MakomDC – September

‚ÄčFaith & Doubt – Worthy Adversaries … Necessary Companions.
It’s the Israelite journey in the desert over and over again. We crave faith in something bigger than each of us, but still we’re doubtful that it’s actually there when we need it. Miracles, black holes, exaltation and disappointment – each its own hurdle, but together a tapestry of the heart beats sacred web.  How are we supposed to navigate between the poles of human belief?  The world wants us to choose this or that–all faith or all scepticism–but Judaism affirms something in between. This month’s learning will help each of us not only find the space that embraces both, but use that wisdom as a prism for deeper connection with God and those around us.  

MakomDC September Calendar

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

Open Beit Midrash
September 6 @ 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: Rabbi Ed Feld
September 13 @ 7:30pm Register
Join us as we embark on a journey through faith and doubt in the words of medieval Jewish poets and find our way back to modernity through the words of modern seculary Israeli poetry. Rabbi Edward Feld is a celebrated teacher and rabbinic mentor, and has been published widely on Jewish theology, prayer, the Hebrew Bible, and on halachic and ethical issues.

*This event will be livestreamed:

The Text
September 20 @ 7:30pm 
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.
  "Faith and Doubt in Halakhah"
September 17 @ 1pm
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.

Intro to Judaism Course
Wednesdays @ 7:30pm
September 14 – April 5 
This 22-week course is designed to give you the raw materials with which to appreciate and access the Jewish tradition. Whatever it is you may be seeking, be it conversion or deeper understanding of the fundamental principles and practices that animate Jewish life and thought, we offer a safe space for acquiring the experiential and intellectual knowledge that allow you to strengthen your own religious life. 
To Register: Email Marcia Miller

  Friday Morning Parsha Study W/ Rabbi Holtzblatt or Rabbi Alexander
1st 2nd and 5th Fridays of each month @ 10am
Study a piece of the weekly parsha through the eyes of the Hasidic masters, guided by Rabbi Holtzblatt. Taste a piece of their Torah and the world from which they emerged. Amongst the teachers we will study: Kedushat Levi, Netivot Shalom, Rav Soloveitchik, Noam Elimelech, and the Sefat Emet.
On the 3rd and 4th Fridays study a piece of the weekly parsha through the eyes of our talmudic masters, guided by Rabbi Alexander. Each verse in the Torah is accompanied by multiple talmudic interpretations. Together we’ll explore a verse or two in its rabbinic context, with attention to modern messages and meanings.
Boker Ohr Shabbat Study
Saturday Mornings @ 8:30am
Boker Ohr meets Saturday mornings in the Biran Beit Midrash with the weekly portion as its focus.
September Schedule
Sep 3 Not ScheduledSep 10 Rabbi SteinlaufSep 17 Rabbi AlexanderSep 24 Rabbi Holtzblatt
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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