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Mission Statement

As a “home for wondering Jews,” Eitz Chayim offers and curates Jewish learning opportunities for all ages to supplement the work of our school. Our goal is to have every adult enmeshed in some way on an ongoing basis in the rich cultural and religious fabric of Judaism. To that end, we offer topic-focused thematic programming which includes classes, lectures, films, and hands-on experiences (which will become real rather than virtual when the pandemic subsides), as well as ongoing Torah study and book discussions. We also partner with other organizations such as Me’ah. We hope you will join us!

Current and upcoming learning opportunities 

Why do we disagree about the
Israel-Palestine Conflict and how should we act?
Contested histories, identities, and current global context

An Eitz Chayim program of learning and discussion
led by the Lifelong Learning and Eitz Action Committees

Thursday evenings from March 21st through June 6th, on Zoom: All members welcome but space is limited; click here to register. Tuition is free for members thanks to a grant from CJP.


 

Explorations in Judaism

Eitz Chayim’s Lifelong Learning Committee is beginning a series of learning events. We intend to focus on a selected classic elements of Jewish observance, and provide background information, along with answers to questions we suspect many people are eager to ask. 

Currently planned topics are: 

  • Kabbalat Shabbat Service – what are the essential elements, which parts require a Minyan (and why), when do we rise, when do we bow, and more.
  • Who were the great thinkers of post-exilic Judaism, and how did they affect modern Jewish life – Judah HaNasi, Rashi, Maimonides, Caro, and others.
  • Talmud – components, history, influence, and, if we’re lucky, maybe some actual study.

Before we get to these, we will begin with a timely topic. Join us on Wednesday, March 27th, at 7pm for deeper dive, led by Rabbi Liza, into: The Seder

More Jews observe Passover in some fashion than any other Jewish tradition.  What is the pull of this holiday?

Why Passover? How did it start? How do I “do” it? Get the answers to your questions:  Why is matzah square? Why do we drink 4 cups of wine? Which is the best hagaddah (and where did the hagaddah come from)? What is “kosher for Passover”? How can I make my seder better?

Our conversation is, in and of itself, part of the preparation for this most beloved of holidays. In addition to pulling out recipes and getting rid of hameytz (what’s that? How do I do it?!), and figuring out where to go or who to invite for the first night of Passover (since you’ll be at EC for the second seder, of course!), sharing ideas and refreshing your memories is an integral part of the prep.

This event will be hybrid: in person at Eitz Chayim, and on Zoom (Meeting ID: 997 5400 9734; Passcode: LLLSeder).

Past events

Eitz Chayim's Lifelong Learning Team presents a Special Sukkot Event -

Ladino Culture from Yesterday to Today: A Musical Journey with Sarah Aroeste

Join Sarah Aroeste, international Ladino (Judeo-Spanish) singer/songwriter, author and activist, as she brings you along on a musical journey highlighting the Sephardic experience from past to present. Enjoy an interactive, mixed-media program that integrates history, storytelling and music from this rich tradition that has survived shifting centuries and borders to still inspire us today. 

Click here for more information about Sarah Aroeste's music and other projects

 


October 7 - December 16, 2020: “Unpacking Antisemitism,” a weekly course offered in collaboration with Hebrew College taught by Dr. Jacob Meskin of Hebrew College.

 

Film screenings with lecture and discussion:

 

  • “Gentleman’s Agreement” (October 2020)
  • “School Ties” (November 2020)
  • “The Rabbi Goes West” (February 2021)
  • “Space Torah” (March 2021)
  • “Paper Clips” (April 2021)
  • "Angels on Diamond Street" (May 2021)
  • "Doing Jewish: A Story from Ghana" (July 2021, for Worldwide Refugee Awareness Month)

December, 2020: Lecture and discussion on the history of anti-Semitism with Dr. Rachel Fish.

January, 2021: “J-Term: Hungry for Learning: An exploration of Jewish food and food culture

May, 2021: Literary evening with Esther Adler and Ann Braude to introduce Esther's new book, Poems of Sorrow, Solace, and Spirituality.

June, 2021:  Beyond Polemics: Attempting To Understand Jewish Debates About Israel - a discussion with Dr. Jacob Meskin. 

June, 2021: Discussion with A Fish Tale director Emmanuelle Mayer for World Refugee Awareness Month.

Resources 

Kulanu - World Jewry

Jewish Boston - Local events

Ofek - Connecting Israeli language and culture

Global Jews

http://www.kaleidoscopejews.org

Feedback and involvement 

Many lifelong learning opportunities at Eitz Chayim are planned and curated by the all-volunteer Eitz Chayim Lifelong Learning team. We welcome your feedback on events and suggestions for future activities. We also welcome new members to the team.  On either item, contact Lifelong Learning Team Coordinator Armond Cohen at armondcohen1@me.com

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