Women's Class

  • Code To Joy
    Well-Connected will reveal the soul of Jewish ritual life by showing how to make each mitzvah personal, and a way to connect to something beyond ourselves. Each month, we put one area of Jewish law under the microscope and explore its rationale, relevance, and practical application. As we proceed, a complete vision of the mysticism, the beauty, and the richness of divinely inspired life will emerge.
     A monthly class for women
    on Tuesday evenings at 7:30pm
    In-person & Virtual options (details provided upon registration)
    Full course: $118 (book included)
    Individual Classes: $18
    Textbook (if signing up for individual classes only): $20
    Lesson 1

    LESSON 1 

    Unroll the Scroll

    A small scroll, wrapped up, placed in a case, and affixed to a door, the mezuzah is so tiny you could miss it if you weren't looking for it. And yet it contains so much. More than Ring or Nest, the ultimate in home gadgetry has always been the mezuzah.


    Scroll down! Follow the mezuzah, from its manufacturer to the end user experience by learning what it takes to be a scribe, the process of writing a mezuzah, how it's actually installed, and the true power of that little piece of parchment. 

    TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 9, 2021 At 7:30 PM

    Lesson 2

    LESSON 2

    Soul Food

    Is there anything more emblematic of religious dogma than keeping kosher? Kashrut determines not only what we eat, but also where and how we travel, and whom we break bread with. And for what purpose? 

    To gain insight into the kosher lifestyle, we survey the basics of the dietary code and weigh whether these laws are really about staying health or staying spiritual. Then, moving from the kitchen to the factory, we'll hear firsthand from experts in the field to learn just what it is a certification agency does. 

    TUESDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2021 At 7:30 PM

    Lesson 3

    LESSON 3 

    Endlessly Blessed

    Like some sort of Jewish mantra, berachot are better known as those brief blessings recited over food. As it happens, there are blessings for sighting a rainbow, when on a road trip, and even after visiting the bathroom. Isn't it all a bit much?

    To learn more, we will go through the various classes of berachot and skim the intricate laws governing which benedictions are said, and when. We'll discover how reciting a few words at the right time can transform a given activity or event and make it more mindful, focused, and grounded.

    TUESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2022 At 7:30 PM

    Lesson 4

    LESSON 4 

    A Slice of Life

    From baking to breaking to thanking, there is a host of special practices uniquely associated with bread, starting with separating challah the special mitzvah entrusted to Jewish women to the special role bread plays on Shabbat and the festivals.

    So what's the deal with dough? In this class, we look at the symbolism of bread, take a crash course in the fascinating rituals that surround it, and meditate on the deep significance bread has in our lives.

    TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2022 At 7:30 PM

    Lesson 5

    LESSON 5

    Pray It Forward

    Prayer feels like it should be a genuinely spiritual experience, but the foreign language, the rigid text, and the fixed times for the services can threaten to turn the whole thing into a perfunctory drudgery.

    By studying the various elements of the liturgy, with a special focus on the meditations of Shema, we'll uncover the possibilities of prayer, and how prayer can be joyful, soulful, spontaneous experience: open the prayer book, express your spiritual self, and connect!

    TUESDAY, MARCH 8, 2022 At 7:30 PM

    Lesson 6

    LESSON 6 

    The Kinds of Kindness

    Sure it's nice to be nice, but sometimes you need specifics. Rather then relying on vague ethical pronouncements, the Torah gets into nitty-gritty and ensures that we express our love in the concrete, with commandments like giving charity, hosting guests in the home, comforting the bereaved, and returning lost property.

    Beyond simply studying how to properly perform these action mitzvot, this class presents them in a new light, making us rethink the general nature of the ethical obligations we bear toward our fellow human. 

    TUESDAY, APRIL 5, 2022 At 7:30 PM

    Lesson 7

    LESSON 7

    To Live in Deed

    From birth, to marriage, to death, and beyond, Jewish traditions mark the contours of our live. If there isn't a Kaddish, there's a Kiddush, bat mitzvah, or chupah...

    Here, we survey the key life cycle rituals so as to more deeply appreciate their significance, that of the rituals, and of the life events they are associate with. Not just an accompaniment, these practices mold our major life steps and give us language to celebrate, or to commemorate. Even more, they work to complete the soul's journey on earth.

    TUESDAY, MAY 3, 2022 At 7:30 PM

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