Adult Education

Continuing Education Program 5780 (2019-20)

 

“HOW TO PRAY, AND WHY YOU MIGHT WANT TO:

Building a Prayer Ritual that Works for You”

 

Teacher: Rabbi Don Weber

 

DAYTIME AND EVENING CLASSES

In a recent survey of temple members, more than half the respondents said there is no one in their lives who “prays regularly.” (For the survey, we did not define “regularly.”)

When a person comes to a service and the leader says to turn to a certain page to begin, what is supposed to happen? Service leaders act as if we all know what we are doing there, what is expected of us and what we expect to happen – but is that a valid assumption? If we don’t know the first thing about prayer, other than that some people do it, how likely are we to have a meaningful experience when we are told to pray?

Realizing that many of us lack even the most basic foundation in prayer, Rabbi Weber is creating a multi-dimensional course to go back and start at the beginning: What is prayer? What is it supposed to accomplish? Does it work? How is it that some people can create prayers on the spot, and others wouldn’t consider making any life decision without “praying on it”? What is Jewish prayer? And who or what is God, and does God listen (and respond?) when we pray?

This course will start at the beginning, with silence and meditation. In fact, the only requirement for the course is your willingness to commit two minutes a day, one in the evening and one in the morning, to this work. In the beginning the time will be spent silently; later on you will be invited to add words and even music.

Our goal is to explore prayer from the inside. This is not a course about prayer, but an open, 21st Century examination of what it means for us to pray and, as the title says, why you might want to.

There is NO prerequisite for this class other than your desire to explore and your willingness to commit two minutes a day to the process. You will not be forced to pray (how could we do that?), and we assume that each person will come through the experience with different ideas and different results.

 

Temple members: $20 materials fee

Non-Members: $150 for the full-year course, including all materials

 

Evening classes will meet on alternate Thursday evenings, from 8:00 to 9:40 p.m., beginning September 19.

Daytime classes will meet on alternate Monday afternoons, from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m., beginning September 23.

 

To register, click here or call the temple office at 732-308-0055.

 

 

15 Mohawk Drive, Marlboro NJ 07746


 

Continuing Education Program 5780 (2019-20)

SPECIAL SEMINAR

 

EAT-PRAY-LEARN: “Everyday Jewish Ethics”

Friday, January 24, 2020 @ 6:30 p.m.

 

Join us for our annual Shabbat service, dinner and study evening. Perfect for families! 

Pot-luck dinner; main course provided, and each participant will be asked to bring a side dish or dessert. 

Free to everyone, but RSVP to the temple office is required in advance.

There will be no regular service this evening.

 

To register : Click here

 

This Seminar is FREE and open to the entire community, but advance registration is required.

15 Mohawk Drive, Marlboro NJ 07746