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Beit Midrash - Winter 2017

Temple Rodef Shalom

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM (EST)

Beit Midrash - Winter 2017

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Tales of the Talmudic Rabbis (Rabbi Bernstein) Jan 4, 2017 $36.00 $1.71
Torah Trope Workshop (Cantors Shochet and Rhodes) Jan 4, 2017 $36.00 $1.71
Jewish Storytelling (Bob Rovinsky) Jan 4, 2017 $36.00 $1.71
Great Women of the Bible (Steve Ruth) Jan 4, 2017 $36.00 $1.71

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TRS Beit Midrash – A New Thursday Evening Model for Adult Learning Thursday evenings January 12, 19, and 26  

We'll gather at 6:30 pm for tomato soup and grilled cheese sandwiches (yummy) and classes will run from 7-8:30 pm. The cost for a class is only $36 (additional support is provided by our Adult Education Fund). For the winter sessions our classes will be:

1)  Inner Piety and Ethical Relationships from the Tales of the Talmudic Rabbis  TRS Rabbi Stephanie Bernstein 

What can we learn from the lives of Talmudic Rabbis about being more compassionate, loving human beings? Through a close reading and discussion of three texts, we will examine the relationship between God’s compassion for us and our compassion for one another.  We will learn what the Rabbis had to say about the conflict between our personal quest for self-fulfillment and our interpersonal relationships. 

2)  Torah Trope Workshop  TRS Cantors Mike Shochet and Rachel Rhodes (4 sessions, Feb 2 added)

What are those funny little signs above and beneath the Hebrew Torah text? In this four-week course, you will learn the basics of chanting Torah. Some Hebrew reading ability is required, though you do not need to be able to read music.   


3)  Jewish Storytelling  Bob Rovinsky, storyteller and teacher, the Jewish Study Center

Why is Jewish storytelling so essential to our tradition? Bob will lead us through the varied, rich, and important world of Jewish stories from Europe and Asia, and from ancient through modern times.  Through his stories he will illustrate how Jewish stories both differ from and are similar to the cultures around them.  Bob will also help us learn and tell stories to and about our own families, so we can pass our stories on to future generations. 

Bob Rovinsky has been a long time teacher at – and former President of - the Jewish Study Center, and has taught classes in Basic Judaism, Jewish Storytelling, and Dealing with Grief and Loss.  He is an active member of the Fabrangen Havurah and belongs to several other congregations as well.

4)  Heroes, Vamps, and Vixens – Great Women of the Bible   Steve Ruth, GMU professor & TRS Torah Study participant 

Which Bible women would be successful as leaders today? We will examine many of these intriguing women, whose reported deeds range from heroic to treacherous and profane. We will concurrently review some of today's public policy issues that these great personalities faced in their own time, such as women's rights, punishments for rape, inheritance rules, women in government, abortion, harassment, bullying, and many more.

Steve Ruth is a professor in the Schar School of Policy and Government at George Mason University where his specialty is technology policy. For many years he has been deeply interested in the Tanach and the Christian Bible and in 2012 his book “One Year Trip Through the Bible--Readings and Reflections: A Layman's Fresh Perspective on the Complete Old and New Testaments”, offered commentary on all 73 Jewish and Christian Bible books, including several in the Apocrypha. He has been attending TRS Torah study for over a decade along with other Temple activities, and has given several other presentations at TRS.

  •  If cost is an issue, please contact Cantor Allen Leider at to make arrangement. 

  • If you need any accomodations to be able to participate in Beit Midrash, please contact Cantor Leider.

Have questions about Beit Midrash - Winter 2017? Contact Temple Rodef Shalom

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Temple Rodef Shalom
2100 Westmoreland Street
Falls Church, VA 22043

Thursday, January 12, 2017 at 6:30 PM - Thursday, January 26, 2017 at 8:30 PM (EST)

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