Beit Midrash

“Which is greater, learning or doing? . . . Learning is great because learning leads to doing.” (Babylonian Talmud, Kiddushin 4Social Justice Beit Midrash0b)

In a circular response to their own question, the rabbis created a continuum between learning and doing, emphasizing each as part of one whole. In the fullness of Jewish life, holy deeds are rooted in holy texts. Learning, itself a way of active engagement, is meant to inspire and guide in all manner of mitzvot, whether between people and God or people and people.

As learning leads to doing, Nehar Shalom is inaugurating a Social Justice Beit Midrash. Drawing on the energy of the traditional B
eit Midrash, a house of study, literally a house of seeking, we will create a social justice agenda and action plan together. Inspired by Jewish text learning and by resource people and activists in the field, we will map our own way from learning to doing.

We will meet twice a month on Tuesday evenings. In the spirit of the rabbis’ question, affirming the truth of their answer, the goal is to join Jewish learning and activism for a better world as part of one whole. Regardless of background in Jewish learning or activism, please join us.



** There is a monthly Black Lives Matter vigil in our neighborhood, at the First Baptist Church in JP (633 Centre St), from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. on the first Thursday of each month. The next one will be Thursday September 7th.