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MakomDC 2017-2018

Bridges and Boundaries: The Contours of Community

Learning, Living and Exploring in Adas Israel's Biran Beit Midrash

Click Here to view our 2017/18 MakomDC book of learning and text sheets!

Over the course of the year, our rabbis and distinguished scholars will lead us in guided text study, conversations, and presentations that explore the Jewish tradition's essential teachings on defining holy community. Together we’ll navigate the particular values that bind us and the universal ideas that inspire us, and then think together about where they do and don’t intersect.


MakomDC Learning | November, January, March & May
 

Open Beit Midrash

The first Tuesday of the month will offer an Open Beit Midrash, a place to sit across the table from fellow seekers and explore the rich, sophisticated, sacred texts that have animated our people for so many years.

MakomDC Keynote Scholar

The second Tuesday of the month will offer a keynote experience, featuring a dynamic scholar and master-teacher to explore the month’s topic, expanding and deepening the texts covered in the first week.

"The Text" Text Study

The third Tuesday of the month will explore transformative Jewish texts in their original Aramaic and Hebrew. We will break our teeth together and study with no translations but with lots of support from your peers and teachers.

Shabbat Halakhah Learning

On Shabbatot over the course of the year,  (3rd Saturdays) Rabbi Alexander will give a text-based class, after kiddush in the BBM, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism through which to access our monthly topic.


MakomDC May Learning
 

Take Two, Two Takes - When Co-Rabbis Co-Teach
Tuesday, May 1 @ 7:30pm Register Here

Join Rabbis Holtzblatt and Alexander for a deep-dive textual exploration of what it means to embrace the particular and universal in a Jewish community. Together, they’ll lead learners of all levels in an equally accessible and sophisticated journey though the treasures our rich tradition has gifted each of us, while also adding a unique Adas-inspired take on we apply our learning to re-imagined religious meaning.

Scholar: Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
The Other in Jewish Prayer

Tuesday, May 8 @7:30pm Register Here

Join us as our final scholar of the year, Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, expands on the theme of Bridges and Boundaries. We will analyze sections of the amidah as a way of approaching the question: what is the relationship between Jews and others in prayer. Along the way we will explore: Are traditional prayer formulas able to express my own values/ideas of prayer? What do you do when you "disagree" with the prayer's content? Does traditional Jewish prayer make room for people who have doubts about God and/or doubts about the efficacy of prayer? We will analyze the original Biblical context to help us connect to the prayer. Rabbi Kaunfer, President and CEO of Mechon Hadar, is a distinguished theologian and author who is also the co-founder of the independent minyan, Kehilat Hadar. This event will be livestreamed at adasisrael.org/adaslive

The Text
Explore Transformative Jewish Texts in Aramaic & Hebrew with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut
Tuesday, May 15 @ 7:
30PM
This Makom Beit Midrash class will be a chance for those with some Hebrew language familiarity and decoding skills to take a deep dive into primary texts, while also attending the timeless wisdom of rabbinic judaism . Explore transformative Jewish texts with Rabbi Elianna Yolkut in their original Aramaic and Hebrew.

Post-Kiddush Halakhah Class with Rabbi Aaron Alexander
Saturday, May 12 @ 1:00PM

Join us as Rabbi Alexander teaches this month’s text-based class, after Kiddush, using halakhah (Jewish life and living) as a prism through which to access our monthly topic. 

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2017-2018 Visiting Scholars:
 

Rabbi Sharon Brous 
Wednesday, November 15 @ 8:00pm

Rabbi Sharon Brous, the senior and founding rabbi of IKAR based in Los Angeles, is a leading voice in reanimating religious life in America and has previously been named #1 on Newsweek’s list of the most influential rabbis in America.

Rabbi Gordon Tucker
Tuesday, January 16 @ 7:30pm

Rabbi Gordon Tucker is a renowned Jewish philosopher and published writer currently serving as the Senior Rabbi of Temple Israel Center in White Plains, New York.

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld 
Tuesday, March 13 @ 7:30pm

Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, Dean of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College, is a prominent professor and editor who has frequently been listed as one of the top 50 most influential rabbis. Funded by the Annie Bass Yellen Scholar Fund.

 

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer
Tuesday, May 8 @7:30pm

Rabbi Elie Kaunfer, President and CEO of Mechon Hadar, is a distinguished theologian and author who is also the co-founder of the independent minyan, Kehilat Hadar.

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Can't make it in person? Tune in from Home! Adas Israel is proud to present livestreaming of our keynote weekday learning events in the Biran Beit Midrash. What is livestreaming? If you can't make it to Adas, you'll still be able to connect to a live feed through any computer, laptop or mobile device! Visit adasisrael.org/adaslive to view upcoming broadcast times and recently archived videos.


2017-2018 Mendelson Shabbat Scholars:
 

Rabbi Dr. Reuven Hammer 

Saturday, November 18 @1:00pm

Rabbi Reuven Hammer is a renowned Jewish scholar who is one of the founders of the Masorti movement as well as the past President of the International Rabbinical Assembly.

Rabbi Dr. Judith Hauptman 

Saturday, December 16 @1:00pm

Rabbi Judith Hauptman, the E. Billi Ivry Professor Emerita of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture at the Jewish Theological Seminary, is a scholar who primarily researches the history of the Talmud.

Dr. Talya Fishman

Saturday, February 17 @1:00pm

Dr. Talya Fishman is a professor of Religious studies and modern intellectual history at UPenn whose work focuses on Judaism in the medieval and early modern periods.

Rabbi Dr. Noah Bickart 

Saturday, April 21 @1:00pm

Rabbi Noah Bickert is an accomplished theologian and author currently working at Yale University as a Jacob and Hilda Blaustein Postdoctoral Fellow in the Program of Judaic Studies. 


Ongoing Learning – Additional Learning Options Throughout The Season:
 

The Text 2.0: In-Depth Halakhah (Jewish Law)

Register Here 
Dates: 10/31, 12/5, 2/6, 4/10 @ 7:30pm-9pm 
Rabbi Alexander will lead learners in a textual exploration of a topic in Jewish Law, using original sources without translation. This series is designed primarily for those with previous experience studying classical rabbinic texts in hebrew/aramaic. 

Beginner's Hebrew 

Register Here
Dates: 10/31, 12/5, 2/6, 4/10 @ 7:30pm-9pm 
Rabbi Alexander will lead learners in a textual exploration of a topic in Jewish Law, using original sources without translation. This series is designed primarily for those with previous experience studying classical rabbinic texts in hebrew/aramaic. 

Friday Parsha Sudy

10:00am; Biran Beit Midrash
Please join us Friday mornings in the Biran Beit Midrash for an exclusive look at the weekly Parsha. On the first and second Friday of the month Rabbi Holtzblatt will explore the parsha through the lens of Hassidut and mysticism, and on third and fourth Fridays Rabbi Alexander will use the Talmud as the prism for the weekly reading.

Boker Or Shabbat Study

The Boker Ohr Torah study group meets Saturday mornings at 8:30 a.m. with the weekly portion as its focus. Join our clergy and community in the Biran Beit Midrash each week for an engaging, text-based conversation on the week's parsha, before Shabbat services.

Makom in the Home

Adas has a long tradition of small group learning outside of the walls of the synagogue. Makom in the Home seeks to continue the Adas tradition of learning Torah in the inner walls of congregants’ homes. We will seek to add new groups to the already thriving chavurot, expanding the reach of the conversations that begin in the Biran Beit Midrash @Adas. Contact Marcy Spiro to get connected with a learning group.

What Do I Do Again? Study Session with Hazzan Rachel Goldsmith

Register Here 
Dates: 12/3, 12/10, 12/17 
Hazzan Goldsmith will be giving a series of classes on Sunday mornings. The first session courses will be a refresher of synagogue skills. If you have questions about the Shabbat service, where to go on the bimah, how the calendar or torah reading works, or why everyone else is standing up, this may be a good place to spend a few Sunday mornings. The second class of the series in December will be learning to read Megillat Esther for Purim!  If you know a little Torah trop, here’s your chance to expand your repertoire and participate in Purim services next March. 

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