Congregation Agudat Achim

Past Programs

The Adult Education Committee seeks to provide a Beit Midrash, a house of study, for the shul by providing programs that instill an abiding relationship with Judaism, the Jewish people, and the State of Israel.

The videos below were produced during a time when Zoom became our primary and only form of meeting to learn and grow together. Through the 2020-2021 year, we combated isolation by offering a plethora of opportunities to talk and learn together. Take the time to go through and see some of the programs we put on recently. Enjoy!

 

Back to the Basics

A series of courses designed to inspire, our programmatic theme for the 2020-2021 educational year. Rabbi Spitzer designed and personally presented three series and assisted with the presentation of two others: The Cycle of Jewish Life, Holy Times, Living a Jewish Life, How to Write a D’var Torah (presented by Steve Schmidt, Vice President of Programming), and From Genesis to Siddur Lev Shalem: A History of Judaism Through Its Books (presented by Jeffrey Spitzer, Rabbi Rafi Spitzer’s father and lifelong mentor). Watch the videos below to see what we learned together!

 

The Cycle of Jewish Life: A Three-Part Exploration with Rabbi Spitzer
3, 10, 17 June 2021

The Cycle of Jewish Life, Part 1: Jewish Death and Mourning 101

The Cycle of Jewish Life, Part 2: Birth, Conversion, & Bnei Mitzvah

The Cycle of Jewish Life, Part 3: Divorce, Weddings, Marriage

 

Holy Times, with Rabbi Spitzer
4, 11, 18 March 2021

Back to the Basics Holy Times Resource Sheet

Holy Times, Part 1, 4 March 2021

Holy Times, Part 2, 11 March 2021

Holy Times, Part 3, 18 March 2021

Living a Jewish Life, with Rabbi Spitzer
5, 12, 19 November 2020

Living a Jewish Life: Shabbat, 5 November 2020
Living a Jewish Life: Shabbat – Source Sheet
Living a Jewish Life: Tzedakah, 12 November 2020
Living a Jewish Life: Tzedakah – Source Sheet
Living a Jewish Life: Kashrut, 19 November 2020
Living a Jewish Life: Kashrut – Source Sheet

 

How to Write a D’var Torah, with Steve Schmidt
2 & 9 December 2020

How to Write a D’var Torah, Part 1: 2 December 2020
D’var 1:  Source Sheet            D’var 1: Slideshow
How to Write a D’var Torah, Part 2: 9 December 2020
D’var 2: Source Sheet              D’var 2: Slideshow

 

From Genesis to Siddur Lev Shalem: A History of Judaism Through Its Books
with Jeffrey Spitzer
3, 10, 17 December 2020; 7, 14, 21 January 2021

Information Booklet

Part 1, 3 December 2020
Source Sheet

Part 2, 10 December 2020
Source Sheet

Part 3, 17 December 2020
Source Sheet

Video 1 – with Hanukkah candle lighting


Video 2 – end of session

Part 4, 7 January 2021
Part 5, 14 January 2021
Part 6, 21 January 2021