Congregation Anshei Sfard announced that a SEED (Summer Enrichment and Educational Development) Program will be held in Louisville during late July and early August. SEED is also a metaphor that indicates the goal of the program: planting a “seed” that bears the “fruit” of Jewish study and commitment.
Project SEED is a division of Torah Umesorah, a national organization devoted to promoting Torah education. For over 30 years, Torah Umesorah has recognized that continuity of Jewish commitment lies within a communal thirst for Torah learning. Every year, SEED Programs send hundreds of young men and women to spend their summers learning and teaching Torah all over the United States.
In Louisville this summer, five out-of-town Yeshiva students will serve as “fellows” of the program, offering lectures and mini-classes at Congregation Anshei Sfard and possibly at other venues, on a range of Jewish topics and texts.
The lectures and classes will be open to all. Also, in keeping with Orthodox tradition, chevruta-style learning will be available for men in the Louisville community who wish to learn one-on-one with any of the fellows. Most sessions will be in the evenings during the first two weeks of August, but chevruta-style learning may also be available by appointment.
Most programs will be free of charge, and it is hoped that the community will take full advantage of this opportunity.
On Friday night August 1, there will be a Kabbalat Shabbat service and communal dinner to kick off the program at Congregation Anshei Sfard. The service starts at 7 p.m., followed by dinner. Rabbi Josh Golding will give an informal talk on the importance of Torah Study as a key to Jewish survival. More details about the SEED Program will be made available at that time.
The dinner is open to all. A $5 donation is suggested and reservations are required. For questions about the program and/or to make reservations please email Rabbi Golding at email@example.com or call the synagogue office at 451-3122.