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Summer Jewish Adult Learning Opportunities!


Summer Adult Learning Opportunities at CNS!
Bible Stories You Didn't Learn in Day School:
The Sordid Life of King David
with CNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin 
Tuesdays, June 11, 18, & 25
7:30 to 9pm
Class fee: $36 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Please Register by emailing the Netivot Shalom office at office@netivotshalom.org.
The stories of King David present us with a powerful and nuanced
portrait of a complicated and flawed human being. By studying David's foibles and successes we can learn how to behave properly in community, how to act towards those we care about, and how to work
towards being our highest selves. Each week of this three week class we will examine a different instructive story from the life of King David.
The Myth of Biblical Homophobia
with Rabbi Mike Rothbaum
Wednesdays, June 19 & 26
7:30 to 9pm
Class fee: $20 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Please Register by emailing the Netivot Shalom office at office@netivotshalom.org.
Peddlers of hate commonly use Biblical text to condemn LGBT people and those who love them. But the loudest voices in the conversation are often the least knowledgeable.  What DOES Biblical text say about same-sex relations?  Join us for an in-depth discussion of Biblical texts, in both Hebrew and English, as we challenge the myth of Biblical homophobia.  We'll talk about the meaning the texts can have for us today, including a discussion of why people who are not "religious" should care about the Bible's narratives and ethical guidelines.  No prior experience in Biblical study required.

 

Unlocking the Siddur: Finding Meaning in the Psalms
with CNS Rabbinic Intern Josh Buchin 
Tuesdays, July 2, 9, & 23
7:30 to 9pm
Class fee: $36 (no one turned away for lack of funds). Please Register by emailing the Netivot Shalom office at office@netivotshalom.org.
In this three week class we will explore three psalms that feature prominently in our liturgy, looking at the lessons about mindfulness, kindness, and compassion that these psalms beautifully illustrate. Each week we will look at a different psalm and accompanying texts in order to help us find meaning not only in the siddur, but in our lives. We will focus primarily on Psalms 23, 30 and 147.

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