What we're about

Anyone, not just IBMR members, are invited to join. Most of us grew up with a Christian upbringing, reading if we read the "Old Testament" at all from a Christian perspective. The group is an invitation to study Judaism through readings of the Torah (the first five books of the Hebrew Bible) with Jewish commentaries, the Talmud, and the Jewish "Inner Teachings" called Kabbalah.

Meetups are of 2 parts: an introduction to Judaism as religion and/or way of life, and reading Jewish texts with Jewish commentary. We shall begin by reading the Torah from the beginning, Bere'shit, hopefully with new eyes, to the end of Kethuvim that includes the Psalms, central to both Christian and Jewish study and ritual.

All throughout, whenever appropriate, we can critique the tradition especially the meditative or consciousness-changing techniques by comparison to the Vipassana tradition of Buddhism, or other traditional systems of practice.

The goal while conceptual is to help members develop practice of daily life that nourishes them and other people.

It is open to anyone interested in this goal, no matter how much you know of Judaism.

Upcoming events (5+)

Sunday Torah Study

Panera Bread

Every Sunday, we'll meet at Panera Bread to read the Torah in English, from Bereshit (Genesis) to Devarim (Deuteronomy) with Jewish commentaries, just as many pages we can finish in 45 minutes, with reflection and understanding. A donation is welcome. Drop it into the Tzedakah box and the group can decide when it's full where to share the money. Tzedakah is a core practice in Judaism. None of this money goes to the organizer.

Jewish Mysticism and Practice as taught by the Chassid Rebbe

The two people who showed up at the first meeting decided the next meetup to be about the teachings and life of one of the most admirable examples of modern Chasidism, Menachem Mendel Schneerson. Those who have access to the book by Rabbi Telushin or to online resources (there are plenty, on Wikipedia, Chabad.org, Youtube, etc) can contribute to a conversation of what Chasidism is and what about it they can apply to their own lives. The second part of the meetup is a conversation about Judaism and Jewish culture. A donation is welcome. Drop it into the Tzedakah box and the group can decide when it's full where to share the money. Tzedakah is a core practice in Judaism.

Learn about IBMR Jewish Study Group

Panera Bread

The first meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday evening of January at Panera Bread on E. 82nd Street. Orlando will give a brief introduction to Judaism, what the meetup is about, give a listing of suggested resources, and launch into reading the first chapter of Genesis, Bere'shit. Frankly I don't expect us to go past the first 10 lines. We'll end by discussing how the meetup can be personally helpful to members.

Learn about IBMR Jewish Study Group

Panera Bread

The first meeting will be on the 2nd Tuesday evening of January at Panera Bread on E. 82nd Street. Orlando will give a brief introduction to Judaism, what the meetup is about, give a listing of suggested resources, and launch into reading the first chapter of Genesis, Bere'shit. Frankly I don't expect us to go past the first 10 lines. We'll end by discussing how the meetup can be personally helpful to members.

Past events (1)

Learn about IBMR Jewish Study Group

Panera Bread

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