Adult Education

Lifelong Learning: Adult Education at Beth Evergreen

Busy yourself as much as possible with the study of the divine things, not to know them merely, but to do them; and when you close the book, look around you, look within you, to see if your hand can translate into deed something you have learned.      - Moses of Evreux   
 
In seeking wisdom the first step is silence,
The second: listening, 
The third: remembering, 
The fourth: practicing,
The fifth: teaching others.                
-  Ibn Gabirol   

Upcoming Adult Education Events

Ute Prayer Trees, October 21

Sunday, October 21, 2:30PM

Ever notice artistically bent pine trees around Evergreen and Conifer? Did you think it was an accident?  Learn how the Ute Indians skillfully modified trees for navigational, spiritual, burial, medicinal, nutritional and educational purposes at a workshop at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 21 at Congregation Beth Evergreen, 2981 Bergen Peak Drive. The workshop is free and open to the public.

Presenter is John Wesley Anderson, who wrote Ute Indian Prayer Trees of the Pikes Peak Region. The book is not just a story about culturally modified trees; it’s about the advanced culture of the Utes, the deeply spiritual, indigenous people of the Pikes Peak Region.

Anderson is an author, artist and consultant. He retired from Lockheed Martin in 2012 to launch a small consulting business to pursue his love of history, writing and the arts. Prior to working ten years in the corporate world, John served two terms as the elected sheriff for El Paso County. Although Anderson has travelled around the world, including several adventures on a catamaran sailing the Caribbean, three corporate security assignments into a combat zone on the Horn of Africa and landing on an aircraft carrier in the Pacific Ocean, he remains most fascinated with the rich history and art discovered in his own backyard in the American Southwest.

November 6, 7PM

“One moment standing in the midst of nature with open heart is a whole lifetime, if one is in tune with nature.” ― Hazrat Inayat Khan

Join us as we deeply attune to nature with the Elemental Purification Breaths as taught by the Sufi Master, Hazrat Inayat Khan. Breath is the key to health, which is all happiness. Experience how the study and practice of breath can purify, revivify and heal our bodies, hearts and soul.

November 13, 7PM

Our monthly evening Mussar group will meet from 7 to 8:30 PM Tuesday, Nov. 13, led by Ellen Arnold and Marilyn Saltzman. Our study will focus on the middah of the month, gratitude. We will be studying from Everyday Holiness by Alan Morinis. We encourage participants to read the chapters on compassion and gratitude before class. Copies of the book are available in the CBE office for $10 or you can check it out from the CBE library.
Whether you are a new Mussar practitioner or have been studying for some time, you are welcome to participate in this ongoing group.

“Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” —Oprah Winfrey

Adult Hebrew

Learn to read Hebrew, recognize words and understand mysteries of this ancient language.  Hebrew Aleph and Hebrew Bet, 1st and 3rd  Wednesdays 4:30 – 6:30 (check CBE calendar to confirm dates and times).  $72/year, registration includes book fee.

Discounts available for those with children in Religious School.   Registration opening soon.

Please contact Tara Saltzman for more information or to indicate interest in classes.

"Our Turn to Learn" Interfaith Family Book Study

Join Rabbi Jamie in this 7 session exploration of the often challenging  experience of talking to children (and each other) about God using Harold S. Kushner’s book “When Children Ask About God; A Guide for parents Who Don’t Always Have All the Answers”.

Registration $100/family includes book fee and childcare.  Families with children already registered in Religious School receive $25.00 discount.  Book Study meetings correspond with Family Shabbat dates.  See Religious School Calendar.

Questions contact Tara Saltzman tara@bethevergreen.org

Weekly classes: Midday Mussar with Rabbi Jamie

Meets year-round [almost] every Thursday, 1PM – 2:30 PM at CBE.

What is Mussar?  Mussar is a traditional Jewish ethical-spiritual discipline that is in the process of being rediscovered in our time.  The method guides us in bringing positive virtues or ‘soul traits’ to bear in our daily lives.  This class has had on-going, enthusiastic attendance since 2008.  Each session is divided into two parts.  In the first hour, we combine text study, lecture and discussion around a particular midah [soul-trait], such as compassion, humility, joy, silence, honor, patience or gratitude.  The second part of the class is devoted to supporting one another as one person volunteers to share a personal challenge or situation that they would like to approach from a mussar perspective.  This class prompts curiosity about the attributes of divinity while offering insight into the human psyche, practical guidance for daily living and growing our moral-spiritual selves, and especially mutual support and friendship.  Come and see why this class has attracted such a devoted following.  And if you cannot make the midday time-slot, get on the e-mail list to receive weekly teachings to support your on-going study and practice.

 

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