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Cafe Limmud

For adults only.

2nd and 4th Wednesday of the month
8:10 - 9:00 am
Beit Midrash

In an attempt to offer courses that meet the needs of all of our families, we are offering two tracks this year for Cafe Limmud: "PJA Judaism 101" and "Deep Dive." Every session is open to all.

2018-19 Dates and Speakers:

PJA JUDAISM 101
Wednesday, October 10:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
Why are the Jewish holidays always early or late, but never on time? Why are there so many days off of school for Jewish holidays? This session will explore the structure of the Jewish calendar.
(Professor Sylvia Frankel)

Wednesday, November 14:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
Are your children coming home talking about the parasha? Have you heard them describe something they learned in the mishnah? Are they talking about their hevrutah partner? This class will help you wrap your head around the terms associated with Jewish learning.
(Rabbi Joshua Rose)

Wednesday, December 12:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
PJA's Kashrut policy is grounded in kavod (respect) for all of our families. Come learn about the hows and whys of keeping kosher at PJA.
(David Feder)

Wednesday, January 23:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
What exactly are the school's middot and how do they inform all of the teaching and learning that happens at PJA?
(Amy Katz)

Wednesday, February 27:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
Who are Haman, Mordechai and Esther? Why do we eat three pointed cookies and dress up? Come learn many of the things your children already know about the holiday of Purim!
TBD

Wednesday, March 27:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
Passover is a holiday that is centered on rituals that occur in the home. Let's explore how you can create a meaningful Passover experience for you and your children.
(Rabbi Eve Posen)

Wednesday, May 8:
Cafe Limmud - PJA Judaism 101
Yom Hashoah, Yom Hazikaron, and Yom Ha'atzmaut are all days we commemorate at PJA. This session will explore the history and meaning behind these 20th century additions to the Jewish Calendar.
TBD

DEEP DIVE
Wednesday, October 24:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive
(Rabbi Eve Posen)

Wednesday, November 28:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive

The development and evolution of Rabbinic Judaism.
(Professor Sylvia Frankel)

Wednesday, January 9:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive
(Rabbi Motti Wilhelm)

Wednesday, February 13:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive
(Professor Natan Meir)

Wednesday, March 13:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive
TBD

Wednesday, April 10:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive
TBD

Wednesday, May 22:
Cafe Limmud - Deep Dive
Prayer: Does G-d need them and do they change his mind?
(Rabbi Motti Wilhelm)