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    Bina: Study

    We are offering several opportunities for Jewish learning at the OFJCC this spring.

    All of the BINA classes are pluralistic, egalitarian and open-minded. We welcome learners of all backgrounds, and enjoy the diversity of opinions that congregate in our learning space. All perspectives are welcome, so long as they are tolerant of other perspectives.


    Our approach to Jewish learning is inspired by Israeli secular Jewish text study. By secular, we mean an approach, not a description of belief. The approach of "secular text study" is based on the idea that Jewish texts can be meaningful to anyone interested in Jewish tradition, no matter one's own practice or belief.

    We strive to teach Jewish text without a feeling of commanded-ness, obligation or normativity. Secular Jewish text study engages with these texts with an interest in how they speak to the evolution of Jewish life, as well as with the aim to maintain these texts' relevance to today's Jewish communities.


    Our inaugural course is called Judaism: The New Basics.
    This course serves as an introduction to Jewish ideas for those who are new to Jewish learning. For those of you already experienced with Jewish learning, the course's focus on text should provide a deeper investigation into some of these familiar ideas.

    No background necessary; curiosity required.

    The course is divided into three parts. Scroll down to learn more and register.

    • Part One: The People (4–class series)
    • Part Two: The Books (5–class series)
    • Part Three: The Life (4–class series)

    Registration is now open for all courses. ANY individual class can be attended as a stand-alone experience.

    Times: Wednesdays, 7:30–9:00 PM
    Location: OFJCC Teen Center (Room M-121)
    Fee: Each part (four or five classes) $50 | Each individual class: $15 members and J-Pass holders, $18 General Public

    Part One: The People

    Part Two: The Books

    Part Three: The Life

    The Life | Four-Class Series
    Wednesday, 5/22/2019 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM • Register

    The Life | Four-Class Series

    Part Three of "Judaism: The New Basics"

    The Life: People of God (Class 3)
    Wednesday, 5/22/2019 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM • Register

    The Life: People of God (Class 3)

    Part of "Judaism: The New Basics" Series

    The Life: People of the World (Class 4)
    Wednesday, 5/29/2019 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM • Register

    The Life: People of the World (Class 4)

    Part of "Judaism: The New Basics" Series

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