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Adult Education

During the pandemic, all programs are held via Zoom technology.  If you are a member, you can access our secure webpage for direct links.  If you are not a member, but wish to join any of our programs, contact Nancy Holab Nevins, our Executive Director for link information.

 -The World of Jewish Learning taught by David Lerner - Sundays, Havdalah at 10:10, World of Jewish Learning at 10:15 a.m.

-Intermediate Prayer Book Hebrew taught by David Lerner
Sundays, 11:20 a.m.  until noon, beginning November 8

For more information, contact David Lerner at or 312-208-3283.

-The Yiddish Press and Racism in America, 1880–1920, with Tony Michels | Yiddish Book Center
Facilitated by Howard Schickler
Postponed - new date Wed. Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m.

We are all aware of the participation of Jews in the Civil Rights Movement from the 1950s on.This  presentation demonstrates that Jewish involvement in the struggle against racism began much earlier.  How did Yiddish journalists and intellectuals respond to the persistent discrimination and violence against African Americans in the US in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries? How did they understand the problem? In this talk, Tony Michels addresses these questions in order to gain a historical perspective on the Jewish encounter with race and racism in the United States.
Tony Michels is the George L. Mosse Professor of American Jewish History and director of the Mosse/Weinstein Center for Jewish Studies at the University of Wisconsin. He is the author of A Fire in Their Hearts: Yiddish Socialists in New York (2005) and the editor of the 2012 collection Jewish Radicals: A Documentary History.

-Virtual Tour of Israel,
Sun. Jan. 24 at 1:00 p.m.

Please join us for a virtual tour of Israel, celebrating the coming of Tu B'Shevat, with tour guide Gadi Ben-Dov.   Gadi was raised in a kibbutz in the Galilee, and became a licensed tour guide after finishing his IDF service as an officer and traveling the world.  Gadi will take us on a virtual tour celebrating the agricultural and environmental heritage of Israel, including the Seven Species.  This event is sponsored by Women's Network and is open to all members of Am Yisrael.  

-Special Shabbat Series Rakefet Ginsberg
Shabbat morning, Jan. 30 starting at 9:30 a.m.

The new CEO of the Masorti (Conservative Movement in Israel) and the first woman to hold this position. Rakefet Ginsberg, Masorti's incoming Executive Director, served as the Movement's Deputy Director up until four years ago . She joined the Movement's staff immediately following her return as an emissary on behalf of the Jewish Agency in the United States, and took on the challenging role of Director of the Congregations in the Masorti movement. Rakefet was later was promoted to Associate Director of the Movement. She has extensive experience in community work, development and management of community programs and projects, and as a facilitator of processes of change in organizations and communities. Rakefet serves as Chairperson of the "Counseling Center for Women", and she is a member of the Board of Directors of the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary. In recent years, she led a team of therapists and facilitators in developing community resilience and group interventions within the Community Unit at NATAL (Israel Trauma and Resiliency Center). Rakefet holds a bachelor's and master's degree in social work from Tel Aviv University. Rakefet lives with her family in Rosh Ha'ayin.

-Four Chaplains - Rabbi Robert Feinberg, husband of our admin assistant, Myra Feinberg.
Wed. Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m.
Rabbi Bob Feinberg served as a Chaplain in the U.S. Navy for twenty years. Following his Naval service, he served congregations in Highland Park and Akron, Ohio. One of the most inspiring stories that influenced his career is called the Four Chaplains. On February 3, 1943, in the darkest period of World War II, the troop transport ship USS Dorchester was sailing across the Atlantic, when it was struck by torpedoes from a German submarine. Onboard were four Chaplains: two Protestant Ministers, a Catholic Priest, and a Rabbi. As the ship was sinking, the chaplains gave their life preservers to personnel of all backgrounds. They spontaneously locked arms and went down with the ship. Survivors told the story to the “Stars and Stripes,” and was read by hundreds of thousands of military personnel throughout the world. The sacrifices made by the Four Chaplains helped to place Judaism on equal footing with other religions in America.

-Coexistence in Medieval Spain, A course by Dr. Roger Louis Martinez-Davila of the University of Colorado
Wednesday evenings at 7:00 p.m. starting Feb. 10 for four weeks
This course explores Jewish, Christian, and Muslim intercultural relations in Iberia from the Visigothic era (6th century CE) until the creation of Queen Isabel I and King Ferdinand II Catholic Spain (late 15th century). We evaluate the many identities of the peninsula known as Christian Hispania, Jewish Sefarad, and Islamic al-Andalus. We delve into an appreciation of collaboration and coexistence among these communities. We explore the unique role of the Jewish community who Muslims and Christians depended upon as political and cultural intermediaries as well as their intellectual collaborators. We find the history of how peoples attempted to create and manage viable diverse communities.
Facilitated by Howard Schickler, this class will include several short videos, ranging in total from about 45 minutes to 84 minutes per session, which means each session will last between 1-1/2 to two hours, including time for discussion.  In addition there are reading materials.

Click here for the readings and more information.

-Special Shabbat Series Rabbi Yoav Ende
Shabbat morning, Feb. 6 starting at 9:30 a.m.

Rabbi Yoav Ende head of the Hannaton Educational Center in Israel. Rabbi Yoav Ende is the Director of the Hannaton Educational Center.  The son of an Iraqi-Jewish mother and the grandson of a Conservative rabbi from Brooklyn, Rabbi Ende was ordained by the Schechter Rabbinical Seminary in Jerusalem in 2008.  He received his B.A. in Jewish Philosophy from Haifa University and an M.A. in Conflict Resolution and Management from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.  He led the revitalization of Kibbutz Hannaton in the Lower Galilee in 2008 and is noted for founding a highly successful pre-army Mechina program (currently in its 9th year), as well as a wide range of educational programming for youth, young adults, and professionals from Israel and the Diaspora.  In 2017, Rabbi Ende was recognized with the Hebrew University's prestigious Flegg Award for Tolerance and Understanding in the Jewish World for his work in the area of pluralism and religious tolerance at the Hannaton Educational Center.  In addition to his role at the Center, Rabbi Ende blogs for the Times of Israel about life in the Galilee and his personal vision for a pluralistic, democratic future, and is on the editorial board of Mitzpe, Hannaton's bi-annual periodiical on Jewish thought.  Rabbi Ende lives on Kibbutz Hannaton with his wife, Shira, and their four children.

-Adult Education Guest Scholar: David Hendin
"Economics, History, Money and Coinage in Ancient Israel"
Sunday February 14, 10:15 a.m. 

This program will be held during "World of Jewish Learning" class time. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend, whether they normally attend the class or not. 
How do ancient coins reflect Jewish history? Please join us for a special adult education session with David Hendin, a world renowned expert on ancient coins. Mr. Hendin will speak on Economics, History and Money in Ancient Judea, including weights and coins used from 1200 BCE to the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt.   Mr. Hendin is first vice president and adjunct curator at the American Numismatic Society. He is author of Cultural Change: Jewish, Christian, and Islamic Coins of the Holy Land (2011), Guide to Biblical Coins (2010), Ancient Scale Weights and Pre-Coinage Currency of the Near East (2007), and fourteen other books. He has also served as chief numismatist at the Sepphoris archaeological excavation in Israel.

-Made in Tel Aviv -- the city reflected in contemporary Israeli music
Sunday, Feb. 21 at 1:00 p.m. 

Join us for a look at Tel Aviv's vibrant urban music scene with Eyal Rob.  Eyal is a journalist, culture/media critic, screenwriter, musician, and developer for Israel’s MTV.  Eyal is also one of the most sought-after DJs in Tel Aviv’s music scene. Eyal has his finger on the pulse of contemporary Israeli music and will share his expertise as he gives us a portrait of Tel Aviv through its music scene.

-On the horizon…Purim! 
Megillah Reading - Thurs. Feb. 25 starting at 7:00 p.m.

Special programming including a Hammantaschen Baking Demo by Chef Glenn, interactive Megillah Reading and more…watch for details.

-Rabbi's Torah Class - Tuesdays at 1:00 p.m.
Rabbi Newman Kamin offers a weekly Torah class on the Book of Devarim( Deuteronomy). The Book of Deuteronomy addresses  many important topics as it focuses on how to create a just society. Many of the themes are unbelievably relevant for the times we are living through today. No text is required for the class.  The Rabbi will share from her screen.

-Cantor's Current Events Class - Thursdays at noon 
Cantor Simon offers his weekly Current Events Class to the entire congregation.  Traditionally, this group has enjoyed a little bit of adult beverage while solving the world's problems.  During the quarantine, it's BYO, but by all means, feel free to grab your favorite beverage and join this lively group.

-Women's Network Book Group - Fridays at 10:00 a.m. 
The book is "A Book That Was Lost: Thirty-Five Stories of S.Y. Agnon" and is available on Amazon and other booksellers' websites as well as from various local public libraries through electronic lending.   There is no "homework" -- we read the book together out loud at each meeting and there's no need to read anything ahead of time.  The book is a collection of short stories, so it's no problem if someone misses some of the book group meetings.

-Dr. Larry Layfer's Talmud Class
Mondays, once a month at 7:30 p.m.
Contact Bobbie Barry for more information.


Sun, January 24 2021 11 Shevat 5781