Coffee Shop Rabbi is an experiment in Jewish outreach, and as such, I’m constantly watching to see what works, what doesn’t work, and what can be improved. This fall big changes are afoot: I am going to offer “Intro” classes of various lengths in four different cities in the SF Bay Area: Oakland, Palo Alto, San Rafael, and Lafayette. Three of the classes are sponsored by Lehrhaus Judaica, and one is sponsored by Temple Isaiah of Lafayette.
Two of these classes are my road-tested Intro to the Jewish Experience, 24 weeks, revolving enrollment, an ongoing process of building and learning about Jewish community. The San Rafael class will be much shorter, a three part series of four classes each, exploring the practical aspects of Jewish spirituality and life. The final class, at Temple Isaiah in Lafayette, will be their Exploring Judaism class, and it will follow a year’s arc with the life of that congregation. I’m excited to expand my own learning about adult Jewish beginners in new settings and formats.