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Sun, Jan 28



SWF Learners' Minyan: Making Sense and Spirituality from Jewish Prayer

The SWF Learner’s Minyan is a unique adult learning experience that enables participants to explore the world of Jewish prayer, spirituality, and to wrestle with views of God using Jewish approaches.

Time & Location

Jan 28, 2024, 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM MST

Albuquerque, North Campus, Albuquerque, NM 87106, USA

About the event

The SWF Learner’s Minyan is a unique learning and spiritual experience. . A minyan on one level is a quorum of 10 adult Jews needed in order to gather for communal prayer. On another level is the basic unit of Jewish community. Collective prayer is one of the essential ways Jews express their spirituality, but also the way we create community.  The Learners' Minyan is a unique exploration of the connection between the Jewish way of prayer and the Jewish vision of a purposeful and caring community.  Rabbi Dov Gartenberg will reveal surprising insights and subtleties that will blow your minds and illuminate the tradition.

Here are a couple of things to know about the Learners' Minyan. 

1. Special Format: Unlike regular worship in synagogues, this specially formatted service allows for your questions and perplexities.  

2. Who is This For? For people ranging from those with familiarity with Jewish prayer to folks who have never walked into a synagogue. This is great for persons studying to convert to Judaism who seek basic tools on how to participate in Jewish worship. This mix is ideal for eliciting great questions and serious exploration.

3. Meets on Sunday Instead of Shabbat. We’ll explore the weekday service as a way to learn about the prayers done on Shabbat. No matter what community you come from, you’ll bring insights back to the service you usually attend.  The content is designed to make Jewish worship of any denomination accessible and understandable.

4. Stimulating Spiritually and Intellectually: Whether you are an atheist, a monotheist, or an agnostic this unique learning experience stimulates an exploration of Jewish religious ideas comparing parallel concepts in Christianity, Islam, Eastern religions, and secular philosophies.

The New Mexico Learners’ Minyan is a pilot program. 

Here are the updated dates for the Learners' Minyan: 

We met on 1/7

Future meetings 1/28 (changed from  1/21) 

February:   2/4, 2/11, 

March 3/3, 3/17. 

The minyan can extend beyond these dates based on the input of participants.

The Learners' Minyan is open all backgrounds.  There is no charge to participate. To help support programs like these, we suggest a voluntary donation of $20. The sessions are available online, especially for folks from other NM communities. The minyan will meet in Rabbi Gartenberg’s home in the North Campus neighborhood of Albuquerque near UNM. Registrants will receive the address with registration as well as a short reading list after registration. New participants can join at any time.  For questions contact Rabbi at  

Shabbat Shalom,

Rabbi Dov Gartenberg

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