Rabbi Yitzchak Etshalom
Yaakov: From Shepherd to
Grandfather of a Nation
A Reexamination of the Yaakov
Narrative Cycle in Beresheet
Nov 13, 20, 27, Dec 5 (Wednesday) Home of Albie and Debra Cohen
Over these four weeks, Rav Etshalom will lead us
through text study of some of the key stories in the Yaakov narratives (including, but not limited to his vision at Beit El, his years with Lavan, his return to Canaan and reunion with Esav). The main focus of the shiur will be gaining transferable text-skills which will both highlight some of the varied perspectives of our tradition of interpretation as well as allow for deeper insights into the grandfather of our nation.
Advanced Torah Reading Skills
January 9, 16, 30, February 6, 13, 20
BDJ Bet Midrash
This class is for people who know how to read Torah but
are interested in advancing their skills to the next level. You can prepare Torah reading more easily and more precisely when you have the right tools. We will discuss aspects of Hebrew language and grammar that relate
to Torah reading, the structure of the trop, and how to make one’s reading pleasant as well as precise. The class will be interactive, with a strong focus on skill building. Men and women are welcome.
Please register for this class by contacting Orit at the shul office no later than December 20, at 310-276-9269.
Hunger Games: Appreciating
Shabbat Morning Kiddush
April 10, 17, 24, May 1
Home of the Luries
The purpose of the class is to make the Shabbat Morning
Kiddush experience meaningful. We will discuss the philosophical underpinnings/Hashkafa of Kiddush on Shabbat morning and the practical aspects of making and participating in Kiddush. (We may even use homemade refreshments as samples to practice the proper order of priority for brachot on Kiddush foods.)
Yael Weinstock Mashbaum
To Daven and Understand:
Siddur Hebrew Uncovered
Jan 8, 15, 29, Feb 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19
BDJ is excited to announce a new Hebrew
comprehension class for our members. This class is geared toward people who are able to read the siddur and similar texts, but are looking to enhance the meaningfulness of their davening experience through being able to understand siddur Hebrew. The class will use a specialized workbook and the siddur as texts,
all in the effort to make the language of tefillah more accessible.
Please register for this class by contacting Orit at the shul office no later than December 20, at 310-276-9269. Please be aware that there is a $25 workbook that the attendee must purchase.
Shabbat afternoons, May to August (Various Locations)
Every summer, when Shabbat gets long and people get hungry around 5 pm for Torah and food, B’nai David offers the best thing to happen to summer Shabbat since Matan Torah: Nosh & Drosh! Join us for lively discussions and lectures on provocative and important topics of the day with noted Rabbis and scholars from around our community, as B’nai David’s members open their houses to host these sumptuous Shabbat hoe-downs. If you are interested in hosting or leading one, or if you know someone who you think should, please send email to the BDJ education committee.
Every Shabbat after Mincha at the shul
There is no better way to cap off Shabbat than by joining us at shul for Seuda Shelisheet, which consistently offers friendship, food, song, and words of Torah.
Nothing but the Pshat
During Seudah Shelisheet
Starting Oct 6
There is no better way to cap off Shabbat than by joining us at Shul for Seuda Shelisheet, which consistently offers friendship, food, song, and words of Torah.
Each Shabbat, beginning on October 6th, Rav Yosef or one of the traditional cadre of BDJ teachers, will select one section of the upcoming week’s parsha, and delve into its “pshat,” i.e., the meaning that is yielded by a close, careful reading of the words and phrases the parsha uses. Bring your favorite chumash, or just pull one off the Beit Medrash shelf. What a fantastic way to kick off the upcoming week!