Upcoming Events

Talmud as Spiritual Practice

Wednesdays February 27th – April 10th, 6:30 – 9:00 pm (with the exception of March 20th)

In the SVARA style of Talmud study we will encounter the ״traditionally radical” nature of the Jewish tradition, and the cultivation of Talmud study as a spiritual practice. In addition to rigorous learning in a supportive environment, everyone is encouraged to bring their real-life experiences to the text and share openly.
This 6-week beit midrash series is for beginners and advanced students alike–whether you’ve just mastered your aleph-bet or you have studied in yeshiva for years.

What is Svara style?
The SVARA style has three components. Chevruta, shiur, and chazara. In the first part of class, after gathering and introducing the text, you and your chevruta/study partner, with lots of help from dictionaries, will work on deciphering the text in the original Hebrew or Aramaic, no matter what your skill level. After some time in chevruta, we will come together as a group to unpack the text, discuss it, and bring our own voices, lives and experience to it. The final piece, chazara/returning, is the real key. After shiur, you and your chevruta will spend time reviewing the text together to the point of deep understanding, ownership, and memorization. Memorization is a way of truly owning the text, beyond the book. Each student will experience a sense of accomplishment and ownership regardless of previous Talmud experience! Our beit midrash will be a warm and welcoming place for everyone to try new things and dive into the text together.

Teacher: Nehar Shalom Rabbinic Intern/SVARA Teaching Fellow Hayley Goldstein.
Cost: $90 (includes book and materials). Cost will not be a barrier to participation; please be in touch with Hayley at hayleymara@gmail.com with any questions. Click here to register.

JP FLicks presents “One of Us”

Saturday March 2nd, 7:30 pm

The film, directed by Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady, follows three formerly ultra-Orthodox Jews as they transition from their religious communities into the secular world. The film uncovers much about the chasidic community, while also more broadly exposing how insular groups keep people in and everyone else out. It’s hard to leave, even when staying is impossible too.

Cost $5. Discussion to follow the film.

Circle of Jewish Song and Movement

Sunday March 3rd, 10-11 am

Join us for Nehar Shalom’s new program for parents and children age 0-3. Older siblings are welcome. Jewish music and movement with David Vitale-Wolff will be followed by nosh and schmoozing. Be part of the creation of Nehar Shalom’s newest offering for our most active and “fastest growing” cohort. Drop-ins are welcome, but if you know you are coming, please help us plan by letting David know at dvitalewollf@gmail.com. Feel free to be in touch with David with questions and for further information.

An Evening with Rev. Mariama White-Hammond

Sunday March 3rd, 7:00 pm

Rev. Mariama is a Fellow of the Green Justice Coalition and Pastor of New Roots AME Church, a passionate and compassionate activist, an eloquent and inspiring teacher. Please join us for a special evening of words and song to help us keep doing the work of justice as we respond to the call of the present moment.

Singing our Way to Shabbos

Thursday March 14th, 7:00 – 8:00 pm

Come sing your heart out in preparation for Shabbos! Whether you’re new to davvening or are an experienced leader, we will sing traditional and non-traditional niggunim for Kabbalat Shabbat. Our goal is to inspire and add to the repertoire for leaders, and at the same time to nurture deeper kavannah and ease with Kabbalat Shabbat for everyone. In addition to enhancing Shabbos davvening, we will get some respite from the stresses of the world around us as we make our way toward Shabbos.