Here, we offer a variety of ways to learn and evolve.
You’ll find social clubs meeting in homes, serious study groups grappling with heavy topics, or larger gatherings involved in social action.
Learn to read and understand Hebrew—mastering the language of the Jewish people. Or, attend scholarly lectures by acclaimed intellectuals about current global issues.
At Kehillah, you’ll find multiple ways to connect with, and make a difference, in your community. From that comes the best part: enduring friendships.
Adult Ed Opportunities:
REEL Israel Film Series
March 7-11, 2021 at the Chelsea Theater
Through five incredible documentary films, Duke Associate Professor Shai Ginsburg will take participants on a unique tour of Israel. Several film screenings will be followed by evocative, honest discussions. Tugging at your heart and your mind, these films are not to be missed.
Classes & Lectures
Introduction to Judaism
Wednesdays, September 2, 2020 – January 27, 2021 7-8:30 PM
Always been curious about Judaism? Never paid attention in Hebrew school? Thinking about joining the Tribe? This class, using the Miller Program, is an open and engaging 18-week experience geared towards both Jews and non-Jews who want to learn more. Bring your questions and explore the wisdom, depth, and joy of Jewish living. No classes will be held on 9/23, 11/25, 12/23, and 12/30. Makeup dates reserved on 2/3 and 2/10. Follow this link for more information or to register.
Adult Beginner’s Hebrew
Prayer-book Hebrew-Date Change!
We are now meeting on Tuesdays starting on January 13 at 7:00 pm to 8:30 pm. We will meet via Zoom. This course will be taught by Rabbi Robin Damsky. The fee for the course is $54. We need 5 students in order to offer the class. We have 4 students & we need 3 more. Please RSVP by January 11 to Sherri for Zoom info.
Heart Mind & Soul Series
December 8 at 7:30 pm via Zoom
Prius or Pickup: How did Americans become so politically divided?
Based on widely acclaimed research in political psychology, Jonathan Weiler (Kehillah member) will discuss the roots of our polarization and what, if anything, might allow us to move beyond the impasse. Jonathan Weiler received his Ph.D. in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill. He has written four books, including Authoritarianism and Polarization in American Politics (Cambridge University Press, 2009), co-authored with Marc Hetherington), which won the Philip Converse award from the American Political Science Association in 2016, in recognition of the book’s lasting impact on the field, and Prius or Pickup: How the Answers to Four Simple Questions Explain America’s Great Divide (2018), also co-authored with Marc Hetherington. He teaches courses on economic globalization, sports and globalization, and human rights. To join the conversation email sherri AT kehillahsynagogue.org.
January 12 at 7:30 pm via Zoom
Before Bereishit: Who wrote the Torah, and how?
For several centuries, Bible scholars have claimed that the Torah was compiled from several older source-texts. Using some favorite stories from Genesis and Exodus as test cases, we’ll explore the evidence used to support this “Documentary Hypothesis,” as well as the challenges offered by some of its opponents. Emily Branton is a Ph.D. student in Religious Studies at UNC-Chapel Hill, specializing in the Hebrew Bible (Tanakh) and other ancient Near Eastern literature. Before coming to Chapel Hill, she was a lead educator and curriculum design partner at the Jewish Enrichment Center, an innovative Jewish after-school program in Hyde Park, Chicago. She has a BA in Religion from Smith College and an MA from the Divinity School at the University of Chicago. To join the conversation email sherri AT kehillahsynagogue.org
Owning Up to Our History and Facing Our Future: A Covenant of Anti-Racism (open to Kehillah members only)
While we often describe our town as progressive, we know that racial injustices of disparity in educational opportunity, health, employment, income, housing and criminal justice persist in Chapel Hill and Orange County. We know, also, that in order to do the work of being anti-racist, we need to know and to own the history that brought us here.
Since early March, Rabbi Jen has been meeting weekly with an interfaith, interracial group of ministers to jointly plan responses to the COVID-19 pandemic. This same group is seeking ways for our communities to work together to confront racism and work toward racial justice. This minister forum will be meeting weekly for six weeks with scholar Chris Faison to learn the histories of race and racism in Chapel Hill that shape our present moment. Then each faith community will gather to watch and discuss these 6 recorded sessions. At the conclusion of the six sessions, we’ll join across our faith communities to meet with Chris Faison and forge future actions. The six sessions are listed below.
Session 1: Town Founding – Civil War, 6/25
This introductory session will start by discussing the concept of individual racism during the town’s beginnings, while acknowledging the Indigenous American populations through the end of the Civil War.
Session 2: Reconstruction – Pre-World War I, 7/2
The second session will consider the idea of interpersonal racism during the Reconstruction era through the lead up to World War I.
Special Session: Conversation with local student activist, 7/9
Session 3: World War I – Pre-Brown v. Board of Education, 7/16
The third session will account for the abstraction of institutional racism from the World War I epoch through the time frame ahead of the landmark Brown decision.
Session 4: Modern Civil Rights Movement, 7/23
The fourth session will look upon the notion of structural racism in the 1950s, 1960s, and 1970s.
Session 5: Multiculturalism 7/30
The fifth session will regard the impression of antiracism in the 1980s and 1990s.
Session 6: Post-racialism in 21st Century 8/6
The sixth and final session will imagine the thought of being an antiracist from 2000 to present.
Session 7: Interfaith discussion across our communities TBD
All faith communities come together for a moderated ZOOM discussion with Chris and to plan next steps.
For more information about our engaging Adult Education programs contact: sherri AT kehillahsynagogue.org