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Southwest Torah Institute’s Spirit study program returns

Rabbinical student Harry Kleinerman, left, and Robert Nye of Green Valley study together at Congregation Chofetz Chayim in 2016. (Courtesy Southwest Torah Institute)

“In the Driver’s Seat” is this year’s theme for the Southwest Torah Institute’s Dr. Paul W. Hoffert Spirit Program, which begins Wednesday, July 26 and runs through Tuesday, Aug. 8.

Begun in 2000, the program offers two weeks of free learning for Jewish men and boys ages eight and up, on any topic of Jewish interest, with five rabbinical students from the Rabbinical Seminary of America in Queens, N.Y., and Rabbi Israel Becker of STI and Congregation Chofetz Chayim. Individual and group sessions and are offered by appointment, from 9 a.m. to noon and 8-9:45 p.m., except for Shabbat. Study sessions run from 15 minutes to two hours and are held at Chofetz Chayim.

“This year’s program is participant-driven. Everyone has something they wish they could learn, and we want attendees to choose their course of study and feel a tangible sense of accomplishment after doing the Spirit Program,” says Becker. Past topics have run the gamut from basic reading to intricate issues of contemporary medical ethics.

“The program is open to all Jews, regardless of affiliation, and people have attended from all over Tucson, Phoenix and Green Valley,” says Becker.

For more information or to schedule study sessions, contact Becker at 747-7780 or