct 23 via Zoom
As Reform Jews, we participate actively in Tikkun Olam, “repair of the world.” Our social justice work is done in a variety of ways: education on the issues, advocacy for specific policies and legislation, and implementing our vision through direct action and service. Please join us to hear what we’re doing next – we’d love to have your input and help. For more information, contact Carl Wetzstein (585-266–6982, firstname.lastname@example.org). To join online meetings by phone, call 1-929-205-6099 and use meeting ID 876 0791 0728. To Zoom into online meetings, click on the button below.