Community Learning @ The Well

Family Life

That Jews see themselves as family is no surprise. Before we were “Am Yisrael,” the People Israel, we were “B’nai Yisrael,” the extended family of Abraham and Sarah.

Today, family configurations may have changed but many challenges are no different than those faced by our ancestors. Therefore, we turn to Jewish wisdom for guidance in raising young children, parenting teenagers, creating a supportive interfaith family, navigating the “sandwich generation,” grand-parenting Jewish grandchildren and wise-aging.

The DNA of the Jewish People
Sunday, October 7 | 10:00 am

Some say Jews are descendants of those Judeans exiled by the Romans in the later 1st century. Others claim they are descendants of Khazars, an 8th century Turkic people whose rulers converted into Judaism. While opinions are wonderful and welcome, there is only one set of actual facts. Let’s explore them!

With Bennett Greenspan, President and CEO of Family Tree DNA

This program generously underwritten by Debbie & Gil Mann


Grandparent’s Circle
Tuesday Evenings, Beginning October 9 | 7:00 pm | $100

A 5-session course for Jewish grandparents whose grandchildren are being raised in interfaith homes. Learn to share Judaism with your grandchildren in an interesting, engaging and joyful way!

Facilitated by Helen Siegel
Space limited – Registration required.  Contact Liz at for more information.


Scholar In Residence | Rabbi Elana Elana Zaiman
October 19 – 21, 2018

Ben & Florence Brodsky Torah weekend:
The Forever Letter:
Authentic Connection With Ourselves and With Those We Love

Friday, October 19 | 7:00 pm
Shabbat Dinner followed by learning: Connecting in These Disconnected Times

Saturday, October 20 | 9:00 am and 12:30 pm
D’var Torah: Writing What We Believe for Those We Love

Learning with B’nai Mitzvah Families: Navigating the Push and Pull of the B’nai Mitzvah Year of Learning

Following Shabbat Lunch: Letters Old and New

Sunday, October 21 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Forever Letter Writing Workshop

This program generously underwritten by Lois Perwien in memory of her parents, Ben & Florence Brodsky


Intergenerational Northside Walking Tour
Sunday, November 11 | 12:00 pm

Learn the history of the old northside of Minneapolis with the Jewish Historical Society of the Upper Midwest. Beginning with lunch at Beth El, the afternoon concludes with a guided walking tour of the neighborhoods.

With Rabbi Alexander Davis and Guest Facilitator


Genomes: Interesting Aspects of Ashkenazi Genetics
January 2019

With Dr. David Matthew; University of Minnesota Department of Genetics



Scholar in Residence | Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg
February 1-3, 2019

Rabbi Ruttenberg, author of Nurture the Wow, speaks about spiritual parenting through sleepless nights and stinky diapers.





Jewish Archives Tour
Spring 2019

The Upper Midwest Jewish Archives has materials illustrating the American Jewish experience from a Midwestern perspective, chronicling the activities of the local Jewish population in creating and supporting ethnic/religious communities and advocacy organizations, as well as their efforts to promote social welfare and social justice.

With Rabbi Alexander Davis


For more information on any of these programs, please contact Liz Rappaport at or 952.873.7314.