Drop In and Learn – Videostreamed Lifelong Learning

Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. in the Teen Lounge
Free and open to the community, all welcome, no reservations needed.

Wednesday, August 22 – “Pluralism and Prayer” – AJC Board of Governors Chair Harriet Schleifer and former Knesset Member Rachel Azaria address Jewish pluralism in Israel and the power of the Orthodox rabbinate. Presented at the recent 2018 AJC Global Forum in Jerusalem.

Starting Wednesday, August 29 – “Derech Eretz: Building Character and Building Society” – A series of 9 videos from the Shalom Hartman Institute’s 2018 Community Leadership Program Summer Retreat in Jerusalem

More than 130 participants joined faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute this summer for a timely exploration of character development and ethical leadership in the Jewish tradition. They discussed how our societies in America and in Israel are falling short of achieving our ethical aspirations. The demise of civil discourse, widespread cynicism about democratic principles, and misbehavior by flawed leaders were a few of the central symptoms of this gap between our professed values and our lived reality that were discussed. Speakers, panelists, and participants discussed how Jewish values can inform our conversation about the dilemmas posed by this widening gap. Topics include “From Common Sense to Common Decency,” “Moral Purity vs. Moral Compromise,” “Derech Eretz in a Manner of Speaking: How to Answer a Fool,” “The Challenges of Character: When Our Leaders Fail,” “The Ethics of Public Discourse and Protest,” and more.

Throughout the year we videostream material from many sources of excellent online lifelong Jewish learning, including JTS, Jewish Review of Books, Pardes, Shalom Hartman Institute, and Mechon Hadar, as well as lectures by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, Professor Henry (Hillel) Abramson, Professor Howard Lupovitch, and others.

Weekday entrance to Beth Ahm building – To attend our learning group, use the glass door overlooking the east parking lot and the Woll Memorial Bible Garden. Take steps from parking lot or, for barrier-free entry, start at main entrance canopy and use sidewalk to the glass door. Use buzzer on left to alert the office to your presence, and staff will unlock left door electronically so you can enter.

For more info, including schedule of upcoming lecture topics and teachers, call Nancy Kaplan 248-737-1931, text 248-390-4294 or e-mail nancyellen879@att.net

Mitzvah Opportunity

Donations are welcome to help underwrite this free weekly learning opportunity, which Beth Ahm offers to lifelong learners in the community regardless of religious affiliation.  Drop In & Learn has been running for 9 years and is still going strong. New participants are always welcome.

For more information or questions about Drop In & Learn, contact Nancy Kaplan at 248-737-1931 or nancyellen879@att.net.