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Stulman Center for Adult Learning

Barukh Habah:  Welcome to the Stulman Center for Adult Learning

At Chizuk Amuno lifelong learning is one of the hallmarks of our educational programming. Text-based, and intellectually driven learners gather in our classrooms on a daily basis as our talented teachers open their eyes to the gifts of our Jewish tradition. On-site or over zoom, ancient texts or modern interpretations, Bible or Talmud, there’s something for every learner. Contact Judy Simkin, at jsimkin@chizukamuno.org to register for a class.

Learning is a way of enhancing our Jewish identity and connection to our tradition. Learning enriches our lives and promotes our spiritual growth.

View recordings of some Adult Education Classes here from the 21-22 year.

Fall/Winter 2022 Classes

Register and Pay for Classes here!

 


MONDAYS

Mishnah
Dr. Moshe Shualy
9:30 a.m. (On Zoom)
Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org for the zoom link.

TUESDAYS

Living the Texts of Our lives: a Jewish, Catholic Conversation
Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer and Rosann M. Catalano, PhD
10-11:30 a.m. (On Zoom)

Cost for Members - $90/section
Cost for Non-Members - $115/section

How do our sacred stories and prayers speak to us . . . really speak to us as we seek to live intentional and meaningful lives? Do they comfort, provoke, or guide us in the everydayness of our living? Are they worthy and trustworthy companions on the journey?

All are welcome to join.

SECTION 1: The Psalms:
Prayers for the Ups, Downs, and In-Betweens of Life
October 25, November 1, 8, 15, 29, December 6

SECTION 2: Prophetic Voices: Old and New
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21

SECTION 3: Trauma and Memory: Jewish and Catholic Reflections
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23
 

Modern Hebrew Literature Class
Dr. Moshe Shualy
12 p.m. (On Zoom)
Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org for the zoom link.

NEW! Jewish Rituals
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
7 p.m. (On Zoom)
Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org for the zoom link.

In this course we will look at rabbinic sources and engage in deep discussion around the rituals of the following subjects:

November 1 - Prayer
November 8 - Marriage
November 15 - Mikvah
November 29 - Blessings (Berachot)
December 6 - End of Life
December 13 - New Rituals

WEDNESDAYS

NEW! Exploring the Bible: Beginning in Genesis
Dr. Barry Gittlen
11 a.m. (On-Site)

Cost for Members - $105 Cost for Non-Members - $140
November 2, 9, 16 30 December 7, 14, 21

In this brief course, we revisit narratives of the beginning - Creation, Flood, Abraham, Lot’s Daughters, Water-Well Tales, Jacob & Tamar. We will inquire about the nature of ancient Israelite thought and theology and the meaning of these narratives within their time and place.

Grateful Aging
Judy Meltzer
12-1 p.m. (On-Site)

September 14 through June 28
(No Class October 5)
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! Prophecy in Song: Prophetic Messages in American Folk and Popular Music
Cantor Randy Herman
1-2 p.m.
(On-Site and Livestream)

November 2, 16, and 30

Popular American folk music in the 20th century was filled with prophetic imagery, rooted in our Tanakh.  From Dylan to Leonard Cohen and many more, the Prophets in both style and content made their way into many well-known & beloved songs. We will explore the Jewish roots of the Prophetic messages found in American folk songs.

 

THURSDAYS


NEW! The Thursday Double Feature:
Cash, Coin, & Ca-Ching: Jewish Perspectives on Money
Rabbi Debi Wechsler
10 a.m.
(On-Site and Livestream)

Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org to register.
Beginning October 27

Over the millennia of Jewish history, many different attitudes have been held towards poverty and wealth. In this text-based class (texts are all available in English) we will explore the Jewish principles behind money including tzedakah, public welfare, philanthropy, capital investments, and distribution of wealth.

Current Events
October 27 - November 17
Modern Issues from a Rabbinic Perspective

December 1, 8, 11
Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg
11 a.m. 
(On-Site and Livestream)
Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org to register.

For the first part of the class, we will discuss current events facing America and Israel.  Both countries will be voting for new governments within one week.  What are the implications for our world and our community?  The last part of the class will focus on Jewish approaches to three big-ticket issues in our country. 

December 1 - Abortion,
December 8 - Gay marriage
December 15 - Economy


Talmud
Rabbi Avram Reisner
5 p.m. (On Zoom)

October 20, 27, November 10, 17, December 1, 8, 15

Cost for Members - $65
Cost for Non-Members - $130

We have been off the derekh for a while, and it is time to get back to Talmud. Perek Elu Metziot, the second chapter of Bava Metzia, asks the question: Should you undertake to return a lost article that you find to its owner, or, contrariwise, may you keep it? And if you must attempt to return it, what can you reasonably be asked to do; how far must you go? Practical questions in search of practical answers. Many students start Talmud study here, because the chapter is a good showcase for Talmudic logic. We will start looking at the Mishna, then dive into the gemara that seeks to explicate its implications.

 




Winter 22-23

 

MONDAYS

Explore the World of “Parsing” - Biblical Grammar
Rabbi Stuart Seltzer

11 a.m. -  12 p.m. (On-Site)
January 23, 30, February 6, 13, 27, March 6, 27

This class will introduce you to the fundamentals of Biblical Hebrew with an emphasis on grammar, vocabulary, syntax and style. Using your newly acquired linguistic skills, you will compose your own interpretative English translations and compare them to the works of various translators. We will also look at some Biblical commentaries inspired by interesting grammatical forms in the text.

 

TUESDAYS

Living the Texts of Our lives: a Jewish, Catholic Conversation
Rabbi Ilyse S. Kramer and Rosann M. Catalano, PhD
10-11:30 a.m. (On Zoom)

Cost for Members - $90/section
Cost for Non-Members - $115/section

How do our sacred stories and prayers speak to us . . . really speak to us as we seek to live intentional and meaningful lives? Do they comfort, provoke, or guide us in the everydayness of our living? Are they worthy and trustworthy companions on the journey? All are welcome to join.

SECTION 2: Prophetic Voices: Old and New
January 17, 24, 31, February 7, 14, 21

SECTION 3: Trauma and Memory: Jewish and Catholic Reflections
April 18, 25, May 2, 9, 16, 23

Beit Midrash

7 p.m. (On Zoom)
January 17- March 28

Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org for the zoom link.

The theme for Beit Midrash 2023 will be “My Favorite Jewish Text: Why It’s Important to Me and Why it Should be Important to You.” Teachers will select biblical, rabbinic, or modern Jewish texts to share, and through these texts will illuminate what they think are the most foundational Jewish ideas. 

January 17 - Rabbi Gus Buchdahl - The Book of Job
January 24 - Rabbi Dini Lewittes - Smashing the Tablets: the case for Jewish peoplehood
January 31 - Rabbi Menachem - Creditor The impeachment of Rabban Gamliel
February 7 - Rabbi Ariana Katz - Yitro’s Teachings of Multi-Faith Families and Burnout
February 14 - Rabbi Josh Heller - The Miracle of the Pre-Shabbat Salad Tongs Pesachim 54a
February 21 - Rabbi Avi Strausberg - Creating Worlds and Beginning Again
February 28 - Rabbi Yerachmiel Shapirom- Megillat Esther
March 7 - PURIM no class 
March 14 - Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg - The Prophecy of Micah and its Modern Implications
March 21 - Rabbi Lia Bass - Sefer Yetzirah
March 28 - Rabbi Debi Wechsler - Jewish Attitudes on Time  Avodah Zara 3b
 

WEDNESDAYS

NEW! A View from the Middle East with Avi Melamed

10 a.m. (On Zoom)
January 18 - March 15 (no class on March 8)

Cost: $18/person 

In the third decade of the twenty-first century, the Middle East is entering a new era. The era is both defined by, and a result of, a combination of ancient and modern, domestic, regional, and international processes. Iran and Turkey each strive to position themselves as regional superpower. In parallel, the people of the region struggle to overcome increasing domestic challenges.

This eight-session course will take you on an eye-opening journey through the geopolitical landscape of the Middle East today, challenges common Western concepts, narratives, and theories, and provides predictions about some of the most central regional issues of the day. This distinct understanding allows you to build a multidimensional picture of the geopolitical reality of the Middle East today and provides an unparalleled foundation for navigating the events of tomorrow. The new era we are entering is fraught with challenges and full of opportunities. Is it a new dawn? Or is it a setting sun?

 

Grateful Aging
Judy Meltzer
12-1 p.m. (On Site)
Through June 28

(No Class October 5)

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

The Thursday Double Feature:
Rabbi Debi Wechsler at 10 a.m. 

Rabbi Joshua Gruenberg at 11 a.m.

January 19-March 30
(On-Site and Livestream)

Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org to register.
Class topics coming soon!

 

Pirkei Avot (Joint Class with Beth El)
11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
(On Site and Livestream)

April 20, 27 at Chizuk Amuno
May 4, 11 & 18 at Beth El

Pirkei Avot is one of the best-known and most repeated Jewish texts. This favorite tractate of the Mishna is composed of universal, ethical teachings of the Rabbis and is traditionally studied between Pesah and Shavuot.

Email Judy Simkin, jsimkin@chizukamuno.org to register.

Tue, December 6 2022 12 Kislev 5783