Today is July 19, 2018 /
The Upper Valley Jewish Community offers many opportunities for adults in the community who wish to continue learning about Judaism and Jewish life. Whether you want to become more familiar with Torah and philosophy or you’re more interested in hearing speakers from Dartmouth, there is a vibrant community of Jews already here engaging with our rich intellectual heritage. We would love for you to join us. Be sure to also look into our book club and film festival.
There is an underlying ethos in the method of each of these classes, based on one of the core values of Rabbi and teacher, Rabbi Dr. Ben Zion Wacholder. He continuously emphasized that before reading any commentary, one must read the source material slowly and carefully, one verse and then try to discern the various layers of meaning. The texts are read aloud in English with participants bringing their own texts. Rabbi Boraz shares the classical commentaries of Rashi, Kimchi, as well as Midrashic and Talmudic related sources.
Everyone contributes their understanding and insights into these sacred texts that are at the root of how the Jewish people grew and developed. We all learn from one another, often exploring interesting and unexpected directions connecting different ideas within Judaism and Jewish life. All study sessions take place at the Roth Center in the Koreman Library.
Torah Study I meets on Tuesday from 12:00 to 1:00. Its original purpose was to read the entire Tanakh, a Hebrew acronym standing for Torah, N’viim, K’tuvim (Torah, Prophets, and Writings), as well as the New Testament and the Koran. After ten years, we are now in the process of completing Jeremiah! The class is a deep, careful reading of Tanakh. Unless one is well versed in the study of Torah (the first five books of the Bible), we recommend that interested students begin with Torah Study II, noted below.
This class meets on Tuesday from 1:30 to 2:30. It began in Tishrei of the year 5773 (October 2012). Next week we will meet to discuss Leviticus 24. Interested parties may contact Alla Kan at firstname.lastname@example.org or Rabbi Boraz at email@example.com.
The class for Guide for the Perplexed by Moses Maimonides convenes on Thursdays at 12:00 noon, for one hour. The class is currently reading book two of three books they will study together.
This study group grew out of Torah Study I and II. Maimonides addresses some fundamental questions many modern Jews might find themselves struggling with as they study Torah: how are we to understand what happened at Sinai? What is the nature of G-d? What is the nature of creation? Maimonides transformed Judaism through his attempts to reconcile these questions with science and philosophy. For more information on this class, please contact Alla Kan through email at firstname.lastname@example.org.