Learning Opportunities for Adults in 5779


We hope to gather twice a month on Sunday afternoons to learn various techniques and practices of Jewish Meditation, as well as spend time meditating.  This group is led by Rabbi Zari and David Levy, and is open to members and non-members. Contact Sue Peiser (sue.peiser1@gmail.com) if you’d like to be added to the email list.  Cost is $10 per session for members/$15 for non-members.  Contact Sheila if unable to pay the full amount. 

Dec. 9

Jewish Mysticism and the Kabbalah

December 16, 1-3 p.m., location to be announced

What is Jewish Mysticism?  Is it different from what is known as “The Kabbalah”?  When did it begin?  How did it evolve?  Is it still practiced today?

In this workshop taught by the rabbi, participants will learn some of the fundamental details of both Jewish mysticism and kabbalah (theoretical, not practical; in other words, this is not a “how to practice” workshop).

$18 donation requested for tuition; no one turned away for lack of funds.

If there is sufficient interest, a second workshop will be held.

To sign up or for more questions, please contact Rabbi Zari at rabbi@khnseattle.org.


Book Reading and Discussion Group

(for Members of Kol Haneshamah only):

My Promised Land:  The Triumph and Tragedy of Israel by Ari Shavit

Saturday afternoons, December 15, January 12, February 9, March 9th, 4-6 p.m. (First session in north Seattle)

From the Introduction:  “Only a few years ago did it suddenly dawn on me that my existential fear regarding my nation’s future and my moral outrage regarding my nation’s occupation policy are not unconnected.  On the one hand, Israel is the only nation is the West that is occupying another people.  On the other hand, Israel is the only nation in the West that is existentially threatened.  Both occupation and intimidation make the Israeli condition unique.  Intimidation and occupation have become the two pillars of our condition.”  (Introduction, p. xii, My Promised Land, Spiegel & Grau, New York, 2013).

Ari Shavit’s book is a brutally honest and straightforward examination of and reflection on the reality of Israel and its relationship to the other peoples who also claim the land as their own.  In this 4 session group, we will read and discuss one to two chapters of the book at a time.   Rabbi Zari will facilitate the discussions, based on specific sections in the book.  Guided by the ancient rabbinic model of study known as chevrutah study, participants will engage with the text and one another while practicing both passionate and respectful listening and speaking.

This reading and discussion group is open to members of KHN only.  To RSVP and learn the location, please contact Rabbi Zari at rabbi@khnseattle.org.  (If you are not yet a member but considering membership, and would like to participate, please contact Rabbi Zari).  Donation of $36 (for all four sessions) for tuition requested; no one turned away for lack of funds.


With Rabbi Zari

Have you ever wanted to learn more about what Judaism has to say about euthanasia?  About what comprises the Jewish Bible and how it differs from the Christian Bible?  Have you wanted to learn what Jewish life was like in the Middle Ages for women, or what happens in a mikvah (a ritual bath)? 

Given how busy people are in the 21st Century, and how reluctant people often are to sign up for on-going classes, we are launching a new and exciting adult education opportunity:  Concierge Learning. You determine what you’d like to study and the rabbi will prepare a personal, private, one-on-one lesson for you.  If you’d like to add an additional session, you can; if you’d like to invite someone else to join you for the session(s), you can.

Contact Rabbi Zari directly at rabbi@khnseattle.org if you’d like to learn something with her.

Tuition: $36/$72  (Please contact Sheila at execdir@khnseattle.org)



Would you like to volunteer to teach at KHN? Please notify Susanna Bluhm Callahan at adulted@khnseattle.org. Volunteer teaching opportunities include a one-day workshop, or a series of classes, or individual Concierge Learning, or even offering a learning experience as an auction item during our annual gala. We can help you decide which option would be the best fit.