Opening to Return: online class for the High Holidays

Opening to Return: online class to prepare for the High Holy days

with Rebecca Minkus-Lieberman

5 Monday evenings - 7:30 - 9:00 pm
Aug. 28
Sept. 4
Sept. 11
Sept. 18
Sept. 25

“You are walking through the world half asleep. It isn’t just that you don’t know who you are and that you don’t know how and why you got here...A great horn sounds, calling you to remembrance, but all you can remember is how much you have forgotten. Every day for a month you sit and try to remember who you are and where you are going...The time of transformation is upon you.”
This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared, Alan Lew

The Hebrew month of Elul is an invitation. An alarm clock. A doorway opening to us.
During Elul, the month before the Jewish New Year, we are invited to take intentional steps and pave our own pathway towards the High Holy Days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. 
Each Elul presents a new opportunity for introspection and renewal, and each year, Elul is offered up to you as a month to prepare for this time of year in the ways that you most need.
Where do you need to dig more deeply?
What needs to be broken down in order to make space for what you wish to build?
What questions do you need to live into in the present moment?
What type of teshuvah - return - are you looking for this year?

This 5-session class will explore all of these essential questions through the lens of the wonderful book by Rabbi Alan Lew, “This Is Real and You Are Completely Unprepared.”
We will read the book together and discuss its beautiful teachings to help us prepare together for the High Holy Days. The class will integrate the text of the book, outside texts, group discussion, reflective writing, mindfulness, and paired learning, with guiding questions offered between each class meeting. The class will take place via the online video platform of zoom. 
Before the start of class, the book must be purchased by each student.

Cost of live class: $75
Cost of receiving recorded sessions: $40

Register by Aug. 14th



Kavannah for the New Moon: Rosh Chodesh Av

Mon,Jul 24 @ 7:00 - 9:00 pm

private home in Chicago
Tears upon Tears: Finding, healing, and growing the broken heart

Monday, July 24th

7:30 - 9:00 pm

Private home in Chicago - address sent upon registration

with Jane Shapiro

This month we will read a section from the book of Lamentations and learn about Tisha B’AV, the day that commemorates the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem. We will face our sorrows straight on and think about ways we can use this sadness to restore our holiest selves.

Before attending, you will want to listen to this beautiful lamentation ( Kinah Song) that is traditional for the day. https://youtu.be/aNyiZgozBH0
Join us this summer to explore your creative side!
Artists' Beit Midrash in conjunction with North Suburban Synagogue Beth El

Taught by Judith Joseph and Jane Shapiro

Relationships in the Torah: 
Family Ties as Inspiration For Art

June 8, 15, 22, and 29; July 13 and 20
9:30-11:30 a.m.

Students explore Jewish sources thematically (no Hebrew knowledge required) taught by master text teacher Dr. Jane Shapiro, co-founder and teacher at the Orot Center for New Jewish Learning, and master artist-in-residence Judith Joseph. Artists of all skill levels and working with any type of media -- sculpture, oils, watercolors, photographs, fabrics, poetry, music, theater, and dance -- are invited to participate in text study, discussion, and commentary through art. Students will look at a different theme each week, building community in the process. 


$90 course fee, $60 for Beth El members 

To register, email Marcie Eskin or call her at 847-926-7903