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AT OROT WE BELIEVE…

We believe that Jewish wisdom - if taught in an open and non-dogmatic manner- can help all Jews reclaim a personal stake in Torah and answer the deepest questions of life.

We believe that when used as a lens for self-reflection, Torah from the Mountain (our inherited tradition) can help Jews attune themselves to their unique Torah from the Well (intrinsic inner wisdom).

We believe that Torah study without action is incomplete: at Orot, we empower our community to apply Jewish wisdom to better their families, their communities and the world at large.

We believe that Torah becomes relevant and valuable when it speaks to the whole self: head, heart, body, and spirit.

We believe that there is no single path towards Torah - we open up a variety of portals to Jewish wisdom through meditation, music, art, writing, and yoga.

We believe that Torah and the Jewish People are enriched by a diverse plurality of voices sitting around the table, learning together.

We believe that all Jews deserve the opportunity to discover - or rediscover - their unique way into Judaism as a rich wisdom tradition.

 

SHARE YOUR LIGHT!

We need your support! We are so grateful for your help in sharing the light of Jewish wisdom with others and in building a bold new paradigm for meaningful Jewish learning and living.

 
 

Vision

Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning empowers Jews of all backgrounds to discover new entry points into the richness of Jewish wisdom, to bring the light of Judaism into direct conversation with their lived experiences and to invest in personally reshaping a new paradigm for Jewish learning as a vehicle towards personal meaning and communal and social reinvigoration.

Mission

Orot: Center for New Jewish Learning offers classes, programs, and retreats that provides opportunities for cultivating transformative habits of body, heart, and mind that lead to greater life wisdom, meaning, and compassion. Orot designs learning experiences that integrate ancient Jewish wisdom with meditation, yoga, music, art, and creative writing in an attempt to empower and support individuals as they open up new pathways into Jewish meaning and look to use Judaism as a source for personal, relational, and communal transformation.


 
 

Programs

Our programming ranges from weekly classes in Jewish medidation, Rosh Chodesh meet-ups, retreats and musical guests!

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Orot has been truly inspiring. As someone who grew up unaffiliated, I traditionally haven’t had much of a connection to or understanding of what it means to be Jewish. I wasn’t someone who grew up going to a day school. I didn’t go to Jewish summer camp. I didn’t go to synagogue. I was Jewish by birth and that was about it. In retrospect, I think the two main reasons for my lack of “affiliation” were (1) a general lack of exposure and (2) an absolute lack of knowledge or understanding of the Jewish texts.As I’ve grown up, i’ve gotten a lot more exposure, but still lacked the knowledge of the texts.

Orot has been a God-send to me. It’s really filled a void that I believe exists in the community: text-based study outside of the traditional confines of an affiliation (synagogue) or movement. The teachers are some of the brightest Jewish minds in the area and it’s a privilege to have the opportunity to study with them. 

My Orot experience has been such a positive one that we’re trying to organize a program for our teenagers within the community to continue their Jewish education as they matriculate into public high school.
— MICHAEL BLOOM
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