Our Temple office will be closed on Monday, May 29, Memorial Day, and on Wednesday, May 31 in observance of Shavuot.
Please join us on Tuesday night at 7:00 pm for Shavuot Festival Service and Confirmation and Wednesday at 11:00 am for Shavuot Morning Service with Yizkor.

FIJI Curriculum


  • Two class sessions (December 3 and 17) plus Congregational Shabbat Torah Study (December 10)

December 3, 2016 at 9:30am
December in America

December 10, 2016 at 9:00am
Congregational Shabbat
Torah Study will be lead by Rabbi Asher Knight and Rabbi David Stern, Senior Rabbi at Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, visiting for Rabbi Knight’s Installation Weekend. Please stay for the Congregational Shabbat Service at 11:00am followed by a Celebratory Lunch.
Please RSVP if you will be attending the Torah Study, Congregational Shabbat Service, and/or the Celebratory Lunch or any of the special events during Rabbi Knight’s Installation Weekend.

December 17, 2016 at 9:30am
Jewish History in America

December 24 & 31, 2016
No FIJI Class- Holiday Break. Classes Resume January 7, 2017


  • 2 class sessions (November 5 & 12) plus Congregational Shabbat Workshop

November 5, 2016 at 9:30am
Medieval & Early Modern History and Post Emancipation Europe
Please read one of the following for class, and return to the rest at your leisure:
From Joseph Telushkin, Jewish Literacy, Early Medieval Jewry:
Part-1, Part-2
From Robert M. Seltzer, Jewish People, Jewish Thought, pp. 325‐342, 350‐372,
Part-1, Part-2, Part-3, Part-4Part-5
– How we do it: An introduction to morning blessings:
Morning Blessings (Nisim b’chol yom – pgs. 198-202 in Mishkan Tefilah): AUDIO:

Reading: Morning blessings

Jewish History – Post-Emancipation Europe
– Where we come from:
Mendelssohn, the Haskalah, Reform Judaism, Reactions lead to Orthodoxy
Reading: The Jew in the Modern World Reformers and Reactionaries
The Ba’al Shem Tov and Hasidism
Reading: From Elie Wiesel, Somewhere a Master- Hasidic Portraits and Legends
– How we do it:
Mourner’s Kaddish in our prayer services
Oseh Shalom

Mourner’s Kaddish

Reading: Mourner’s kaddish Mishkah T’filah
Mourner’s kaddish (alternate)

November 12, 2016 at 9:30am
The tragedy of early 20th Century German Jewry
Reading: Amos Elon- The Pity of It All
– How we do it:
Mourning Rituals
Reading: Strassfeld, A Book of Life, pgs 441-463, Deuteronomy-Death

November 19, 2016 at 9:00am
Congregational Shabbat Workshop

November 26, 2016– No class- Thanksgiving Weekend


  • 4 class sessions (July 2016)

(No class July 2- July 4th weekend)

July 9, 2016
Prophets & Haftarah
What we read: The Hebrew Bible – Prophets & Haftarah
Reading: Marc Zvi Brettler, How to Read the Jewish Bible, pp. 137-147 – 15: Introduction to Prophecy
How we read it – the connection between Torah Readings and Haftarah Readings
Reading: Michael Fishbane, “Haftarah”, pp. 1486-1490 in Etz Hayim

July 16, 2016
Writings & Megillot
What we read: The Hebrew Bible – Writings & Megillot
Reading: Marc Zvi Brettler, How to Read the Jewish Bible,
pp. 219-230 – 22: Prayer of Many Hearts: Reading Psalms
pp. 231-242 – 23: “Acquire Wisdom”: Reading Proverbs and Ecclesiastes
pp. 267-272 – 26: “Why Are You So Kind…When I Am a Foreigner?: Reading Ruth vs. Esther

July 23, 2016
Rabbinic Literature
What we read: Rabbinic Literature – Midrash and post-Biblical Society
Reading: David Wolpe, “Midrash”, pp. 1490-1494 in Etz Hayim
Jacob Neusner, There We Sat Down: Talmudic Judaism in the Making, pp. 19-25:
Introduction: Society and Scripture

July 30, 2016
Talmud, Medieval Commentators, and Review
What we read: Rabbinic Literature – Talmud, Parshanim & Review
Reading: Michael Chernick, “Introduction”, pp. 3-23 in Essential Papers on the Talmud
Michael Carasik, The Commentators’ Bible: The JPS Miqra’ot Gedolot, Exodus,
pp. xi-xii: “Frequently Asked Questions”
pp. xiv-xvi: “What’s on the page?”


  • 3 class sessions (August 2016) and a holiday program

August 6, 2016
The darkest time of the Jewish Year
What we do & how we do it: The Three Weeks and Tisha b’Av
Strassfeld, A Book of Life, pp. 256-259 – The Three Weeks and Tisha b’Av
– More days of sadness – why?
– Does Judaism need more than one day to commemorate our tragedies?
– Do Reform Jews need to think about these observances and fasts?

What we do:
– A look at the scope of the High Holy Days
– A look at Elul in particular, and the time to prepare for the holidays.
How we do it:
– Create a tshuvah practice for Elul
Reading: Strassfeld, A Book of Life, pp. 260-273, The High Holidays

August 13, 2016– 7:00pm at Temple Beth El in the Archer Chapel
No morning FIJI class. Please join Rabbi Klass and Cantor Thomas to explore and commemorate Tisha B’av. What can we learn from 3000 years of destruction and tragedy? How might we find meaning in the act of crying out from the depths? What can our tradition help us uncover? Where might we find healing in the midst of ruin? Delving into Destruction: Tisha B’av Ritual and Study

August 20, 2016
What we do:
– Rosh Hashanah in detail – history, services, practices
How we do it:
Avinu Malkeinu (3 different versions) – meaning and singing
– Celebrating the Jewish New Year in synagogue
Reading: Strassfeld – pp 3-21, Dawning- beginning a Jewish spiritual practice

August 27, 2016
What we do:
– Yom Kippur in detail – history, services, practices
How we do it:
– Ashamnu and v’al kulam, Kol Nidrei – communal confession
Reading: Strassfeld -A Book of Life, pp176-205, The Path of Prayer


  • 2 class sessions plus S’lichot Evening Service

(No class on Labor Day Weekend)

September 10, 2016 at 9:30am at TBE
What we do:
– More holy days! History, services, practices
How we do it:
– Sukkot practices & liturgy – living, eating, dwelling with nature
Reading: Sukkot & Simchat Torah – Strassfeld

September 17, 2016 at 9:30am at TBE
Topic: Review of the High Holy Day Season

September 24, 2016
Join us for the S’lichot Evening Program starting at 8:30pm at Temple Israel


  • One class session (October 29) plus Congregational Shabbat Workshop (October 22) and High Holy Day services

October 22, 2016 at 9:00am
Congregational Shabbat Workshop

October 29, 2016 at 9:30am
High Holidays Review and Introduction to Jewish History
– What we do: services, holidays, rituals – how did it all go?
– How we do it: Shofar, fasting, Sukkah, dancing – many options all at once
– Where we come from – Discussing Jewish History – Wandering, settling, learning
Jonathan B. Krasner, “What Was Driving Force Behind Jewish History: New Book Argues It Was Literacy, Not Persecution,” Forward.com, August 31, 2012