Hebrew Class Bracha 2015


Kehilla offers adult classes, learning events and other study opportunities, reflecting the interests and goals identified by congregants.  If you have an interest in learning in a particular area, or would like to volunteer to help make these opportunities possible, we welcome your email to adulted@kehillasynagogue.org.  Please scroll down for current offerings.

Online Hebrew/Biblical Text Resources

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Aleph Bet and Beyond! 
Taught by: Rabbi SAM Luckey

Weekly on Mondays, October 25, November 1, November 8, November 15, and November 22 from 7:30-8:45pm

Come learn to decode the alef-bet! In this five week course, we will learn the letters through games, lore, and chevruta (study buddy) practice, using visual and aural mnemonics. Whether this is your first encounter with these 22 holy gateways or eighteenth, we will build a foundation for reading sacred Hebrew texts such as Torah, Talmud, and liturgy. This class will prepare you to join a 700 Benches talmud class or other workshops that involve learning Hebrew or Aramaic texts in their original languages. Learn more

Offerings from R’ Chaya Gusfield 

These classes are being offered privately by R’ Chaya, not through Kehilla. If you are interested in more information about time, dates and fees, please contact her directly at cgusfield@gmail.com.

Groups with Rabbi Gusfield tend to take on a personal and spiritually reflective nature. She is passionate about studying Torah, prayer, and Jewish wisdom as a healing practice and believes we have a lot to learn from each other. For more information about her, see rabbichayagusfield.com.


8 sessions, Thursdays at 5 p.m. PST (2 hours) beginning in January/February. Dates TBD. Limited to 7 people. Knowledge of Hebrew is not required.

Description: Each person will explore their birth portion as a lens into our sacred Torah text. Your birth portion is the Torah portion that was being read during the week you were born. (Hebrew birth date) We will learn different approaches to studying Torah focusing on uncovering the personal significance of your birth portion. For example, “why was I born during the week of Korach? What can I learn about myself, Torah, and our people?” Each week we will study one or two people’s portions. Whether you are new to Torah study or have experience studying Torah, this class is for you.

Essentials of Judaism 
Taught by: Rabbi Dev Noily

Twice monthly on Tuesdays, February 8, February 22, March 8, March 29, April 5, April 19 and May 3 from 7-9pm (PT) – initially via Zoom.

Join Rabbi Dev for seven session (twice monthly) for a deep dive into some of the juiciest parts of Jewish practice and life. This class is required for Conversion and Adult B’nei Mitzvah Students and is open to all. Class will be held initially via Zoom and will move into multi-access. Learn more

Exploring Jewish?

Learning * Reflection * Adult Bar/Bat Mitzvah * Conversion *

If you’ve been thinking about giving your interest in Jewish experience more focused attention, Kehilla would like to encourage, and help support your effort. However you define what “Jewish” (or “Kehillian”) experience means to you, there are opportunities to explore and enrich that part of your life. You may have a desire to study toward a bar/bat mitzvah ceremony, or a conversion, or just to give yourself the gift of deeper personal exploration.

We’re offering a variety of experiences: classes (Hebrew included), groups, partnered study (chevruta), solo study, personal reflection and exploration of mitzvot and the spiritual underpinnings of social action. Some participants will identify a concrete goal; others will just see what develops.

If this intrigues you, please respond (“I’m curious” is a sufficient response, more is welcome) to experience@kehillasynagogue.org . No commitment now—let’s talk!