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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.


Fall 2015


Hebrew- Beginners

4-week Hebrew course is designed to cover everything from Aleph-Tov. Classes tailored to meet the needs of participating beginner students. Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Gila Johnson came to us from Israel after teaching 20 years. She 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. Gila's Hebrew classes are very well received and are a wonderful addition to our adult course offerings.

> Tuesdays
   Sept 1-29 10:30-11:30am (no class on Sept 15)
   Oct 6-27 10:30-11:30am
   Nov 3-24 10:30-11:30am
   Dec 1-22 10:30-11:30am
   $55/Member; $64/Guest; per 4 week session

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Hebrew- Conversational

4-week Hebrew courses designed to meet the needs of the students who can speak conversationally and read a variety of printed publications. Pre-registration required.

Instructor: Gila Johnson came to us from Israel after teaching 20 years. She 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. Gila's Hebrew classes are very well received and are a wonderful addition to our adult course offerings.

> Tuesdays
   Sept 1-29 9:30-10:30am (no class on Sept 15)
   Oct 6-27 9:30-10:30am
   Nov 3-24 9:30-10:30am
   Dec 1-22 9:30-10:30am
   $55/Member; $64/Guest; per 4 week session

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Talmudic Fairytales

This course, Talmudic Fairytales, given by the clergy of Temple Judea, is based on the book A Bride for One Night: Talmud Tales by Dr. Ruth Calderon. The class will explore different tales as they appear in the Talmud and through the studies of these magical stories transcending time and space, we will get a remarkable glimse into the lives of the Talmudic sages, their fears, aspirations, weaknesses and beliefs. We will understand the settings in which they argued, made love, created law, changed and adapted Judaism to give us the foundation of our heritage as we know it.

Each of the clergy will teach one class as follows:
Week 1- Rabbi Joel Levine
Week 2- Rabbi Rose Durbin
Week 3- Cantor Alicia Stillman
Week 4- Rabbi Yaron Kapitulnik

> Thursdays, Oct 8-29; 1:00-2:30pm
   Free to Members of Participating Temples
   *$32/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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An Introduction to Shaarei Yosher: A Mussar Perspective on the Meaning of Life

Mussar is a Jewish movement that began in Eastern Europe in the 19th century in order to assist us in our ethical and spiritual development through teachings and practices. Rav Shimon Shkop, the founding dean of Yeshivat Shaar ha Torah in Grodno, Lithuania where Mussar was taught to all students, wrote Shaarei Yosher, a book dealing with how to resolve religious doubt. The introduction to the book presents a global view of life and its purpose from a Mussar-based perspective. In this course, we will study Rav Shkops' illuminating and insightful teachings in this introduction in order to better understand our mission in life, and how holiness, self-sufficiency, and generosity are interrelated.

Instructor: Barry Horowitz is a local physician and has been a Temple Israel member for almost 20 years. He has studied and practicied 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, Oct 19- Nov 2; 7:00-8:00pm
   Free to Members of Participating Temples
   Free/Member and Guest

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The Authors of Judaism's Classic Texts: Their Personal Lives, Their Societal Influences, Their Literary Works, Their Messages, and Their Unique Positions in the Chain of Jewish Tradition

Week 1: Rashi- after Moses, perhaps the most often quoted sage in Israel. It has been over 900 years since his passing, yet his influenced has not waned. Why do all Jewish groups consider him their teacher? We will delve into his life and works in an attempt to unlock Rashi's secret.

Week 2: The Maharel (an acronym for Our Teacher, Rabbi Loew) awas a legendary 16th century Talmudic scholar, Kabbalist and Philosopher. His approach in analyzing the teachings of the sages of Israel is breath-taking in their depth and beauty. This lecture will explore his personal life, societal influences, literary works and contribution to the Jewish people.

Week 3: The Vilna Gaon was one of the most influential Jewish scholars of the 18th century. He is seen as the father of the Lithuanian approach to Torah. This lecture will delve into his personal life, his major works, his opposition to the newly founded Chassidic movement and his ongoing contribution to the Jewish nation.

Instructor: Rabbis Barak Bar-Chaim is the rabbi of the 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-judgemental personality.

> Wednesdays, Dec 2-23 (no class Dec 9); 1:00-2:00pm
   Free to Members of Participating Temples
   $32/Member; $48/Guest; $15/Class

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