Derekh

Enriching lives through community, lifelong Jewish learning, & spiritual growth!

Vision:

Derekh will be a center for pluralistic, engaging learning, and transformational Jewish experiences.

Mission:

Through targeted programming, Derekh encourages participation in new ways, growing and expanding Jewish experiences within the five portals.

What this means for you:

Throughout this year we will be experimenting with new programs and activities, striving to meet your unique needs. We encourage you to reach out and tell us what you need, try something new, challenge yourself, and be a partner for this new project of Beth Shalom.

To see the breakdown of each portal, check out the Derekh info sheet here.

Upcoming Derekh Events

  • Pre-Passover Talmud Learning |
    Mondays from 9AM – 10AM at 61c Cafe and
    Thursdays from 8:15AM – 9AM in the Eisner Commons

Join Rabbi Seth Adelson and Rabbi Jeremy Markiz as we learn our way through Masekhet (Tractate) Horayot from the Talmud.

Each week we’ll learn a little bit more, preparing for a siyyim (completion celebration) on Erev Pesaḥ (the day of the first night of Passover) for the Fast of the Firstborn. This type of learning is called “beki’ut” which means that we will be skimming the material, understanding the basic ideas, and then moving on.

If you have any questions at all, feel free to reach out to Rabbi Jeremy (email).

Check out the Talmud’s text here!

Regular Derekh Events

Weekly

  • Shabbat Morning Warmup | Every Shabbat morning (without a Benei/Benot Mitzvah)
    at 9 – 9:30 AM in the Weinberg Pavillion

    • First Shabbat of the Month: Mussar Literature (Jewish self-improvement)
    • Second Shabbat of the Month: Niggun Circle (traditional wordless melodies)
    • Third Shabbat of the Month: Modern Jewish Text (exploring modern writing)
    • Fourth Shabbat of the Month: Introductory Meditation (sitting and discussion)
    • Fifth Shabbat of the Month: Surprise Bonus Warmup
  • Coffee with the Cantor | Every Wednesday at 11 AM – 12 PM in the Lehman Center

Lively discussions around current articles. This year, “Perceptions of Modern Judaism.”

Monthly

  • Derekh Open Beit Midrash | Second Wednesday of the month
    at 7:30PM in the Zweig Library

January:

Go Deeper | Dive deeper into a text, our inner selves, and the Tradition itself.
Come and join the monthly session, study with a partner, or start your own study group. We welcome you to help create this communal space! Students of all skill levels are welcome and knowledge of Hebrew is NOT required!

Ongoing Derekh Programs

  • Introduction to Judaism: Part 2 | 2/11, 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, 4/15, 4/22
    at 2-4PM in the Zweig Library

We invite you to this new non-denominational class! This six week course will cover an overview of Passover, God, Talmud, High Holidays, Kashrut, and History.

Do you have an idea?

Do you have an idea you are really excited about? Connect with us!

The Open Community Beit Midrash at Beth Shalom

As Congregation Beth Shalom enters its second century, we aim to build a new center
for Jewish life and learning that will reach into and beyond the membership of the
congregation. The goal is to provide a new range of programming that will benefit the
Squirrel Hill community and transform Jewish life in Pittsburgh by providing new and
accessible portals to Jewish engagement and lifelong Jewish learning.
The foundation of Judaism is a commitment to the compelling, ever recurring question:
“How do I become the best person I can be?” Derekh is Beth Shalom’s acknowledgment
of and commitment to creating accessible portals to Jewish learning and experience for
anyone who seeks answers to captivating, essential questions. Derekh will be the
address in Squirrel Hill for those for whom Jewish identity is faithful, ethical, cultural, or
for anybody who simply wants to broaden their perspective and heighten their daily
experience. The hub of this new initiative will be the Open Community Beit Midrash, a
dedicated, contemporary space at Beth Shalom, which will feature programming,
speakers, films, mindfulness activities, music, and so forth, all intended to make new
connections and transform our community’s relationship with Jewish tradition.