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Modern Hebrew Classes

Our friend from Ukraine, Anna Stepanenko, is a certified Hebrew teacher. 
If you are looking to improve your Hebrew skills, whatever your level, do let us know ! 

The classes will be one-on-one or in a group, depending on the number of participants. For more details, contact us and we will forward the contact information.

This Week in Our Community

Wednesday, 31 May, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Saturday, 3 June, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service

Torah Weekly Portion
Naso II
II נָשֹׂא
Take a Census
Numbers 6:1-7:89
Summary
The obligations of a nazirite vow are explained. They include abstaining from alcohol and not cutting one’s hair. (6:1-21)
God tells Moses how to teach Aaron and his sons the Priestly Blessing. (6:22-27)
Moses consecrates the Sanctuary, and the tribal chieftains bring offerings. Moses then speaks with God inside the Tent of Meeting. (7:1-89)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/naso-ii
Haftarah: Judges 13:13-25

This Week in Our Community

Friday, 26 May, 19:00-22:00 (Clausen, no zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat followed by End-of-Shavuot Learning and Community Potluck Dinner.
Pre-registration is required, contact us via email for more information and to register.

Torah Weekly Portion
Naso I
I נָשֹׂא
Take a Census
Numbers 4:21-5:31
Summary
A census of the Gershonites, Merarites, and Koathites between the ages of thirty and fifty is conducted and their duties in the Tabernacle are detailed. (4:21-49)
God speaks to Moses concerning what to do with ritually unclean people, repentant individuals, and those who are suspected of adultery. (5:1-31)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/naso-i
Haftarah: Judges 13:2-12

This Week in Our Community

Wednesday, 17 May, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism course

Saturday, 20 May, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service

Sunday, 21 May, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
B’midbar
בְּמִדבַּר
In the Wilderness
Numbers 1:1−4:20
Summary
God commands Moses to take a census of all the Israelite males over the age of twenty. (1:1-46)
The duties of the Levites, who are not included in the census, are detailed. (1:47-51)
Each tribe is assigned specific places in the camp around the Tabernacle. (1:52-2:34)
The sons of Levi are counted and their responsibilities are set forth. (3:1-3:39)
A census of the firstborn males is taken and a special redemption tax is levied on them. (3:40-51)
God instructs Moses and Aaron regarding the responsibilities of Aaron and his sons, and the duties assigned to the Kohathites. (4:1-20)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/bmidbar
Haftarah: Hosea 2:1-22 [historic: I Samuel 20:18-42]

This Week in Our Community

Wednesday, 10 May, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)

Introduction to Judaism course

Friday, 12 May, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Sunday, 14 May, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
B’har – B’chukotai
בְּהַר – בְּחֻקֹּתי
On Mount [Sinai] / My Laws
Leviticus 25:1-27:34
Summary
God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites that in every seventh year, the land shall observe a Sabbath of complete rest: Fields should not be sown and vines should not be pruned. (25:1-7)
After forty-nine years, a jubilee year is to be celebrated when all the land that had been sold during that time should be returned to its original owners and slaves are to be freed. (25:8-55)
God instructs Moses to tell the Israelites not to make idols, to keep the sabbath, and to venerate the sanctuary of the Eternal. (26:1-2)
God promises blessings to the Children of Israel if they follow the law and warns about the curses that will befall the people if they do not observe God’s commandments. (26:1-46)
Gifts made to the Sanctuary whether by conditional vows or by unconditional acts of pious gratitude are discussed. (27:1-34)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/bhar-bchukotai
Haftarah: Jeremiah 16:19-17:14

This Week in Our Community

Saturday, 6 May, 10:30-12:00 (synagogue & zoom)
Shabbat Morning Service – European Shabbat
Jahrzeit:
– Rabbi Samuel Hirsch (13 Iyar – 4 May)
– René Wolf, father of Robi Wolf (15 Iyar – 6 May)


Sunday, 7 May, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Emor
אֱמֹר
Speak
Leviticus 21:1−24:23
Summary
Laws regulating the lives and sacrifices of the priests are presented. (21:1-22:33)
The set times of the Jewish calendar are named and described: the Sabbath, Rosh Hashanah, Yom Kippur, and the Pilgrimage Festivals of Pesach, Shavuot, and Sukkot. (23:1-44)
God commands the Israelites to bring clear olive oil for lighting the sanctuary menorah. The ingredients and placement of the displayed loaves of sanctuary bread are explained. (24:1-9)
Laws dealing with profanity, murder, and the maiming of others are outlined. (24:10-23)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/emor
Haftarah: Ezekiel 44:15-31

This Week in Our Community

Wednesday, 26 April
Yom HaAtzmaut

Wednesday, 26 April, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Saturday, 29 April, 10:30-12:00
Shabbat Morning Service
Bar Mitzvah
Jahrzeit:- Moses Grodensky, grandfather of Alexander Grodensky

Sunday, 30 April, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Acharei Mot – K’doshim
אַחֲרֵי מוֹת – קְדֹשִׁים
After the Death [of the Two Sons of Aaron] / [You Shall Be] Holy
Leviticus 16:1-20:27
Summary
The duties that the head kohein must perform on Yom Kippur are delineated and the ceremony of the scapegoat is outlined. (16:1-28)
Moses instructs Aaron about the Yom Kippur laws for fasting and atonement. (16:29-34)
Warnings are issued against the offering of sacrifices outside the Sanctuary and the consumption of blood. (17:1-16)
Moses condemns the sexual practices of some neighboring peoples. Certain forms of sexual relations are prohibited. (18:1-30)
God issues a variety of commandments, instructing the Israelites on how to be a holy people. (19:1-37)
Various sex offenses are discussed and punishments for them are presented. (20:1-27)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/acharei-mot-kdoshim
Haftarah: Amos 9:7-15

This Week in Our Community

Monday, 17 April
Yom HaZikaron laShoah ve-laG’vurah
(Shoah and Heroism Remembrance Day – 18 April 2023)

Wednesday, 19 April, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Friday, 21 April, 18:30-19:30 (zoom only / uniquement sur zoom)
Kabbalat Shabbat
No Israeli Yom HaAtzmaut Shabbat Dinner  – moved to a later date / Pas de dîner de shabbat Yom HaAtzmaut – il a été reporté

Sunday, 23 April, 10:30-12:30 (synagogue)
Talmud Torah (education for kids)

Torah Weekly Portion
Tazria – M’tzora
תַזְרִיעַ – מְצֹרָע
Bearing Seed / A Leper
Leviticus 12:1-15:33
Summary
God describes the rituals of purification for a woman after childbirth. (12:1-8)
God sets forth the methods for diagnosing and treating a variety of skin diseases, including tzara-at (a leprous affection), as well as those for purifying clothing. (13:1-59)
Priestly rituals to cure tzara-at when it afflicts humans are described. (14:1-32)
Rituals to rid dwelling places of tzara-at are presented. (14:33-57)
The parashah denotes male impurities resulting from a penile discharge or seminal emission. (15:1-18)
The parashah concludes with accounts of female impurities caused by a discharge of blood. (15:19-33)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/tazria-mtzora
Haftarah: II Kings 7:3-20 [historic: Isaiah 66:1-24]

This Week in Our Community

Monday, 10 April, 10:00-10:40 (zoom)
Chol Hamoed Pessach Shacharit – Morning Service

Tuesday, 11 April, 19:00-19:30 (zoom)
7th Day Pessach Shacharit – Evening Service

Wednesday, 12 April, 10:00-10:40 (zoom)
7th Day Pessach Shacharit – Morning Service

Wednesday, 12 April, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
Introduction to Judaism Course

Wednesday, 12 April, 21:15-21:30 (zoom)
Havdalah – End of Pessach

Friday, 14 April, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat & prayer for Yom Hashoah

Torah Weekly Portion
Sh’mini
שְׁמִינִי
The Eighth [Day]
Leviticus 9:1-11:47
Summary
Aaron and his sons follow Moses’ instructions and offer sacrifices so that God will forgive the people. (9:1-24)
Two of Aaron’s sons, Nadab and Abihu, offer “alien fire” to God. God punishes these two priests by killing them immediately. (10:1-3)
God forbids Moses, Aaron, and his surviving sons from mourning but commands the rest of the people to do so. Priests are told not to drink alcohol before entering the sacred Tabernacle and are further instructed about making sacrifices. (10:4-20)
Laws are given to distinguish between pure and impure animals, birds, fish, and insects. (11:1-47)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/shmini
Haftarah: II Samuel 6:1-7:17

This Week in Our Community

Wednesday, 29 March, 19:00-20:30 (zoom)
NO INTRODUCTION TO JUDAISM COURSE THIS WEEK

Friday, 31 March, 19:00-20:30
Kabbalat Shabbat

Torah Weekly Portion Tzav
צַו
Command [Aaron and His Sons]
Leviticus 6:1−8:36
Summary
The five sacrifices that the priests are to perform are described. (6:1-7:38)
Limitations on the consumption of meat are delineated. (7:17-27)
Details about the ordination of Aaron and his sons as priests and the preparation of the Tabernacle as a holy place are given. (8:1-36)

Commentary: https://reformjudaism.org/torah/portion/tzav
Haftarah: Malachi 3:4-24