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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

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Fall 2021 Classes

Dear Friends:

Learning together has sustained us this past year. It connected us beyond our homes, beyond our synagogue community, beyond ourselves. Learning has been a comfort and a challenge. In this coming year we look forward to taking much of what we have learned to develop a multi-access program of Adult Jewish learning. 

Our hope is to be able to offer on site learning opportunities, as long as we can do so in a safe environment. These on site classes will also be live streamed to empower you to join us from wherever you are. Most evening classes will be held online, which enables us to learn safely from home and to do so with talented teachers from across the country and the world. 

 One of my favorite statements from Pirkei Avot says, “Make your home a gathering place for scholars.” (1:4) That is what we seek to do at Chizuk Amuno - to make our spiritual home a gathering place for scholars and students. I hope that you will join us this year in gathering to study the ancient and modern texts of our tradition.

B’Shalom,

Rabbi Debi Wechsler

Class questions - contact Judy Simkin jsimkin@chizukamuno.org.


Fall/Winter 2021

Please Note: Classes with an * are free for Chizuk Amuno members.  Community learners (Non-Chizuk Amuno Members) are $10 per class or $100 for unlimited clergy and staff classes. Registration Links are included with each class.

If you are not a member and interested in signing up for the Unlimited Community Learner Package ($100) you may register here. 

MONDAYS
Mishnah *
Dr. Moshe Shualy
9:30 a.m. on Zoom

Register here.
 

TUESDAYS
Reading The Bible with and without Jesus, Part II
Rosann M Catalano, PhD and Rabbi Ilyse S Kramer
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
October 12, 19, 26; November 2, 9, and 16, 2021 (on Zoom)

Cost:  $85 for members, $110 for non-members
Register Here

This six-week mini-course continues to offer participants the opportunity to read and discuss selections from Amy-Jill Levine and Marc Z Brettler’s newest entry into the Jewish/Christian conversation. The Bible with and without Jesus guides the reader through well-known passages from the Tanakh that were also important to the writers of the New Testament, passages which Jews read as the story of Israel and the Jewish people, while Christians see in those same texts the story of Jesus Christ and the Church. The Bible with and without Jesus is an eminently readable book that challenges Jews and Christians to replace a history of caricature and polemic against the other with one of understanding and mutual respect.

Since the book will be our main text for study and discussion, we ask all participants to please purchase a copy. If you did not join us for Part I, please know that you are welcome to join us for Part II, as each chapter we study is a self-contained unit and explores new themes in Jewish and Christian traditions.

Modern Hebrew Literature Class*
Dr. Moshe Shualy
12 p.m.  on Zoom

Register here.

Texts on Conservative Judaism*
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg 
7 p.m. October 12 - November 16 (on  Zoom)

Register on our calendar for specific date or dates here.
Conservative Judaism has been around for less than 200 years.  However, the ancient rabbis might as well have dreamed it into creation years ago.  We will explore some of these texts, and look at the rabbinic history and future of Conservative Judaism.
 
WEDNESDAYS
Grateful Aging*
Judy Meltzer
12-1 p.m.  (Beginning October 13)

Register on our calendar for specific date or dates here.
Let’s join together to share experiences, challenges, insights, and questions about what it means to grow older in today’s world.

Reading materials, including texts in Hebrew/English will be distributed in class.
Our group will be made up of thoughtful, open minded, inquisitive Seniors (your definition) who would like to meet, learn, and get to know and understand ourselves and others.


NEW! Talmud: A Rabbinic Eye to the Environment
Rabbi Avram Reisner
5-6 p.m. (on Zoom) Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec. 1, 8 (with 15 in reserve if we need it). 

Cost:  $50 for members, $100 for non-members
Register for this class here.

Yishuv, Kiyum v'Tikkun haOlam -- these terms, the Inhabiting, Sustaining and Ordering (you've more often seen the translation Repairing) of the world -- are the primary terms with which the rabbinic tradition over the years has referred to a full complement of behaviors that define the right functioning of human civilization in the world that God created. The third of them has, of course, become central to the modern Jewish community's sense of itself and its mission. We will be looking at texts (across rabbinic literature, both in genre and in time) which explore these concepts and their ramification, with a focus on the former, less well known, ones that address, in part, the relationship of human civilization to the natural environment.


THURSDAYS
The Thursday Double Feature Returns!

NEW! Family Dynamics in Genesis*
Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Thursdays at 10 a.m. - October 14 - December 23 (except November 25)

Register on our calendar for specific date or dates here.
The early Torah narratives are complex stories of real families in tangled webs of relationships. The weekly portion will be our guide as we wind our way through the book of Genesis through the lens of the family system.  


Current Events*
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
Beginning October 14
11 a.m.

Register on our calendar for specific date or dates here.

ON GOING
SHABBAT*
Afternoon Study Group  on Zoom
Dr. Moshe Shualy 
One hour before
Minhah
Email Judy Simkin for the zoom link.


Spring 2022

MONDAYS
Mishnah*
Dr. Moshe Shualy
9:30 a.m.  on Zoom

Registration will open in December.

TUESDAYS
Beit Midrash*
Tuesdays 7-8 p.m.  January 18-May 3 (no classes April 12 & 19)
Registration will open in December.

Back by popular demand. In this successful series a different teacher each week guides us in study. A Beit Midrash is both a place and an experience. A Beit Midrash literally is a Home of Study, a room filled with Jewish texts traditional and modern. A Beit Midrash is also an experience in which traditional Jewish texts are studied to seek out meaning and understanding.

NEW! The theme for Beit Midrash 2022 will be "Jewish Perspectives of Conflict." Teachers will select biblical, rabbinic, or modern Jewish texts to illuminate approaches to conflict and through these texts will grapple with ideas of reconciliation, grudge bearing, forgiveness, and constructive conflict.  

This year Beit Midrash will have a multi-access format featuring some classes on site and live streamed, and some classes (with teachers outside the Baltimore area) over zoom.

Beit Midrash is generously funded by the Hoffberger Foundation for Torah Study.

Modern Hebrew Literature*
Dr. Moshe Shualy
12 p.m. 

Registration will open in December.


WEDNESDAYS
Grateful Aging*
Judy Meltzer
12-1 p.m. 

Registration will open in December.
Let’s join together to share experiences, challenges, insights, and questions about what it means to grow older in today’s world.

Reading materials, including texts in Hebrew/English will be distributed in class.

Our group will be made up of thoughtful, open minded, inquisitive Seniors (your definition) who would like to meet, learn, and get to know and understand ourselves and others.

THURSDAYS
NEW! Joy and the Good Life in Judaism*
Rabbi Debi Wechsler
Thursdays at 10 a.m. -  January 20 - April 7

Registration will open in December.
Throughout the Jewish canon our teachers and rabbis have mused on what constitutes a good life and what is the nature of joy. In this text based class we’ll explore Biblical, Talmudic, philosophical and Hasidic texts to explore the role of joy in “the good life.”
 
Pirkei Avot*
6 Thursdays at 11 a.m. -  April 28-June 2

Registration will open in December.

ON GOING
SHABBAT*
Afternoon Study Group  on Zoom
Dr. Moshe Shualy 
One hour before
Minhah
Registration will open in December.

Tue, October 19 2021 13 Cheshvan 5782