Spring 2019

1 Session

The First Annual Leadership Institute Alumnae Retreat

January 20-21, 2019

For the members of cohorts 1, 2, 3, 4. 

At Spirit of the Desert Retreat Center.

Keynote Speaker:  Julianna Storch Cohen
Manager, Special Projects, Former Chief of Staff, Office of the CEO

$50.00 Enroll - $50

4 Session

A. Tea and Torah: The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held

Mondays at 4pm

March 4, 11, 18, 25

Join us for Tea and informal Torah conversation on Essays from Rabbi Shai Held’s book, The Heart of Torah.

March 4, Parshat Pekudei

March 11 Parshat Vayikra

March 18 Parshat Tzav

March 25 Parshat Shmini

$125.00 Enroll - $125

Semester Courses

B. Joan’s Class: The Heart of Torah, Rabbi Shai Held

Mondays at 10am

Jan. 14, 28 Feb. 4, 11, 25 March 4, 11, 18, 25 April 1, 8, 15, 29

We will study the weekly parsha together with the thought-provoking essays from Rabbi Shai Held’s book, The Heart of Torah.  Participants can purchase Rabbi Held’s books on Amazon, Barnes and Noble etc.

Jan. 7 Parashat Bo

Jan. 14 Parashat Beshalach

Jan. 28 Parashat Mishpatim

Feb. 4 Parashat Terumah

Feb. 11 Parashat Tetzaveh

Feb. 25 Parashat Vayakhel

March 4 Parashat Pekudei

March 11 Parashat Vayikra

March 18 Parashat Tzav

March 25 Parashat Shmini

April 1 Parashat Tazria

April  8 Parashat Metzorah

April 29 Make-Up If Needed Parashat  Acharei Mot

$225.00 Enroll - $225

C. Tuesday Morning Talmud

Tuesdays at 8:00am

Jan. 15, 22 Feb. 5, 12, 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 30

The Talmud teaches us  how to argue from different points of view, how to consider multiple angles on any subject, and how to express values through legal language.  Fall Topics and Sources:

Talmud 2018-2019

  1. Hagiga 10a: rabbinic law is like a mountain hanging by a thread
  2. Hagiga 14b: four entered the Pardes (2x)
  3. Rosh Hashana 25a: Violating Yom Kippur to prove a point.
  4. Rosh Hashana 28b: Do commandments require kavvanah (intention)?
  5. Rosh Hashana 33b-34a: Why do we sound the shofar the way we do?
  6. Ketubot 7b-8a: the seven wedding blessings
  7. Ketubot 9a: double doubt in the case of a claim about a bride’s non-virginity
  8. Ketubot 22a: “the mouth that forbids is the mouth that permits”
  9. Ketubot 31a: when a more serious punishment applies, the lesser punishment is waived
  10. Ketubot 62b-63a: when too much Torah gets a rabbi killed
  11. Ta’anit 21-22: What ordinary people do to earn a place in the World to Come
  12. Ta’anit 23a: Honi the Circle-Drawer
  13. Yoma 23a: Kohanim gone wild: When blood is spilled at the altar
  14. Sukkah 29b-30a: Can one perform a mitzvah with something stolen?
  15. Yevamot 24b: What is the status of a conversion for the sake of marriage?
  16. Yevamot 62b: how 24,000 students of Rabbi Akiva suddenly died
  17. Kiddushin 29a: time-bound positive mitzvot
  18. Kiddushin 31a-32b: honoring parents
  19. Kiddushin 39b: what is the reward for observing the commandments?
  20. Gittin 55b-56a: the story of the destruction of the Temple (Kamtza, bar Kamtza)
  21. Gittin 56a: the escape of Rabbi Yohanan ben Zakkai (3x)
  22. Gittin 60a-b: how was the Torah given, scroll-by-scroll or all at once?

$225.00 Enroll - $225

D. Online & Distance Learning – Parshat Hashavua

Tuesdays 11am Pacific, 12pm Mountain, 1pm Central, 2pm Eastern

Jan. 15, 22, 29 Feb. 5, 12, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26 April 2, 9, 30

Join women from Arizona, Alabama, Michigan and Israel through Zoom.  We’ll be tackling the weekly Parsha using Rabbi Shai Held’s new book, the Heart of Torah.

Jan. 8 Parashat Bo

Jan. 15 Parashat Beshalach

Jan. 29 Parashat Mishpatim

Feb. 5 Parashat Terumah

Feb. 12 Parashat Tetzaveh

Feb. 26 Parashat Vayakhel

March 5 Parashat Pekudei

March 12 Parashat Vayikra

March 19 Parashat Tzav

March 26 Parashat Shmini

April 2 Parashat Tazria

April  9 Parashat Metzorah

April 30 Make Up If Needed – Parashat  Acharei Mot


$250.00 Enroll - $250