MakomDC – January

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‚ÄčJoy & Sorrow – The Artistic Pull to an Embodied Religious Life.
“Weeping may stay for the night, but joy comes in the morning” (Psalms 30:5).
The Psalmist is perhaps our first teacher of the emotional range of a religious life. From the seeds of sorrow we reap joy. Not happiness, but joy. A connected joy that encompasses sorrow and loss. Our tradition asks us to both feel fully and to ground ourselves in a joy that knows and is not afraid of sorrow. This month’s learning will help us to open our hearts to the richness of the emotional range of the Psalmist and to move us closer to a wholehearted religious life. 

MakomDC January Calendar

Stay tuned for a wide range of January learning and gathering opportunities in the Biran Beit Midrash!

Open Beit Midrash
January 3 @ 7:30pm Register
A place to sit across the table from fellow seekers and explore the rich, sophisticated, sacred texts that have animated our people for so many years. We'll question together, grapple together, and passionately talk through the uplifting and challenging ideas these ancient and modern texts provide. Jewish learning has the potential to create an unmatched soulful energy. The "Open Beit Midrash" is where that energy is found.


Scholar: Dr. Christine Hayes
January 10 @ 7:30pm Register
Join us as our January scholar, Dr. Christine Hayes, teaches on this month's topic Joy & Sorrow. Dr. Christine Hayes is a distinguished Professor of Religious Studies and nationally awarded author.

The Text
January 17 @ 7:30pm Register
Explore transformative Jewish texts in their original Aramaic and Hebrew. That means we will break our teeth together and study with no translations but with lots of support from your peers and teachers.


Post- Kiddush Halakah Class
January 21
Rabbi Alexander will give a text-based class, after kiddush, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism with which to access our monthly topic. We’ll explore the unique intersection of faith and doubt as it appears in Jewish legal texts, with serious attention to how it has evolved over the centuries.

In order to make these engaging and relevant learning options open to as many people as possible, we have decided to offer almost all of the programming at no charge, thanks to the generosity of many Adas members. At the same time, we still cannot possibly expect to cover all the costs associated with producing these important programs without additional support from you. When you register for an event, you will be presented with the option to offer a donation. Thanks in advance for your support.

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