While this word has traditionally meant the five books of Moses and essentially all forms of Jewish study, we understand this today any kind of intellectual development as Torah. It’s how we grow, it’s how we know about the world around us, it’s how we get better at the art of living and it’s how we find meaning in our lives.
Naturally, as a synagogue and Jewish Community center, much of our educational programming covers texts, concepts and issues that have some direct connection with Judaism. But our approach to Jewish tradition is by no means limited to ancient and medieval sources and includes the culture and religious thought that continues to grow here in North America, in the rest of the Jewish Diaspora, and in particular, in the State of Israel. To be sure, it is impossible to imagine any kind of Jewish Identity today without some sort of engagement with our sisters and brothers in Israel and in other parts of the world.
Our focus on text study helps create a situation in which the individual, whether Jewish or not, become part of the conversation in a relatively unmitigated way.
We look at the texts of the Bible and the Talmud - rabbinic texts from the first millennium - as as an opportunity to enter an ongoing dialog, not only with each other around the table, but also with authors and wise people that have lived in the generations before us.
Please come and try-out one of our ongoing study groups:
- On One Foot
- Short Family Lecture Series
- Judaism for the 21st Century Lecture Series
- Ancient Text - Contemporary Context, A Four-Part Mini-Series on Biblical Literature
- Reading with the Rabbi
- Psalm Springs
Please be in touch with Rabbi Lazar if you have ideas for additional study opportunities.