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Project Zug

What is Project Zug? 

Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to offer select Project Zug courses to our members! Connect with your community through weekly one-to-one paired (havruta), individual, or small-group learning. Together, Temple Beth Shalom and Project Zug offer self-paced, relevant learning on a wide variety of topics, from the songs of Leonard Cohen, to Jewish philosophy, to social justice. See below for a description of the courses offered by Temple Beth Shalom.

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Unique Advantages of Project Zug:

* It is a platform that connects Jews everywhere through substantive Jewish learning
* Participants meet on their own schedule
* Unlike most internet learning, the content is designed to build relationships, not simply broadcast information
* The one-to-one model keeps participants responsible for one another and builds deep connections

How does it work? 

* Courses are either 4 or 10 sessions in length
* Each learning session offers a study sheet with questions, designed to be learned in 30-45 min 
* Study can be done online through video chat, or in person 
* Each course features 4 short, high quality videos of the instructor offering background and framing for the learning

Course Descriptions for Summer 2020

Led by Kelly Finkel
Mondays at 7:30 p.m.
Four sessions starting July 20
Note: this class will begin when at least four people enroll

For our ancestors, ritual was a sort of spiritual technology. With meaning and intention, ritual accomplished something specific, something almost magical for them. How might we experience ritual in our modern lives with this same sense of meaning, intention, and accomplishment?


Intro to the Jewish Bookshelf

Led by Leonard Schwartz
Saturdays at 10:30 a.m.

 The Jewish people have long been called the People of the Book, a fitting name given our deep love for the Jewish textual tradition. In this course, we'll take a close look at the essential core texts that make up the Jewish Bookshelf beginning with the Torah. In the course of our study, we will learn not only what these texts are and how they work but we'll use them as an entryway into conversations about creation in the Torah, self-defense in rabbinic texts, and revelation through the eyes of modern thinkers.


Moral Dilemmas

Led by Tony Orum
Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m.
July 29, Aug. 12, Aug. 26, Sept. 9

Wrestle with every day moral dilemmas, the sorts of which we each encounter all of the time in our lives, through the lens of traditional  Jewish text. We'll pose these every day moral dilemmas to classic Jewish sources and see what, if any wisdom, they have to offer us when confronted with these questions. In doing so, we'll attempt to not only answer the dilemmas before us but suggest a model for what it might look like to turn to Jewish texts for guidance on pressing questions of our times.


Purpose, Conflict, and Resolution: Leonard Cohen's Vision

Led by Mark Salmanson
Sundays at 10:30 a.m.
Ten sessions starting July 19
Note: this class will begin when at least four people enroll

This course explores Cohen’s perspectives on Spiritual Purpose, Worldly Conflict, and Resolution with the Divine, offering a voice of human faith, curiosity, empathy, and theology that not only entertains and inspires beyond any particular tradition, but also challenges and enriches Jewish practice and experience specifically.

The course is based on listening to and discussing a set of Leonard Cohen’s songs—with occasional poems or excerpts from interviews.

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Tue, July 7 2020 15 Tammuz 5780