No matter your background in Jewish studies, please feel welcome to join a small group of women on Monday, July 17 from 6:30 to 8:00pm in one of the cozy private study rooms in the Lafayette Public Library.
Classes are led by Chany Scheiner, co-director of the Boulder County Center for Judaism, who is a warm and welcoming teacher with many years of experience. They are open to any Jewish woman, whether she has any background in Torah study, Hebrew, or Judaism or not, and whether or not she has attended previous sessions.
Chayei Sara (Life of Sara) Genesis 23:1 to 25:18, is the parsha we are studying in July. It begins with Abraham purchasing a place to bury his beloved wife, who had died at age 127. He chose a place called “the couples cave” and paid 400 shekels of silver for it – making it the first piece of land ever owned by a Jew in the holy land.
Next he needed to find a wife for his son. His longest-serving servant, Eliezer decided to watch the women come for water and choose the one who offered to help him, an elderly man. Rebecca arrived and gave him water, and watered his camels too before taking water for herself – he knew this was the one G!d had sent for Isaac – and she’s family!
The parsha ends with the death of Abraham at 170 and his sons Isaac and Ishmael getting together to inter their father in the cave where Isaac’s mother already lay.
Please don’t hesitate to come because you have not been at the previous sessions. To date no one has been able to be at every single one and each session is made special by the people who are there as well as the parsha we are studying. So, if you have been to one of these classes, great! Come to another. If you have never joined us, please do so this month.
Chany suggests that Jews have always considered the Torah “a blueprint for living,” and encourages her students to do the same, pointing out connections between the triumphs and challenges of our ancestors and those we face today.
As there is a different parsha and a somewhat different group each month, new voices are always welcome to join the discussion of the timeless teachings of the Chumash (Torah) and connect them to our day-to-day lives.
Attend just this one, come to the ones that are convenient, or plan to attend them all, whatever works for you is perfect.
The class is free but an RSVP is required. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org or 720.422.6776.
We meet in a private study room on the second floor of the Lafayette Public Library, 775 Baseline Road, Lafayette. The walls are made of glass, so it’s easy to find us!