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All of our classes are guided by a set of Essential Questions and Enduring Understandings. We are most excited by our Essential Questions that guide and complicate our Torah Learning. 

Each class series has it's own second set of questions and understandings about the specific texts and goals of that teacher, but these guide all of our educational decisions. 

The Torah Studio • Essential Questions 

  • How does Torah fit into our modern lives?

  • How do we build a relationship with Torah through community?

  • How do we honor texts we disagree with while still honoring our own values?

  • How do we build  modern Jewish community with Torah at it’s core?



The Torah Studio • Enduring Understandings

  • Developing a Torah study practice that is true to their needs and identities fills a spiritual need as well as intellectual. 

  • Torah interpretation, rooted in a close personal reading of the text, is open to everyone. 

  • Torah is a core part of Judaism that one can feel personal ownership over, regardless of how you feel about individual parts of the text. 

  • Community meaning, built through hevruta and group discussion, adds to but does not override our personal interpretations of text. 


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Year Long Courses

Some of our classes happen every week, all year. For the year 5783 those courses are: 

  • Weekly Torah Portion Study with Liana, Wednesdays 5:30 PM PT / 8:30 PM ET. 

  • Tehillim Study with Lexi Kohanski, Mondays 5PM PT / 8PM ET.  

Quarterly Courses

We offer shorter course series in seasonal quarters. We will offer different courses each quarter, which will be announced a few weeks before they begin. For the year 5872, the quarters will run as follows: 

  • Fall Quarter (Oct 23 - Dec 31 2022)

  • Winter Quarter (Jan 15 - Mar 24, 2023)

  • Spring Quarter (Apr 16 - June 23 2023)

  • Elul Intensive (Aug 20- Sept 15, 2023)

Joshua ben Perahiah used to say: Appoint for thyself a teacher, and acquire for thyself a companion, and judge all people with the scale weighted in their favor.

Mishnah Pirke Avot, 1:6

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