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Jewish Culture & Israel


Insight and Commentary on Current Topics in the Jewish World 

Rabbi Barry Silver presents a monthly series highlighting the most topical news stories and issues from around the globe. His focus is to maintain an open forum to discuss and share pertinent background and information on the concerns affecting all of us on a daily basis. The Jewish perspective and public interest issues provide an energetic lively class presentation. 

Instructor: Rabbi Barry Silver 

>Mondays, Oct 12, Nov 9, Dec 14

   2:00 PM


Basic Conversational Yiddish 

The series is designed to teach class members to hold a conversation in  Yiddish. By using everyday words in categories such as clothing, food, family, health, daily living and some of those terms grandma didn't want the kids to hear, you might learn a whole new vocabulary. Those who would like a refresher or are fluent are welcome as well. 

Instructor: Mindy Gross

>Tuesdays, Oct 13-Nov 17 

  12:30 PM


 Graven Images: A New History of Jewish Art 

In 1928, Lionel Trilling wrote "being a Jew is like walking in the wind or swimming; you are touched at all points and conscious everywhere." This program will offer proof that this singular sensitivity extended to the creative arts. This old canard about Jewish image- phobia remains widespread. Jewish artistry dates back to pre-biblical times while Talmudic texts actually acknowledge the existence and tolerance of "graven images." This historical and visually enhanced program provides a revisionist interpretation tracing the Jewish arts, creative crafts as well as contributions by individual artists. Each of these ingredients affected major change within societies and cultures into which these forces were interwoven. 

Instructor: Ken Green

>Wednesdays, Oct 14- Nov 4

   2:00 PM


Israel and the Middle East 

The course offers a discussion detailing the precarious position of Israel and its threats from its neighbors including Iran and other hostile nations. Dialogues focus on exploring the domestic Jewish issues such as anti- Semitism in universities and in the general population. These sessions will attempt to educate us to the constant challenges Jews face and how to cope and overcome them. 

Instructor: Alan Bergstein 

>Tuesday, Oct 13- Nov 3

   12:30 PM 


 Jewish Mysticism (not Kaballah) 

Incantations, brews, getting rid of germs and evil spirits are discussed with many shocking surprises as they relate to Jewish practices and viewpoints both ancient and modern. The red string, ghosts, angels, what role do they play in our lives? This class will amaze you as we explore a little known part of who we are. 

Instructor: Andrew Greenberg 

>Wednesday, Oct 14 

  12:30 PM 


Let's Learn to Read Hebrew 

An informal setting 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. (Additional fee for workbook may be required). 

Instructor: Elaine Grossman 

>Thursday, Oct 15- Dec 17 (no class Nov 26)

   12:30 PM


The World of Our Fathers & Mothers from the Shtetl to the Czar to 21st Century Russia & Ukraine 

This class is a gripping account of why several million Russian Jews left for America and how the events of the Russian Revolution and Civil War shook the world. Learn how Jews survived the Communist rule and later migrated to the U.S. and Israel. The bitter civil war today in Ukraine and the rise again of Russian's Nationalism, including the rise of Putin puts today's Jewish residents in jeopardy again will be discussed. 

Instructor: Ben Frank 

>Thursday, Oct 15

   2:00 PM 


The Strange Customs of the Modern Jew 

Why do we eat Gefilte Fish on Friday's? What is the proper way to put on shoes? What is the real secret of growing a beard? Are Jews allowed to cross their fingers? Together, let's explore these strange customs and many more. Are they relevant or outdated? In a very entertaining and interactive environment, feel comfortable in sharing your insights as we explore our strange customs and traditions! 

Instructor: Andrew Greenberg 

>Wednesday, October 28

  12:30 PM 


 Stop Chronic Worry: Self- Help w/ a Jewish Sense of Humor 

Calling all designated worriers! Is your family relaxed because you are doing their worrying? When you voice concern, is the response: "enough already! Can't you ever relax?" Jews are famous for chronic worrying. Of course there are no exclusive rights to worry, but having been in the jaws of world history...we are world class experts. If you'd like to see the kiddush cup half full, not exploding, join us. Carol will you control the classics of worry, travel, health, social and OMG THE FAMILY! 

Instructor: Carol Gross 

>Tuesday, Nov 10

   2:00 PM 


The WOW of Judaism 

An interactive discussion of the WOW factor in leading a Jewish life! How has the life style helped us build a better secular life? What have we done for the world? What is the first thing that our college freshmen and women do? The yearly fasts- are they healthy? Is wearing tefeilin good for us? Why do the Chinese want to be Kosher? Be wowed by the answers. 

Instructor: Andrew Greenberg 

>Wednesday, Nov 11 

   12:30 PM 


 Jewish Afterlife 

Body and Soul, Heaven and Hell, life and afterlife, what does Judaism have to say about all of this? Part I: Heaven & Hell- Really? Part II: Body & Soul (what is the meaning)?

Instructor: Rabbi Jay Lyons 

>Mondays, Nov 16, 23

  12:30 PM 


The Golem, Frankenstein, Superman: All in the Family 

The Golem of Prague is a medieval folktale with modern appeal. According to folklore, Golem sleeps in Prague waiting for reactivation, when Jews again need saving. Frankenstein and Superman share Golem DNA and are very much alive as pop icons, though most fans don't know their Jewish roots. Prize winning novelists mix magic and realism creating updated New York Golems to set their stories spinning. Let's explore the Golem craze, and our need for super heroes. 

Instructor: Carol Gross 

>Tuesday, Nov 17

   2:00 PM


Yahrtzeit and Yiskor-Why? 

Yahrtzeits and Yizkor are very commonly observed practices, but why do we do them? Is it for the living? Is it for the deceased? What are the origins and meanings behind them? 

Instructor: Rabbi Jay Lyons

>Monday, Nov 30

  12:30 PM 


The World Without Jews 

What would the world be like without Jews? Travel back to ancient times and the modern world and let's take away all the contributions Jews have made. Did we fulfill the Torah's promise? Is it really because we are Jewish? Be prepared for some revealing and unknown facts that can and should be questioned in the very fun and interactive class! 

Instructor: Andrew Greenberg 

>Wednesday, Dec 2 

   12:30 PM 


Anti- Semitism in France Revisited 

The resurgence of anti- Semitism is of great concern, especially as we move furhter away from the lessons of the Holocaust. The Jewish people do have allies in the United States and around the world. However, who remembers the lessons of history and are ready to stand against this very old and very sinister hatred? Recent news and reports in France indicated a more intense move towards anti- Semitism. The class will learn and discuss the cause and effect of these current activities. 

Instructor: Pierre Chanover 

>Tuesday Nov 17 

  12:30 PM 


Traveling the Exotic Jewish World 

The class provides a talk for the tourist and arm chair traveler to far- off lands in search of exotic Jewish communities. Visit communities in Asia, Europe, and Africa, as well as traveling to the Jewish Diaspora including Cuba, India, Burma, Vietnam, Russia, Morocco, Israel and more. The talk details the history, politics, and governments of these far- flung Jewish communities of the world. 

Instructor: Ben Frank 

>Wednesday, Dec 2 

   2:00 PM 


Great Jewish Women 

Highlighted women include: Shulamit Aloni Israeli Gadfy- Miriam Ben- Porat Israel's First Female Supreme Court Justice, Glueckel of Hamiln- most famous Jewess of the 17th and early 18th century, Nechama Liebowitz- world's greatest Bible teacher and Dona Gracia Nasi- 16th century Marrano Activist

Instructor: Saundra Rothenberg- Laurie 

>Wednesday, Dec 9 

   2:00 PM 

 

 

 

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