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Adult Education

Throughout the year, we offer a variety of learning opportunities and programs, including:

Torah Express on Shabbat mornings (12:15-12:45) follows Kiddush and is led by Rabbi Caplan and other Jewish professionals and teachers from our community. Torah Express offers in-depth study on the Torah portion of the week.

Mini Semester Classes: These classes are $36 per semester for Or Tzion members/$72 for non-members and cover wide-ranging topics ranging from customs and rituals to insights on biblical text.

Kavana Kafe: Rabbi Caplan leads a “light learning” session, once a month, with a Continental breakfast, preceding Shabbat Morning Services.

Interested in becoming an adult Bar or Bat Mitzvah? Congregation Or Tzion will convene its first-ever adult B’nai Mitzvah class in September. The class will culminate with a Shabbat service and celebration in the Spring of 2017. If you are interested in this exciting opportunity, please contact Rabbi Caplan in the Or Tzion office. Our class will formally begin in September on Sunday mornings.

Valley Beit Midrash: Congregation Or Tzion partners with Valley Beit Midrash to bring esteemed clergy, authors, and speakers to the community-at-large for a series of lectures and mini-seminars throughout the year.

Book Club: Our Congregation hosts a Book Club that meets approximately four times a year to discuss books from a book list distributed to Club members. Discussions are led by members of the congregation and are held following Shabbat services and Kiddush.

Two Pre-High Holiday learning opportunities:

  1. "Mastering the Mahzor with Rabbi Caplan,"  Saturday mornings after services over lunch, August 20 and 27, September 17 and 24. What is the prayer Avinu Malkeynu all about?  Why are there so many prayers that ask for forgiveness in the Mahzor (High Holiday Prayer Book)?  Why do we sound the Shofar so many times on Rosh Hashanah? Come and learn what the High Holiday prayers are really about!  We will examine who wrote them, when and why. We will go in depth with regard to what they mean and how can we personally connect with them when 5777 arrives.  No Hebrew proficiency is required.  One does not need to attend previous classes.  Come to one or come to all! Please RSVP to the office so we can prepare materials for participants.
  2. "Shofar Sho-good," Sundays, September 18 and 25 from 12:30-1:15 PM with Rabbi Caplan. Why do we blow the shofar on Rosh Hashanah? Where does the Shofar come from?  How do we sound the Shofar?  Come and learn the answers to these questions and more before Rosh Hashanah.  And of course, bring your own Shofar and we will teach you how to sound the notes too! You can come to one or both of the sessions.  Cost is Free. Please RSVP to the synagogue office if you plan to attend!
Sun, March 18 2018 2 Nisan 5778