Andover Townsman, Andover, MA


April 25, 2013

Religion Briefs

Curious Tales of the Talmud

The Rohr Jewish Learning Institute will present Curious Tales of the Talmud: Finding Yourself in the Legends of Our Sages, the institute’s new six-session spring beginning April 30. Rabbi Zalman Borenstein of North Andover Chabad will conduct the series on Tuesdays from 7:30 to 9 p.m. through June 4 at Chabad Hebrew School, 10 Marwood Drive, Andover, in conjunction with Chabad of Merrimack Valley.

Participants will encounter legends of gargantuan sea monsters, impossible feats, anthropomorphisms and riddles that challenge the foundations of the Jewish faith. In deciphering the meaning behind these strange episodes, students will discover secrets containing profound insights into the meaning of life.

Curious Tales of the Talmud is designed to appeal to people at all levels of Jewish knowledge, including those without any prior experience or background in Jewish learning. All JLI courses are open to the public, and attendees need not be affiliated with a particular synagogue, temple or other house of worship.

Anyone interested should call 978-995-7792 or visit for registration and other course-related information.

`Shabbat on the Road’

To provide more opportunity for congregants to observe Shabbat and to socialize with one another, Congregation Beth Israel in Andover has instituted a program called “Shabbat on the Road.”

The congenial Friday night get-togethers begin at 6:30 with a Kabbalat Shabbat service, followed by a kosher Shabbat potluck dinner. The dinners are held about once a month at the homes of members, who provide a main dish and beverages. Attendees are asked to bring a salad, appetizer or dessert.

The series, which has been ongoing for a year, is also open to non-members who might be considering affiliation with the synagogue, which encompasses the Lowell, Chelmsford, Westford, Andover and Reading areas.

The next dinners are scheduled for April 26 and May 17 at homes in Andover. To learn more about the program or to make a reservation, contact the synagogue office at 978-474-0540.

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