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8100 Stevenson Rd., Baltimore, MD 21208 | Phone: 410-486-6400 |

Chizuk Amuno Congregation

Stulman Center for Adult Learning

Barukh Habah:  Welcome to the Stulman Center for Adult Learning

The Stulman Center is the definition of a learning community. We offer courses year round, from the frigid dark days of winter through the dog days of summer. Our course titles will intrigue you. Our teachers will inspire you. Our courses will challenge you to think in new ways about not only the history but also the future of the Jewish people.

Stulman offers classes on Torah, Hebrew, literature, history, and the arts. Each year, academics and rabbis visit Chizuk Amuno to offer lectures, teach classes, and serve as scholars-in-residence.  The Stulman Center for Adult Learning provides a point of entry for everyone seeking the excitement of Jewish study in a community of committed, caring learners studying with dedicated, knowledgeable teachers.  Learning is a way of enhancing our Jewish identity and connection to our tradition. Learning enriches our lives and promotes our spiritual growth.

For more information and the upcoming schedule of classes, please call Doris Tanhoff at 410-486-6400 ext. 288

The Munitz Library

Located in our Library Beit Midrash, the Munitz Library supports adult learning at Chizuk Amuno with a variety of books, periodicals, and videos of Jewish content available for loan.

2017-18 Courses for Adults

To register, please mail your check with the appropriate fees to Chizuk Amuno Congregatrion, 8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208 , ATTN: Stulman Center
Questions? Call Doris Tanhoff at the Stulman Center at 410-486-6400 ext. 288 or email

Classes are listed below or you may download our course brochure.


Jewish History in Context: From Canon to Tradition
Dr. Moshe Shualy
Mondays, 9:30-10:30 a.m. | No Fee
An intensive examination of classic formative issues: How did the synagogue come to be? How was the Torah canonized? What major changes took place after 586 BCE, 70 CE? What is the difference between Torah and Mishnah? Why did prophecy cease after 586 BCE? Can we still talk to God? Can we prove it?


Advanced Topics in the Post Biblical Era
Dr. Moshe Shualy
Tuesdays, 9-10 a.m. | No Fee
Study of the text, history, and philosophy of the Post Biblical Era. Reading knowledge of Hebrew is not necessary.

Judaisms Part Ways: The Emergence Of Rabbinic Judaism And Christianity In A Post 70 CE World
Rosann M. Catalano, PhD and Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer
9:30 – 10:45 a.m. – 20 Sessions
Oct. 24, 2017 thru Mar. 27, 2018
Fee: $350 CAC Members;
$400 Community Participants

First century CE Judaism is often described as a highly sectarian reality. Historical and archeological studies over the last half-century reveal multiple “Judaisms.” After the chaos following the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem (70 CE), two major sects sought to establish their religious identities. This course explores the complicated and messy process known as the “partings” of the ways.

Required: Partings: How Judaism and Christianity Became Two, Hershel Shanks, editor; Biblical Archaeology Association, 2013.



I – From Adam To Abraham: The First 20 Generations (Melton Class)

Rachel V. Glaser
10:30 a.m. – Noon – 10 Sessions – Begins Oct. 18.
Fee: (Students must register with Florence Melton Adult Mini School on their website –
The stories take us from the universal tales of the creation of the world, the flood, and the Tower of Babel to the foundational tales of Abraham and Sarah, and the beginnings of the Jewish people. The themes of family and faith, honor and dishonor, passion and power provide a rich exploration of our people and ourselves

Talmud Class
Rabbi Avram Reisner
5:30 – 6:30 p.m. – 8 Sessions
Oct. 18, 2017 – Dec. 20, 2017.
No class Nov. 15
Fee: $80 Community Participants;
CAC Members are free
In this class, we will discuss the 7th chapter of Berakhot, which deals with Birkat haMazon.

The Top 10 Chazzanim (Modern Too!) and Their Compositions
Hazzan Emanuel C. Perlman
Wednesdays – 7:00-8:00 p.m. 4 Sessions: (Nov. 1, Dec. 6, Jan. 3, Feb. 7)
No fee.
Presentations will revolve around the evolution of Cantors and the Cantorate in America.


The Ethical Life: Jewish Values In An Age Of Choice A Course in Jewish Ethics from JTS
Rabbi Paul D. Schneider
9:30-10:30 A.M. – 15 Sessions – Class Begins Oct. 19
$10 Materials Fee
From political and financial scandals to rapid progress in biomedical science and technology, the complex issues of modern society are, at their core, issues of ethical and moral concern. Now, more than ever, we require a solid understanding of how Jewish ethics can inform our discussions and decisions about the critical questions of the day.

Each session of The Ethical Life includes a short video lecture featuring JTS faculty members and other expert scholars, text study, and guided group discussion led by Rabbi Schneider. Join us for this unique opportunity to study the sources of Jewish ethics in their original and learn how we can apply them today.

Topics Include:
The Ethical Dimensions of Food Production
Is Teshuvah Possible? Rethinking Mass Incarceration
Advance Directives and the Ethics of End-of-Life Care
Disabilities and the Ethics of Inclusion
Is Lying Ever Ethical?

The Land of Milk and Date Honey
Rabbi Debi Wechsler
10:30-11:30 A.M. – 15 Sessions – Class Begins Oct. 19
No Fee
In honor of Israel’s 70th birthday, this year we will study texts from the Torah, the Rabbinic period, the medieval period, and modern days about both the dream and the reality of Israel. This is a text class and texts will be presented in both Hebrew and English. Beginners are most welcome.

Advanced Hebrew Literature Study Group
Dr. Arthur Lesley
Noon-2:00 p.m. – 1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month
No Fee
Participants read selections from Hebrew literature for discussion in English. New group members welcome.

Evening Jewish Book Group
Judy Meltzer
7:45-9:00 p.m.
2 Thursdays per month –September 2017 thru May 2018
Dates: To be announced
Fee: $150
Class held off site.
If you love literature, you should join our wonderful group. We read short stories, fiction and non-fiction, both classics and contemporary. Our discussions are always animated. Some of us have been with this group for over 30 years, but we always welcome newcomers.


Shabbat Afternoon Study
Dr. Moshe Shualy
Every Shabbat afternoon before Minhah, time changes weekly
Refer to the HaHodesh and/or our website for times
No Fee
In an intimate setting, we learn about the weekly Torah portion, holidays, and what is on your mind. There is no better way to conclude Shabbat. Come, join, and enjoy.


Upcoming Events

January 25, 2018
11:45 am - 12:45 pm

Hazak Lunch for Seniors
Chizuk Amuno
8100 Stevenson Road, Baltimore, MD 21208