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OMG, Can You Believe?!
In this six-session course we'll seek answers to the BIG questions around God and God's relationship to Humankind. Take for yourself a Divine moment to uncover and consider many different understandings of God expressed by Jewish thinkers, past and present. This course will give you the tools to continue asking deep questions, probing your own beliefs and rethinking the "God-questions" that confront us throughout our lives.

Day: Thursdays, January 7 - February 11, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Pacific
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Benzy Kogen
Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA or via Zoom, tbd
Soul's Cycles: A Ride Through the Chapters of Life
Let's learn about life's celebrations in tandem with Jewish meaning. In this course, we'll say "L'Chaim" to Jewish markers of time, rites of passage, and celebratory rituals. En route to the finish line, this six-session course will navigate the winding roads of childhood and adulthood rituals, and how we understand them as Jews today.

Day: Thursdays, February 18 - April 1, 2021
(no class 2/25)
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Pacific
Number of Lessons: 6
Faculty: Benzy Kogen
Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA or via Zoom, tbd
Vayikra (Leviticus): A Call to Holiness
Chosen by the rabbinic sages as the first book to initiate children to Bible learning, contemporary readers often perceived Vayikra as inaccessible. Yet, embedded in the laws that focus on the prescribed sacrificial practices, laws of ritual impurity and purity, and the pursuit of holiness are messages and values that have relevance to the universal condition. In our study of Vayikra, we will examine themes including the role of rituals, responding to tragedy, confronting birth and parenthood, seeking forgiveness, balancing the place of the individual and the community, bringing sanctity into one's daily life, and more. Through a textual study of selected passages, this course uncovers the depth and wisdom of the third book of the Torah and reveals its enduring messages that touch our lives to this very day.

Day: Tuesdays, March 23 - May 25, 2021
Time: 7:30 - 9:00 pm Pacific
Number of Lessons: 10
Faculty: Rabbi Shana Chandler
Location: Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center, 1434 N. Altadena Dr., Pasadena, CA or via Zoom, tbd

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INFORMATION
Director

Judy CallahanJudy Callahan
Judy directed B’nai Simcha Preschool for 36 years before retiring in 2018. She has been associated with PJTC since 1976 and is a past president. She is a strong believer in adult learning and is excited to be bringing Melton Adult Learning to the synagogue

Assistant Director

Cantor Ruth Berman Harris Cantor Ruth Berman Harris
Born in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Cantor Berman Harris received her cantorial education at the Rabbinical Seminary of Latin America. In 1987, she had the distinct honor of becoming the first woman cantor in Argentina, carving a new and exciting path through the Argentine Jewish Community. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Bible and Talmud from Bar-Ilan University in Ramat Gan, Israel. Cantor Berman Harris led services at Lamroth Hakol and Temple Emanuel, in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Bet Daniel in Tel Aviv, Kehillat Yozma in Modiin and Kehillat Mevaseret Zion in the outskirts of Jerusalem. From 2001 to 2005 she served as the cantor of Congregation Sinai in Fox Point, Milwaukee, WI, followed by five years in Phoenix, Arizona. Currently, she is the cantor of Pasadena Jewish Temple and Center in Pasadena California. Cantor Ruth, as she likes to be called, is married to Laurence Harris and they have three kids. Ariel 21, Talia 19 and Adam 18.

Sponsoring Agency

Pasadena Jewish Temple and CenterPasadena Jewish Temple and Center
1434 North Altadena Drive
Pasadena, California
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