Online Learning

Avodah is creating various programs for our community in this time to foster learning, community building, and discussion. Check out the list below, which will be updated weekly. Email Rachel ([email protected]) with any questions.

*Please note that we have several different Zoom rooms for each session and note the link. Sign up isn’t required, but will help us gain a sense of participant numbers. Please sign up here.

Monday, June 1, 12pm ET – “Theology in a Time of Fear and Ecological Destruction” with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein

The Amazon is burning, species are going extinct at stunning rates, and forecasts for planetary sustenance are ever more dire — and that’s all before a global pandemic that has shut us indoors. The instinct to freeze in fear or numbness or to curl into a ball in avoidance can be overwhelming. But we know that that’s not what is demanded of us at this critical moment. In this session, we will study passages of key Biblical and Rabbinic scenes of unusual divine inspiration and courage, to take cues for how Torah might be pushing us to be our best, most courageous selves at an hour we are most called to be so. Join on Zoom here.

Friday, June 5 at 12pm ET – “The Other: Part II” with Rabbi Lexi Erdheim

Rabbi Lexi will be teaching four sessions based upon her rabbinical school capstone project entitled A Love/Hate Relationship: Diving into Jewish Texts on ‘The Other.'” In the first session, we explored the sociological nuances of the “ger” or resident alien. In this session, we will explore the topic of interfaith marriage within the context of the Hebrew Bible. What does our biblical text have to say about marrying someone who is “differen.” Join on Zoom here.

Monday, June 8 at 1pm ET –  Part II: Introduction to Mussar with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

In this four-session series, Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, DC Ruach Avodah and a trained facilitator through the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project (IOWA) will offer a Jewishly-rooted, spiritually vibrant and contemplative introduction to practices and texts that can ground us in these deeply uncertain times. Rooted in Mussar or Jewish ethical development and Chasidut, these sessions will include some Talmud Torah–text learning and guided meditations. All sessions are standalone, so feel free to come to one or all of them! On Zoom.

Thursday, June 18 at 12pm ET – “The Other: Part III” with Rabbi Lexi Erdheim

This is the third of four classes (each are stand alone) based upon her rabbinical school capstone project entitled A Love/Hate Relationship: Diving into Jewish Texts on “The Other.” In this session, we will discuss the role of a person who does not identify as Jewish in the synagogue through the lens of rabbinical response from the Reform and Conservative movement. On Zoom here.

Monday, June 22 at 1pm ET –  Part III: Introduction to Mussar with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

In this four-session series, Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, DC Ruach Avodah and a trained facilitator through the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project (IOWA) will offer a Jewishly-rooted, spiritually vibrant and contemplative introduction to practices and texts that can ground us in these deeply uncertain times. Rooted in Mussar or Jewish ethical development and Chasidut, these sessions will include some Talmud Torah–text learning and guided meditations. All sessions are standalone, so feel free to come to one or all of them! On Zoom.

Monday, June 29 at 12pm ET – “The Other: Part IV” with Rabbi Lexi Erdheim

In the fourth and final session of “A Love Hate/Relationship: Diving into Jewish Texts on ‘The Other'” we will explore the laws of kosher wine and how wine (and food) create opportunities to separate from those who are different as well as opportunities to connect. On Zoom here.

Monday, July 6 at 1pm ET –  Part IV: Introduction to Mussar with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

In this four-session series, Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, DC Ruach Avodah and a trained facilitator through the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project (IOWA) will offer a Jewishly-rooted, spiritually vibrant and contemplative introduction to practices and texts that can ground us in these deeply uncertain times. Rooted in Mussar or Jewish ethical development and Chasidut, these sessions will include some Talmud Torah–text learning and guided meditations. All sessions are standalone, so feel free to come to one or all of them! On Zoom.

Past Events

Wednesday, May 27 at 1:30pm ET –  Part I: Introduction to Mussar with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

In this four-session series, Rabbi Lauren Tuchman, DC Ruach Avodah and a trained facilitator through the Inside Out Wisdom and Action Project (IOWA) will offer a Jewishly-rooted, spiritually vibrant and contemplative introduction to practices and texts that can ground us in these deeply uncertain times. Rooted in Mussar or Jewish ethical development and Chasidut, these sessions will include some Talmud Torah–text learning and guided meditations. All sessions are standalone, so feel free to come to one or all of them! On Zoom.

Tuesday, May 19, 12pm ET – The Torah Case for Reparations (Part II) with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein

Throughout the narration of the liberation from slavery in the book of Sh’mot/Exodus, the Torah always highlights the importance of taking Egyptian property on the way out. The Rabbinic tradition understands this property to be slavery reparations.  In this session, we’ll study sources about the responsibility of living people for the sins of our ancestors, and discuss the relevance of these ideas regarding the necessity of reparations today. Join on Zoom here.

Friday, May 15, 12pm ET – Slow Your Roll Into Shabbos – Somatic Embodiment Practices for Release and Balance with Miriam Eisenberger

They say you receive a second soul on Shabbat… but sometimes it can help to make some space inside to really receive such a blessing. Join Miriam Eisenberger, LCSW, NYC Ruach Advisor and Somatic Therapist, for an hour of somatic and mindfulness based practices to help release tensions and stress held in the body-heart-mind so that we can slow down and find some nourishing space amidst the frenetic charges happening around and inside us. Join on Zoom here.

Tuesday, April 28 at 12pm ET –  Learning and Meditation on Sefirat HaOmer 

We’ll study how the ritual of counting the Omer can impact our spiritual practices. This learning will be followed by a meditation and reflection. https://zoom.us/j/94310356979

Friday, May 1, 12pm ET – Slow Your Roll Into Shabbos with Miriam Eisenberger

They say you receive a second soul on Shabbat… but sometimes it can help to make some space inside to really receive such a blessing. Join Miriam Eisenberger, LCSW, NYC Ruach Advisor and Somatic Therapist, for an hour of somatic and mindfulness based practices to help release tensions and stress held in the body-heart-mind so that we can slow down and find some nourishing space amidst the frenetic charges happening around and inside us. https://zoom.us/j/91253758955

Tuesday, May 5 at 12pm ET – The Torah Case for Reparations (Part 1) with Rabbi Aryeh Bernstein

Throughout the narration of the liberation from slavery in the book of Sh’mot/Exodus, the Torah always highlights the importance of taking Egyptian property on the way out. The Rabbinic tradition understands this property to be slavery reparations. In this session, we will discuss what the idea of reparations as a necessary element of liberation might mean for our world today. https://zoom.us/j/99683709831

Friday, May 8 at 1pm ET – Stranger Danger: A Textual Analysis of the Ger (Stranger) with Rabbi Lexi Erdheim

For you were strangers (gerim) in the land of Egypt” is one of the most oft-repeated phrases in the Hebrew Bible. But what exactly is a ger? Who counts as a ger?  What can we glean from this concept that can offer us guidance as we navigate the boundary between identity and inclusiveness in contemporary Jewish America? https://zoom.us/j/91357310187

Tuesday, April 14 at 12pm ET – Singing Toward Redemption: The Role of the Prophetess Miriam with Rabbi Lauren Tuchman

The 7th day of Pesach has been traditionally understood to be the day on which the sea of reeds split. In response, the Jewish people sing. In the Torah, we are presented with two songs–a longer song which is traditionally read in synagogue on this day and a much shorter song,
the song of Miriam. We will explore in greater depth the role of Miriam in the Passover narrative. How has she been reclaimed by Jewish feminists? What significance lies in the fact that her song, albeit partially was preserved? https://zoom.us/j/179062843  

Friday, April 17 at 12pm ET – Slow Your Roll into Shabbos with Miriam Eisenberger

They say you receive a second soul on Shabbat… but sometimes it can help to make some space inside to really receive such a blessing. Join Miriam Eisenberger, LCSW, NYC Ruach Advisor and Somatic Therapist, for an hour of somatic and mindfulness based practices to help release tensions and stress held in the body-heart-mind so that we can slow down and find some nourishing space amidst the frenetic charges happening around and inside us. https://zoom.us/j/91843302966  

Have a suggestion?

This is part of a new series of learning opportunities that we will launch in the coming weeks, so feel free to send any suggestions on days/times that work best for you or content you’re seeking. Email Rachel Glicksman at [email protected] with your suggestions.