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New Class with Rabbi Stuart Kelman! "To PAUSE AND STRETCH The Rabbi's Need for Us to Take a Breath: Kaddish and Birchot HaShachar"

Netivot Shalom's Adult Education Committee is proud to announce stu kelman
A New Class with Rabbi Stuart Kelman! 
"To PAUSE AND STRETCH  The Rabbi's Need for Us to Take a Breath: Kaddish and Birchot HaShachar"


WHERE: Library, Congregation Netivot Shalom 

WHEN:7:30 to 9pm: May 12 and 19  


Join us for this 2-part class as we explore interrelated themes of Kaddish and the Morning Blessings of the siddur. Topics include:


      • Why so many Kaddish's? Isn't one enough? A trip through the various forms and functions.
      • Struggling to Wake Up!  The liturgy provides a response or two.
      • Why Do we Invoke Chanukah every Time we Say Shacharit?  Ah, the mysteries of Psalm 30.

It would be lovely if you have good Hebrew skills, but they are not necessary for these sessions.  And if you have your own siddur that you like to use, bring it along.


$10 per class. No one turned away for lack of funds.

Pre-registration required. Please register with Daniel at


Questions? Email David Gill at

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