CHOICES FOR STUDY AND GROWTH

Our Continuing Education programming supports learning initiatives for adult members of The Chatham Synagogue and the local community.  We have sponsored classes in Siddur Hebrew, and we are now in our second year of Leyning instruction for congregants who want to learn how to chant the Torah during Shabbat synagogue services.

Our Summer Reading Series is a four- to six-week sequence of readings and discussions led by synagogue members with scholarly expertise.  Summer Reading Series 2016 was “Power Plays: Rabbinic Writings on Politics,” and the 2017 series, “Caught in the Middle: German Jewry 1939 - 1945.”  In the works for Summer Reading Series 2018 – biblical performance art!

The Committee also supports Short-Takes, two- to three-session seminars focused on specific topics.  Our first, held last May 2017 was "Judaism & the Satanic."  In the works for Short-Takes 2018 – Ritual: Why do we do what we do?

The Continuing Education Committee is eager to engage your interests, and we are eager to hear from you.  Do you enjoy casual reading? study? focused learning?  Are you more likely to attend sessions about history, theology, Jewish practice, Jewish culture, comparative religion, or text study?  Can you commit to a 4-week, 5-week, or even 6-week series?  Is the once or twice get-together easier on your schedule?  

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For more information, contact Fran Snyder, Continuing Education Chairperson, at fran.a.snyder@gmail.com

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family activities

We host a Tot Shabbat at 11:00 am on the first Saturday of every month, with games, songs, projects, and discussions for young children and their families. It is casual, member-led, and about one hour long. All are welcome. Frequently, Tot Shabbat is followed by a community kiddush for the entire congregation.

For more information, contact Ditte Nielsen, Family Activities Chairperson at linkaxel@yahoo.com