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Temple Beth Shalom’s classes open to people of all faiths



People of all faiths are welcome to participate in Temple Beth Shalom of the West Valley’s education classes, “America’s Four Gods” and “Gratitude,” in February at the temple.



America’s Four Gods

This interactive four-week program will be led by Rabbi Dana Evan Kaplan and temple President Fay Henning-Bryant from 10 to 11 a.m. Thursdays Feb. 2, 9, 16 and 23. It is based on the book “America’s Four Gods: What We Say About God — And What That Says About Us,” written by Paul Froese and Christopher Bader.


The authors developed a self-administered survey instrument that enables each participant to answer a series of questions that provides them feedback about how they conceive of God and the role God plays in their daily lives. Individual survey results are private.

Through discussion led by Kaplan and Henning-Bryant, participants will be able to see how one conceives of God is relevant to current conditions in America and to better understand how perceptions of God are powerful predictors of how we feel about some of the most contentious issues in America today.

Cost is $18 for members and $36 for nonmembers. Advance registration and payment are required by Monday, Jan. 30. Contact the Temple Beth Shalom office at 623-977-3240 or templebethshalomaz@gmail.com to register.


Gratitude

This four-week class about gratitude will be led by Kaplan and Reva Litt, a Temple Beth Shalom member, from 10 to 11 a.m. Tuesdays Feb. 7, 14, 21 and 28.

The program will draw from many sources, including “The Psychology of Gratitude and The Little Book of Gratitude: Create a life of Happiness and Wellbeing by Giving Thanks.”

Gratitude will be explored from many perspectives. Throughout history and around the world, religious leaders, philosophers, psychologists and research scientists have extolled the virtue of gratitude:

Cost is $18 for members and $36 for nonmembers. Advance registration and payment are required by Thursday, Feb. 2. Contact the Temple Beth Shalom office at 623-977-3240 or templebethshalomaz@gmail.com to register.


Temple Beth Shalom

12202 N. 101st Avenue, Sun City


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