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World of Hope Golf Tournament, April 29

The 26th Annual World of Hope Golf Tournament, co-sponsored by Capital Caring, is a day of fun, good deeds and golf. Tournament proceeds benefit the Rabbi Itzhaq M. Klirs Adult Education Fund and Capital Caring, so play, volunteer, donate or sponsor! Click here to learn more.

Book Discussion with Rabbi Kalender

Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor by Yossi Klein Halevi, Sunday, May 17, 6:30pm. Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor is one Israeli’s powerful attempt to reach beyond the wall that separates Israelis and Palestinians. In a series of letters, Halevi explains what motivated him to move to Israel to participate in the drama of the renewal of a Jewish homeland and help ensure that it succeeds as a morally responsible, democratic state in the Middle East. Halevi endeavors to untangle the ideological and emotional knot that has defined the conflict for nearly a century. Using history and personal experience, he unravels the complex strands of faith, pride, anger and anguish he feels as a Jew living in Israel. Halevi’s letters speak not only to his anonymous Palestinian neighbor but to all concerned global citizens, helping us understand the painful choices confronting Israelis and Palestinians that will ultimately help determine the fate of the region. Available in paperback, audio & Kindle.

Upcoming Classes

A Brief History of the Concentration Camps with Rabbi Ravski, Wednesdays, May 6 & 13, 7:30pm. We hear the term “concentration camp” and imagine the gates of Auschwitz, but Auschwitz was the end, not the beginning of a system that took years to build, develop and refine. As we prepare to commemorate the Shoah, the Holocaust, we will learn about the history of the most horrific and efficient system ever devised for detaining, torturing and killing human beings, and how what began in the backrooms of pubs and abandoned apartments as a method of imprisonment gave rise to mass detention and the torture of millions of people. Please RSVP to

Ongoing Classes

OT offers adult programs throughout the year. There is no fee unless specified. New students are welcome to join most continuing classes at any time.

Mishnah Study with Rabbi Kalender, Wednesdays, 9:15-10:15am. Gather each Wednesday morning to discuss the first Jewish law code. Join this lively group as we consider this core text for Jewish ethics, ritual, and theology. No prior knowledge necessary, and the English translation is provided. New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Talmud Study with Rabbi Ravski, Sundays, 6:45-8:00pm. Navigate the Talmudic thought process in Tractate Avodah Zarah, one of the most controversial sections of the Talmud. Avodah Zara (idol worship) was seen as an active denial of God and God's power. Through the construction of laws, the text explores the limits and boundaries of relationships between Jews and the larger ancient world in which they lived. The English translation will be provided. If you would like to purchase your own volume, we will use the Koren-Steinsaltz edition of the Talmud, Tractate Avodah Zarah/Horayot (volume 32 of the whole series). New students are welcome to join at any time throughout the year.

Hebrew Reading with Karyn Selko, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm. Know your Aleph-Bet but want to learn to read Shabbat prayers with more fluency? Join the Hebrew reading class, where the siddur will be our text and guide to deepen our understanding of the rules of the language and improve our reading abilities. Tuition is $120/semester for OT members, $160 for non-members. To enroll, contact Erin Dreyfuss. Second Semester: February 20-May 21, 2020

Modern Conversational Hebrew with Efrat Moses, Thursdays, 6:30-8:00pm. New students welcome. Students in this class meet weekly to read, speak and write Modern Hebrew. The class is focused on expanding vocabulary and fluency. Tuition is $120/semester for OT members, $180 for non-members. To enroll, contact Erin Dreyfuss. Second Semester: January 23-May 21, 2020.

Shabbat Dinner and Study Group Newcomers always welcome! Join us at a congregant's home each month to welcome Shabbat and enjoy a delicious potluck fish/dairy meal. Discussions include the weekly Torah portion, a book of the Tanach, holiday topics, and contemporary themes. No Hebrew knowledge or previous Torah study experience is necessary. Our dynamic multigenerational group draws singles and couples, families with kids, older members, long-time members, new members, and people with a range of knowledge levels. Contact Eric Rothberg for more information and to get on our email list.


Co-Chairs Melinda Roth and Sharyn Stahl

Fri, April 10 2020 16 Nisan 5780