Adath is proud to announce our new format for programs that will enrich your lives as Jews, and those of you who love Jews, and strengthen your relationships within the community in a way that is meaningful to you. Keep watching as we grow our program and bring you relevant and meaningful experiences and learning.
We offer a variety of classes, live & laugh gatherings, programs & events, as well as study groups. There's something for everyone at Adath!
spa: soulful prayer at adath
Saturday, Mar 17 • 6 pm
Unplug from the week and plug into something special that will inspire you. Our soulful, musical davening (prayer) will be in the Chapel.
Join Rabbi Weininger, with Elizabeth "EB" Barnard, Jennifer Gray, Nancy Krawetz, and Michael Raymond at this contemplative, musical service.
Building healthy family relationships: a program for parents and stepparents
Thursday, Feb 22 • 7-8:30 pm
One of the best kept secrets is that well functioning relationships don't just happen by chance. Healthy relationships require hard work, flexibility and an interest in change. This workshop will explore the complexities of family relationships and discuss tools and strategies from Debra Grayson's new book, Building Healthy Family Relationships: A Workbook for Parents and Stepparents.
Debra will be selling and signing books. There will also be a drawing for a free copy of her book.
Debra is a Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist, Supervisor, Author and Trainer. She has 30 years experience working with adolescents, families, and the community to help educate, support and strengthen marital, family and organizational relationships.
The workbook is intended for parents, stepparents and mental health professionals working with families. The workbook format provides the time and space for the reader to explore the concepts in an interactive format which can be shared with a partner or support person.
Ms. Grayson moved from Minneapolis in 2016 to the Kansas City area. For more information on Debra, check out her website at:
purim on the big screen
Wednesday, Feb 28 • 5:15-8 pm
A celebration for the entire Adath Community
5:15 pm Family dinner: pizza, salad, breadsticks
Cost: $5/child, $10/adult, $20/family REGISTER
6:00 pm Costume Parade & Maariv
6:30 pm Megillah Reading & original videos!
7:30 pm Ice Cream Social
Women's League presents: The face of human trafficking
Tuesday, Mar 6 • 7-9 pm
Our speaker will be Dave Pinto, prosecuting attorney from Ramsey County. He is also a member of the House of Representatives from District 64B and the Director of the Safe Harbor training and protocol development.
Location: Adath Jeshurun Social Hall - Coffee and desserts will be served
Let us know you’re coming! Please call Tos Dietz 763.545.9078 or Freddie Pink at 763.374.4050.
Creating a responsible life: Why is it so hard to be good?
Weekend with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Ira Stone
Friday-Sunday, Mar 9-11
Come for a weekend of learning with Scholar-in-Residence Rabbi Ira Stone Made possible by the Numero-Steinfeldt Scholar in Residence fund of Adath Jeshurun Foundation.
Friday, March 9 • Stay after Friday night services and enjoy a congregational dinner with Rabbi Stone where he will discuss "Why is it so hard to be good? An Introduction to Mussar history and contemporary approach."
REGISTER by March 6.
Saturday, March 10 • Rabbi Stone will share a D'var Torah on "Mussar: Building a Temple in Relationships" followed by a lunch and learn on the topic of "Where Mussar and Kabbalah cross paths."
Sunday, March 11 • Engage with Mussar and Middot—a public event sponsored by Hineni and Adath where Rabbi Ira Stone will be the keynote speaker and discuss Mussar and Kabbalah.
10-11 am—Brunch and Keynote - Ira Stone "Spirituality as Practice"
11:15 am-12:15 pm—Breakout Session 1
12:30-1:30 pm—Breakout Session 2
Rabbi Ira Stone is a leading figure in the contemporary renewal of the Mussar movement, a Jewish ethical movement. Stone was ordained as a rabbi at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America in 1979, and proceeded to serve congregations in Seattle and Philadelphia while also teaching at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America. He has been the spiritual leader at Temple Beth Zion-Beth Israel in Philadelphia since 1988. He also currently teaches at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and is the director of Mussar Leadership Programs (formerly known as the Philadelphia Mussar Institute). He is a scholar of Emmanuel Levinas and of the Mussar movement. His book, A Responsible Life: The Spiritual Path of Mussar (Aviv Press, 2006), draws on the thinking of Emmanuel Levinas in developing a contemporary vision of Mussar. Unlike other non-Orthodox Mussar teachers, he believes that Mussar practice must involve a commitment to the observance of Jewish law. Stone has also proposed that a dedication to Mussar should be central to the approach of Conservative Judaism. Among his other books are Reading Levinas/Reading Talmud (JPS, 1998), Seeking the Path of Life: Theological Meditations on the Nature of God, Life, Love and Death (Jewish Lights, 1993), Sketches for a Book of Psalms (Xlibris, 2000), and a commentary on Rabbi Moshe Hayyim Luzzatto's Mesillat Yesharim (Jewish Publication Society, 2010).
counting the omer
Starts Sunday, April 1
Join the Adath 7-Week Omer Challenge. Discover the benefits of committing to the spiritual practice of counting the Omer, the seven weeks between Passover and Shavuot. Each participant will be part of an online community and will receive a calendar with seven weeks of short practices around the daily counting. The challenge will include weekly fun and informational videos with Kavanot, meditations and middot for each week. Finish with us in person at Adath's Tikkun Leil Shavuot for a capstone activity celebration.
2018 Women's mini-retreat
With Hazzan Dulkin and Jennifer Gray
Saturday, April 14 • 4-9 pm
"Contentment in the Midst of Chaos"
Gather your girlfriends and join Hazzan and Jennifer for a replenishing Shabbat afternoon-into-evening of study, meditation, yoga by the light of the Ner Tamid, dinner, and a beautiful song-filled Havdalah. We will be discussing the real issues we as women face today, using study and practice to cultivate equanimity.
soulful jewish parenting
Led by Hazzan Joanna Dulkin
Sundays: March 18, April 22 • 9:30-10:45 am
For parents of kids PreK-Grade 4
In the midst of today’s screen-crazy and nonstop world how do we make sure we stay connected to what really matters? How do we transmit the values of joy, wonder, gratitude, honesty and self-reliance to our children? How can Jewish text and values help us to better shape our own lives and the lives of our children? What does a Jewish behavioral model look like? How do we answer our kids' deep theological questions, such as “Does God exist?” or “Did the Bible story really happen?” And, how do we ourselves view our own relationship with God? Through discussion, activities and study, we will explore these relevant Jewish parenting issues.
Cost: $36 per parent | REGISTER
Mussar: a jewish path to personal growth
Led by Rabbi Harold Kravitz and Jennifer Gray
Every other Thursday: Mar 1, 15, 29, Apr 12, 26, May 10, 24, June 7, 21, and 28 • 1:30-3 pm
The Mussar series explores a traditional Jewish spiritual pathway of contemplative practices; exercises and text study that helps create personal transformation and deepens our connections with ourselves, our communities and with God.
Cost: $180 REGISTER
Contact Jennifer Gray, Director of Congregational Life, if the cost for this or any event/class is prohibitive.
Judaism behind the veil
With Jim Sherman
One Sunday morning a month • 9:30 am Minyan, 10 am breakfast & class
One Sunday morning a month, join Jim Sherman and Scott Gordon for minyan, brunch and learning. Jim leads the discussion and Scott makes the breakfast.
The schedule of topics/dates is as follows:
If you have questions, please contact Jim Sherman at email@example.com or 612.267.1555.
Mussar & Yoga by the fire of the ner tamid
Led by Jennifer Gray
Mondays: Mar 5 and 19 • 6:15-7:20 pm
Explore the practices of yoga, in mind body and breath, with the study and practices of the middot as we work to cultivate our soul traits. Now held in the Sanctuary under the light of the Ner Tamid for a truly spiritual and uplifting learning experience.
Taught by Jennifer Gray, founder of the Yoga Center of Minneapolis and Director of Congregational Jewish Life at Adath Jeshurun.
Cost: $36 members, $45 non-members
After the holocaust
Led by Rabbi Barry Cytron, Adath Senior Scholar
Mondays: Apr 9, 23, 30 and May 7 • 7-8:30 pm
Every spring, we mark Yom HoShoah, as we seek to honor the survivors and remember the millions who perished. In this brief, four session course, we will explore the transformation of religious and moral life since 1945. What does it mean to call the Holocaust “unique?” Can one ever speak of repentance and forgiveness? What are the implications of the communal command to “never forget?”
Cost: $36 members, $45 non-members
etzion senior study group
downtown study group
Led by Rabbi Harold Kravitz
Meets approximately every other Tuesday • 12 pm at the new offices of Meyer & Njus, 330 2nd Avenue South, Suite 350
Upcoming dates: Feb 6 and 27, Mar 20, Apr 3, May 1 and 22, June 5 and 19.
Come join this spirited lunch-hour study group. Contact Miriam Segall at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Led by Rabbi Harold Kraviz, Rabbi Aaron Weininger, Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, Jim Sherman and guest teachers
Tuesdays • 12-1 pm
Join us every Tuesday at Adath for study related to the weekly parsha (Torah portion). Conversation is always stimulating. All are welcome!
taste of torah on eat street
Led by Rabbi Aaron Weininger
Tuesdays: Feb 27, Mar 27, Apr 24, May 29 and June 26 • 12-1 pm
Feed your soul with Jewish wisdom while Tracy Wong, owner of My Huong Kitchen, feeds your appetite with authentic Vietnamese home cooking.
Powered by young adults at Makom and the Center for Learning and Spirituality, Taste of Torah on Eat Street is everybody friendly. Lunch is included at no cost. Spiritual seekers and learners of all backgrounds are welcome to build community through delicious vegetarian cuisine and deep Torah study with Rabbi Aaron Weininger.
RSVP is required as space is limited.
weekly talmud study
soul sisters: the untold stories of biblical women
With Hazzan Joanna Dulkin
One Thursday a month: Feb 22, Mar 22, Apr 26 and May 17 • 10:30-11:45 am in the Adult Lounge
Many of us have heard, told and retold the tales of our fearless matriarchs. Soul Sisters is a study group where we will explore the stories behind the stories, and discover both ancient and modern midrashim that pull biblical women out of the shadows of the text, to help us to more fully understand them, and ourselves.
rav siach zoom study group
One Sunday a month: Apr 8 and May 27 • 10:15-11:30 am
Discussion group Rav Siach (a great conversation) is a monthly Zoom discussion with Magen Avraham Omer at our sister synagogue. Study together and strengthen our times with Rabbi Dikla Druckman in Israel by joining us in the Adath Board Room, or by our new online method of Zoom!
You can sign up for a free Zoom account on their WEBSITE. EMAIL Darlene to ask for an invite to this discussion or join by clicking HERE at the start of the study group.
jewish theater: script-reading, guthrie play and discussion
Thursday, Feb 22 • 7-9 pm and Thursday, Mar 8 • 7:30-10 pm
Come to Adath to read aloud Sholem Asch’s controversial 1907 play God of Vengeance on February 22.
Attend the Guthrie Theater on March 8 to see the recent play Indecent, the Tony Award-winning play by Paula Vogel, followed by a private discussion with Guthrie Senior Dramaturg, Jo Holcomb.
Indecent, which premiered on Broadway this past spring, is a theatrical play with music, inspired by the 1923 Broadway debut of Asch’s God of Vengeance – a play that follows a Jewish brothel owner and the lesbian romance between his 17-year-old daughter and a prostitute. The modern play Indecent charts the journey of a drama upheld as a groundbreaking piece of Jewish literature by some, and an act of obscenity by others. An ensemble of eight plays klezmer music as well as nearly 40 roles to shed light on one of the most fascinating scandals in theater history.
Cost: $40/person for Indecent performance and discussion at the Guthrie
Please REGISTER by February 20 for tickets.
meditation in action: an interfaith workshop
Sundays: Mar 4, Apr 8 • 2-4 pm
Explore the meditative calm of three ancient world practices and three local congregations.
The three-part workshop will begin on February 11 at Adath. Hazzan Joanna Dulkin will present, lead, and teach about Jewish mindfulness and meditation.
March 4 the Minnesota Zen Center will host the second session. Tim Burkett is their lead teacher and will instruct and demonstrate his keen interest in interfaith spirituality and meditative Zen practice.
April 8 the Plymouth Congregational Church will host the third panel and discussion. Coordinated by Plymouth's Diane Boruff and supported by Rev. Paula Northwood, facilitators will be selected from the independent Minnesota Contemplative Outreach group. They will present and lead participants through Christian meditation history and current practice. This final session in the series will conclude with an interfaith discussion among participants and leaders.
Cost: $20 for all three sessions. Limited to 20 participants from each congregation.
the jewish studies for a better world sunday brunch series
jews and muslims: understanding a complex relationship
Sunday Brunch Series: Mar 4 and Mar 18, 2018 • 10:15 am-12 pm
This Sunday brunch series at Adath, featuring Professor Daniel Schroeter from the Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Minnesota and Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of JCRC, will explore Jewish-Muslim history from the 7th century to modern times. We will discuss mutual influence in the development of Halacha and Sharia law, the complicated inter-relations between these communities in medieval times, and present-day challenges and prospects.
February 18 we will discuss "Mutual Influences in the 7th-10th Centuries" with Professor Daniel Schroeter from the University of Minnesota and Rabbi Harold Kravitz.
March 4 we will discuss "Jews Living Among Muslims: From Medieval to Modern Times" with Professor Daniel Schroeter from the University of Minnesota.
March 18 we will discuss "Contemporary Relationships" with Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas.
Suggested Donation: $8/session
What is forgiveness? Why does it matter?
Sunday: Feb 25 • 4 pm
How do Jews, Christians and Muslims understand and practice forgiveness? These are some of the questions we will get to hear addressed and then discuss together in this first Roundtable Discussion. We hope you’ll join us at Bet Shalom Congregation for this great opportunity for interfaith conversation, understanding and friendship with neighbors of the Abrahamic faith traditions. All are welcome!
This roundtable is sponsored by Interfaith Partners for Peace: Adath Jeshurun Congregation, Bet Shalom Congregation, Northwest Islamic Community Center, St. Edwards the Confessor Episcopal Church, and Wayzata Community Church.
The Interfaith Partners for Peace Roundtable Discussion Series is designed to build relationships, understanding and conversation across the Abrahamic faith traditions, as a starting point for interfaith dialogue among neighbors. Focusing on a single topic for each Roundtable, we will hear brief presentations from Jewish, Christian and Muslim perspectives, followed by an opportunity to engage in conversation at tables. (And, of course, refreshments!)
For more information, contact Rev. Kristen Jeide, email@example.com.
call to prayer concert
with National Lutheran Choir, Zafer Tawil and Hazzan Joanna Dulkin
Sunday, Mar 4 • 4 pm
For many, music serves as the impetus for prayer. Following a season of lifting up the art and legacy of the Reformation, the National Lutheran Choir now turns to the sounds and teachings of the world at large, exploring what calls us all to pray. Together with Palestinian singer and multi-instrumentalist Zafer Tawil, and Hazzan Joanna Dulkin, the National Lutheran Choir presents “Call to Prayer,” an afternoon of music from the traditions of the three Abrahamic religions: Islam, Judaism, and Christianity, presented in the Adath Sanctuary. Experience what has inspired, invited, and beckoned God’s people into conversation with the Divine.
REGISTER and enter AJC as the discount code for a $10 discount.
Sunday: Mar 4 • 1-3 pm
If you knit, crochet, needle point or cross-stitch or want to learn, join us at our monthly Knitting Plus Circle. Come share patterns and techniques, as we hang out and relax. Bring your projects. Beginning knitters please bring medium yarn and size 7, 8 or 9 needles to start your scarf! Meets in the Adult Lounge.
mah jongg game nights
One Thursday a month: April 19, May 17 • 7-9:30 pm
Fun, free monthly game nights! Grab your friends for a table or let us know if you need help to set one up. All ages and levels welcome. Please bring a set and/or 2017 card if you have one, and a kosher snack to share.
Sunday: Apr 15 • 10-11:30 am
Book Club is back! Book club meets in the Board Room at Adath.
April Book: "My Name is Asher Lev" by Chaim Potok
mah jongg tournament night
Mar 15 • 7-9:30 pm
Bring your friends and enjoy a night of Mahj and fun. This year we will split the room by time—faster play for those who have more experience and slower play for those who need more time.
Dinner and snacks will be served and we will play a fun and easy tournament with drawings and prized. As usual, all monetary winnings will go to tzedakah!
Registration will close on March 10.
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Meet Jennifer Gray, Director of Congregational Life.
Contact Jennifer for more information about any program, or if the cost for any event or class is prohibitive.
Contact Jennifer for more information about any program, or if the cost for any event or class is prohibitive.