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The Many Reasons Jews are Abandoning Jewish Institutions In the US 

What is going on in the United States with this generation of Jewish People? Why do fewer Jews choose to belong to synagogues? Why is inter-faith marriage more popular than ever before? Why is there such a growth of discrimination of Jewish students on college and university campuses? These are some of the burning questions to be asked and discussed in these sessions. Instructor: Susan Jaffe

Wednesdays, December 7, 14, 21 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Learn to Read Hebrew

An informal setting is provided for students wishing to learn to read Hebrew. Beginners or those wishing to brush up on their reading skills are invited to this class. (Additional fee for workbook may be required).Instructor: Elaine Grossman

December 8, 15, 22 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Biblical Seductions Based on the Book By Sandra E Rapaport

‘Biblical Seductions’ retells six Biblical stories of lust, desperation, abduction, love, violence, unique human kindness and survival. This is illuminated through centuries of bold and sensitive Midrashic insight. These ancient tales of David & Batsheva, Lot & his daughters, Dinah & Schehem, Juday & Taomar, Ruth & Boaz and Amnon & Tamar are timeless stories. Instructor: Saundra Rothenberg-Lurie

Thursdays, December 8, 15, 22 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


The Top 10 Co-Opted and Corrupted Jewish Words of All Time 

Have you ever heard a Jewish person use the word “resurrection”? Are you sure you know what “Chazzan” means? We will have an eye-opening investigation of some very common (and very uncommon) words, their origins in Judaism, and their use in parlance. Instructor: Rabbi Jay Lyons

Monday, December 12 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Jews In America 

This is a four-part documentary series referencing the PBS series chronicling Jewish life in America from the late 19th Century to the mid or late 20th Century. Each part covers a particular decade and stands on its own. Instructors: Sherry Picker & Tali Kentof

Mondays, December 12, 19 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest 


Being a Mencsch: What Mussar Has To Teach Us 

After a brief introduction to Mussar, the class will learn about different traits that will help you understand our soul’s journey. This interactive class will discuss traits such as loving kindness, generosity, gratitude, joy, equanimity and patience. Instructor: Dr. Suzanne Stier

Mondays,  December 12, 19 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Jewish Art & Artists Who Are Jewish 

Artists whose work is devoted to Jewish subjects and those who may or may not include Jewish themes in their oeuvre is the focus of this monthly series.
Instructor: Irene Cohen 

Wednesday, December 14 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Great Jewish Families Who Have Built America

Historically, Jews had been prohibited from owning land, so the allure of immigrating to America to buy property without threat brought an exodus to America. We will discuss 10 major metropolitan areas and the families that that had a hand in building up the malls and megastructures in the area. Instructor: Leah Polin

Monday, January 16 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


To Jew or Not to Jew

What does it mean to be Jewish? How can a person live in today’s world and be committed to a Jewish lifestyle? What are the internal and external obstacles and how do we overcome them? Get ready for a discussion that will be the “chai” of your day. Instructor: Andy Greenberg

Monday, January 16 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Three Vision of a Jewish State

As we prepare to celebrate the State of Israel’s 70th birthday, we must pay tribute to those who laid the foundation, such as Theodore Hertzl. He saw the growth of anti-Semitism and concluded that the only solution for this problem was a Jewish homeland. He organized diverse Jewish communities and founded the modern Zionist movement. Instructor: Rabbi Abraham Eckstein

Tuesday, January 17 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


A Primer for Jewish Living

Join us for a crash course in Judaism. This five-week series will cover the following subjects: Who wrote the Torah and what’s in it? What are the 613 Commandments we should follow? A summary of Jewish history from creation to 2017 What do Jews believe? What are the prayers we say and why do we say them? Holidays: Why do we celebrate and what are their origins? Instructor: Buddy Schreiber

Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8 15 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Inventions, Innovations, Imaginations By Recent Jewish Geniuses

Learn how Jewish geniuses have enriched the world. Whether it was replacing the fountain pen to creating the Fountainbleu or developing Facebook & WiFi. We will look at 20th Century examples of such creativity. Instructor: Leah Polin

Wednesdays, January 18, 25, February 1, 8 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Let’s Learn To Read Hebrew

An informal setting with a relaxed and cozy gathering is provided for students wishing to learn to read Hebrew. Beginners or those wishing to brush up their reading skills are invited to this class. Instructor: Elaine Grossman

Thursdays, January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23, March 2, 9 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Three Funny Jewish Men: Jerry Lewis, Jackie Monson and Jerry Seinfeld

Early lives, struggles, Jewish connections and the pathway to comedy will be discussed. PowerPoint pictures and short video clips enhance the presentation. Instructor: Dr. Rose Feinberg

Thursday, January 19 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Eliezer Ben Yehudah, The Father of Modern Hebrew

Zionist Eliezer Ben Yehudah believed we could not have a Jewish homeland unless we revived Hebrew and made it a national language. He helped turn Hebrew into a live vibrant and modern tongue. From creating words to publishing the first Hebrew dictionary in thousands of years, he became the “Father of Modern Hebrew.” Instructor: Rabbi Abraham Eckstein

Tuesday, January 24 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


David Ben Gurion 

David Ben Gurion lived during the period of British control of Palestine after World War I. As the first Prime Minister of the State of Israel, his entire life was dedicated to this vision of a free and independent Jewish state. This required an organized military force, Aliyah from war-torn Europe and the rest of the world and cultivation of the land. His life, passion for Zionism, and his political journey are discussed in this class. Instructor: Rabbi Abraham Eckstein

Tuesday, January 31 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Jewish Singers And Their Music

This class will entertain you and bring back memories of your Jewish childhood and your favorite singers. Prepare to sing along, listen, tap your feet and enjoy. Instructors: DJ Charlie Deitch

Thursday, February 7 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Dial M for Mishegoss

Yiddish has been the mother tongue, the “mamaloshen” of millions of Jews. Join Marge as she discusses Yiddish “m” words: maven, mikvah, macher, meshugenegh, mentsh and more. Oh what stories she has to tell! Instructor: Marge Wolfe

Wednesday, February 8 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


The Marriage Secrets of The Ten Commandments

Buried inside the Ten Commandments are the secrets to dating discovered by Michael Jackson’s spiritual advisor Rabbi Shmuley Boteach and other rabbis. This interactive class discusses all the ways to make a date memorable and enjoyable. This includes approach, rejection, prep and after the date review, respect, admiration and more. Instructor: Andy Greenberg

Monday, February 20 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


The Jews of The Adriatic Venice & Croatia, A Photographic Journey

The first record of a Jewish Community on the Adriatic is in the third Century C.E and they are still there presently, mainly in Venice, Trieste, Split and Dubrovnik. The Jews were merchants, money lenders, tailors and doctors. In 1516, the ruling council of Venice, the Doges, decided to confine the Jews to the Ghetto Nuova. We will visit the synagogues of the Ghetto as well as the one in Dubrovnik. With photos and words, we will take you on an interesting journey. Instructor: Kurt Bomze

Tuesday, February 21 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Planning Ahead Part Of the Jewish Culture

Throughout our history, our people have always had the wisdom and forethought to plan for the future. You’ve planned for your family and protected them your whole life. Why stop now? This class will discuss the many emotional and financial benefits of pre-need planning while enjoying a delicious brunch. Instructor Phil Wishna

Thursday, February 23 | 10:30 am (Note special time)
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Jewish Afterlife (A Three- Part Series)

February 27: Heaven and Hell - Is there such a thing as reward and punishment? Are we really going to one place or the other? Fire? Devils? Find out, so you can really be prepared.

March 6: Body and Soul - You are very important, but who are you? Where does the body end and the soul begin? Are the body and soul partners or adversaries? Delve into these fundamental concepts behind our essence.

March 13: Life and Afterlife - The Perfect World: Is there life before the afterlife, and why? If there is an afterlife, why not just skip right to it? Let’s ask the fundamental question: What is the point of life? Instructor: Rabbi Jay Lyons

Mondays, February 27, March 6, 13 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Anti- Semitism in France Revisited

Anti-Semitism in France started centuries ago. The existence of Jewish communities is now threatened more than ever. Trying to determine the answer whether to stay or flee is on the minds of citizens daily. This serious situation requires the attention of Jews all over the world. Will it continue? Can it spread? Instructor: Pierre Chanover

Wednesday, 12:30 pm | March 1
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Dr. Ruth and Judge Judy: Two Jewish Personalities

Find out about their early lives, their marriages, challenges , accomplishments and fascinating highlights during their careers that led to them becoming media personalities. Personal events and connections to being Jewish are included. PowerPoint pictures and short video clips enhance this presentation. Instructor: Dr. Rose Feinberg

Thursday, March 2 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Jewish Women, Nobel Prize Winners

Four geniuses in medicine, a great Israeli chemist and two great writers have won the Prize. But there are others whose contributions are enormous did not win. Why? Come and join the discussion. Instructor: Leah Polin

Monday, March 6 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


The History of Islam & Israel Relating to Current Events

We will discuss the precarious position of Israel as it is under threat from Iran and other hostile nations. Also, we will focus on exploring the domestic Jewish issues such as anti-Semitism in universities and in the general population and in Israel. These sessions will educate us to the constant challenges Jews face and how to cope and overcome them. Instructor: Alan Bergstein

Tuesdays, March 7, 14, 21, 28 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Janusz Korczak: The Holocaust Years: A Movie

On August 6, 1942, an orphanage in the Warsaw Ghetto was forced to evacuate by the Germans. Nearly 200 children, teachers and Janusz Korczak made the long march to the train station that would take them to their final destination, the killing camp Treblinka. Korczak became the director of the Jewish orphanage in 1912. He was a pediatrician, child advocate and educator. The orphanage was forced into the ghetto in October 1942. This film details the life in the ghetto, but the surprise ending leaves us with redemption and hope. Instructor Kurt Bomze

Tuesday, March 7 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


Environmentalism & Judaism: A Match Made in Heaven

Conservation isn’t the only way to protect the earth’s resources. We will delve deeper, an almost Kabbalistic look at environmentalism and learn about using, conserving and even cultivating nature. Instructor: Rabbi Jay Lyons

Monday, March 20 | 12:30 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest


The 613 Mitzvoth

Are they out of date or for our times? Do you know the rules of the road? The IRS Tax laws? The 613 Mitzvoth? Be part of the intriguing discussions which reveals both the secret mysteries and illumining background of the basics of our Jewish Religion. Should these be part of lives or discarded? What benefits do they provide? This revealing session will be thought provoking and very impactful. Instructor: Andy Greenberg

Monday, April 3 | 2:00 pm
Free Member ● $15 Guest

 

 

 

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