Find yourself a teacher, make for yourself a friend. – Pirke Avot 1:6
Saturdays, 9:00 am-10:00 am
Start your Shabbat morning with your rabbis! You’ll be led through a discussion-based study of the week’s portion. Be ready to engage in lively dialogue and debate as we invoke commentaries
both traditional and current and seek
anchors in the Torah for our modern, mobile lives. There’s nothing like Shabbat morning Torah study!
Classes taught by Rabbi Dan Feder:
Back to the Source
Wednesdays, 11:00 am-12:00 pm
A thoughtful, verse-by-verse examination of the context behind Torah teachings with Rabbi Feder. In small-group discussion we find real connections with the text, and with each other. This year, we’ll be starting our learning at Deuteronomy 30:1. Make it a regular part of your week!
Hot Topics Lunch Group
One Thursday per month, 12:00 pm
9/27, 10/25, 11/15, 12/20, 1/24/2019
At the Law Offices of Norman Harris, 1220 Howard Ave., Burlingame
This is the ultimate brown bag lunch – you supply the food, Rabbi Feder supplies the food for thought!
Hot Topics @ Cafe Sholom
Sundays, 10/7 & 12/2,
10:00 am – 11:00 am
In the PTS foyer
This lively roundtable discussion takes a contemporary look at Jewish thought and experience. Topics range from modern Jewish life and Israel to Jewish holidays, current events, and more.
Israel’s Milestones and Their Meanings
Sundays, 10/14, 10/21, & 10/28, 11/4, 11/11 & 11/18
9:30am – 11:00am
Using resources from the Hartman Institute iEngage Project, Rabbi Feder will lead students through a 6-session course about Israel. Memory is a central element in defining modern Jewish identity. As we look to Israel’s future, we need to engage anew with our past and explore its meanings and consequences. Through the consideration of major historic moments, we will grapple with the different ideas and values that shape the meaning of modern Israel, Zionism, and Jewish identity today.
Classes led by Rabbi Lisa Delson:
Who’s Who: Rabbi Edition
Mondays, 10/15 & 10/22, 11/5 & 11/12
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
What do we mean when we say “the rabbis?” Each week we will focus on the biographies of important rabbis from different eras. RSVP to Rabbi Delson at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Text Meets Art: Jewish Micrography
Fridays, 11/9, 11/16 & 11/30, 12/7
9:30am – 10:30am
At Caffe Roma in Millbrae
Join Rabbi Delson for a mid-morning coffee and the ancient art of micrography – using Hebrew letters to make art drawings. No art or Hebrew knowledge required. Bring your favorite colored pencils and we’ll provide the rest for this social learning experience. RSVP to Rabbi Delson at email@example.com.
Intro to Judaism & Beginning Hebrew
October 10/8 /2018 – 1/28/2019
Mondays, 7:00 – 9:00 pm
Led by Rabbi Dan Feder & Rabbi Lisa Delson
This 14-session course is perfect for interfaith couples, non-Jews considering conversion, and congregants interested in an Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah. We’ll spend the first half of class learning how to decode Hebrew letters and vowel sounds. The second half of class will focus on Jewish topics from history to theology to holidays and more.
Cost: $18 for members; $75 for non-members
Greeting the Shabbat Bride Through the Eyes of Her Music
10/15, 10/29, 11/5, 11/19, 12/3, 12/17
7:15 pm – 8:30
Led by Cantor Alexandra Fox
Join Cantor Fox in taking a closer look at our Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat liturgy. In 6 sessions, we’ll explore various liturgical elements of our Friday evening liturgy, including the meaning of each and how they fit into our secular lives. We’ll delve further into each prayer by means of familiar and new music, some of which will later be introduced in Friday night Shabbat services. No Hebrew or music experience is necessary, but attending Friday night Kabbalat Shabbat services will be encouraged! Feel free to come to every class, or only as frequently as your schedule allows!
A Look at the 2018 Election with John Rothmann: Before & After
Thursday, November 8
6:00 – 9:00pm
Don’t miss guest scholar John Rothmann for this two-session analysis on the election season. He’ll offer some last-minute thoughts before the election and debrief the implications of the election results afterwards.
A FREE dinner will be served at 6pm. Reservations required by November 1.
Lecture begins at 7 pm.
Black Power, Jewish Politics: Reinventing The Alliance In The 1960s
Thursday, November 1
6:00 – 9:00pm
With Guest Lecturer, Professor Marc Dollinger
Join us for a new and different look at Jewish involvement in the civil rights movement. We’ll see how American Jews leveraged the Black Power movement to increase Jewish ethnic and religious identity in the late 1960s and early 1970s. Turning back the clock to the 1950s, we will challenge our classic understandings of black-Jewish relations. With current Jewish communal interest in Black Lives Matter, the Nation of Islam, and the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. for Jews, our learning together will certainly spark important conversations today.
A FREE dinner will be served at 6pm. Reservations required by October 25.
Lecture began at 7 pm.
New “Wise Aging” class this fall!
A full life is not just filled with constant doing! Wise aging is an opportunity for each of us to integrate our life experiences as we journey toward wisdom and self-acceptance, a journey we take together. This class is based on resources by Rabbi Rachel Cowan and Dr. Linda Thal, primarily their book Wise Aging: Living with Joy Resilience and Spirit. Learning modes include text study, active listening, mindfulness meditation, exercises, reflection, and journaling – all experiences that help us acquire skills for making changes that will lead to a deeper sense of well-being.
Pre-registration and purchase of “Wise Aging” book required. Contact PTS office for more information.
Morning Talmud Study at Il Piccolo Caffe will resume in the Spring
Save the dates for next Spring!
March 8-10, 2019
At NatureBridge Retreat Center in Sausalito
With artist-in-residence Alan Goodis
Alan Goodis is a touring Jewish musician playing over 150 events a year. Born and raised in Toronto, Alan is a proud product of URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute. Noted for his dedication to building relationships and community through music, Alan tours throughout the US to serve as an Artist-In-Residence and performer at Temples, Youth Conventions and Jewish summer camps.
In 2009, Alan’s self-titled debut album launched him onto the Jewish music scene with its powerful vocals and bold melodies. Alan is a strong presence in the Reform Jewish movement to engage and empower Jewish youth and adults through music. He’s served as Musical Director for NFTY International Convention and on faculty Hava Nashira. In 2011, he developed Nashir: an NFTY Teen Songleading Institute in partnership with the URJ to provide meaningful Songleader training to high school students. Alan has been a featured performer and presenter at URJ Biennials and the Wexner Foundation. In March 2014, Alan released his long awaited full-length studio album “This Place.” He lives in Chicago with his wife Codi.
Registration opening soon!
Rabbi Bradley Shavit Artson
February 1-3, 2018
Rabbi Dr Bradley Shavit Artson holds the Abner and Roslyn Goldstine Dean’s Chair of the Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies and is Vice President of American Jewish University in Los Angeles. Rabbi Artson has long been a passionate advocate for social justice, human dignity, diversity and inclusion. He wrote a book on Jewish teachings on war, peace and nuclear annihilation in the late 80s, became a leading voice advocating for GLBT marriage and ordination in the 90s, and has published and spoken widely on environmental ethics, special needs inclusion, racial and economic justice, cultural and religious dialogue and cooperation, and working for a just and secure peace for Israel and the Middle East. A member of the Philosophy Department, he is particularly interested in theology, ethics, and the integration of science and religion. He supervises the Miller Introduction to Judaism Program and mentors Camp Ramah in California in Ojai and Ramah of Northern California in the Bay Area. He is also dean of the Zacharias Frankel College in Potsdam, Germany, ordaining Conservative rabbis for Europe. A frequent contributor for the Huffington Post and for the Times of Israel, and a public figure Facebook page with over 50,000 likes, he is the author of 12 books and over 250 articles, most recently Renewing the Process of Creation: A Jewish Integration of Science and Spirit. Married to Elana Artson, they are the proud parents of twins, Jacob and Shira.