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Conversion to Judaism
Interested in converting to Judaism? Email Rabbi Laurie at for more information. We have an ongoing monthly group for those who are interested.

Adult Bnei Mitzvah
Interested in celebrating an adult bnei mitzvah? Email Joy at to sign up. We will convene our next cohort in April 2021.

Past Classes:
Beginning Hebrew
Learn to read Hebrew painlessly in a five-week, online basic Hebrew reading class. The class will introduce the letters and vowels and teach participants how to sound out syllables and words. No Hebrew background is necessary.

Raising the Sparks: An Introduction to Kabbalah
This class will begin with an exploration of the concept of “mysticism” and an overview of the history of Jewish mysticism. We will then review some of the key concepts of Kabbalah, including kabbalistic cosmology, divine emanations (sefirot), and the four worlds.  The focus will be on finding ways to make this often esoteric symbolic system applicable to contemporary religious life. 

Introduction to Judaism 
Join Rabbi Laurie for this 8-week introduction. She will provide an overview of Jewish practice, theology, prayer, texts, holidays, life cycles, history, and the Jewish community today. This is ideal for anyone interested in learning about Judaism including conversion students, non-Jewish partners, Jews who don't remember much from Hebrew school, and friends of the Jewish community. 

Beginning Yiddish 
Dip your feet into the world of Yiddish. This course will begin with the Yiddish aleph-beys, the Yiddish alphabet. Students will learn how to read in Yiddish, with opportunities for structured conversation. Students will be exposed to Yiddish culture through translated stories, oral histories, and songs. 


There are No Strangers Here:
Becoming an Anti-Racist Congregation 

As part of Shaarei Shamayim’s commitment towards becoming an anti-racist congregation, this course will move beyond simple recognition of racism and white privilege. Taught by Aja Davis and Molly Ola Pinney, a married couple and founders of White People. DOING Something.

Take a Class, Join a Group
Shaarei Shamayim offers a variety of adult learning opportunities each year. These classes are a great way to learn something new, meet others in the community, and engage with new ideas. All are welcome. You do not need to be a member to participate. All classes are currently taught on Zoom. 


Exploring the Structure and Meaning of Jewish Prayers - Register here
Tuesdays: April 13, 20, 27 and May 4, 11
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Rabbi Rena Blumenthal will take participants on a deep dive into Jewish liturgy, with a particular focus on Shabbat prayers. The class is designed both for people who are new to the Shabbat service and people who attend regularly. More information and registration here.

A Moment of Moral Clarity? Understanding the B'Tselem Report on Israeli Apartheid - Register here
Sundays: May 2 & 9
10:00-11:30 a.m.

Rabbi Brian Walt, a Reconstructionist rabbi who grew up in South Africa, will share his reflections on the report and lead two discussions about whether the B’Tselem report presents a new framework that offers a moment of moral clarity for Jews and others who believe in justice for all people who live in the region. More information and registration here.

Building Confidence with Prayers - Register here
Mondays: May 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
6:00-7:30 p.m.

Parthy Schachter returns to teach another Hebrew class.  The goal of this class will be to focus on prayer fluency for those who know the alphabet, but need additional practice to be able to participate fully during services. More information and registration here.

Introduction to Reconstructionism & Jewish Renewal - RSVP here
May 19, 7:00 p.m.
Join us for the first of our two annual CSS 101 discussions. These are geared for new or prospective members, but everyone is welcome. More information and registration here.

Modern Hebrew - Register here
Tuesdays, May 18, 25 and June 1, 8, 15
Join our wonderful Hebrew tutor, Tsurit Barhama, for a lively experience of conversational Hebrew. She’ll walk students through basic terms and engage them in simple conversation. More information and registration here.

Reading The Book of Israela – A Course with the Author - Register here
June 9, 16, 23, 30 and July 7

Explore Rabbi Rena Blumenthal’s novel, The Book of Israela, with her in this five-session course. More information and registration here.

More info and registration coming soon:
Beginning Yiddish II (June)

CSS 101: Nuts and Bolts - An Introduction to
   Shaarei Shamayim (this summer)

Sun, September 26 2021 20 Tishrei 5782