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Email from 7/20/22

HI all, 
 
at the bottom of this email includes all of the follow up info from last night, including the zoom info for tomorrow night.  
 
As for tomorrow's meeting we will begin with the homework.  I'm hoping each of you will either share about a new shabbat experience you tried or something from one of the readings.  
 
Since we will be discussing Tisha B'av, I encourage anyone who has no idea what Tisha B'av is to take a look at this short article before class tomorrow night: https://www.myjewishlearning.com/article/tisha-bav-2022/ Also, tomorrow we will talk about some of the worst moments in Jewish history. If we have time I will ask if anyone has any personal experience with antisemitism that they would be willing to share with the group.  
 
Please, if at all possible, come ready with your camera on and ready to participate.  Unlike some other classes there is really a goal to build a cohort of people taking their Jewish journey seriously.  
 
Finally, as always, please bring any and all questions about anything Jewish you are holding on to.  we will either spend some time on them or devote future class time to them.  This is your chance!!
 
can't wait to see you,
RJF
 
 

June 16, 2022

Hello Judaism 101’ers,  
 
I hope you enjoyed last night’s class as much as I did.  Your personal stories combined with our texts have me excited about Judaism.  Here are some important notes from last class, getting ready for next, and the class in general. 
  • At least one person didn’t get the email with the info yesterday.  So please respond (not reply all) to this email and let me know you got it.
  • To those of you who missed the first one, you are welcome to try next month. If you can’t make that one either please let me know and we’ll figure it out. 
  • In fact, in general, if you aren’t going to be able to make a class, please let me know.  From here on out, I will likely plan some small group discussions and I want to have an idea who I have to work with.
  • Here is a link to the source sheet we worked off of last night. www.sefaria.org/sheets/414534
  • Dani is working on a much cleaner version of my other sheet which I am so grateful for and will share when she sends it my way. Thank you Dani!
Homework
Finally, please remember to challenge yourself to one shabbat experience you have either not had before or haven’t had in a long time. Examples could include
  • Family shabbat dinner
  • Baking challah
  • Lighting candles
  • Coming to services
  • Turning off your cell phone 
Lastly, I’m building our curriculum.  I have the following plans but I am up for other discussions if you have ideas for topics.
  • The holidays
  • The high holy days
  • Jewish Organizational Life
  • Why do bad things happen to good people
  • A tour of important Jewish texts
  • The state of Israel
Thank you and shabbat shalom!
RJF
Fri, August 19 2022 22 Av 5782