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Judaics & Israel
Jewish Culture & Israel Yesterday, Today, Tomorrow

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Judaic and Israel classes are planned in consultation with the Friedman Commission for Jewish Education, in partnership with New Synagogue of Palm Beach, Temple Beth David, Temple Beth EI, Temple Israel and Temple Judea, and taught by their clergy or education directors. These classes are offered free of charge to participating synagogue members, with the exception of the Hebrew classes for which there is a fee.


Winter 2015


Mussar I: The Way of a Higher Self Presented by Temple Israel
Do you have a spiritual practice? Did you know that Judaism has a 1,000 year old spiritual perspective we call Mussar? Mussar is a Jewish movement developed in Eastern Europe in the 19th century in order to assist us in our ethical and spiritual development. Our goal is to reach our highest spiritual potential through living a life of holiness. We will meet together monthly to study individual soul-traits (middot), using material developed by the Mussar Institute. Everyday Holiness, by Alan Morinis, will be the core text of this experience. We will also study in smaller groups or vaadim in preparation for the monthly meetings.

Instructor: Dr. Barry Horowitz is a local physician and has been a Temple Israel member for almost 20 years. He has studied and practiced Mussar for several years and is a graduate of the Mussar Institute’s Manchim course, which teaches how to facilitate a Mussar group. For the past four years, Dr. Horowitz has facilitated a similar course of study.

> Mondays; Mar 9 and Apr 13
   7:00-8:30 pm
   Free to the community.  Registration encouraged.

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Maimonides and Nachmanides: Their Lives and Work
There is an adage, “From Moses to Moses no one arose like Moses.” The first Moses refers to Moses of the Bible, the second to Moses Ben Maimon (Maimonides), who is known as the father of rationalist Judaism. The adage reflects the great esteem in which Maimonides, an expert in Jewish law and philosophy, the top medical practioner in Egypt, mathematician, and scientist has been held through the ages. Rabbi Moshe Ben Nachman (Ramban-Nachmanides), renowned as a bearer of the torch of the mystical tradition and a leader of Jewry, was arguably the next greatest Spanish scholar after Maimonides. This course will delve into the personal life, societal influences, literary work, and unique position in the chain of Jewish tradition of these two men.

Instructor: Rabbi Barak Bar-Chaim is the rabbi of New Synagogue of Palm Beach. He has lectured to diverse audiences in South Africa and the United States. Rabbi Bar-Chaim has touched many with his warm, non-judgmental personal.

> Wednesdays; Feb 4-18; 1:00-2:00 PM
   Free to Members of Participating Temples
   $24/Member*; $36/Guest; $15/Class

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Israelis, Palestinians Two Narratives for One Conflict
The Israeli Palestinian conflict is the longest one in
modern history. This two part program will give a solid background of the history of the conflict while focusing on the four core issues of negotiation from both Israeli and Palestinian narratives: Jerusalem, refugees, security and territories. The first part will include a formal lecture about the history starting with Balfour’s declaration in 1917, and the second part will focus on real situations created by the conflict and potential solutions to this long term challenge

Instructor: Shani and Nir Boneh are Israeli newlyweds whose mission is to bring their love and knowledge of Israel to all of Jewish Palm Beach. They are community Shlichlim (volunteer emissaries) Israel educators working at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County as a “home base” to the living bridge they represent with our sister region in Israel’s TZAHAR Region. The couple met at and graduated from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, where they majored in Israeli and Jewish history, and Middle Eastern Affairs and Education.

> Monday; Feb 16, 23; 1:30-3:00 PM
   Free to Members of Participating Temples
   $16/Member*; $24/Guest; $15/ Class

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Hebrew – Conversational
A 4-week Hebrew course designed to meet the needs of students who can speak conversationally and read a variety of printed publications.

Instructor: Gila Johnson has taught Hebrew classes at the JCC and Temple Judea for the past four years following her 22 year tenure as Head of the Judaic Department at the Arthur Meyer Academy.

> Tuesdays; Mar 3-24; 9:30-10:30 AM
   4 week session: $55/Member; $64/Guest
   Pre-registration required

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Hebrew for Beginners
A 4-week Hebrew course is designed to cover everything from Aleph – Tov. Classes tailored to meet the needs of participating beginner students.

Instructor: Gila Johnson has taught Hebrew classes at the JCC and Temple Judea for the past four years following her 22 year tenure as Head of the Judaic Department at the Arthur Meyer Academy.

> Tuesdays; Mar 3-24; 10:30-11:30 AM
   4 week session: $55/Member; $64/Guest
   Pre-registration required

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Israel’s Defense Forces IDF Not Only An Army
For a country the size of New Jersey, with a livable area the size of Rhode Island, Israel has had to endure more battles and strategic operations than any nation in its teenage years should. By examining wars and covert operations, we will learn about a nation and an army who has had to keep developing defense technology for its existence, and about the importance of the IDF’s role in modern Israeli society.

Instructor: Shani and Nir Boneh are Israeli newlyweds whose mission is to bring their love and knowledge of Israel to all of Jewish Palm Beach. They are community Shlichlim (volunteer emissaries) Israel educators working at the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County as a “home base” to the living bridge they represent with our sister region in Israel’s TZAHAR Region. The couple met at and graduated from Ben-Gurion University in the Negev, where they majored in Israeli and Jewish history, and Middle Eastern Affairs and Education.

> Tuesday; Apr 21; 9:30-11:00 AM
   Free and Open to the Community as part of the Israel Days

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