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Torah Study

Torah Study Memory Book

Every Shabbat morning from 9:00 to 10:00 AM (currently by Zoom and livestream; check the calendar for class dates and links to class registration pages), a large and enthusiastic group comes together for Torah Study. Members of the Beth Am clergy teach this class, which focuses on a thoughtful reading of the parashah of the week, exploring the historical, ethical and spiritual questions raised by the text.

We explore Torah on three levels:

  1. What meaning did it hold in its original ancient Near East setting?
  2. How have our sages and commentators understood the text over the centuries?
  3. What personal and communal meaning does it hold for us today?

Every session offers learning, lively interchange and ample opportunity for questions and discussion. People of all levels and backgrounds are welcome, and Hebrew knowledge is not required. No prior study of the Torah or Hebrew knowledge is needed. It is not necessary to read ahead or prepare. Although this is an ongoing class, drop-in attendance is welcomed.  Be sure to stay after to continue the conversation through the Good Book Cafe breakout room discussions.

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Torah Study Memory Book

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For all of you who would like your very own piece of the Torah Study Memory Book (which was presented as a retirement gift to Rabbi Marder), now's your chance!

Limited edition, high-quality giclée art prints are being made of the cover art by our very own members, Sterling Haidt and artist Lisa Rauchwerger. Artwork measures 10.5" W x 9.25" H on 17.5" x 19" paper. Prints cost $72 each (4 x chai =18) with a portion of the proceeds to be donated to Beth Am. If you are interested in placing an order, please contact Lisa, (877) 321-7925.

Torah Study Archive

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November 21, 2020 | Tol'dot Genesis 25-19 – 28-9

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

Nov 14 , 2020 | Parashat Chayei Sarah, Genesis 23-1–25-18

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

Nov 7, 2020 | Parashat Vayeira Genesis 18-1– 22-24

Led by Rabbi Jonathan Prosnit

October 31, 2020 | Rabbi Jeremy Morrison  Parashat Lech L'cha Genesis 12-1 − 17-27

Led by Rabbi Jeremy Morrison

October 24, 2020 |  Noach: Genesis 6:9−11:3

Led by Rabbi Sarah Weissman

October 17, 2020 |  B'reishit Genesis 1:1– 2

Led by Rabbi Heath Watenmaker

Sat, November 28 2020 12 Kislev 5781