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Jewish Learning Lab: 

Adult Education Offerings at Har Shalom

All Adult Education classes are virtual. 

Grieving Loss In A Jewish Way 

Tuesdays, 6:30-8pm, Oct 20, 27; Nov 3, 10, 17 & 24
Instructor: Nate Lamkin

“Grieving Loss in a Jewish Way” is a bereavement support group developed specifically for the Jewish community. Participants will have the opportunity to come together in a safe, familiar space with other Har Shalom congregants who are grieving the death of someone close to them, recently or in the past. The support group will be facilitated by Nate Lamkin, MSW, President of Pathways, northern Colorado’s leading provider of hospice, palliative care, and grief support services.

Participants will learn about grief and receive suggestions and techniques for coping with loss. Rabbi Finestone will attend some of the sessions to address specific questions and topics that group members will be invited to submit in advance. This is a 6-week closed group with advance registration required; space is limited to a maximum of ten (10) participants. Please note that this is not an open, drop-in group; the same pre-registered participants will attend each week on Tuesdays, 6:30 – 8:00 PM, via Zoom (Zoom meeting info will be sent to registered participants).

RSVP here!  Deadline to register Sunday, October 18


Pathways to Judaism

Wed, 7:15-8:30pm ·  Nov 4, 11, 18; Dec 2, 9, 16; Jan 6, 13, 20, 27; Feb 3, 10, 17; March 3, 10, 17, 24; April 14, 21, 28
Instructor: Rabbi Finestone

This program is an intensive 20-session course designed for people considering conversion to Judaism, or for adult Jews who would like a refresher course on the core beliefs, practices, and history of our people. The course is designed to open the world of Jewish tradition and understanding to those who have little or no background.  

Fee: CHS Member $180; Non-member $200  RSVP here

My (Jewish) Memoir

Monday 7 - 8:15pm, November 9, 16 & 23
Instructor: Barbara Sherrod 

This is a chance to tell your own personal, unique story, in your own way, and from your own perspective. We will reflect on where we are now, how we got there, and where we want to go. The reason Jewish is included in the title is that this class offers an invitation to bring our personal spiritual perspective to our story.  We are free to explore our deepest sacred connections.

The reason Jewish is in parentheses in the class title is that our writing will include many aspects of life other than our Jewish experiences.  And, of course, not all of us have a Jewish history. But we all have a life story.  

We will be writing in “shorts,” brief sketches, and what we write will be shared purely on a voluntary basis. We will read to pod-partners. We will hear each others’ stories, but will not critique them. Hearing will help us find our writing voice, and sharing will help give others perspective and idea. 

This class is free. RSVP here. 

Jewish Mysticism Through the Ages

Tuesdays, 7:00-9pm - December 1, 8 and 15
Instructor: Rabbi Finestone

Kabbalah, or Jewish Mysticism, has a long, complicated, and fascinating history. In this 3-week class we will examine the history of Jewish mysticism, looking at its beginnings, its development through the centuries, and at the various philosophies that have now become a part of Jewish life.

  • Dec. 1 - Characteristics of Jewish Mysticism and Its Early Forms
  • Dec. 8 - The Zohar
  • Dec. 15 - Isaac Luria, Shabbatai Zvi, and modern philosophies.

RSVP is required, class is free. RSVP here. 

Wise Women Support and Discussion Group

Thurs, 9:30-11:00am ·Oct 22, Nov 5,  Nov 19, Dec 3, Dec 17

Open to Jewish and non-Jewish women with 50 or More Years of Life ExperienceJoin us for stimulating, structured, and confidential discussions on topics about self-care, personal reflection, relationships, mentoring others, and sharing the wisdom we have gained through our life experiences. Take this opportunity to meet and get to know other women who share the challenges and changes associated with getting older.

Attend all or come when you can, there is no charge. For questions or to be included in the email list to receive additional information, reminders of session dates, and advance notice of the topic before each session, please email Ginny Riley.

Wed, October 28 2020 10 Cheshvan 5781