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Adult Hebrew Part 2: Rooting In Hebrew

With rabbinical student and CDT teacher Micah Friedman

Sunday afternoons, 1/31, 2/7, 2/14, 2/21, 2/28, 1:30pm-3:00pm.

A five session Hebrew class for anyone who has learned the letters of the Alef Bet, recently or years ago. We will focus on becoming more proficient at reading and pronouncing Hebrew while simultaneously growing our skills at making meaning of Hebrew words and relating personally to the language of the siddur (prayer book). Payment for this course will be on a sliding scale and participants will need to purchase a book.

Recommended tuition: $50. Please pay what you are able. You do not need to explain or request assistance if this is difficult for you. If you are able to pay a bit more, that will help cover the costs of the class for those who need to pay less. Please contact Melissa Colten if you need assistance.

Participants will need to purchase the book Aleph Isn’t Enough.

Register here for the class to receive updates from instructor.

Israel’s Many Cultures:  Together Or Apart?? ריבוי תרבויות בישראל:  ביחד או לחוד

Wednesday evenings, March 10, 17, & 24, 7:30-9:00pm

We are excited to welcome back Dr. Irit Aharony, who will offer to members of CDT a three-session course on “Israel’s Many Cultures:  Together or Apart?”  The course will explore the diversity of Israeli cultures, highlighting both commonalities and tensions among its diverse communities.  Each session will emphasize a different art form and explore a particular formation of Israeli voices. The classes will be conducted in English, and readings will be available in Hebrew and English.  Advance reading will be necessary only for the final session.  

March 10:  “In many small windows, through side entrances” (Yehuda Amichai):  Questions of immigration, otherness and belonging, “here” versus “there” in Israeli art, with an emphasis on Russian and  Ethiopian new Israelis ((עולים חדשים.

March 17:  ”In Ashkenaz State” (Roy Hasan):   Israeli spoken word poetry, the Ars poetica (ערס-פואטיקה) movement, and the Mizrachi voice. 

March 24:  Israelis Here and There:  Identities, differences, and relationships between Israelis at home and abroad—in Haaretz and in the Diaspora, explored through Maya Arad’s widely acclaimed 2018 novella The Hebrew Teacher (המורה לעברית)

Irit Aharony is Senior Preceptor in Hebrew at Harvard University, where she teaches courses in Hebrew language, culture, and literature.  She holds a PhD in Hebrew literature from Bar-Ilan University.  She has taught classes at CDT in the past, to great acclaim. 

See calendar page for zoom registration.

Telling Our Stories: A Spiritual Autobiography Workshop with Rabbi Toba Spitzer

Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:00pm, in the Zoomiverse, January 12, 19 & 26

Class registration is closed.


Reflections on Adolescence


Adult Hebrew

Sunday afternoons, December 6, 13, 20, 27, and January 3 and 10, 1:30pm-3:00pm

Do you want to learn the Alef-Bet? CDT teacher and rabbinical student Micah Friedman is offering a six-session Hebrew alphabet and decoding class for adults in December and January. Along the way, Micah will incorporate spiritual approaches to learning the Hebrew letters.

Participants will need to purchase the book Aleph Isn’t Tough.

Register here for the class to receive updates from instructor. Cost: $60.

Jewishness, Whiteness, and Race in America

With Rabbi Toba Spitzer and Dr. Jenny Sartori

Wednesday evenings, October 28, November 11, 18, December 2, 7:30pm-9pm

Register here for the class to receive updates from instructors. Cost: free.

Zoom link:

     Meeting ID: 942 1314 7665     Passcode: 106054

Recordings Session 1     Session 2     Session 3     Session 4 

Readings: Goldstein     Karen Brodkin essay



1)  A 20-minute video of a talk by Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl of Central Synagogue in NYC:We are Family: Rethinking Race in the Jewish Community

2)  An article by two Reconstructionist rabbis on their encounters with anti-Black racism in the Jewish community:

3) A really helpful “checklist” of  the ways, large and small, that white Ashkenaki Jews often experience privilege in the American Jewish community, put together by the Multiracial Jewish Families Network:



1)  Please read/listen to at least one of these – teachings from Resmaa Menakem, clinical psychologist and author of My Grandmother’s Hands:

2)  Please spend a little time with this “map” of internalized antisemitism for white Ashkenazi Jews in America, from the website

3)  A selection from  “Understanding Antisemitism” by JFREJ (Jews for Racial & Economic Justice) – take a look at pages 11-17, “What Is Antisemitism?”  The earlier section, “Who Are Jews?” is also useful, pages 7-11. 


PAST CLASSESPreparing for the High Holydays

with Rabbi Toba Spitzer
Tuesday, September 1, and Wednesday, September 9, 7:30pm-9:00pm

How can we make the Yamim Noraim, the Days of Awe, most meaningful in these challenging times?  All are welcome to join  Rabbi Toba for an exploration of teachings about teshuvah, "turning/returning" onto the desired path of our lives, as well as  key prayers of the High Holydays liturgy, as we prepare for the Jewish new year. It is fine to come to one or both of the sessions. Have something available to do a bit of writing.  Zoom registration available HERE

Documents for class 2: Shema Koleynu Shema Koleynu Questions

Video Recording of Class 1
Video Recording of Class 2

A Conversation about COVID-19: discussion and Q&A with Lisa Samelson, Paul Hattis, and Rob Saper

Thursday, June 11, 2020 • 19 Sivan 5780

5:30 PM - 7:00 PM

Join us for a deeper fact-based understanding of how to live our lives with COVID-19 around us. Come listen as panelists and fellow CDT-members Lisa, Paul, and Rob answer our questions to help us all set out individual and family "policies" to stay safe in these uncertain times.

A link to the recording of the event is on this calendar event page.

Please send all your questions, general and specific, to


Metaphor & Meaning: Part 2! 

          with Rabbi Toba Spitzer      Zoom                                                                     Wednesday evenings, 7:30-8:45pm, May 6, 13, 20 and 27 

Back by popular demand, this continuation of Rabbi Toba's March class continues the exploration of new/old metaphors for how we think about and experience God, incorporating text study and practice.  Whether or not you took the first three sessions in March, you are welcome to join as we look at metaphors of Voice, Fire, and more! Please go to THIS LINK to register.

Sun, January 24 2021 11 Shevat 5781