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Project Zug

What is Project Zug? 

Temple Beth Shalom is pleased to offer select Project Zug courses to our members! Join Beth Shalom members and friends in small groups to learn in a comfortable setting. 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.

These classes are free for members (you must log into your account before registering) and are available to non-members with a meaningful donation.  You are welcome to sign up for more than one class; we do request that you sign up only if you can commit to attend the majority of each class series.    

(Please note: you must register through the links below for free classes with Beth Shalom. Other classes are available on Project Zug's website for additional fees).

Unique Advantages of Project Zug:

* It is a platform that connects Jews everywhere through substantive Jewish learning
* Participants meet in small groups of Temple Beth Shalom members and friends
* Unlike most internet learning, the content is designed to build relationships, not simply broadcast information
* The small-group model keeps participants engaged and builds deep connections

How does it work? 

* Courses are either 4, 5, or 10 sessions in length
* Each learning session is designed to be completed in approximately 1 hour 
* Study can be done online through Zoom
* Each course features short, high quality videos of the instructor offering background and framing for the learning, as well as downloadable handouts to be reviewed during the class time. No pre-work or homework is required other than watching the very short videos prior to each class session (and if you forget, come anyway!). Together you and your group will go through the handout--the questions prompt thoughtful and meaningful discussion, and typically the hour flies by!

Course Descriptions for Fall 2020

Registration is Now Closed for All Project Zug Classes

A Food Tour of the Talmud

Led by Rabbi Steinman
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., beginning Oct. 14
10 sessions via Zoom 
(minimum of 10 people for this class to make) 

Food is a powerful force at the center of ritual, community and ethics. This class will explore all of these aspects of food by studying passages on food found across the six Orders of the Talmud. How can the act of eating become a practice of gratitude? Who should receive food as charity, and how much? What rights do field-workers have? Jumping into the lively debate of Talmud will pave the way for rich discussion to affirm, challenge and transform our own approaches to food.


Intro to Jewish Social Justice

Wednesday afternoons at 2:00 pm, beginning Oct. 14
4 sessions via Zoom 
Maximum 7 people
Facilitated by Tony Orum

What is "Jewish Social Justice"? What does it mean to repair the world as Jews? This 4-session course will explore a range of tensions: What is the relationship between learning and action? Should we preference immediate needs or long-term impact? How can we prioritize among the variety of inequalities? Is our primary responsibility to our own community or the broader world? Does your desire for justice come from your relationship to Judaism or somewhere else? Through traditional and modern sources, we'll seek to understand what Jewish social justice is, and how it can guide our efforts to improve the world.  



Tzedakah: The Jewish Approach to Giving

Tuesday evenings at 7:00 p.m., beginning Oct. 13
5 sessions via Zoom 
Maximum 7 people
Facilitated by Jo Anne Snow Grimshaw 
Why do you give? How does your Judaism affect your giving habits? This course will explore what Judaism has to say about the need to give charity: Who needs to give? How much should we give, and to whom? We will explore these issues together through traditional sources and modern answers.


Building Jewish Pluralism

Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m., beginning Oct. 15
4 sessions via Zoom 
Maximum 7 people
Facilitated by Leonard Schwartz 

This course will investigate pluralism as a value in Jewish life. Together, we’ll ask the questions: How do I live a life of conviction while remaining tolerant of others? How can I emphasize what's right for one may not be right for another without falling into relativism? How do I cultivate a sense that you don't have to be wrong for me to be right? How do I satisfy diverging contingents within my community? What are the limits of pluralism?


Mon, October 26 2020 8 Cheshvan 5781