ADULT EDUCATION CALENDAR FOR 5776 (WINTER-SPRING 2014-2015)
“Education is learning what you didn't even know you didn't know.”
– Daniel J. Boorstin
The Adult Education team at Congregation Emanu-El is always striving to find ways of building Jewish knowledge for the members of our kehillah. This section has two parts. The first part introduces all our REGULAR CLASSES that are held throughout the year and are taught by a team of enthusiastic, well-informed individuals.
The second section is a dynamic listing of UPCOMING SPECIAL EVENTS that are constantly changing as the year progresses. Be sure to check here and in the shul Newsletter for the latest dates and times.
Contact the shul office or Ruthi Wicks (email@example.com) or Alan Rutkowski (firstname.lastname@example.org) should you have any questions.
For more details about our classes, read on…
Introduction to Torah
15 classes, Mondays, Jan. 11-May 9, 2016
Have you ever thought of learning to chant from the Torah? Perhaps you have a family event, or the anniversary of your Bar/Bat Mitzvah approaching? Or, you know how to read from the siddur and follow the prayers on Shabbat, but want to deepen your Jewish practice? If so, this course may be for you!
The beginner course unlocks many of the mysteries surrounding chanting or “leyning” Torah. It presents both the theoretical foundation plus practical hands-on sessions designed to learn the musical notes (“trop”) essential to singing from our holy book. The course is designed for beginners – or those who’d like a refresher – and who have a basic level of fluency in reading Hebrew and musicality.
Cost: $118 synagogue members; $149 non-members
Prerequisite: Hebrew Literacy l and ll
Teacher: Aaron Severs
Mystic Mocha, 5776
Fridays, 12:30–1:30pm, from Oct 9th, at the Solstice Café on Pandora St.
Come explore the weekly Torah portion with Rabbi Harry. Together we will mine classical Kabbalistic and Ḥassidic commentaries to find personal insights and spiritual nourishment, as we search for deeper meaning and understanding. Grab a nosh and join Rabbi Harry for this weekly learning.
Participation by donation
Thursdays, 7pm, at the synagogue
This class is intended for people who have taken the Intro to Judaism class or any members who would like to deepen their knowledge of what it means to live a Jewish life. Contact the office or Rabbi Harry for more information.
Lunch & Learn, 5776
Tuesdays, 12:30–1:30pm from Oct 13th, at the synagogue
Bring your dairy brown bag lunch and join Rabbi Harry for some spiritual nourishment at lunchtime. We take a particular text, then work our way through it over the weeks, through a progressive Torahitic lens. You will gain personal insight into and more profound meaning of, the weekly Torah portion. If you have a burning Jewish question we can address that too.
Participation by donation
Calling All Artists
Tuesdays, October 27 onwards
Returns for a ninth season! Artists of all media—writers, graphic artists, visual artists, fabric artists, mixed media, musicians, dancers—are invited to study with Rabbi Harry on a particular theme, exploring biblical, rabbinical, and traditional commentaries. This year the theme will be the Revelation on Mt. Sinai, and the concept of revelation itself: what is revealed, what is hidden, what is known at a soul level, what cannot be known.
After 5 sessions of study, one evening per month, continuing until the end of February, artists will interpret the theme and present their work at a Gala Evening in June, around the time of Shavuot.
Art as Midrash—what could be more exciting?
Cost is $50 for members, $75 for non-members, with possible additional costs to create a chapbook of the artists’ work. Watch this space for details of registration.
10 classes of 2 hours each, from Wed October 7, 7pm
Your Adult Ed team is delighted to welcome Betsy Boeno, who will teach our new beginner Hebrew class. She will use the classic Hebrew alphabet, but the main focus of the course will be conversation and giving you the confidence to start speaking very quickly.
Betsy has extensive experience teaching Hebrew. She attended high school in Israel and helped new olim with their Hebrew. For a number of years she was a tourist guide for visiting Israelis in Turkey, where she also taught Hebrew at a number of synagogues. She taught a class here over the summer, and some of the comments from her students include:
“Betsy makes learning Hebrew such fun and you learn so much.”
“She is so enthusiastic.”
“I go into her class feeling tired and lethargic and I come out completely re-energized.”
$100 for members, $140 for non-members.
Watch this space for details of how to register.
Ḥug Ivrit: Conversational Hebrew club
Tuesdays, November 3 onwards, 10:45–11:45 am
Conversational Hebrew with native speaker Dahlia Beck
Is your Hebrew well beyond the beginner level, but you know you require more practice speaking in order to improve your listening, comprehension and vocabulary skills? Our new Ḥug Ivrit may be just what you are looking for. We’ll meet in informal settings, such as coffee shops and private homes, to immerse ourselves in Hebrew conversation and culture, under Dahlia’s careful guidance.
Just think, after only a few sessions you may find yourself discussing the news coming out of Israel, in HEBREW – how cool is that?
Participation - by donation.
Details on places and times to be announced. How often Ḥug Ivrit meets will be decided at the first session.
Every Monday in November 10:45–11:45 am, at the synagogue.
Please come and join Yoga Therapist Michelle Rubin & baby Hudson for this fun and therapeutic class. Michelle draws from 30 years of personal Yoga practice and has over a decade of local and international teaching experience.
Michelle & baby Hudson will lead you through simple but effective poses to help you reclaim your hips & shoulders while preparing your back for your ever growing bundle of joy.
This is a great opportunity to meet and hang out with other parents of young children.
Forum on marijuana
Tuesday, November 24, 7pm at the Sanctuary
A very important forum on marijuana, led by experts in the field of medical research, the negative effects on society as a whole caused by the criminalization of its use, and how it can be safely decriminalized. We will also hear from an experienced and respected grower of the plant. Our own Rabbi Harry will moderate and discuss the halakhicimplications of its use.
Watch for further details shortly.
Aleph Through the Looking Glass: The course
Wednesdays, Jan 20–Feb 24, 2016, at 7:00 pm, at the synagogue
After his acclaimed talks earlier this year, Jonathan Orr-Stav returns with a full five-lesson course to help you master Hebrew script quickly—ideal for any beginner to Hebrew.
This course is a revolutionary and highly effective way of learning the Hebrew aleph-bet. Basing it on his book of the same title, Orr-Stav shows how any literate English speaker can master the essentials of writing in Hebrew within five lessons, separately from the language itself, thanks to a historical kinship between the two alphabets, fundamental manual tendencies known as “chirodynamics”, and a little-known fact that most HFL (Hebrew as a Foreign Language) books would rather you didn’t know. The sessions are projected to be an hour each. Workbooks will be provided.
Cost: $50 to members, $70 to non-members. Orr-Stav’s book, Learn to Write the Hebrew Script: Aleph Through the Looking Glass will also be available at a discounted rate of $25 for anyone interested.
Beginning in January and led by Alan Rutkowski. We’ll meet informally in private homes to discuss Jewish philosophers based on readings, which Alan will provide prior to the meeting, so you’ll have a chance to consider them beforehand.
Possible philosophers will include Abraham Joshua Heschel, David Hartman, Joseph Soloveitchik, Martin Buber and Yeshayahu Leibowitz.
Participation: by donation. Watch this space for start dates and times