Ongoing Programs

Torah Study | 12:00 pm— 1:00 pm
Bring your lunch and join us for stimulating conversation.
Dates: Wednesdays (check for class cancellations or schedule changes due to holidays)
Facilitator: Rabbi Steven Engel

All classes are Free for CRJ Members and $5 per class for Community Members

Philosophy & Judaism with Instructor Jean White, M.A.
Class Dates: Wednesday, Oct 10, 17, & 24
Time – 7:00-8:15pm
What have Jews contributed to Philosophy, and how do those contributions fit into the many epochs and schools of Philosophy? How have Jews responded to the perennial quandary of faith vs. reason? Together, we will take a look at the lives and thought of important Jewish philosophers and philosophers who happen to be Jews.

Understanding the Reform Jewish Siddur (Prayerbook) with Instructor Cantor Jacqueline Rawiszer.
Thursdays, October 11, 18, 25 | 7:00 – 8:30 PM
Do you want a better grasp of the meanings of the beautiful prayers in our liturgy?  Did you ever wonder why there are some prayers in the evening (ma’ariv ) service and others in the morning (shacharit) service and many of the same prayers throughout?  Do want a better understanding of the difference between Reform and Conservative prayerbooks (siddurim) and customs (minhagim)?

The important Jewish Questions and Answers: Illness, Death, and End of Life Issues with Instructor Rabbi Steven Engel
Thursdays, November 15, 29 December 6, 13, 20 | 7:00 – 8:30pm
Explore these relevant issues to all of us through looking at traditional texts and modern commentaries. These ethical questions and responses set the context for Jewish views on healing and afterlife. Join us for these important and lively sessions.

Mussar: An Introduction with Instructor Joan Kaspin
Sunday, February 10, 2019
11 AM to 12:30 PM
Mussar, a Jewish spiritual practice, is a structured method that begins with knowing yourself. Identify inner traits and behaviors that are potential areas of growth. The areas in which there is either deficiency or excess are our personal spiritual curriculum. Mussar, with its origins in Torah, has developed as a perspective on life, an insightful body of knowledge about human nature, and as a path of spiritual practice. This helps us to overcome negative tendencies, strengthen the positive, and take steps in the direction of the holy. Rabbi Yechezkel Levenstein, a Mussar teacher posits: “A person’s primary mission in this world is to purify and elevate his soul. “ (Every Day, Holy Day, Alan Morinis, page ix).