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IN-PERSON: 700 Benches Beit Midrash: Tikkun Olam

August 28 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

IN-PERSON: 700 Benches Beit Midrash: Tikkun Olam

Taught by: Rabbi SAM Luckey
Fairy: Natalie Boskin 

What is ‘tikkun olam,’ popularly translated as ‘repairing the world’? We will explore this powerful concept by looking at one of the foundational examples of tikkun olam in its rabbinic origin. 

In this 7-week IN-PERSON mixed-level beit midrash (‘study house’), you will learn ancient Jewish texts in their original language, explore Talmud study as a spiritual practice, and co-create a supportive, queer-normative community of study. 

Prerequisite: You need to know the Hebrew Alef Bet letters and vowels and be able to sound out Hebrew words. There is an Alef Bet Class in July, more info here

Time: Mondays 6:30 – 9 pm 

Location: IN-PERSON at Kehilla (1300 Grand Ave. Piedmont, CA)

Dates: July 31, Aug 7, 14, 21, 28, Sept 4, 11

Beit Midrash Orientation:* Monday July 31 from 5:30 – 6:30 pm
*The Beit Midrash Orientation is required for people who haven’t learned before with 700 Benches, SVARA, or another SVARA-style Beit Midrash before. Returning students are welcome at the Orientation session, but are not required to attend.

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Registration deadline: by the end of Sunday, July 30

Registration is limited to 30 students. If the class fills, we’ll have a wait list. 

We recommend having a Jastrow dictionary with you. We have extras. We will have Frank dictionaries available to share. 

Cost:** (includes a masechta (a tractate of Talmud) to keep)

  • Kehilla Members: $170 for series 
  • Non-members: $200 for series 

**The cost reflects the cost for operating the class including all materials, paying teachers and fairies, and snacks. No one turned away for lack of ability to pay; please pay what you can at registration or $0.

For in-person attendance, please adhere to the COVID Public Health Protocols.

IMPORTANT! PLEASE READ: The full Kehilla COVID Public Health Protocols here (updated December 1).

Effective December 1 – This new protocol is designed to decrease the possibility that the COVID, Flu or RSV virus spread at Kehilla.

  1. Anyone experiencing ANY symptoms of potentially contagious illness should remain at home and access Kehilla events virtually, regardless of vaccination status or even if you have received a negative COVID test result.
  2. Everyone attending a program, event, service or meeting held at Kehilla must stay current on all COVID vaccines and boosters, though we will no longer ask for proof upon entry. We encourage everyone to take a rapid antigen test before coming to Kehilla.
  3. All in-person attendees are expected to be masked indoors when not eating: N95, KN95, KF94 or comparable mask required.

In keeping with our health and safety protocols, Kehilla will provide maximum air filtration and ventilation. Doors and windows will be opened whenever possible and we recommend that you bring layers (it may be cold in the building).

All events at Kehilla are scent-free. Click here for information about what it means to be scent-free.

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