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Kevah Groups: What We Teach

Great Books

Explore topics in the Torah (Five Books of Moses), Neviim (Prophets), and Kethuvim (Writings). Read the narrative chronologically or thematically, or to choose a particular book to study in depth.

Study the Mishnah (the written Oral Law) and the Gemara (the commentary on the Mishnah). Courses available in introductory to advanced Talmud study.

Explore Biblical exegesis through stories that often attempt to fill in gaps in the Biblical narrative regarding events or personalities.

Focus on a particular theme or question and trace its presence and discussion throughout the history of Jewish philosophy, or focus on a philosopher to study in depth.

Examine Chassidic teachings and understandings of Judaism and mysticism, often focusing on spirituality.

Study of the content, historical context, and modern-day relevance of prayer, and/or study prayer leadership skills.

Big Questions

What does it mean to be a Jewish parent and to raise a Jewish family?

What does it mean to be a Jewish leader? What are examples of leadership in the Bible and other Jewish stories?

Where does the commandment to give tzedakah come from? How does the practice look in the Bible and Talmud? How does it look today?

Existential Questions
What are the various Jewish perspectives on big issues such as sexuality, race, art, food, Zionism, feminism etc?

Social Justice/Tikkun Olam
What does Judaism say about social justice? How can Jewish teachings inform our present-day approach to social justice?

Peace and Conflict
How can we integrate the study and application of Jewish texts with contemporary theories and practices of conflict resolution?

Personal/Spiritual Development

Learn to consider and develop a Jewishly-informed practice of daily mindfulness.

How can Judaism inform our approach to relationships?

What is God? What is our relationship to God? How are the various concepts of and struggles with God presented in the Jewish tradition?

What does each Jewish holiday commemorate? What are the traditions around each holiday, and where do they come from? How can we make Jewish holidays and traditions relevant to our lives today?

Explore key concepts, texts, and historical movements of the Jewish mystical tradition, including contemporary practices and adaptations of Kabbalah.

Mussar is a Jewish practice of character development that focuses on spiritual growth, mindfulness, and personal transformation.