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Kol Emeth Institute (KEI)


The Kol Emeth Institute for Meaningful Learning is a new center for adult education.
Offering a variety of classes from cerebral to experiential, we will explore all kinds of Jewish content from texts to textiles! Classes will meet on select Wednesdays from 10:30 am-12:00pm, followed by an optional community lunch in our Kol Emeth Tea Room.

Kol Emeth Institute (KEI) Winter Session

Join Rabbi Shelly Lewis, Rabbi David Booth, or Jeff Schwarz on Wednesdays at 10:30am followed by Lunch in our Kol Emeth Tea Room.
Session Dates: 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8, 2/15, and 2/22


The Torah of Reconciliation: Seeking Wisdom to Nurture Civil Discourse with Rabbi Shelly Lewis

We struggle mightily to find ways to listen and to speak civilly over issues that divide our society, our people, even our friends and family. In this course based on Rabbi Lewis’ book Torah of Reconciliation, we will search for practical wisdom deeply embedded in Jewish sacred texts on how to manage our conflicts with compassion and civility. The Rabbi’s book will be available for sale at the first session. The cost is $20.

Bio: Rabbi Shelly Lewis is Rabbi Emeritus of Kol Emeth, having served for 33 years! He is the author of Torah of Reconciliation which occupied him for 12 years. He is also the author of a series of four children’s books on a related theme of living with and celebrating difference, and most recently of: Letters Home: A Jewish Chaplain’s Vietnam Memoir.


Beginning Hebrew Reading Class with Jeff Schwarz 

This is a continuation of last month's Hebrew Reading class where we learn all Hebrew letters and vowels.  Our goal will be reading sentences, and hopefully, singing simple prayers taken from the siddur.  The text is provided and will be Practice, Drill, and Review for Reading Hebrew by Lillian Adler.  Enjoy learning to read Ivrit (Hebrew) with your classmates in a supportive environment!


Practical Spiritual: A Journey to the Heart of Things with Rabbi David Booth

This six week course will be an exploration of theology, prayer, and views on the afterlife. The purpose will be to explore a practice that can support / reinforce / develop a faith experience. And similarly to develop a faith experience that can support a prayer and observance practice. It will also include a practical component in which people will be invited to compose prayer, poems, or other writings that can capture some personal reactions to the Divine and the challenges of one’s life.


The Kol Emeth Tea Room is a new menu of assorted salads, pastries, and beverages designed and prepared by our very own Pepe Sanchez!  
(Lunch is $15/person per week)

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Price is $15/person per week.


Mon, March 20 2023 27 Adar 5783