Adult Education

Course Descriptions

Musings with Mussar and the Weekly Torah Portion
with Rabbi Marci Bloch

Weekly on Saturday Mornings at 10:00 AM

Are you looking to open your heart and lift your spirit? Want to become a better person? How does who you are impact the world and others? Join Rabbi Bloch in studying the weekly Torah portion as well as the Mussar Torah Commentary. Through this class you will examine your inner middot, soul traits, and cultivate behavior that is an expression of the best version of yourself.

Contact Faye Kotler for Zoom login information.
Free and Open to the Community

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Torah Study
with Rabbi Norman Lipson, Emeritus

Thursday Mornings: Ongoing through May 27
9:00 – 10:00 AM

Journey through the Torah word for word, book by book, until we read it all the way through.

Contact Faye Kotler for Zoom login information.
Free and Open to the Community

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Pirkei Avot – Chapters of our Fathers
with Rabbi Norman Lipson, Emeritus

Tuesday Evenings: June 1 – August 17
7:00 – 8:15 PM

The five chapters of Talmud will be studied and discussed.
Registration Fee: Make a donation to the Dr. Bennie Berman Adult Education Fund at dordorim.org/donate.
Please contact Faye Kotler at fkotler@templedordorim.org for registration.

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TORAH TAPAS: Judaism’s Delicious Tidbits
with Rabbi Norman Lipson, Emeritus

Mondays: June 7, 14, 21, 28
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Over the course of 4 sessions, we will explore together:

1. A Vision of Isaiah’s New Jew Isaiah 44:3-5
A Jew is a Jew is a Jew…or is he/she?
What an intriguing new interpretation of this vision of Isaiah might mean for future Jews.

2. Name Your Verse: How to Obtain Your Fast Pass to Heaven
What’s in your name? Obviously, everything!
Prerequisite: knowledge of your Hebrew or Yiddish name

3. Six Questions You Will Be Asked To Get into Heaven
Don’t worry, even though the questions appear in the Talmud almost 1700 years ago, you already know the answers!

Register at: https://cajeadultlearning.givecloud.co/product/SummerJune21TORAHTAPAS/torah-tapas-judaisms-delicious-tidbits

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“AN EVENING AT THE SALON”
with Rabbi Norman Lipson, Emeritus

Mondays: June 7, 14, 21, 28
7:00 – 8:30 PM

In this time of quarantine, opportunities for serious, face to face conversation, are few and far between. To help rectify this, I am developing a pilot project entitled: “Salon: A Time to Talk.”

We will read and discuss aphorisms and quotations on all aspects of life, that will not only give us pause for thought, but more importantly, to intellectually challenge and be challenged as well.

Requirements: 1) Critical listening, 2) Creative thinking, and 3) Sense of humor

Register at: https://cajeadultlearning.givecloud.co/product/SummerJune21Salon/an-evening-at-the-salon

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TORAH AppeTEASERS: Judaism’s Tasty Delights!
with Rabbi Norman Lipson,  Emeritus

Mondays: July 12, 19, 26, and Aug. 2
10:00 – 11:30 AM

Over the course of 4 session we will explore together:

A Taste of Pirkei Avot: Turn It and Turn It For All Is Within It (Chapter 5) (2 sessions)

Ever wonder about the source of Bar Mitzvah? How long the ram waited, with his horns tangled in the brush, for Abraham to show up with Isaac? When one’s child should begin Jewish studies? When (and why) were the Mazikim (demons) created? What characteristics can we learn from leopards, eagles, deer and lions? This class will answer those questions and so many more…trust me, it will be fun!

Who’s Afraid Of a Little Kafka? The Zürau Aphorisms (2 sessions)

Reading a selection of the Züau aphorisms will give us an opportunity to peek within the creative mind of one of the greatest Jewish writers and philosophers of the 20th Century, Franz Kafka. To this day, mention of his name conjures up the term “existential angst”… and for very good reason.

Come along for the ride, it promises to be very exciting!

Register at: https://cajeadultlearning.givecloud.co/product/SummerJuly21AppeTEASERS/torah-appeteasers-judaisms-tasty-delights

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Speakers

Visit dordorim.org/speaker to see if we have any upcoming events.